By Flex McCool
Who ever said stock photography couldn’t be put to good use in digital artistry. deviantART user cat-meff has created this digital masterpiece using mainly stock images and the artwork of other artists with their permission. Fractal art and industrial photography were mashed up and spliced to perfection with this scifi city wonder. You can check out cat-meff on deviantART if you want to see more of their work. The images used in the creation of this piece are listed straight from the dA post below.
The Art of Raphael Lacoste PART 1
By Flex McCool
Raphael has been the lead art director for such titles as Assassin’s Creed and Prince of Persia. He’s also done art for film and books as well. His art reflects themes as diverse as scifi/fantasy, urban environments, landscapes and he even does photography as well. The detail of his work is incredible and has even been complimented by other art-world giants like Andy Fairhurst. Check out Raphael’s website and Facebook.
The Evolution of the Matrix - Various Machines from The Matrix
By Justin McLaughlin
The first Matrix movie only shows two machines in the “real” world, as opposed to the Matrix itself where three named Agents appear: in addition to Smith, Agent Brown and Agent Jones appear.
In the real world outside the Matrix, the two machine types we see in the first movie are the flying Sentinel unit, nicknamed “Squiddy” and the large bulbous walker units in the cloning fields where humans are grown for the Matrix. These walker units are called “Harvesters” and appear briefly in the first and third Matrix movies.
In “The Animatrix” a different version of the Harvesters appears in “The Second Renaissance.” These Harvesters are smaller, and are used in the Machine War, mainly to destroy the human-controlled APU (Armored Personnel Unit) division. The APU’s seem to be ineffective versus these Harvesters; the combat Harvesters could easily cut through the APU’s armor, which may explain why the APU’s seen in The Matrix Revolutions have less cockpit armor. 1 and 2
In the first Matrix movie, when Neo is first released from the Matrix, he awakes in a pod filled with red fluid. He soon realizes that he is within a massive facility housing the bodies of redpills (people still jacked into the Matrix).
In The Second Renaissance, the Machine Army also utilizes large floating ships that appear to be a prototype of the Matrix towers. These ships are roughly pyramidal in shape, and have the same red hue as the liquid in the pods, suggesting that their laser weapons (powerful enough to destroy the human army’s artillery) were powered by captured humans. 3
On the way to the Machine City, Neo and Trinity encounter the defenses of the Machine City. These defenses take the form of large, crab-like, machines which vaguely resemble Protodekas from Star Wars. 4
Deus Ex Machina, the apparent Machine leader, appears near the end of The Matrix Revolutions. The phrase “Deus Ex Machina” is Latin for “God from the machine” and in fictional works refers to a powerful character who steps in to suddenly resolve the plot’s conflict.
The design of Deus Ex Machina makes it perhaps the largest machine shown in the Matrix movies, or very close to being the largest. Large spikes run along the outside of Deus Ex Machina, with lightning running between the spikes. These spikes serve no apparent purpose.
Deus Ex Machina has a face modeled on the face of a human baby (why the Machines would choose a human baby’s face as a model is unclear), which is comprised of hundreds of small flying machines.