Congrats to The Modern Stylographer winners!

Thanks everyone for entering the contest! A huge congratulations to Victoria, Laura and Monique! They all win a poster of their choice from talented The Modern Stylographer. Now the hard part is trying to figure out which one to pick!  Check out their responses to their favorite fandoms below.

Winners please email me at girlgonegeekblog[at]gmail[dot]com. And of course a huge thanks to Chris Petersen to sponsoring this contest with his art.

Victoria Weinell 

“My favorite fandom, is actually something I didn’t see mentioned on this lovely artist’s list. Stargate has been my fandom of choice nearly my entire life. The film came out when I was two, SG1 not too many years later. I grew up on it; it’s what introduced me to science fiction and fantasy. Not only was the show exciting and fantastic, but it was fairly family friendly and a great bonding experience to have with my father. I’d love to see some Gate art from this artist. I’d be a regular customer, without a doubt.”

Laura Harbron  

“My favorite fandom is anything in the Whedonverse. Firefly especially. I’ve found these fans to be extremely friendly, creative, and fun. Nothing brings fans closer together than a prematurely-canceled amazing television show.”

Monique

“My favorite fandom is Harry Potter, I named a child after a character in the series, awaited book debuts and lamented over many, many movies. BUT, if I won, I would have to choose the epic Storm poster.”

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Etsy Crush of the Week and Contest- The Modern Stylographer

I kept coming across Chris’ Etsy shop The Modern Stylographer and knew it was a sign from the Blog Gods that he must be featured as my Etsy Crush of the Week.

You will lose yourself in his Etsy shop filled with nearly 200 gorgeous minimalistic and modern designs showcasing your favorite fandoms across the galaxies. He’s got everything from Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, X-Men, Harry Potter and so much more.

And the best part is, three lucky readers will get a chance to win a print from The Modern Stylographer! The only hard part is deciding on which one to get! Details on the contest below. Check out my interview with the artist Chris Petersen, owner of The Modern Stylographer below. (It’s one of my favorite interviews!)

Interview with Chris Petersen of The Modern Stylographer:

Girl Gone Geek: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Chris Petersen: Simply stated, I’m a yankee in a foreign land with sorted thoughts and a childlike wonder about the universe. The rest is much more complicated. I began my professional career in education as a Computer Science major at a small college in NY, there I proceeded to major in Informations Systems, Marketing, and then General Art Studies. I didn’t really find myself as an artist, or person for that matter, until I went to a retrospective on Jackson Pollock at the MOMA in NYC. To this day I have no idea why his work affected me so strongly. So I ended up at art school three years into my college career. I had been pretty spectacular as a code monkey, but as an artist and designer, I was practically illiterate. It took me two more years to truly feel like I knew what I was doing. I think the turning point for me was when a friend told me that I wasn’t an artist, I was a designer. Things clicked for me then. I was meant to be a designer, I was destined to bathe in structure and rules of good design. I may never have a “moment” like other fine artists, but that doesn’t matter to me. Balance and color and composition, font and leading, crop marks and Pantones are my guides and how I apply them to my life gives me satisfaction.

GGG: How long have you been designing?

CP: I’ve been in the design field professionally for six years now and running my own second design business for about three. I graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006 with degrees in Graphic Design and Advertising Design and have been doing my best to escape the crushing pressure of my student loans. Debts aside, my true passion is creating art that is exciting, recognizable, and feels like it’s part of the future.

GGG: Where do you get the inspiration for all of your designs?

CP: To be honest, most of the time I get an image in my head of a word or a shape or color and need to get it down on paper or on the computer as soon as possible. Many of my more object and nature based series’ are born that way. There will however be the occasion when a franchise or movie will pop into my head and I will have to create a design on the spot so I carry notebooks with me at all times. I’m not doing anything revolutionary, I know that. But what I am trying to do is create a connection with other people through art the best way I know how… with the stuff fanboys’ and fangirls’ dreams are made of. I know I’m doing something right when I’m selling posters about how to deal with Zombie Unicorns.

GGG: How would you describe your artistic style?

CP: I hope I can use keywords… I’m a little bit Mod, Minimalist, Victorian, Steampunk, Futurism, with some Constructivism and a tiny bit of Post Modernism. That’s my best attempt to describe a dark, simple, clean aesthetic as if I were an intellectual.

GGG: Favorite artists (fine art, pop art, comic book, designers, etc.)?

CP: It’s a motley crew to be sure… Pollock of course was my first favorite and remains at the top of my list. Other artists I’ve added are Piet Mondrian, Picasso, Kazimir Malevich, graphic designer Neville Brody, famed type designer Erik Speakerman, and industrial designer for Apple, Jonathan Ive.

GGG: Since you’re a fellow Whovian I’ve got to ask, who is your favorite doctor and favorite companion?

CP: I’ll be sticking to contemporary Who in my work, although I would be remiss if I didn’t at least mention Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen, AKA the fourth doctor and Sarah Jane Smith. I have to say that for me, the strongest companion/doctor team would be David Tennant and Catherine Tate. I think that their off-screen friendship and creative endeavors have really fed my love for their character’s chemistry.

GGG: What else are you a fanboy for?

CP: Is it not obvious? Well ok, here’s the list chronologically… Voltron, Tron, (shamefully) the Ewok Adventure, Thundercats, ’80s fantasy and adventure films like the Goonies, The Princess Bride, Neverending Story, etc… Star Trek, Star Wars, The Matrix, Alien movies, Torchwood, Fringe, Primevil, Harry Potter, X-men and most anything Marvel related, post apocalyptic films like Mad Max, Terminator, and Planet of the Apes.

GGG: If you were on a deserted island what would video game, book, movie, TV show would you bring?

CP: Is it solar? That won’t change my answers, I just like details. I would have to say for video game, Final Fantasy VII but with faster loading times. I know I’m not 12, but I would sew all seven Harry Potter books together into one massive “book” to read over and over and over again. Honestly, Clue is one of my all-time favorite movies and I think that I would need to have that with me. Finally, the one television show would be Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I’m not sure why, but I need to have the slayer on that island.

GGG: Where can we find you in the internets?

CP: I’m everywhere!! Check out my links.

 

 

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Picture of the Week- Star Wars Abstract Art

R2D2 By Tommervik

Tommervik created these wonderful cubism infused Star Wars artworks. I think The Met or MoMA should make some space on their walls for one of Tommervik’s pieces, don’t you?

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Picture of the Week- Technicolor Geekery

There is nothing wrong with you computer screen. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. Takun Williams’ is controlling the transmission… Okay I couldn’t help myself with that Outer Limits reference.

This weeks PotW is from Pop artist Takun Williams. His art is like looking at a kaleidoscope of color and geekery! I love the intense neon colors he uses, although while getting lost in his Tumblr for a few minutes my eyes needed a little break. Check out Technodrome1.Tumblr.com for more Technicolor dopeness and his twitter @TECNODROME1. Continue reading →

Picture of the Week- Star Wars Day of the Dead Art

John Karpinsky created these stunning Star Wars Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) art series. Somehow Karpinsky manages to beautifully combine Star Wars and the distinct artistic style of the Day of the Dead sugar skulls.

Here’s what Karpinsky had to say about his series,

“Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday celebrating the dead. Sugar skulls are often created in the image of the dead, inviting them to enjoy a celebration and feast.

Star Wars was a large part of my childhood, which sadly passed long ago. This is my tribute to characters of my youth, an invitation to the celebration of that cultural phenomenon that shaped my life so long ago.”

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Picture of the Week- Stormtrooper Galactic Kiss

Squealing with excitement yet? It’s okay, I was too when I saw this photo.

It was love at first sight when I came across this picture a while back. It took me some time to find who created it but with the help of social networking @identity_no2 located its creator by way of @BlogtorWho (thanks guys!).

This is the galactic version of the iconic photo of the sailor kissing the nurse on V-J Day in Times Square after WWII. The original was taken by Life magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt. The stormtrooper, Tracey (TK9612 on Flickr), was approached by Kim Thomson at the Star Wars Celebration V convention in Orlando, Florida to help her recreate the famous photograph. The stormtrooper version was photographed by Billie Fenton and photoshopped by Kim’s father (who’s done a great job). See the pre-photoshopped version here.

[Source: TK9612 Flickr]

Weekly Links- Articles, Images, Videos and More! (1/29)

Articles:

2011 Razzie Nominations [via The Flick Cast]

‘Axe Cop’ Fan Movie Chops With Deadly Accuracy Video [via Comics Alliance]

Harry Potter Quibbler Headlines [via Topless Robot]

Destructoid discusses Codename: NGP, the PSP successor

New Kirby Game coming to the Wii [via Destructoid]

Gandalf > Dumbledor [via Geeks are Sexy]

A Comprehensive Guide To ‘Daria’ Gifs [via MTV]

Oregon Trail and Carmen Sandiego Come to Facebook Next Month [via GeekoSystem]

Images:

Harry Potter Stardust [via Made with Awesome]

Prancing Cera and Spidey [via Tazar Tumblr]

Doctor Who Cyberman Swimcap [via io9]

Legend of Zelda Chicken Attack Cosplay [via Dorkly]

Geeky Cakes [via Otakus and Geeks]

New (anime-looking) ThunderCats Show coming to Cartoon Network

7 Videogame Characters Made out of Bottle Caps [via Dorkly]

Crocheted Optimus Prime [via Dorkly]

Star Wars 30th Anniversary Art by Alex Pardee [via Android Sith Lord Tumblr]

Videos:

Little Big Planet in Real Life

Exclusive Ride in Dalek

Star Trek Girl – Music Video