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A refresh of the EXPERIENCE THE PLANETS project is now officially underway.

Begun way back at the start of 2008, the ETP project has evolved continually. When it was launched almost ten months ago the site itself reflected bold aspirations to bring a constant stream of new work to visitors. Unfortunately when combining the intrusions of life with our research and critique-intensive approach to each piece, the span of time between each new piece is a lot longer than we'd planned for.

As such the ETP site is shifting to better fulfill its role of providing access to the growing collection the ETP artists have worked so hard on. And it IS growing, I promise you... The refresh will launch with a new piece right off the bat and there are others in the pipeline.  

But this refresh isn't just to make me feel better. During its stay in the interwebs the ETP site received a lot of feedback from visitors (both good and bad) -- and it's been duly noted. Taking this inspired critique to heart, the site will become simpler to use, faster to load and (hopefully) freshly inspiring for space artists everywhere. When it's done EXPERIENCE THE PLANETS will be a far better, simpler vessel for sharing our views of the solar system with you all.

No launch date has been set -- but she'll fly the moment she's done.
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  • Listening to: Psy Trance
  • Drinking: Beer
I know I just did this a month or so ago but the tweaks and improvements I had planned to bring my new gallery into line turned out to be a more or less reworking of the essential experience. I'm always striving for a simpler experience that allows the main focus (art & photography) to come to the foreground. I also want to make the site itself a memorable experience that delights the audience and then gets the hell out of the way. So with all that in mind I present to you my NEW new art gallery. Please let me know what you think!

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I've just launched a new, updated gallery. My old one had been sitting stagnant for quite some time, mostly because when I made it I didn't know how to have dynamically loading images and such -- as a result it was a royal pain in the ass to update.

This new gallery is a bit simplified and should host a much more "live" collection of my best works. Every piece there is available as an HD wallpaper and, with a few exceptions, as a print. I've decided to make the move to just offering HD resolution wallpaper because it's too much work to keep up with everyone's esoteric resolutions (so don't ask). This way those of us in the higher range will be happy and those of you with smaller screens can at the very least shrink to fit (which is far better than going the other direction!)

I'm likely to keep tinkering with the gallery as it lives on to work the kinks out and slowly evolve the design, but for now welcome all and I hope you enjoy the new digs!

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  • Drinking: Barleywine
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  • Drinking: Scotch
I've been a bit quiet lately on the illustration front, a period of deceptive quiescence that will soon come to fruition!  A major project/web experience created via collaboration with Luminarium artists will go live on midnight, Friday July 31, 2009 (PST) I'm speaking of EXPERIENCE THE PLANETS (ETP), the substance behind over two years of scheming, drawing, critiquing, and finally programming. The project will launch with four new pieces of my own and several others by additional artists. It's going to be good, people, and it's only the beginning.

Stay tuned.


If you're in the mood for some blatant advertising, grab one of the banners below and display it proudly.

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  • Drinking: Scotch
Has anyone here bought an Intuos 4? If so I'd love to hear your thoughts on it -- Pros and cons.  I work at the firm that designed it and was constantly trying to push the "artist" point of view in the process...  how'd we do?
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Mon Aug 11, 2008, 10:52 AM
Does anyone here twitter? I'm sirgerg -- look me up and reply here as well if you are on it too. It'd be fun to gain further insights into the crowd here via microblogging.

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A veritable trove

Sat Aug 9, 2008, 5:46 PM
I decided it was high time I got my photos all organized on my computer, and BOY did I have a lot of photos that never saw the light of day tucked away there!

It's almost cathartic to be able to delete over 10gb of ugly fat in terms of half-finished PSD files for photos that are already preserved in their final state elsewhere... I'm sure we've all had similar experiences with work-in-progress bloat.

Well I'm proving myself a liar about the lack of submissions here... can't be helped. My latest (Gorge Sunrise) is a revived piece from almost 8 months ago -- I had completely forgot I had it. A little finishing work later here it is. I hope some of these other dusty relics clean up as nice, I'll share them as I finish them.

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I only LOOK dead...

Sun Jul 20, 2008, 9:26 PM
There's going to be a dearth of submissions from me over the next several months... well, artwork submissions anyway (photography is like taking a break for me).

Not that this is breaking from the norm by any means ;)

I'm in the midst of a large project and my free time is being completely consumed. It'll all be worth it in the end... so don't give up on me, I'm alive and kicking -- just out of sight.

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Name your top space artists...

Fri Jul 4, 2008, 12:28 PM
I'm looking to see who's really excelling out there by the judgment of the DA community. I'm just trying to see who's around, so don't stick me on your list -- I know I exist ;)

In particular I'm looking for the following three qualities (not necessarily all present in the same artist):

Who's got the magic touch in bringing gossamer whisps and boldly energized gasses to life?

Planets from Space
Who's got the best compositions? The most compelling conjunctions of planets?

Atmosphere or Landscapes of Far Off Worlds
Who's the best at giving us a glimpse of the myriad details that exist below the troposphere?

Send them in (and link to their DA pages too if you would)...  I'm really quite curious to hear what you think.

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Well That's That.

Sun Jun 29, 2008, 2:39 PM
Finished my Livestrong challenge - biked 70 miles in 4hrs 35min, for a 15.2mph average. I am now going to quietly die - it was 97F as I did this.

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Fri May 9, 2008, 11:10 PM
Hello all! It's nearing that time of the year again, the LIVESTRONG Challenge is just around the corner. On June 29, 2008 I'll be riding 70 miles to help in the fight against cancer. I'm also trying to raise $500 (or more) to further aid the cause. This is my third year doing the Challenge, it has come to define my summers as I train to get ready for it.

More than 1.3 million people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone. Three out of four families in America will be faced with caring for a family member with cancer.

I'm pretty sure that I send out this information every year, and every year my participation in the ride is a much a dedication to those afflicted as an open acknowledgement that it takes a multitude of single participants to make a difference for the greater whole. So I gladly take on the 70 miles -- with full knowledge that I won't sit right for days afterwards -- but for the fundraising I need your help.

Please take a moment to donate to my Challenge by clicking the link below. All money donated will go directly to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, helping further its mission to inspire and empower people affected by cancer. It will provide educational tools and resources and will help the LAF in its goal to make cancer a national priority.

Every little bit helps, don't fall into the trap of thinking you can't help because you only have a buck to spare...

Thank you!

- Greg Martin
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Thanks for the input...

Sun Feb 24, 2008, 8:13 PM
Just wanted to say thanks for the input on screen resolutions. The new spread of sizes I'll be switching to will be:


I'll continue to put out dual-monitor wallpapers here and there. For those of you looking for triple-screen wallpapers, sorry but putting that large of an image online is just not a good idea in today's grab-and-exploit culture.  

I'll be pushing these new sizes out over the next few months.


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Artemis Eternal

Tue Jan 29, 2008, 9:21 AM
Some of you know I've been working with Jessica Stover ( on various projects... well the latest one just went public!

Today's movie industry is built on the stilts and ladders of targeted marketing, a system that reduces the art of film to mere revenue instead of allowing it to reach its full potential as possibly the most powerful storytelling medium there is. By allowing the audience to take control and become fully invested in the stories they want told, we break the shackles of the Hollywood system--taking control away from the boardroom and putting it back into the hands of the storytellers and their audience.

Artemis Eternal is a short film currently in pre-production. The film site was designed and concepted by myself in partnership with Jessica.

> Take a look!

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Wallpaper resolution poll

Sun Jan 27, 2008, 11:18 PM
Updated, please read below
It's time to revamp my monthly wallpaper resolution list...

Given the increasing popularity of widescreen monitors (not to mention laptop screens) I've decided to revamp my set of available resolutions that I offer each month via my gallery.  If you've got a moment, drop a comment with the resolution you use personally. I'm trying to collect a list so I can see what general set will make the most people happy.  

ALSO... For those of you with dual monitors
What resolutions are you running and how do you display the wallpaper (split it into two or have a single stretched desktop?).  I'd love to get some feedback so I can apply that to my dual monitor wallpapers as well.  Thanks!

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Winter is coming...

Mon Nov 26, 2007, 1:18 AM
Just getting excited about the cold weather ahead. Also, I was getting tired of my two-month old post on my ride. That's done with.

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Done and done... and done!

Sun Sep 30, 2007, 7:59 PM
It took me 5 hours and 15 minutes to complete my 70 mile LIVESTRONG Challenge ride this morning.

With your help, I raised $560 for the cause -- contributing to the 1.7million that the event raised overall to fuel the fight against cancer. Thank you to all who contributed!  I'm going back to sleep now.  

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Last year I rode 40 miles and raised $500 to help raise
awareness for the fight against cancer. This year I'm
upping the ante with a 70 mile ride, and need your help
once more to pull together donations for that same
cause. The minimum limit is lower this year, but I'm still
aiming to bring in $500 or more.

I'm freely giving my ability to sit comfortably for a week
towards this excellent cause... please help me in this
endeavor by donating to my LIVESTRONG Challenge.
All money raised goes to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Follow this link to donate ->…

Anything you can offer will be much appreciated! Thank you!

For those of you who didn't get a chance to see pictures
from last year, they're still online here ->…
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(at least, only 4 to go at the time of this post.)
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A while ago I posted a link for limited edition prints that are on sale to support one of my collaborative projects.  The illustration for said prints is now available. That's right, you can now SEE what it is you're buying, it's no longer just on faith that it'll rock.  I've already pitched the prints for their worth, this time around I'm just sharing the art.  

This illustration was developed for print, 250dpi at 28x16 inches. That makes it 7000x4000px and a five month endeavor. Lots of work (and long collaboration phone calls with the writer) went into this image. I learned a lot through the process and definitely think it was time well spent.

View the illustration:

View the concept art series (2 works thus far):

Purchase a Limited Edition Print:

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