Several months ago I started working on a digital painting of the Frankenstein Monster but I ended up setting it aside to work on other projects. A couple days ago I decided I would take a stab at finishing it but discovered that the PSD file was corrupted. The file wouldn’t open! I immediately checked all of my external hard drives hoping that the file was safe and sound on one of my backup drives. To my dismay all of the copies I had were corrupted. I was totally fucked. I didn’t know if I should feel angry or depressed. I’ve lost files before, but this particular piece was showing some real promise and I was really happy with how the digital painting was progressing.

So I decided I would rebuild the Frankenstein Monster and make him bigger and better than before. I had a couple low resolution images of the piece in various stages of completion and I was able to use those images to begin the process of reconstructing the green beast. So far I’m pretty happy with how the second coming of the Frankenstein Monster is heading. It is always easier the second time around.

But this experience brings up a very important question about digital art and photography – How do you archive your digital files to ensure that your work will survive 100+ years of technological evolution? How do you ensure that your files will always be readable? Will you be able to open and edit a JPG file 100 years from now? Will there be a drive that can read a CD-ROM disk 100 years from now? Will digital art survive a nuclear holocaust? or will a single scratch erase all of history. Is the Mona Lisa the only thing that can survive the end of the world? Who knows.

Film and prints processed and stored in proper conditions have demonstrated the ability to remain virtually unchanged for 100+ years. Why not create film negatives / slides or prints of your digital images to help ensure the longevity of your digital artwork? That might be one solution.





Dustin Parker Arts, LLC is proud to announce the release of Proteus Mag issue #5. Issue #5 features work by Joshua Hoffine, Phil Toledano, André Sanchez, Chris Trueman, Jeff Depner, Sarah Scott, Heiko Müeller, Emilio López-Galiacho, Francesca Popolizio, Géraldine Georges, Tommy Kane, Sauerkids, LYS, Marek Haiduk, and Papermonster.

You can download Proteus Mag issue #5 at http://www.proteusmag.com or http://www.proteusmag.com/issues/proteusmag05.pdf

Cover Image by Papermonster

-From BBC News

There has been a small outbreak of “zombism” in a small town near the border of Laos in North-Eastern Cambodia.

The culprit was discovered to be mosquitoes native to that region carrying a new strain of Malaria which thus far has a 100 percent mortality rate and kills victims in fewer than 2 days.

After death, this parasite is able to restart the heart of its victim for up to two hours after the initial demise of the person where the individual behaves in extremely violent ways from what is believed to be a combination of brain damage and a chemical released into blood during “resurrection.”

Cambodian officials say that the outbreak has been contained and the public has no need to worry.

General Ary Serey had this to say, “We have obtained samples of this new parasite and plan to learn how it starts the heart and other major organs of the deceased. We intend to use this to increase the quality of life for all.”

US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice opposed the plan saying that the Cambodian government holds a great biological weapon and should destroy it immediately. Cambodian officials have yet to comment.

A United Nations team will be dispatched to Cambodia to confirm the safety of biological research in Cambodia.

Playing this weekend with friends “Spoonfed Tribe “at the Nacional in Hollywood and Martini Blues in Hungington Beach. Also playing quick acoustic set at Ghengis Cohen in hollywood on aug4, 7pm as part of BMI’s songwriter showcase. The Angel/Devil are working up a new batch of songs, and we got a new stray dog that was on the kill list at the south central shelter. We named him Silas in homage to Silas Adams from the David Milch masterpiece “Deadwood”. Dokken the cat is still running the place. All is well. xoxo Goob


I’m actually looking forward to seeing this movie….