Let’s face it, video games and comic books have long stopped being a thing just for kids and are now such a huge part of the mainstream consciousness that you’re bound to find gaming inspired art in the most surprising places. Rick Daniels, the mind behind Martian Glasswork, takes art straight from the hallowed halls of cathedrals into the 21st century by channeling geek history into stunning stained glass artwork.
Pictured Above: Futuristic Fictional Fighters Samus Aran & Master Chief
Based in Atlanta, Daniels spends days just sourcing the right kind of glass to capture the essence of his choice of subjects. “I took no liberties with the colors and it was quite hard to find the proper Oranges, Yellows, and Reds - 3 colors that usually don't have the type of variety and texture that lend themselves to ideal coloring for this type of theme,” he explains in an interview with Yahoo. “I really wanted the colors of the glass to give the same bold appearance as in the game. I spent hours visiting suppliers and combing through sheets of glass to find the proper colors.”
Pictured Above: Tony Stark as Iron Man, the patron saint of rapid fire quips and scientifically-improbable heavy duty firepower.
Artwork isn't the only place that people are seeing gaming and comic book characters pop up. It can also be found in digitally-enhanced movies and modern casino slot machines that are infused with pop-culture references and comic book hero themes. From Paramount Pictures' 2012 smash hit The Avengers to the licensed Marvel games provided by International Game Technology (IGT), an associate of pocketfruity.com’s slot software developer Alchemy Bet, there's great momentum with this gaming renaissance and it doesn't look like it’s going to stop anytime soon.
If you’re interested in getting a piece of fantasy fenestration for your own home or comic cathedral, get in touch with Rick through his Etsy page or by checking out more of his work on his official Facebook page. While his work might not be exactly cheap, with most pieces costing more than a thousand dollars, they are one of a kind pieces that will no doubt be worth more in the future.
Article contributed by Terry Ingram
Terry is a self-confessed geek. When he's not writing, he spends time playing games mowing players down at Call of Duty: Ghosts or pointlessly finding the other endings of The Stanley Parable. Aside from gaming, Terry is also a big fan of the Monty Python Circus, and claims that the Greeks shouldn't have won the Philosophical Football match because it was an offside.
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