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Welcome to Photonic Playground!


Next exhibit,October 4th, 2014 @ 200 N Bush St, DTSA from 7-10pm

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Welcome to Photonic Playground!


Next exhibit,October 4th, 2014 @ 200 N Bush St, DTSA from 7-10pm

Monthly Exhibition

About

Contact

Newsletter

 

 

The Art Store is now up, please support our featured artists and check out their fantastic works of art!

Add October 4th 2014's exhibition event to your calender, and join our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to the Newsletter!

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Monthly Exhibition


FEATURED ARTISTs OF September & October 2014: Dominic Qwek and Zack Podratz

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Monthly Exhibition


FEATURED ARTISTs OF September & October 2014: Dominic Qwek and Zack Podratz

This month of October 2014 will be featuring two amazing artists in the industry.  We are proud and excited to be able to host the two of them this upcoming month. Both will be on floor at the gallery to meet and greet visitors as well as autograph on site.  Check out the digital art of our featured artists below. The exhibit opens October 4th, 2014!

*UPDATE: We're happy to have our September artists, Dominic Qwek & Zack Podratz, along with August artist, David Luong, do an encore showing of their work for our October 4th, 2014 exhibition!

 

Artist: Dominic Qwek - Preview of his work in this digital gallery.

Image by Dominic Qwek, "Alien",created for his personal project. See his digital gallery here.


 

Dominic Qwek is a creature and character artist with over 10 years of working experience in the CG industry. He started his career as a 3d generalist for advertising before moving into the games industry. He has contributed to triple A titles such as the Starcraft II franchise, Diablo III and Killzone 2. He currently works at Blizzard Entertainment as a senior cinematic artist where he helps create visually stunning cinematics that Blizzard is known for. Dominic’s skill set is versatile, ranging from character and environment creation to creature design and 3d rapid prototyping. View his website: http://dominicqwek.com

 

Artist: Zack Podratz - Preview of his work in this digital gallery.

Image by Zack Podratz, "Emission", personal work of light painted macro photography. See his digital gallery here.


 

Zack Podratz is a 3d artist and photographer with nearly a decade of experience working in the CG industry. Having been greatly inspired as a teenager playing games such as StarCraft, GoldenEye 007, Half-Life and Halo, pursuing a career where creating these kinds of experiences was a clear path at a young age.  Soon after graduating from the Art Institute of Orange County in 2005, he was offered a position with Blizzard Entertainment as a modeling intern on StarCraft: Ghost.  He is currently a senior in-game cinematic modeling artist who has spent the majority of his time with Blizzard working on the StarCraft II franchise.

While exploring other ways to express himself creatively, Zack rediscovered his passion for photography that was sparked at a young age while developing film in high school.  In 2010 he purchased his first DSLR and dedicated a considerable amount of his free time learning how to create compelling images using the lens as a tool.  He continues to seek new perspectives and ways to see the world, all while capturing it in an interesting way to share with others.  

His latest personal project will be featuring a collection of unique and vivid long exposure macro photography.  Using water droplets, colored LED lights and glass, he paints with movements of light over time to create extraordinarily detailed micro realms.  With every light reflection reveals a tiny world to discover inside.  View his website: http://zackpodratz.com

 

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About


A little info about the new art gallery

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About


A little info about the new art gallery

Located in the culturally rich downtown artists village of Santa Ana (DTSA)

An art gallery by David Luong

 

In April of 2014, David and Steven bought a live/work artist loft in DTSA.  David wanted to showcase his work as well as the work of other amazing digital artists he has met through out his career as a VFX artist. The artist loft is a unique place where you can have your home high up above, while also have a work space below for projects and creative work.  Together, Steven and David chose to turn it into an art gallery to be open once a month in conjunction with the monthly art walk of Santa Ana. The grand opening was on August 2nd, 2014 far surpassing expectations. View the grand opening photos here.

Photonic Playground it was dubbed, a gallery space featuring digital art work manifesting in the physical realm.  View the gallery space photos here. The art gallery will be curated by David, and is to feature the finest digital artists in the industry who have shown great skill in digital matte painting, 3D modeling, animation, photography, illustration, and character art. Limited edition large and small prints will be for sale by David and guest artists in the exhibitions.

David Luong is a visual effects artist working in the video games and film industry, a co-author of d'Artiste: Matte Painting 3 book and digital matte painting instructor of CGSociety.org.  He is currently a senior cinematic artist at Blizzard Entertainment and has worked on AAA game titles such as World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone.  You can check out more of his work at his website http://davidluong.net

Steven Dowling Jr is an avid gamer with strong business sense who also works in the video game industry.  He is currently a Senior Admin to the World of Warcraft team at Blizzard Entertainment and was the Executive Admin to former Chief Creative Officer, Rob Pardo at Blizzard.

 

Photonic Playground Founders:

David Luong: Owner, Artist & Curator

David Luong: Owner, Artist & Curator

Steven Dowling Jr: Owner & Business Operations

Steven Dowling Jr: Owner & Business Operations

 

 

"Digital, yet Physical."

Giving digital artists a place to show their amazing work in a physical gallery space.

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Contact


Email, call, or visit us

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Email, call, or visit us

Address: 200 N Bush St,  Santa Ana CA 92701 @ the Main Lofts

 

We are adjacent to the RiteAid store, facing the street

 

 

 

Phone: (951) 534-9970

Hours: Open only on the first Saturday of every month, during the DTSA Art Walk from 7PM - 10PM

If you have any questions or would like to request an exhibition, please contact us.

Email: info@photonicplayground.com

 

For updates on DTSA's monthly art walk, go to The East End Santa Ana website.

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