Archive for the ‘art’ Category

Dinosaurs!

April 29, 2008

We’re at semester’s end ’round these parts, which means I’m swamped with work all week, hence the lack of posts.  My bad, guys.  However, to prove that I haven’t been wasting my time, I present the above image, which I finished this afternoon.  My last few projects have been a little heavy, what with the zombies and shredded flesh and Wallace Stevens poetry, so I decided this project should be a complete 180.  And really, if there’s anything better than zombies, it’s dinosaurs.  Dinosaurs!  And on top of that, I decided to print it as big as I could, so I am now in possession of a 36″x48″ dino-poster.  AWESOME SAUCE.

Now back to the Final Exam grind.  UGH SAUCE.

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Mo’ Money, Mo’ (Design) Problems

April 7, 2008

I finally got my hands on one of the redesigned five-dollar bills this afternoon (while buying tacos!) and man, what a mess. I understand that the Federal Reserve isn’t really in the business of design, and that their chief priority is to discourage counterfeiting, but they couldn’t have made an uglier bill if they had tried. The insanely out of place purple “5” is probably the most egregious misstep, as the Fed somehow tried to shoehorn Helvetica into a bill that is otherwise serif’d-to-the-max. Not to mention the cloud of yellow “05”s that dot the front and back of the bill, which appear to have been added by a retarded, blind child. All of our new currency has been laughable, but this just about takes the cake (previous cake-taker: Alabama’s Helen Keller Quarter.)

And at the other end of the currency-design spectrum, we have this redesign of Britain’s coinage:

Now THAT is awesome money. By modernizing the Shield of the Royal Arms, which has then been segmented among six denominations, the Royal Mint has developed a thoroughly contemporary design that is as artistically successful as it is utilitarian. No purple, no Helvetica, no blind-idiots running amok. Bravo, Brits.

Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase

April 2, 2008
While putting together a speech concerning the development of 20th Century Art, I was reminded of the above short film, Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase. Created entirely in clay (!!!) by Joan Gratz, it morphs dozens of iconic paintings together, producing a liquid time-line of the development of art (specifically portraiture.) I find it particularly interesting to watch the early, representative faces melt into abstraction. You can really get a sense of the figure in some of the cubist pieces via their juxtaposition to the more realistic paintings. Seeing Picasso’s early self-portrait fracture into Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is surprisingly revealing and inarguably AWESOME.

Audrey Kawasaki

March 28, 2008
She Who Dares

Beautiful new work by the always awe-inspiring Audrey Kawasaki.  I really like the darker, slightly sinister feel present in her recent work. Check out her website, or visit her blog.

Ouch

March 13, 2008
Ouch

This is a small sample of a two-page narrative I’m currently working on.  It was a lot of fun to draw.  My art sure has taken a turn for the gruesome lately.  What’s up with that?

Sam Weber

March 4, 2008
Carried Away
The Tempest

Sam Weber is one of my all time favorite illustrators.  This guy’s skillz are robust, people!  And he’s been published everywhere:  The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Playboy, DC/Vertigo Comics, Random House, The L.A. Times, ESPN Magazine, Wired Magazine, Penguin, SPIN, Paste, and on andonandonandon.  Just supremely talented.  Bottled awesome, really.

Ian O’Phelan

March 3, 2008

Off the Books

Birdsongs

Great illustrations by Ian O’Phelan.  I am insanely jealous of this guy’s line work.  Giving the illusion of so much depth without even cross-hatching is pretty incredible.  Thumbs up!

Polaroid Rage

February 28, 2008
The Giving Tree (Wave Hill)

Beautiful Polaroid collages by Patrick Winfield.  It is incredibly depressing to know that this work is, for all intents and purposes, the death rattle of Polaroid, as production of the self-developing film is set to end later this year.  By the second quarter of 2009 it will be impossible to find in stores.  Even stocking up is impossible, considering the shelf-life of Polaroid film is little more than a year, meaning any unused film you might have will begin to seriously degrade by the end of next year.  Goddamn digital cameras.  (art via Fecal Face.)

The Shoe Spectrum

February 28, 2008
In 2006, Adidas introduced a series of viral advertisements, which they dubbed the “Adicolor Series.” Released over the period of a few months, each video explores the semiotics of a particular color. And because each video is the product of different creative teams, the end results are incredibly varied. Shown above are my two favorites, Pink and Yellow. The other colors are: Black, Red, Blue, and Green. Black is particularly twisted; I wholeheartedly recommend it.

My Levitation Creation

February 22, 2008
Levitation
A dull Friday night for me = a new drawing for you (yes, you!) This is a segment from a new project that I’m working on, the details of which are still a bit hazy. Up until about 30 minutes ago the plan was to do a massive, 34-panel single-sheet that depicted a stylized evolution of man, with the above image functioning as a somewhat incongruous centerpiece, but I’m having second thoughts. I still like the evolution idea, but I don’t think it meshes very well with this drawing. I may change my plan and create a two-page spread that tells a small story around it, instead. Regardless, there are a few things that I’m certain of: It’ll definitely be full-color. And there will be something written on the banner. Also, maybe something growing out of the neck hole? I dunno! A DISTINCT POSSIBILITY, THAT’S FOR SURE.

Shiny Binary

February 19, 2008

 

Dream Machine
Soft Type

Some absolutely stunning Photoshop work by Nik Ainley. Some day I hope to have his degree of Photoshop handles. Slowly but surely, Brock, slowly but surely.

Fudge Factory

February 18, 2008

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Hilarious, incredibly detailed comics by Travis Millard at the Fudge Factory.  Fucking ace!

Diabolos!

February 13, 2008

DIABOLOS!

After months of drawing pretty girls, I figured it was time for a change of pace, and thus the above piece was created (click the image to see it bigger.) I used myself as a model for the zombification process (which I gave a sneak peak of a few weeks ago), and then fleshed things out (pun intended) using Photoshop and Illustrator. This was my first go at Illustrator since high school, which proved to be a bit of a challenge, but I masked my inexperience by putting everything into Photoshop and texturing the shit out of it. I know the text is nearly illegible (which was done on purpose) — it reads “diabolos,” which is the Greek root for “devil.” Figured it was appropriate. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a hankerin’ for brainnnnsssss.

John Alvin

February 11, 2008

As a design student, I was disheartened to learn over the weekend of the death of John Alvin, who was perhaps the preeminent poster artist of his generation.  You may not know his name, but if you’ve been to a movie theater in the past few decades you’ve almost certainly been exposed to his work.  A true artist, Alvin often imbued his posters with an effervescent glow that tended to place his work somewhere between the golden haze of Old Hollywood and our contemporary cinema.  He will be missed.  (A gallery of many of his posters can be seen here.)

Blade Runner

E.T.

Short Circuit

Hook

The Superest

February 8, 2008

Hyper Team, Go!

The Superest is a website created by Illadelphia based illustrators Kevin Cornell and Matthew Sutter.  It is an endless game of My Guy v. Your Guy, with each subsequent superhero possessing a power that counteracts that of the hero which came before (Hyper Team, seen above, defeated the dastardly Co-Eddie, a coach obsessed with cleanliness.)  New drawings appear on an almost-daily basis, and are consistently hilarious.  Ch-ch-check it out.

It’s Funny Because It’s True

February 8, 2008

Mellow Yellow

I’m not sure why I find this so amusing. Wait, strike that. I know exactly why. Because on the inside I’m still a 12-year-old boy. And because bodily functions = funny. It’s just a fact, people. (via MakeNoSound.)

Well Played

February 1, 2008

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What, no Helvetica? (via The Triumph of Bullshit.)

Picture Post 3 – Jumper

February 1, 2008
Jumper
I don’t know really know anything about this picture, other than it was taken just after the woman jumped to her death. There’s a real eerie beauty to her; she looks as though she could  be sleeping.

Boom Goes the Nanowire

January 31, 2008

KA-POW!

Scientist Fanny Beron captured the above image of nano-wires exploding by using an electron scanning micrograph to record an overloaded magnetic array.  The picture won first place in last Fall’s “Science as Art” competition.  (image via io9.)

McMiracles

January 30, 2008

Chris Chiappa - McMiracles

McMiracles, a photographic diptych by Christopher Chiappa. Mmm.