Posts Tagged ‘art’
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 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.
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!
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.)
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.
Hilarious, incredibly detailed comics by Travis Millard at the Fudge Factory. Fucking ace!
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.
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.)
While battling the first stages of the flu and waiting for the Super Bowl to begin, I decided to flip over to Animal Planet in order to get in some Puppy Bowl action. The pups were as adorable as expected, but something else caught my eye — something both unexpected and, quite frankly, hideous. An eyesore that very nearly defeated the awww puppies!!! involuntary reflex:
That would be the new Animal Planet rebranding, which was rolled out during Puppy Bowl Sunday. And good God, is that not the most hideous logo you’ve ever seen? Animal Planet’s senior VP of marketing, Victoria Lowell, said that the logo, with its differently sized letters and sideways M, was intended to appear as if it was made by an animal. That might as well be the literal truth, because no one in his right mind could possibly design a logo this unappealing. There is absolutely no logical reason for the sideways M, nor for the squished N and A. It’s unbalanced and unattractive. Pitiful design. Now I just hope I won’t be eating my words a year from now when Animal Planet Xtreme is pulling in better ratings than the Super Bowl itself.
A couple of years ago I ordered a print from Dan McCarthy. I have been a huge fan ever since, even buying another print as a Christmas gift for my little brother. Full of dinosaurs, ghosts, skeletons and stars, McCarthy’s work could be defined as paleontological surrealism. And not only that, he sells a different print each month for CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP. Check him out.
I find myself daydreaming about zombies far too often. I watch zombie movies, regardless of quality. I read zombie books. I LOVE zombies. So I wondered what it might be like to become a zombie. First, a photoshop (circa 2003):
Not bad. But it didn’t really capture the anguish that being a zombie must entail. I’m just not an intimidating undead. I mean, Zombie-Me looks like he listens to My Chemical Romance or something equally vile. So then, an illustration:
That’s more like it. I made this drawing earlier today. It’s the first part of a larger project. The final image will be full color and full AWESOME (I hope…) Just wanted to give you guys (my imaginary readers) a sneak peak.
Some superbly surreal collages by Eva Eun-Sil Han, a Korean-born artist currently working in Belgium.
Some awesome design work by the prolific, London & Minneapolis-based Non-Format.
The Great Wave off Kanagawa is a woodblock print created by the Japanese artist Hokusai. It is the first image in a series entitled “36 Views of Mount Fuji” (in this particular scene, Mt. Fuji is the snow-covered peak seen jutting out from behind the massive, finger-tipped waves.) In the century and a half since its creation in 1832, it has become one of the most iconic images in the world of fine art, and to many it has become the visual distillation of that vague, exotic idea of what it was to be “Japanese.”
I have a personal attachment to this particular image. My father spent a few years of his childhood in Japan, and the aesthetic he saw there was mimicked in my childhood home. A print of The Great Wave hung on the wall for many years, and an identical copy belonged to my father’s brother, John. When John passed away a few years ago, I was allowed to take a keepsake from his house; I chose The Great Wave. Outside of Picasso’s Guernica, it has had the greatest impact on my development as an artist, and in fact I would make the claim that Japanese art of the early 1800s has had a massive influence on the development of painting, art, and design in the West — the bold, flat colors; stark outlines; and simplified, almost cartoonish rendering of people can all be found in the works of contemporary artists. In fact, some have even appropriated the design of The Great Wave for their own work (to great effect, I might add.) The issue of appropriation is a sticky one (and one that I will get into in more depth later), but I cannot help but adore anything that reminds me of Hokusai and his Great Wave.