Archive for the ‘Art/Photography’ Category

Jeff Soto

May 3, 2010


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Love Can Surpass All Obstacles

Jeff Soto’s artwork can be quite confusing for some people as his pieces are often juxtapositions of two different ideas such as innocence and darkness, nature vs. smog intertwining closely with each other. It even shows in the colours he chooses by mixing pastels with dark greys. His work commonly appeals to the hip-hop and street art culture as he gains most of his inspirations from the skateboarding and graffiti lifestyle. There isn’t much more I can say other than just see for yourself and enjoy!

Links:
Jeff Soto Art


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Random Thing of the Week

July 7, 2009

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This little blog is a cute one! It’s regularly updated with creative images of the secrets- I’ve put some up- but there are also e-mails and a PostSecret Community. It’s hard to explain this blog, I can only hope you check it out for yourself.

You can also buy books full of the post cards- just look for this picture in the middle of the blog–>

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‘PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people
mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.’

Have a look and a laugh- even contribute some. Enjoy…

Links:
Post Your Secrets Blog

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Insect Collective Art

June 16, 2009

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Luke & Paul are amazing surreal/abstract artists that have showcased their work everywhere. Their website shows some of the creative talent to these two have produce some deadly art! They’ve created a collective in 1998 and thus Insect was born-

“After scaring the creative community with their off-the-wall surrealism & working with major world-wide clients for 18 years.”

Major clients include Adidas, Levis, Nike, Boxfresh & MTV.

This collective have designed the new Prodigy album ‘Invaders Must Die’ along with ‘The Time & Space Machine’

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Links:
Insect Homepage
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Random Thing of the Week

May 4, 2009

Possibly one of the awesomest advertisements I’ve seen in a while!

It’s for Puma – Enjoy –

Murat Süyür

March 23, 2009

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Murat Süyür is an incredible graphic designer from Istanbul. His work is so varied- looking through is portfolio you’ll see his amazing conceptual designs along with still-life, advertisements and fashions shots.
His biography on his website says he only really uses the computer to edit the art he’s done and make any corrections. Pretty impressive hey- here’s his interview!

Who’s the brains behind the designs- tell me a little about yourself and what kinda stuff you
do?

İ’ve just finished the university from Electrical engineering department , it took 7 years for me to finish, that was becouse of my advertising and design interest. Which was going to give me a chance to explain my self in photography.

When and how did you start out?
İt was like 4 years ago.. a friend of mine show me a magazine about photograpy. After that i got interested in concepts and stil life photo’s the first 2 year i was just an amateur. Then slowly it became professinal and now it’s the first thing in my life.

Did you find it hard to get your work “out there”?
İt was always hard… its not easy to set up all the things .. make everything allrgiht for shooting. I mean its really hard to figure out whats on your mind… productions things and also post production

What’s your inspiration behind the designs?
Everything. But mostly shapes , objects itself

What did you do before you began designing?
Absolutely nothing

Any advice for aspiring artists?
Make it different.

Any big plans in the near future?
Well.. lets wait and see

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
For the last 2 months İm back to 90’s pop – house
Probably Michael Jackson ‘s Billie jean is most played one

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Cellular phone with internet connection

Here are three new designs he’s just created- it’s very clever playing with scenes where peoople feel isolated or sad. It’s one of the many conceptual art he’s done that I’m really loving. Sooooo, GO and check out his other work- it’s so interesting on what other concepts he plays around!

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Futuristic tunnel

Empty airline checkout counter

Links:
Murat Süyür Official Site

Design By Humans T-Shirt

February 19, 2009

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Know Looking Back- By kennybanzai

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Ghostez-By blooboy

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3D! Lightning Storm-By yasly

Design By Humans (DBH) isn’t just any normal online store that sells t-shirts- it’s much more than that. It’s a website which hosts an ongoing competition so that artists and designers can submit their t-shirt designs. Then the DBH community vote on which is the best design!

Not only that, t-shirt lovers who love unique and artistic designs can buy these t-shirts whose designs have won the competition. It’s a cool community for artists and t-shirt enthusiasts to talk about anything and everything related to art and design. If you join the community then you can discuss stuff, and submit your own work and vote on other people’s designs.

You can see some of the designs available from in my previous post (Inspiredology) and I’ve put up some more – but there is so so many more designs on the website and so easy to buy from the online store. There’s even free shipping if you spend over $70- And yes the t-shirts are available for both Men AND Women!

If you’re a person who loves to design stuff but never got around to starting production- I highly recommend you take a look at this. There’s so much you can learn!

Links:
Design By Humans Official Site

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The Seasons Of My Life- By wotto

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Take Control-By bortwein

Inspiredology- Design Inspiration Lab

February 14, 2009

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For all you guys out there who love creative design and arts- you’d pretty much love this blog. Inspiredology is a blog full of random designing tips and facts. It also showcases some pretty amazing artwork pieces- such as 50 Terrific Tees, combining fashion and arts and design which is just cool.

This blog has so much packed into it from Freebies to a whole showcase of Logo colletions. The almuni section features a lot of amazing talented artists from DeviantArt website. Then the Graphic Design sections features art from street grafitti to magazine covers.

The 50 Terrific Tees post that has been directed to my attention by Justin I think would interest a collective amount of you artists AND fashion designers. The amount of different types of creativity that can be put on a blank white t shirt is just amazing. Every design has its own unique interpretation and inspiration- some being artistically delicate and meaningful while some being very funny and clever. I highly suggest you have a look through this feature as well as the blog if you are interested in this kind of stuff!
Enjoy!!

Links:
Inspiredology Blog
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Viktor Koen

October 13, 2008


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Viktor Koen is a very successful and very talented Greek designer. He’s studied at design institutions for many years and has won heaps of awards- and it’s easy to tell why. He has an incredible amount of variation in his ideas- so so amazing I really think anyone interested should take a look. His website features all of his ideas from “Attic Child” to his T-shirt store ($15 dollars each!). Even his actual website layout is so clever. On there he features his work from editorial magazines, books even music cd’s.

I personally like “Dark Peculiar Toys“, “Plug” and “Damsels in Armour” which are somewhat dark interpretations of what would happen when you mesh machines and people/animals/objects together. It is so very interesting, his statement is a better way to understand his inspiration behind these designs it’s very interesting to read.

The one that’s super awesome though is “Lexicon“- I really love how his concepts are backed up by his little poetic descriptions. You all should go through all of them and have a read!

To navigate through his pictures, have a look through exhibition and his prints. Have Fun!

Links:
Viktor Koen Website


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Lewes Herriot

October 6, 2008

*lil note: Finally got the virus out of laptop- yay!*
Now for the real stuff!
I saw Lewes Herriot’s work in a graphic design magazine I was reading while I was procrastinating from study and was drawn in by his graphics that the magazine featured. I went into his MySpace to check out his other work and just had to get in contact with him. He’s done many graphics for bands (any bands out there need any graphics done?) and the majority of his work uses a lot of bright colours on black backgrounds- something that does personally appeal to me. He uses a lot of blending in his work such as blending objects and words into one big art piece- the result is a captivating piece of work. Not to say all his work looks alike, he does have variety in his pieces and I highly recommend people take a look at his blog and MySpace.

Now have a read about his interview and learn about his amazing art and his cactus named Colin:

Who’s the brains behind the designs- tell me a little about yourself and what kinda stuff you do?
I’m a 25 year old self-taught artist and illustrator living in Birmingham. I’ve been uploading my work onto the internet for little over a year, trying to get my work seen and make contacts, whilst doing work for musicians and bands I enjoy along the way. I work during the day in a non-art related thing and use my free time to create pictures of gods riding animals and giant bird men in canyons.

When and how did you start out?
I’ve always enjoyed drawing and used to spend a lot of time as a kid copying cartoon characters and then creating my own. Role models like Stay Puft and The Shredder were integral to my early days as an artist. I used to videotape things like the intro to Ghostbusters and pause it to copy out the various things I liked. My parents would always give me paper and pens and encourage me to draw. In the few art lessons I had at school, I didn’t enjoy being forced to draw the way the teacher wanted me to, so didn’t pursue art academically anymore, opting for drama and music instead. It was only when due to boredom I returned to spend a short while in a part-time art course in 2007 that I felt inspired to start making a career out of my art. Due to the amount of work I soon took on, I had to leave the course prematurely, but being given the short time to think about my artwork and research other art more closely was a vital kickstart.

Did you find it hard to get your work “out there”?
It’s still far from out anywhere. It’s nice to see photos of big store displays for bands I’ve done art for in places like Japan, but that’s more the band’s work being a success than mine. The illustrations I’ve done for magazines have all been band related really, so again, I’m kinda riding people’s coat-tails at the moment. I do feel a slow progression. I get a lot of nice messages and emails from people who like my style of drawing, which is amazingly encouraging. This is just from constantly creating work and uploading it, sending it to people, emailing people who I think will like it. It’s all you can do. With the internet of course, it’s a lot easier to get the contacts you need and show your work to people you think should see it. It can help to have a degree but it’s far from crucial.

What’s your inspiration behind the designs?
Everything. I like to walk around the hills and forests I live near and think a lot about my work and the characters and places in them. I tend not to think too much about the image just before I start it though, I just get an idea of the shape and space I’d like to cover. Then I link the initial shapes with patterns, characters and writing in as lucid and automatic way as possible. This tends to draw in a lot of influence from whatever I’m reading or watching around the time, which usually means various things from wildlife documentaries to graphic novels. I also tend to draw in rhythm to whatever I’m listening to at the time, which could be anything from The Mars Volta to an episode of Frasier. I also foundd the artwork of Gustav Dore and Heironymus Bosch to be hugely inspiring as well as the book ‘The Invisibles’ by Grant Morrison.

Any advice for aspiring artists?
A lot of people say you need to get your work seen by as many people, send cards and emails here there and everywhere. What they neglect to tell you is that you can save yourself a lot of time, money and rejection if you only aim at the places you really really want to work for. Research your chosen field, if they reject you, go away, improve, try again. The internet is amazing for being able to contact people who can help you, it’s just a matter of seeing which artists work like you, and politely and sincerely bombarding them and their friends for help. Politeness is key.

Any big plans in the near future?
I want a shop, online or real, to sell my work from. Tshirts, prints, posters, badges, stickers, books, the lot. One day, a big hardback book full of things from my head. I’m also working on a music video for Free Moral Agents and also working on the next Johnny Foreigner album. Also hopefully selling out and having some tshirts for sale in a local well-known shop outlet type thing.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
I’ve had a few things in circulation really… death cab, fleet foxes, broken social scene on the stereo and Tubelord and Dinosaur Pileup on the ol’ myspace cos I dont have cd’s by them. And I dont have an ipod because CD’s are so much more fun to buy. and to throw and to scratch and to lose.

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
a pen? yay artsy answer.

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
it’s Colin. and it’s a cactus. the secret’s out!

Check out his MySpace or his Blog or buy something from his Online Store- either way just have take a quick peek at his work!

Links:
Lewes Herriot MySpace
Lewes Herriot Blog
Lewes Herriot Online Store

Lewes Herriot Contact:
lewesherriot@hotmail.co.uk

Adam

September 23, 2008

What many of you may not know is that I do tend to take an interest in graphic designs every so often. I love how each artist puts in their own unique interpretations of an image or object they see. Adam is one of those designers that has a very creative outlook that can be seen in his paintings and designs. In his illustrations, he tends to blend in the sketching of various people, animals or objects and integrate some bright colours into it. This combination really does look interesting!

Have a read of his interview, he does have a funny embarassing story!!

Who’s the brains behind the designs?
I’m 21, I’m from sydney but currently live and work from Stockholm sweden, i work as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator and i paint aswell.

I work in all different disciplines from print design, to motion to illustration to art. I mainly work in the arts and music industry however i have recently been moving on to different areas like video and branding which is something im looking forward to doing more of. I like to do as much as i can, i have recently done an album cover for an american guy called desmond reed, he makes these quirky songs so i did some quirky illustrations. and I’m currently working on promo video for sony and creating artworks to show over here.

When and how did you start out?

I started studying graphic design in 2005 at the same time i started designing websites and posters for friends bands. I was also always painting then aswell, i think i wasnted to study fine arts but i kind of realised i can do both and get a diploma in graphic design to make me “Job Worthy” i guess i was playing it safe.

Was it hard to actually start producing?
No not really it all just kind of happend, i would say it was/is easy i guess i would say every thing just felt right and it still does so i will continue

What’s your inspiration behind the designs?
Every project is different as it always based on what someone wants, but i have been lucky enough to get alot of projects that i have been told to just do what i want, however sometimes this is hard as there is no starting point of as brief. I create art aswell and show in galleries as often as i can, my art has been my escape from the disciplines of design and until recently i never wanted them to be in the same place however more and more my art and design seems to be coming together into the same place. as for inspiration i am always browsing the internet, reading design magazines, going to art shows, watching and listening to music. I guess i would say that i am inspired by what is around me at the time, and at the moment because i have had to pack up my studio i am working alot with graphite and gouche, im working on a series or artworks based losely around viking mythology and chaos, they are coming along nicely

What did you do before you began designing?
before i started designing hmm well im only 21 so there isnt much i did, i just surfed all the time, i worked as an electrician for a little bit before i started studying and quite quickly realised it wasnt for me.

Any advice for aspiring artists?
do what ever feels right

Any big plans in the near future?
Yeah i would really like to start working in a studio, or find a studio to work from, its getting quite lonely working by myself all the time. Im planing for an exhibition here in stockholm. And just make pictures basicly

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
bon iver , Beth orton, Belle and sebastion, city and colour and mock orange

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
my computer

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
not really i have a nickname for a pony tail, its not and inanimate object but its simple just PT

What’s the most embarrassing/awkward situation you’ve been in?
Ha im so awkward they happen all the time hmm okay the other day i was looking for a new apartment in stockholm, i put an ad on the internet looking for a new “Apartment” and i got an email back from a woman saying “OH IM SO HAPPY I SEEN YOUR AD FOR A PARTNER I WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU” and so on, she even sent a picture of herself, i sadly had to let her know i was looking for an apartment not a partner

Check out his other artwork!

Links:
Adam’s MySpace