Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Jeff Soto

May 3, 2010


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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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Stormy Skies

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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

March 23, 2009

This here is a mega Random Things Of The Week. In this one article, it lists 15 of the Wackiest Green Gadgets and Technology! The products and inventions are created by so many different types of people from scientists to designers and artists – but they all are environmentally related. Some are super odd and weird while others are quirky and useful.
Here’s the list but it’s seriously condensed so I very much recommend you click on the link for full details, explanations, pictures and videos of the inventions.

1- Speakers with Built-in Planters
2- Grow Your Own Grass Furniture
3- Solar-Powered ‘Personal Massager’
4- Biodegradable Coffin Coffee Table
5- Fuel from Slaughterhouse Waste
6- Wind-Powered Gadget Charger
7- Coffee-Fueled Truck
8- Edible Shoe Polish
9- Pollution-Sensitive Dress (This one is pretty awesome)
10- People-Powered mp3 Player
11- Cow Poop Power
12- Flowering Energy Monitor (This one looks interesting)
13- Man-Powered Ferris Wheel
14- Solar- and Wind-Powered ‘Walking House’
15- Replicating Robot

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Links:
Webecoist Article

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

EAT Clothing

January 17, 2009

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EAT clothing was created in 2006 by a group of easy going guys who love to surf, skate and design graphic art. Before EAT, the clothing label was known as 347 boardrider co. and this label goes as far back as 1996- so these guys know what they’re doing.

I love the designs on these tees because it’s so creative and different- there’s a certain artistic side to them that is not only appealing to a sub-culture but also the commercial popular culture. Their first batch of clothing was directed towards streetwear and that launched their popularity to the point where they opened up their own store. Now they cater for many Musicians, Artists and Surfers/Skaters which has helped their label become more and more popular.

“Our background places us amongst the most complex, progressive and creative people in our artistic community, who definitely endorse our design and fashion concept. We are recognized as an expression of the attitudes of our time, of our new generation. We strive to represent the culture and lifestyle that is a reflection of the contemporary world of which Indonesia is now a part. We celebrate plurality and enjoy the dynamic effects of the new technological advantages available, which give us access to the whole world, instantly.”

Links:
EAT Website
Amazing EAT Tees – Must Look!
EAT Online Store

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Lazy Oaf

December 3, 2008

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Lazy Oaf is a very cute and adorable design brand for everything you can think of!
Cups, Shirts, Wallets, Purses, Stickers, Belts, Stationery, Bumper Stickers, Bags, Eyemask, Jackets, Toys, Paint-Your-Own-Shoes, Talking Watch etc. and they are all at awesome cheap prices.
There really is so so so much to look at so just click the link and awaaaaaaaaay you go!

Links:
Lazy Oaf Site
Online Store

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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

A Party For Alice

April 8, 2008

A Party For Alice is a art collection that the Australian designer, Fyona, says is worked around blending together illustrations and poetry. This talented designer doesn’t just create art and put them on cards to sell, she actually writes her own poetry which can be seen on some of her cards.

How did you come up with the name?
Well I use to be an Event Coordinator. I was in between jobs and doing a course in Sydney to expand my resume. They talked a lot about starting your own business, and seeing as I was having a hard time getting a job, during those long train rides back to Wollongong each day, I began to entertain the thought. I think A Party For Alice dawned on me while I was in the shower. It stemmed from the thought ‘A Party By Fyona’ , but I didn’t want to use my name because I thought it was a bit tacky so I forked out my middle name and was a little inspired by the band Something For Kate and there you have it. I never started that business though, I just hung onto the name until I needed a title for a MySpace site a few months later.

Who’s the brains behind the designs- tell me a little about yourself?
It’s just me really. My name is Fyona Latz, I’m 23, I live in Wollongong NSW. I remember writing and drawing from a very young age, it is one of the only things that I can recall doing throughout my whole life, so imbedded that it is not until now that I realise its unbroken thread. For me its all about the poetry – I only started drawing when I couldn’t think of anything to write. The only formal training I’ve had was during year 12 at school when I took Extension Two English, it was a bit of a boot camp for me!

When and how did you start out?
In February 2007 my friend Claire and I were up late reading through all of my old poetry. I decided the next day that I needed to create a space where I could showcase them all – just for fun really. So I started the A Party For Alice MySpace page. A shop in Melbourne called Meet Me At Mikes contacted me saying if I created a postcard for them with poetry + an illustration, they would sell them. I wasn’t going to do it until I remembered that I worked at a printers and it wouldn’t be that hard. A few months afterwards I put the left over cards on my page for sale and it grew from there.

Was it hard to actually start producing?
Because I was working at a printers for the first few months, a lot of the logistics were really easy. The hardest thing has been getting them out there.

What’s your inspiration behind the designs?
Colour is a big inspiration also I look at a lot of other artists, how they draw hair or eyes and gather ideas from them. I try to put a lot of emotion in to my girls – I like it when you look into a face and you get a sense that they have a personality!

What did you do before you began designing?
I worked as a youth and event coordinator for a few years after school. I had a few casual jobs, including working at the printers as a receptionist and an order processor and I still work casually as an usher at the Regent Theatre in Wollongong.

Any advice for design students who wants to start a line?
Even though you are a full time artist you still need to fight for time to do your art! The bulk of your time is spent promoting what you do and trying to get it out there. You need to be really motivated and keep reminding yourself that people do want your stuff – they just don’t know it yet!

Any big plans in the near future?
Were about to break away from just doing greeting cards and start producing note books, mugs and wrapping paper. Also hopefully in the next 12 months the first book of poetry will be published.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
There’s a new CD called ‘The I Heart Revolution’ by a band called United, it comes with two discs and disc two hasn’t left my CD player, I just love the whole thing.

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
My kettle – I have a major tea addiction at the moment.

Do you have a secret name for your favorite inanimate object?
My laptops name is Iky.Mo.

If you love her designs, then click on her official site to purchase some of her artwork on cards or click on the myspace to check out more of her collection- which I suggest you do because there’s just a wide range of art in her work. She’s also planning to make notebooks soon so you’ll have something to brighten up your uni lectures- because honestly now, how many of you guys spend more time staring at your notebook instead of listening to the lecture?

Links:
Party For Alice Site
Party For Alice Myspace

Megan Isabella

March 23, 2008

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Megan Isabella was one of the artists from the Unwrapped festival that caught my attention. Her art has a bit of a pop art influence- she uses bright colours and the finished product gives off a fun and quirky vibe. Putting one or two of her art in your room will definitely brighten it up and it will grab the attention of any visitors! During the festival, she had her paintings up as well as her buttons and cards on display. While I was taking a peek at her paintings, I saw that she was doing well with selling her cards and buttons to many people- it’s something that appeals to a lot of people.

Who’s the brains behind the designs- tell me a little about yourself ?
My name is Megan and I like to go by the name Megan Isabella (because I think my middle name is too cute to be left out!) hah I turn 21 on the 27th of May and I grew up in Bunbury, Western Australia. I studied Fine Arts & Communications at Uni for a while but I have switched my studies to a course in Graphic Design at TAFE. I went on a trip to Europe last year and spent a month of that all by myself, travelling around Germany, Holland and Austria. It was an inspiring trip!

When and how did you start out?
I’ve been drawing since I was old enough to start a pencil. I’m mostly obsessed with sketching people. And pretty girls- although recently I have been trying to do more male drawings as well. I didn’t make the decision to go professional with my illustration until I got back from My Europe trip in November last year, so since then I have thrown myself out there! As soon as I got back I started drawing and put my illustrations onto gift cards, then walked right into shops and just said “Hey, do you like my stuff?” Now I have them selling in Unison, One Teaspoon, Off the Wall and Ketih & Lottie. It was a little scary I admit J. I also do them on canvas pieces and Button Badges, but what I really would like to do is get them on T-shirts, Stationary, Pocket Mirrors and anything I can get my hands on!

Was it hard to start producing a lot of products?
It still is…I first did them all by hand- but that got way too hard! I was using a makeshift light table (which consisted of me shoving a desk lamp underneath the glass kitchen table.) I have great ideas- but no money to be able to see them through.

What’s your inspiration behind the designs?
I love reflecting personalities and the way people react by themselves or with each other. I usually focus on the young generation and what I believe to be the “art culture” of Perth. I want to draw people with fun and attitude. Other than that I like to design things that are colourful and striking.

What did you do before you began designing?
A major in Performance studies! I directed, performed, set designed, taught- everything. The Hayman Theatre at Curtin University was a great place to learn.

Any big plans for the near future?
To enter as many competitions as I can, and try any way possible to get people to notice my stuff. (Oh and to actually FINISH a qualification)

Any advice for artists who wan’t to follow the path you’re on?
Meet other artists for inspiration and advice.
Also: get used to not having money.

–Random Questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
“Rainbow Warriors” By Coco Rosie

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Oooh that’s a hard one! Probably a hairbrush. I hate knots!

Check out her art on the links or you’ll be missing out on some good shiz! Maybe even buy a few things to brighten up your life- I mean why not get them while they’re still affordable? She could be the next big thing!

– Some of the photos I took of her work can be seen if you go to the “Unwrapped- The Day” feature.
Links:
Megan Isabella Myspace
Megan Isabella Online Shop

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