I am not a photographer. I have dabbled in it over the years, I have taken classes but I have never labeled myself as one. Recently, I went on vacation to Santorini, Greece. Besides it being an amazing trip, it was also amazing for photo ops. Let us be serious, the island is so beautiful, it is hard not to take a good picture. The colors and vibrancy is stunning. As I was going through my files editing to be posted on Social Media, I decided that I would make some of the images B&W just to break the monotony of the series. I was pleasantly surprised on how well they worked out and thrilled in how well they were received. There is just something about B&W photography that make something a little more special, a little more emotional, a little more somber, a little more powerful. That is something I will be exploring as I take pictures from here on end.
In anticipation and excitement for my upcoming trip to Greece, I did a series of Digital Illustrations of the Greek Gods of Olympus. I referenced famous ancient statues because they have the impactful celestial stature which I come to expect of such beings of higher power. I was really excited in how they came out. I hope to continue this when I come back.
Chad Knight, a 3D Designer I recently discovered is doing things that are absolutely mind blowing. Composing his work with Cinema 4D, he is creating vibrant and gorgeous pieces of Digital Art that moves. This type of work is both elegant and imaginative and feels quite personal. I am enjoying his journey.
Paul Rigby was and internationally renowned illustrator who focussed on political satire. A talented artist, Rigby made so many laugh during his time. Especially serving as a cartoonist for The New York news papers (NY Post and Daily News). His work had me in tears. To keep up this quality of humor and artistry 5 days a week for that long of a time takes sheer natural ability and passion. He made it even more fun by hiding a little cartoon of himself in every piece of oh his work. After my blog about Jim Carreys political cartoons, I thought Mr. Rigby should be mentioned as well.
Not only actor/comedian Jim Carrey candraw, but he can draw really well. He recently shared to the public some of his political cartoons that he has been working on in recent days. Regardless of ones political views and beliefs, they are bold, thought provoking, capturing the gestures of the characters and most importantly... funny! I like it when artists (regardless of craft) go out of their comfort zones and try something different. It shows growth and creates surprise.
School House Rock that is. The former Creative Director of ABC Animation and creator of School House Rock, an ABC series of animated shorts focused on educating children, Thomas G. Yohe died of cancer this week. He came up with the idea while working at an advertising firm in 1971. Educating children through fun eye catchy cartoons coupled with bubble gum style lyrics that entertained. This endeavor earned him several Emmy awards over the years. I was saddened by this news but felt envious and grateful that he was able to create such work that had (even today) such an impact on our culture. Here is my favorite clip from these shorts.
Mitsushige Nishiwaki.. an artist from Tokyo, Japan who is focused mainly on etchings for Print, fashion and textile design. He has had numerous shows in London, Paris and New York City. I discovered his art on linkedin of all places. It came up on my feed and I was quickly hooked. His work is very spirited and ethereal. It reminds me of Edward Gorey but merged with bold colors with street scenes and landscapes that capture emotion. It is quite infectious. His work can be seen in NYC at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 20-23rd.
One of, if not THE greatest super-hero icon ever Superman is now 80 years old. How they (DC COMICS) have managed to keep this character relevant and popular through out all of the years dealing with harsh changes in our culture is a testament to the creative and marketing force of the company. This character is my all time favs in comic books. The characters message always resonates and generates aspiration for better. That is how I look at it anyway. In addition to becoming 80 years old, Action Comics had published it's 1,000th issue this month. Many of the top industry artists had composed their own version of what the cover should be. I decided to compose my own. Here is to another 80 years!
Melissa Ulto should be your Digital Marketing Agency. She is the head of MULTO.COM specializing in a whole range of services such as signage installations, video wall design for both tech and content, video marketing content production, interactive installations, etc. They have also created award winning websites and apps for a variety of clients in both media and fashion. Their approach to service is focusing on needs, exceeding those needs while executing the end product with elegance and speed. This level of talent and fierceness (if their is such a word) towards pushing the envelope makes them an agency to look out for.
Years back, my wife purchased the book "The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature" by Jeff VanderMeer. I always thought it to be a cool looking book but sadly, never came upon it again until recently while reorganizing our bookshelves. I am so happy to have found it. This is a really gorgeous guide which serves as a solid introduction to the world of Steampunk in regards to writings, art and culture. Now, I don't think this book should be calling itself a bible. I think their is a lot more content that needed to be added. That being said, it is bold, it is impressive, it is a deliberate piece which inspires creativity and elegance.
Saddened by the closing of one of the great institutions of joy that was Toys "R" Us, let us remember the amazing marketing and story telling that they put out. It reached so many at a personal level that it made us feel something good and virtuous. It didn't matter if it was actually real or not, what mattered is that we believed it was possible. For that time period in where the masses were starving for something to believe, their campaign delivered. At least for me any way.
I feel sort of guilty. It has been a while since I blogged about anything. I thought I was being lazy but to be honest, I had nothing to be excited about. Not until I visited the 313 Gallery in Jersey City. During their “PRESS GANG” show, I had a glimpse of the painting work of the young artist Ana Benaroya. She is a working illustrator based out of NJ. Word is that she is obsessed with hot sauce and thinks of quantum theories in her spare time, but I won’t entertain such rumors.
I find Ana Benaroyas work to be amazingly uncomfortable, vibrant, bold, playful, grotesque, and most of all emotionally provoking. Every piece I see brings out a strong feeling within me. Some good, some bad, but consistently strong. I hope she never loses that ability. Attached is a link to her site and some of her work.
One of the finest water color painters I have ever met, Joanna Barnum is an illustrator and painter who is based in Harford County, Maryland. She approaches water color painting with such excitement and movement, she almost makes it look painfully easy. It's not. It's thought through and deliberate. Whether it be fantasy related art, personal portraits or good old landscape, her work explodes off the canvas. I have known her for many years. Getting to witness how this artist evolved puts be in awe of her talent. With the holidays are upon us, I can not think of a better gift to a loved one than a commission.
Check her site out!
I was recently gifted CHIPP KID: BOOK TWO - 2007-2017. This is a fantastic journey through creativity in what is the 2nd leg of this accomplished designers career. Chip Kidd quietly has become one of the great Graphic Designers of our time. He continues pushing boundaries as time goes on with such confidence of the final outcome. If I could re-name this book, I would call it STRONG CHOICES. Go check it out!
Yes. I still own an IPOD. I like it. I love the feel, the control and the freedom I have with this device. It has made me think about it's evolution in regards to design. I am buying another one. I am hooked.
It's that time of year again. INKTOBER! It's a time when artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month of October. For every time a drawing is done, you post it on social media and hash tag. #inktober2017 (or what ever year it is). The concept was created by artist Jake Parker and it is something that has taken off over the years. What I do love most? How top professionals in the industry part take in this event and interact with other professionals or just hobbyists. It is really neat. Here are a few that I did the last few years.
I recently saw a show with photography displayed by Gail Quagliata. She is a New York-based mixed media artist focusing predominantly on urban landscape photography. She did a series in which she photographed every Bodega in Manhattan. I found this to be ambitious and thought provoking. Capturing an essence of NYC that is always transforming in landscape and in character. She also has a cat named Optimus Prime and that is just awesome! Check her site out!
I was at the Neue Galerie in NYC over the weekend and was privileged to see the work of Richard Gerstl. An Austrian painter from the very early 1900's. Though he lived a short life, the amount of high quality work that he produced in that time frame was quite extraordinary. His use of color and stroke technique just jumped off the canvas. I do not recall enjoying and exhibition like that in a long while. The Gallery itself is great. If you have a chance, go see it!
Or.... Jessica Davis is teaching a class in Watercolor painting. This is a class for everyone! No painting experience is needed, but even avid artists can enjoy learning some new techniques for watercolor. Your instructor, Brooklyn-based artist Jess Davis, will guide you and help you find your own creative path in this fun Sunday afternoon workshop.
This is not a shameless plug for a talented friend (which it is). Nor is it me telling you what to do (which I am). My point is that (paraphrasing Kevin Spacey in American Beauty) .. The best gift to give yourself if is the ability to surprise yourself. I think everyone should take a class in some form of art or another... So... take a class. Take her class!