A few weeks back I posted a vector piece by Joe Murtagh as an example of a vector artist who is doing something notable in ocean of vector art/artists. Hannah Bacasno is another great example of a talented vector artist. Her style is a lot more photo-realistic than Joe Murtagh's but she still has established a strong style which makes use of extensive layering to give fine detail and a very rich image. I can't imagine how long an illustration like this would take, but I think it's obvious that it was worth it. Check out Hannah's website for some other great vectors.
j3l06 has posted some superb 3D renders of graffiti styled art on his behance profile. I posted some similar work by a different artist a few weeks back. I think this style is an amazing addition to the graffiti art world, which has been mostly restricted to paint on concrete. What really impressed me about his folio is that he also has some great drawings. I love it when artists/designers don't restrict themselves to one medium. It's great to see how their particular style gets translated from one platform to the next. This is a particularly good example because j3l06's work looks amazing as both 3D models and pencil drawings. How could I not post this awesome sketch of a skull anyway. As mentioned in previous separate posts: skulls and scale grab my attention. I haven't seen a nice crop of a skull like this before. It makes me want to draw skulls like I'm at art school again. It's been a while since I've delved into my pencil case, but the longer I leave it, the greater the desire to draw again!
This is piece by Ginger Monky is definitely more cute and friendly, compared to what I usually post but I was really taken by the use of colour. I think overall the piece is great and I love to see experimentation, and after a closer inspection you'll notice a few sneaky textures that really give the piece more depth. Ginger monkey had this to say beneath the piece on his behance profile:
"Tied into my Eye-i piece, as this too was heavily inspired by a couple of psychedelic album covers from the 60's. Chip is a startled chipmunk and God only knows why I drew him one day and then decided to melt him."
Check out his website here.
Ben Crick has posted an outstanding series of type treatments on his behance profile. In each example Ben has pushed the development and experimentation into completely different directions – a difficult feat to achieve. This one in particular caught my attention. I really like the letter forms and think the whole piece comes together nicely as a strong piece of typography. I usually consider glassy/gradient/glossy textures on type to be quite cheesy but I think Ben has used it wisely here as it compliments and emphasises the curves and fluid feel of the piece. I strongly recommend checking out the whole series.
Christopher Webster has posted a series of all sorts of crazy abstract goodness on his behance profile under the banner architecture. Intriguing right? As I scrolled through the project I was confronted with images that were overtly architectural in appearance, some that looked like abstract architecture and others that were right off the scale (such as the above). I'm not sure what the purpose of the project was, but it caught my attention. Especially this image that was last in the series. With a strong, but somewhat skewed sense of perspective and remnants of geometric forms this only hints at architecture. Otherwise it looks like the visualisation of a come down, nightmare or the cover of the next Aphex Twin album. It feels cold and inhuman, uncomfortable and aggressively energetic. Very tasty.
Shadow, what more really needs to be said. Except that this is an outstanding video clip that has been carefully worked with the track. I had a bit of a hunt around google to try and find who put the video together with no luck. If anyone can tell me I'd love to credit them here. Enjoy.
In my last post I wrote about unique magazine cover design, I thought I'd keep the topic open with this cover that I also found on behance this morning. Lazenby Brown (Mat Lazenby + Gary Brown), have put together a more conventional cover design than the one featured in my last post but it still pleasantly pulls away from the ugly face that is "modern magazine cover design". I feel like the magazine design/advertising world has turned its back on modernism/minimalism. Instead of an inviting cover that connects with its audience we are typically confronted with covers that yell several headlines in our face that are all competing with each other and the magazine banner. I really like how Lazenby Brown have created something that relies on the design itself. The result is a cover that is neat, well designed and most importantly, bold. The world would be a much more beautiful place if more people adopted and accepted this sort of design form.
I've never heard of Kamikaze Magazine, but I've spent some time researching it today. I think it's a magazine about street/urban culture – if I was to judge it entirely by its cover I'd say it looks pretty good. Sam Newhouse has done an amazing job at designing a magazine cover that completely stands out from an ocean of magazine covers out there. I used to read Made Magazine which also utilised unorthodox cover design. I think in a world where art and design for the masses seem to be determined by trend it is important to create a point of difference in niche areas (I assume Kamikaze Magazine is a boutique/niche magazine). As a piece of art Sam has done well to create something edgy and fitting to the theme of the urban culture world. His minimal use of colour and subtle use layering and texture draw the viewer in to reveal more depth. The piece has an overall uncomfortable mood but makes me want to buy the magazine anyway.
Naxo Garcia's use of light and texture in this piece has resulted in something quite unique and fresh. I think over all he has a great style that instantly sets him apart from every other painter/drawer/artist out there. I really like his subtle choice of colour and use of brushstrokes/line work in defining the female body form. The gaze tops it all off.
I came across these wonderfully atmospheric shots on Serge's behance folio this morning. Serge has captured the perfect setting for some dark fairy tale or horror film. Winter leafless trees are so often associated with the horror genre. Their spindly branches reach out like sharp little fingers and form formations similar to blood vessels. In these images the sheer size of the trees and the angle from which the photos were taken (in particular the first image) makes them appear quite intimidating.
After yesterday's type treat, I thought I'd post this little gem by Justin Ward. As I mentioned yesterday I'm more aware of unique type treatments and typography in general as I'm currently working on a typeface. I love the form of the letters here and the way they link together, and I think Justin has done a great job at presenting them with lighting and texture.
Once again I'm posting work by Stas M (now referred to as Stas Markov on behance). When I first noticed Stas' work on behance I was intrigued and amazed by it, as mentioned in earlier posts. I had no idea the work would keep flowing consistently. I posted these 2 from a series on behance that is a little different to the other work I've seen of his. Usually his work is has a certain ominous, foreboding feel and depicts foggy landscapes. These images are a fresh change but still fit within the "Stas genre" nicely. I think it's interesting that he's placed these within the same series despite them being so different. You can get to his Flickr site here. Great work from Stas, I look forward to seeing more.
I find that when I'm working on a particular style of project be it type design, poster design, logo design etc my senses are heightened to other works in that area. I guess this happens to most designers and just comes naturally because you are constantly thinking of the project and comparing/contrasting it to what else is out there. At the moment I'm in the process of design a typeface and am trying to find ways to keep it fresh and original. Every character must be approached as an individual project whilst keeping it in line with its counterparts. My point here is that it takes a lot of focus and dedication to come up with fresh type – some thing that Giles Peyton-Nicoll has achieved. I've never been a big fan of 3D type, I'm not sure why, but perhaps those days are in the past. In addition I'm growing very fond of geometric/minimal fonts, and although this is just a logo type there is definitely the capacity here for Giles to develop this into an entire working font (if he hasn't already). Check out Gile's website here.
Michal Mozolewski's behance folio is full of all sorts of tasty treats. This one in particular caught my eye. Like many of his other works this involves abstract experiments in photo manipulation, but to be quite honest I'm not sure exactly how he achieves the look of his work at all. They all have a unique look and feel while still appearing to be related to each other in some way. What I liked about this piece is the feeling of temperature that is expressed through colour and texture – it feels freezing cold (and I live in a fairly cold part of the world). I think the combination of slightly desaturated, but cool colours combined with the crystalline texture of what appears to be ice crystals is what Michal has executed perfectly. The abstraction of the image invites the viewer to make their own interpretation. For me I think of what it would feel like to dive in to Antarctic/Arctic water.
I found this piece on behance by an artist called Isdoo. It instantly grabbed my attention do to it's overwhelming scale and gaze. It's similar to another project I posted a couple of weeks ago with a slightly abstract crop/close up of an illustration of a girl. I think this piece would look great as a really large print.
I found this series by Meriol Lehmann quite interesting. I think the images are amazing: rich, well composed and a great use of light and contrast. However the actual subject matter would typically be considered quite ugly. This is similar to what I've tried to convey in some of my own projects involving the urban environment. I would find it much harder to portray an Industrial site in any positive context because of the affiliations with pollution etc, and having said that I've realised that I also feel these images have a certain somber feel. Check out Meriol's site here.
These shots are part of an amazing series by Dominik Kruger. They instantly struck me as some sort of modernist manifestation due to the heavy lines and contrast, geometric shapes, and overall abstract appearance. I really like how a creative angle and great use of light and shadow has almost transformed this bridge into something new. Every shot in the series combines solid black shadows with subtle highlighted areas of textured concrete against a bleak cloudy sky. Very tasty work. I also highly recommend checking out his website.
I found these shots by Adam M on behance this morning. I love the atmosphere that mist brings to a photo, eerie, mysterious. I couldn't help but think of the movie "The Mist" and how mist is used to invoke a feeling of mystery and intrigue. Essentially mist is used to mask the environment, leaving the imagination to wonder what is out there – which makes it a great tool in the horror genre. Adam's mist shots demonstrate this perfectly, the viewer is drawn in to the shot, but is not given the full scene. I can appreciate any art form that gives the opportunity for the viewer/listener to use their imagination to see the full picture. The boundaries for interpretation are endless.
This piece grabbed my attention this morning on Mike Karolos's behance folio. I've always had a great admiration for graffiti art and artists and love seeing the genre being taken into new areas. I've been thinking of ways to bridge the gap between graffiti art and contemporary illustration. Mike's done this perfectly here and in a really nice and unique style. Mike also has an online store that's worth checking out.
Lately I've been taking an interest in industrial/urban skylines. As I walk around I've been trying to spot interesting skylines that could appear a little abstract out of context. This interest will be evident in some upcoming work of mine. I really like the contrast between jagged, angular and geometric shapes against the natural tones of the sky. The contrast is sometimes quite surreal. I think Gabriel Millozzi has captured this perfect in his series of shots: Structures. Power line structures I think are especially interesting because of the strong sense of perspective and random shapes that a caused by the crossing of wires and metal. I think the dark cloudy sky brings a great mood to this series. I'm planning on skyline spotting later this afternoon and seeing this series has been great inspiration.
Time for another little piece of late night electro. After snooping around the BOC youtube page I came across this video clip by Faust650. The track is a BOC classic from Twoism, their first LP, and Faust has done a great job at creating some original and fitting visuals. So many fan made music videos on youtube are just pieces of footage slapped onto a track without any real thought of narrative or a relationship between the two. Faust has very cleverly incorporated the video to fit the music. The style is a little reminiscent of early 80s experimental video clips which goes very well with this track. I could write more but my brain is moosh right now. I will point out however, that I went onto youtube to find a gem, and this is the gem I found. I couldn't help but smile while I watched it. Enjoy.
I came across this shot today by Ruben Brulat and was reminded of how isolating and cold the city can be. To some extent it reminds me of the painting Night Hawks by Edward Hopper which depicts a lonely and cool urban setting. We construct these enormous concrete jungles, transportation networks and communication devices in the hope to make life more efficient, more safe and to bring each other closer, but are we actually pulling ourselves away from humanity, from our own humanity? At some point in the future will it be considered uncommon for people to have face-to-face contact with each other out of the home? Will we be more reliant on digitally based relationships than actual ones?
The depiction of the city here while being cold and lonely is also somewhat beautiful. Ruben has captured the unique lighting, geometric shapes and textures of the urban world, with only a few subtle hints of human existence – with the exception of the city forms themselves. When looking at this image my eye initially wonders down the dark road towards the light, before moving up to the buildings to search for signs of life in the windows then eventually down underneath the bridge into the shadows. The image is incredibly still, which I think contributes to the isolation and lifelessness. I feel inspired to take my camera out for a night walk.
I've had these shirts sitting in my side bar for a little while now and had been meaning to write a bit about them. I've been a little busy over the last couple of days and haven't had the chance to go hunting for art so now is the perfect opportunity. I posted these on my behance profile a month or so back and got a wide range of feedback. Some people loved them others weren't into photo tees others weren't into square designs on shirts. I own a few square shaped photo tees and love them, so it didn't seem like an issue for me. I like these shirts so I decided to stick to my guns and keep them as they are. I've never been a huge fan of humourous/cute tees, like my design work tees I like tend to have a more serious and sometimes dark tone. My rationale on behance is as follows:
"In this project I've explored layering in graffiti. I've noticed, typically, graffiti has a short life span before it's painted over with a new piece. I've tried to focus on the subtle hints that previous artwork has left behind. With a thorough analysis one could even construct a time line based on where the various positions are layered. Between the layers lie many "sub-layers" of simple tags, scribbles, paint drips and random mess/grime. All of these elements create an extremely unique and temporary texture, before someone paints over and changes them once again. These are a capture of graffiti in both space and time.
Why put the images on t-shirts? The idea came to me late the other night, I did a quick mock up and thought "Hell yeah!" Enjoy."
What do you think of these shirts? What do you think of photo tees in general?
The shirts are $22 each and can be bought here.