This is a shot I took about a year ago that's part of an HDR series of the Tasman Bridge, which links the Eastern and Western shores of Hobart,my home town in Australia. Underneath the bridge is another of my favourite places in Hobart. I always feel completely removed from my normal world when I'm there. On this particular day there were some fairly aggressive storm clouds building up and a cool breezing coming off the water, all I could hear was the faint hum of cars passing above.
This is my submission for the Dj Shadow Remix Project. On Shadow's website there is/was a calling for fans to submit art work for the cover of this upcoming album before March 31st (2010). I jumped at the opportunity, I've listened to Shadow for many years and the idea of creating a piece that reflects his music was very appealing. It took me a little while to nail a concept. I really had to stop myself from just diving in and creating some arbitrary mess that had no substance (but would have been fun anyway). I decided to concentrate on the idea of a remix and to try to visually define remix with a DJ Shadow flavour. I really wanted to avoid all the DJ clichés out there and in doing so started looking at old cassette tapes as a possible avenue, and the idea of a "mix tape" which was popular in DJ circles back in the day. I started collecting tapes and admiring their beautiful old designs from the 70s and 80s. I noted the feelings of nostalgia I got from tapes, probably associated with memories of my first cassette tapes. For the first 15 years of my life all the music I listened to was on cassette tapes. I've also felt nostalgia when listening to particular DJ Shadow tracks, and this was something I definitely wanted to explore in my submission. So eventually the idea of slicing, dicing and "remixing" old cassette tapes is what led to my final execution. The tapes I used are also my own design. I photographed old cassette tapes and redesigned the labels with a retro spin in illustrator and photoshop. Let's hope Shadow likes it.
Please feel free to tell me what you think of this design. Can you see it as an actual Dj Shadow cover?
I spotted this design in Anthony Dart's folio on behance a while ago and forgot about it until I came across it recently again. I love it when designers use black and white only. Too often colour is over used and can be very distracting. I've always found black and white to be powerful, when used properly – there's a fine line between something that looks unfinished and something that looks refined, especially when dealing with only black and white. Anthony's work looks both bold and refined. He's taken advantage of the power of the black-white contrast. The record sleeves also make good use of this contrast despite being a more technical execution. It's always great to see use of mixed media in design, his union of drawing, photography and typography gives this piece loads of depth.
Sherif Elhage has taken a series of long exposure shots of boats moving through water. The result is quite amazing, and a little surreal. I refer back to a post a couple of days ago about our everlasting desire to view night time illuminations. Sherif has taken advantage of this but from an interesting perspective – and in doing so has essentially morphed the subject matter into something new and unrecognisable. Depite being a long exposure shot the sense of motion here is so far removed that it feels like we are looking at some unknown, yet beautiful object set against a dark backdrop of black water and a moonless night sky.
I've been following Joe's work on behance for some time now and thought it was about time I posted some of his work. In the design world it's hard to not come across some form of vector graphic everywhere you look. Vector graphics have gone from unique to cliche to absolutely everywhere. To get noticed as a vector artist one must create a significant point of difference to elevate themselves above everything else that's out there. Joe Murtagh has established a beautiful and unique style that elevates him well above the typical vector artist. I recommend checking out his entire folio for a new take on the vector world.
Apologies for the quality of the above image, blame blogger.
I've posted work by Stas M before, I couldn't help posting it again. His photographically explores dark, eerie, empty, silent (I could go on) moods which I find intriguing. His pictures speak with such a consistent and strong language that they could all appear to be of the same series – a documentation of some lost world in his imagination. Almost all of his I've come across moves me in some way, and this piece is no exception. I tend to be a real sucker for urban silhouette photography. It's something about the abstract, yet recognisable shapes against a contrasting background. Stas M has executed this perfectly and added his usual eerie atmosphere to create something quite rich and a little surreal.
These shots by Friday are a little similar to a series I wrote about in an earlier post. Similar in that they are mainly composed of shadow. I think Friday's shots are much darker, which I think has resulted in some intriguing photography. The viewer is only given a few hints of what they are looking at. The shadow leaves much to the imagination. According to the project information on his behance page one of his conceptual themes is silence, which I think has been captured perfectly.
Jonathon Thompson has posted a series of eclectic shots that he took in March. There is great diversity in this project, most of the shots seem to reflect parts of his life though, which give the piece a nice personal feel. My two favourites are night shots that make great use of foreground on a city lights background. Images of the city at night are so common, in fact I think images of light at night are common. People seem to have this amazing attraction to things that are lit up. Whether it's a Christmas tree, city at night, fireworks or a laser light show, we are attracted to light like it has a divine connection – maybe it does. I like how Jonathon has used the city scape in a lesser degree to typical night photography. In particular I love the way we must peer through the wire fence in the second shot. Nice take on a popular cliche.
I came across these shots on behance this morning by Leila Blake. I'm really liking this style of photography at the moment. Slightly washed out colour, great composition an "out of studio" feel and in this case honest subject matter – self portraits in what appears to be a home setting. It's a wonderful contrast to the over the top, in your face photography that bombards us everyday through almost every form of advertising. The style of the photography here give the photos a very relaxed feel, reminiscent of photos that would be stuck on the wall of a share-house, however with a closer inspection it's obvious that these shots have much more intention and purpose than photos taken by the amateur photographer to capture random moments of life.
Tron Movie - Dom & Roland's - Imagination
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Tron is fairly topical at the moment, with the new film on the horizon Tron references are popping up everywhere. I remember watching the film as a kid and being somewhat amazed but not so engaged by it, perhaps after watching Empire Strikes Back 200 times everything else seemed mundane. I watched it again about a year ago and felt a lot more convinced by the Tron universe, I found my self wishing that it wasn't so family friendly though. What else would one expect from a Disney film? In an older post I wrote a bit about how the context of a piece of moving image can change when contrasting music is played instead of its original sound/music. The clip above demonstrates this perfectly. I'm not sure who originally put this together but they've essentially created a Tron montage to a particularly dark and gritty piece of drum and base. It's pretty straight forward stuff, but works really. The track, "Imagination" is by Dom and Roland, an amazing DnB artist that I draw inspiration from when the slower tunes won't do it for me. Enjoy.
This is a piece that I submitted into an environmental sustainability competition, the 4 top entries will have their piece published on the cover of desktop magazine. I've managed to make it into the top 10 entries but and the final 4 is being decided by public vote. If you like this piece vote for it here.
The following is my rationale that was submitted with the piece:
Environmental sustainability is a global issue that we can't rely on world leaders to address. We as individuals can make a difference by taking the initiative and looking into our own lives.
This image is a vector manipulation of a photo I took of a tree in my backyard. I wanted to highlight the significant role we can play in attaining a sustainable environment. If every person in Australia planted one tree in their backyard we could significantly offset environmentally detrimental facets of our lives.
The task of attaining environmental sustainability is massive, too big for most people to comprehend. But it is a goal that we can all reach one step at a time. When I placed the first triangle in this piece it seemed meaningless and insignificant, the task at hand seemed impossible, but as I slowly progressed and continued to build on that triangle the bigger picture slowly revealed itself into something more powerful. The triangles are representative of people who are individually working towards environmental sustainability, their efforts alone will not have a great impact but together they will make a healthier planet.
As I mentioned a few posts ago I'm currently working on a project that makes use of cassette tapes, and in doing so have discovered the nostalgic beauty in them. I've also usually got a project on the go that somehow involves skulls or a skull, or if not I'll at least be thinking about skulls. I could not help but post this piece by Carlos Llobet. As soon as I saw it I thought "YES!". I love the way he has stylised the skull and reworked it to fit within the confines a cassette tape surface whilst keeping it clearly recognisable. I probably would have approached this in a different way, looking for an abstract crop of a skull rather than trying to use the whole thing however I think Carlos' approach is a brilliant and near perfect execution.
Christopher Jones has a great photographic eye which is demonstrated on his behance folio and website. These two really caught my attention, one depicting a winter wonderland, while the other makes great use of silhouettes against an epic sunset.
These are a couple of HDR pics I took while on a recent trip in Japan. The first one is downtown Osaka, the second is from the train on the way to Tokyo Bay (somewhere in Tokyo). These are among my best HDR pics so far (IMO), hopefully more to come soon.
I spotted this piece on Behance this morning. It's one in a series of paintings by Kevin Peterson featuring young girls in graffiti clad environments. The contrasting subject matter (children, graffiti) creates a unique, surreal atmosphere. Children tend to represent all that is innocent and pure in the world, where as graffiti is typically confined to areas of the urban environment that most people prefer to avoid. It is associated with underworld crime, drugs, gangs etc. To push this contrast even further the girls appear to be from wealthy families – much attention has gone into their hair and clothing – making them look even more out of place in this environment. The girls are all solitary, making me wonder if they are safe, and what they are actually doing there. Peterson has a photo-realistic style, which results in a near perfect execution of this series. A good job all round.
Dark, dreamy mystery and mist seem to be stas m's forté in photography. His folio contains many examples similar to this cold, lifeless expression. His shots are devoid of colour and are a little unfriendly but I am still drawn in. I find it all very intriguing and a little alien. In a predictable world of neon, colourful advertising and misleading marketing I find his work quite refreshing. His work is honest, he has captured something beautiful that would be overlooked by the common eye.
Late last night I started to delve into a bit of type design, something that I've left dormant for about 6 months. Typography used to be one of my favourite areas of design, and I'm sure it will be again, I really enjoyed revisiting it last night. This morning while I was browsing through behance I still had type design on my mind and spotted these 2 examples of some great avante garde type work. I love the geometry and angular shapes that are present in this style of type, overly masculine, often hard to read and probably only appealing to a small demographic but it looks so good. Makes my eyes happy. The first piece is by Medoks 127, the second by Akufen.
This shot instantly took me back to riding around on BMX bikes as a kid due to the combination of the lomo look and the ultra cool bike handle. There are several others pieces that are part of the same series in Lain De Macías folio on behance, or you can check his website.
I stumbled across this piece earlier today on behance. The 3D work, by Waldo Lee is what really caught my attention, a 3D expression of graffiti art. Something that we'll probably see a lot more of in the near future. His minimal use of colour and texture in the 3D model juxtaposed with the photographic image of the girl gives this piece a slight surreal feel.
I'm working on a project at the moment uses of old cassette tape imagery. My first step was to try and get my hands on some old-school tapes, this wasn't too hard, my local tip shop had an enormous selection. After getting re-acquainted with the designs, textures and sounds of the old tapes and developing a new love for them it occurred to me that these are so cool that there must be some sort of online following. With out to much trouble I found tapedeck.org, I'm going to take a guess and say it's the biggest collection of cassette tape imagery in the internet. It's amazing to see all of these old tape designs lined up next to each other. I don't think I would have ever imagined who good these would look. I feel like I should be starting my own collection, I think these may become (if they aren't already) collectors items.
Olly Gibbs has put together a series of epic skull pieces, this one being my favourite. His use of texture and light take this above the typical skull illustration. This feels like something conjured during a horrific nightmare or pulled from a Lovecraft story just as the main character slips into complete madness. The absence of colour accentuates these themes, and scattered shards create chaos and unease. This work inspires me revisit my skull drawing days.
I cam across this piece on Edmund Cablao's behance folio. I love the drama/intensity of the close up here, it allows the viewer to see the detail and texture. The lighting and the gaze/expression add to the drama of the image. I'm not sure if this has been reproduced from another image but I think Edmund's style and execution is great. This would look great as a massive print.
Star Wars fan art is slowly taking over the internet. It's hard to not come across it on any artist site like behance, MySoti etc. I'm certainly guilty of feeding this unstoppable beast, as a Star Wars fan and a designer nothing beats sitting down and pumping out a star destroyer vector. Not wanting to sound too harsh I think it's pretty safe to say that 90% of Star Wars fan art on the net is absolute rubbish, good on everyone for having a go, better luck next time. I think 9% of the stuff out there is good enough for people to buy and wear with pride. 1% is so good it makes people (like me) go insane! I doubt George Lucas could source better art. In my opinion Joshua Smith has made it into that 1%. His abilities as an artist are well ahead of most others, so his execution here (with a great sense of composition) is what really brought it home. The detail in the vector work is what initially pulled me in. The colour palette is outstanding. The whole thing looks like it's been left out in the sun for a few weeks to take the "edge" off the colours – I love how he's gone with a non-rich black (what's the opposite of rich black?). This work warrants the introduction of an INSPIRATION label!
I came across this work by DKNG studio this morning. I think they have given the world a beautiful poster and given us a rare insight into the process involved. I love seeing how other creatives work, I think it's almost as interesting and diverse as the artwork itself. The poster itself I think is very bold/striking with a great choice of colors and great composition.
I spotted this piece by Magnus Henriksen, I love his style and subject matter. Perhaps I just have a thing for mountains at the moment. Symbolism wiki states that:
"Mountains can be used to create a secluded, isolated or hard to reach place. Such a place could symbolize loneliness or difficult to achieve mental, spiritual or emotional states."
I think these themes are emphasised in this piece through the style of photography and post-photographic work. The worn away/old look gives a feeling of nostalgia or places it in a world of dark fairy tales.
I've been wading through youtube tonight, orignially looking at Ulrich Schnauss clips and eventually finding my way to Autechre (who have a new album, which I really should have been checking out instead). I came across this fan video which is really quite fitting to the track. The animation is awesome, existing in a world between vector and 3D. The only reference to the creator of the clip I could find is parkink.net. Anyway here's a little late night electro for your aural pleasure. Enjoy.
I've been hanging around Alex Koplin's blog and website a bit this morning. He covers a nice angle on the music/design world. These are some amazing Lomo pics from his site. I haven't played around with Lomography yet, but I plan to do so some day soon.
I stumbled across these posters by Argentinian artist Horacio Lorente. There are among several concepts he did for a film festival. I think these examples are stronger than the final one. I think this would have been a really fun project to be involved in, especially with the theme revolving around the mountain, which opens up lots of visual options. I think Horacio has done really well at exploring different directions using a range artistic techniques.