// Drawing Inspiration: Charmaine Olivia

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7 October, 2009  |  art, illustration  |  Comments Off

More Tangled Hair by Charmaine Olivia

More Tangled Hair by Charmaine Olivia


Itchy Back by Charmaine Olivia

Itchy Back by Charmaine Olivia


Safeway by Charmaine Olivia

Safeway by Charmaine Olivia

Some very pretty illustrations and paintings by illustrator Charmaine Olivia

Via My Love for you is a stampede of horses

// Rhythm & Colour: Experimental animations

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3 October, 2009  |  animation, experimental, motion  |  ,  |  Comments Off

A few years ago it would have been really difficult to find these amazing experimental animations by influential animator Len Lye, but now thanks to the internet and sites like youtube and dailymotion, videos are easy to access and share. I studied Len Lye & Norman McLaren in my animation classes at uni and still find them great examples of expressing rhythm and music through colour, line and form. Despite being produced around the 1930′s – 60′s I think they surpass much of the work which is produced these days which shows just how amazing these guys are. I think the reason they work is that they don’t rely on technology like many animators do today, but the emphasis is more on expression. The act of painting directly on the celluloid gives them a sense of craft, history and intent which imbues them with a certain quality of expression which a computer and algorithms can not generate.

The music is so incredibly fantastic with afro-cuban sounds and jazz mixed up to create a dynamic landscape of rhythms and sounds. I think we need to bring back more of these musical styles to animations as they create a greater sense of character and movement.

 


A Color Box (Len Lye, 1935)

Begone Dull Care (Norman McLaren-Evelyn Lambart, 1949

// Eveline Tarunadjaja

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2 October, 2009  |  illustration  |  Comments Off

Oopsie Daisy- Eveline Tarunadjaja

Oopsie Daisy- Eveline Tarunadjaja


Smoked - Eveline Tarunadjaja

Smoked - Eveline Tarunadjaja


Light - Eveline Tarunadjaja

Light - Eveline Tarunadjaja

These girly illustrations are by Melbourne illustrator Eveline Tarunadjaja. They range from whimiscal and childlike to overtly sexy and everything in between. I recently received ‘Light’ as a present and absolutely love it. The contrast between the very detailed hair and fabrics to the elegantly minimal areas and expressions give the subjects room to breathe and feel the emotions put into their stances, characters and situations.

// Green Girls

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2 October, 2009  |  art  |  Comments Off

A while ago in one of my posts 100 girls on cheap paper I mentioned that the green girl reminded me of a print which was on my grandfathers wall while I was growing up. Well after a bit of research and brain rattling we figured out that the print was ‘Lady From Orient’ by Russian artist Vladimir Tretchikoff that my dad bought for my grandmother when he was still at school as a present. Unfortunately we have no idea what happened to the print, but if I ever see one I will definitely be buying it straight away.

I love the tones of the skin and particularly the background of Lady from orient. It has a really nice atmosphere to it which I look for in an intriguing artwork.

Lady From Orient by Vladimir Tretchikoff

Lady From Orient by Vladimir Tretchikoff


The Chinese Girl by Vladimir Tretchikoff

The Chinese Girl by Vladimir Tretchikoff

// Ray Fenwick

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11 September, 2009  |  illustration  |  Comments Off

Fenwick

I came across this fantastically funny limited edition print for The Cloudy Collection by artist Ray Fenwick.

After looking for more info on Ray I came across his book Hall of Best Knowledge and found the sample of his “typographical comics” which are just as witty graphic illustrations.

Hall of Best Knowledge is presented as a handsome, personal journal written by an unnamed voice, referred to only as “The Author.” Little is known about him; he makes occasional, derogatory references to a twin brother and younger sibling, but reveals little else. He clearly fashions himself a genius, writing with a faux-aristocratic air, and it is presumably his belief in his own genius that leads him to want to share his knowledge with the world. Each page features information such as “It hardly needs mentioning that riding a pony is no intellectual triumph…. If riding a pony is so fantastic, why have I never read of any renowned pony-riding genius? It is because such a person does not exist, making it a foolish waste of time unworthy of attention.” These pearls of wisdom are lettered in an elegant, almost obsessive fashion, entirely hand-crafted and bedecked with Ionic columns and fleurs-de-lis.

Hall of Best Knowledge: Doppelganger

Hall of Best Knowledge: Doppelganger

Hall of Best Knowledge: Strangers

Hall of Best Knowledge: Strangers

Hall of Best Knowledge: Cancelled

Hall of Best Knowledge: Cancelled

Back cover of Hall of Best knowledge

Back cover of Hall of Best knowledge

// Fiery Fiore

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10 September, 2009  |  art  |  , ,  |  Comments Off

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These striking artworks by Rosmarie Fiore are actually made up of exploding fireworks. the “Pyrotechnics” Firework Drawing series caught my attention instantly with their vibrancy and seeming randomness.

“I consider my firework drawings invented dimensional spaces in which the forces of chaos and control combat. The visible traces of the fireworks’ detonations, transform the explosion spectacle into fixed mini universes of streaks, shooting sprays of vibrant pigments and shimmering fields of color.”

Via Siong Chin’s Blog

// Social media revolution

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8 September, 2009  |  web 2.0  |  Comments Off

Just incase you didn’t believe the last post about new ways of communicating and connecting people, this video shows how the world is changing socially through the web.

via @yiyinglu

// Creating a movement

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8 September, 2009  |  advertising, web 2.0  |  , ,  |  Comments Off

Every time I read Seth Godin’s Blog or watch one of his talks like this one on TED (one of my favourite sites on the web) I am reminded of how inspiring and thoughtful he is, as well as a fantastic public speaker.

This particular talk focuses on how to connect people to create change. I have had a lot of conversations recently on this topic talking about how to empower political/environmental “movements”. So after watching the video again, and still finding the key messages useful, I thought I would share.

Check out more videos at TED

// Jeff Buckley in studio: Grace

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4 September, 2009  |  music  |  , ,  |  Comments Off

Just watched this amazing single take of Jeff Buckley recording his track Grace in the studio. The way he sings the lyrics is so powerful and emotional that you can see the feeling in his face even though it is cast in shadow. The tones of the video capture the musical vibe fantastically in its simple high contrast low-fi atmosphere.

// Learn something new every day

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2 September, 2009  |  interesting  |  , ,  |  Comments Off

The brain is 80% water

The brain is 80% water


Stealing the bible

Stealing the bible


Blue birds can't see blue

Blue birds can't see blue

I am a big fan of learning new ideas, skills etc. so I now visit Learn something everyday to get my dose of new interesting and quirky little facts graphically illustrated on fluoro paper, which I would not have otherwise known.

If you have your own quirky factoid, you can let them know and if it’s the best for the month they will make it into a poster for you. SWEET! If you don’t know any, call up your friends who are freakishly good at Trivial Pursuit for some cool ideas.

// Light writing

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28 August, 2009  |  Interactive  |  Comments Off

Light Writing

Light Writing


Lichtfaktor vs Optix from LICHTFAKTOR on Vimeo.

This is a live light painting interactive performance piece by Lichtfaktor

Via Behance

// Guten touch

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27 August, 2009  |  design, Interactive  |  Comments Off

GUTEN TOUCH from Multitouch Barcelona on Vimeo.

Designed for the Red Bull Music Academy 08, Guten Touch is an interactive art installation that involves people into a natural relationship with technology. A two projected displays system plus a 3m x 2m multitouch wall showcase applications designed to engage us into human friendly experiences rather than flashy and jaw-dropping visualizations. Space Invaders hitted by foam balls, pixel paintings created with brushes, and digital objects held by hands try to blur boundaries between real and digital. Guten Touch is our enthusiastic good morning to natural interaction.

Amazing interaction design from Multitouch Barcelona. This sort of work just inspires the senses and the mind, the interactivity between technology and human movement is developing to even more staggering heights. I particularly like the space invaders. I will be interested to see whether the xbox natal is really as good as the demo seems to be . There is an interesting interview with the Multitouch designers on Fabrik.

// Static Movement

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27 August, 2009  |  design  |  Comments Off

static movement

static movement


static movement 2

static movement 2


static movement 3

static movement 3

These images are by We are not you, and are the result of an experiment to give static images the feeling of movement.

Via Kanye West blog

// Smile

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25 August, 2009  |  illustration  |  Comments Off
smile

smile

I love this philosophy. If only more people in the world aimed to make people smile half as much as studio Nathan Love we would all be better off. And no, it’s not just my unhealthy obsession with stash’s that made me love this (although it does help).

// Drift

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25 August, 2009  |  advertising, illustration, motion  |  Comments Off

Drift 1 // Luck

Drift


Drift 2 // koi fish

drift 2 koi fish


Drift 3 // Dandelions

Drift Dandelions

Some beautiful images from one of the loveliest motion pieces I have ever seen. This is a few years old now, but I still think it is amazing like a lot of the pieces that Psyop have created. It’s an ad for Bombay Sapphire Gin. I love the watercolour quality of the illustrations and the flowing way it is animated really adds to its beauty. Check out the animation on the psyop website.

// hello spring

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24 August, 2009  |  sculpture  |  Comments Off
Bloom Umbrella Tree

Bloom Umbrella Tree

Spring is well and truly here in Sydney. So warm and beautiful!.

This very cool tree was done by Sam Spenser.

Via Apartment Therapy

// If I was a robot

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24 August, 2009  |  illustration  |   |  Comments Off
If I was a robot

If I was a robot

Cutest little comic illustration by Alex Noriega.

// Internet music video

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21 August, 2009  |  web 2.0  |  Comments Off

The internet makes cool stuff like this possible. Love it! Check out how they made it here. The band is SOUR a japanese post-rock band… whatever that means.

// Cloud hunting

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21 August, 2009  |  advertising  |  Comments Off

Untitled from davisa gresned on Vimeo.

How to turn an advertising campaign into a meme. I like the way that the campaign produced a product which the public took and actively used, and then the advertisers used what the consumers had contributed to keep the cycle going.

via what made me look

// Growing jewellery

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19 August, 2009  |  jewellery  |  Comments Off
Growing Jewellery

Growing Jewellery

Check out these knuckle-dusters! I have loved these rings since I saw them quite some time ago. They are actually growing moss on them. The designer Hafsteinn Juliusson describes them as;

“Growing Jewelry is a redefinition of modern values. It is a clash of jewelry an gardening; couture and organism. The collection of this hand jewelry is designed for people in metropolitan cities and is an experiment in drawing nature toward man, as nature being the presupposition of life.”