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1.30.2009

My Wordle of the Week

As promised my wordle of the week click to see it big and to make your own

Wordle: www.creatingitchy.com

Amazing Illustrator: Andrew Archer

So today I don't have the amount time needed to really put a good post together. But, I was checking out Andrew Archers website and I just had to share. He is an illustrator in New Zealand and has done some really cool work. That I am really feeling. I like the Barbies Birthday to the left because I have two daughters and I think both of us would appreciate this. I hope you enjoy his work as well. Have a great weekend everyone and I will talk to you Monday. Oh and if it is the weekend and you are at home and not offended by nudity check out the illustrations he did on the world nude day website.

1.29.2009

Do you love where you live?


Last night before I went to bed Cari (my wife) downloaded a few new apps for her iphone (yes I have iphone envy). Anyway, She downloaded the USATODAY app which is great. I opened it up this morning to read the daily news as I sat in my chair drinking my coffee. And the one article that caught my attention was "Pew: Almost half of Americans want to live somewhere else". This article totally made sense to me because I have lived in many places in my life and I have to say I only fell in love with two. I currently am very happy where I live. This article reminded me of this amazing photographic project called “The Places We Live.” It explores the everyday lives of nearly 1 billion dwellers living in our cities’ slums. Not only did this project include one of the most amazing websites but an incredible book which I want. The website truly captures the sounds, sites, and people of these slums around the world. The whole project was by an amazing artist by the name of Jonas Bendiksen. It would make any American second guess there outlook on where they live. Take a few moments when you get home and go to "The Places We Live” and let me know what you think about the article. Oh and here is a quote from the introduction.

"The year 2008 has witnessed a major shift in the way people across the world live: for the first time in human history more people live in cities than in rural areas. This triumph of the urban, however, does not entirely represent progress, as the number of people living in urban slums—often in abject conditions—will soon exceed one billion. From 2005 to 2007 Jonas Bendiksen documented life in the slums of four different cities: Nairobi, Kenya; Mumbai, India; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Caracas, Venezuela. His lyrical images capture the diversity of personal histories and outlooks found in these dense neighborhoods that, despite commonly held assumptions, are not simply places of poverty and misery. Yet, slum residents continuously face enormous challenges, such as the lack of health care, sanitation, and electricity. The Places We Live includes twenty double-gatefold images, each representing an individual home and its denizen’s story. Through its innovative design and experiential approach, The Places We Live brings the modern-day Dickensian reality of these individuals into sharp focus."

1.28.2009

My New Digital Painting of Shepherdstown

Today was a snow day. I have been waiting for one of these for a while. I have had this project in my mind for a while and I just wanted to get it out and done. Started early in the morning and just got done. It is a 6 foot long digital painting of one of the blocks in Shepherdstown West Virginia. I am really pumped on how it came out and I look forward to getting it printed on canvas and showing it off this spring or summer at my show. Up above you can see a sneak peek of it and how it came out. You really don't get a good idea of the detail this small but I think you can get the idea of what I did. See you all tomorrow.
Since you wanted to see a bigger version I uploaded a closeup of one section.




1.27.2009

Here Are a Few Logo's I have done

So I have done a few logos in my day. Here are a few I could find in my email. I am posting them so I have them all in one place. I am sad to say I lost all the work I had on my hard drive. :(




















The Color and Chaos of Pedro Vilas-Boas

So today I am writing about an artist that combines my love of neon with graphic design. His name is Pedro Vilas-Boas and he is an amazing designer from Alentejo, Portugal. His designs are very have a similar feel to the work done by The Designer Republic but with a very cool and different tip. He explores a lot with color and I think chaos. I am actually very inspired by his work and will try to influence my work with his style.








1.26.2009

Her Morning Elegance



Check out this video Directed by Oren Lavie, Yuval & Merav Nathan

Just amazing!!!

Update: some users wanted to know how they did this.

"It was shot in two days using one still camera, one angle, two actors, and a budget of near zero. "

Let me repeat Just amazing!!!

Creating Dreams: Kim Keever

Kim Keaver creates meticulous miniature dioramas in a 200 gallon tank. He then fills them with water and then adds light and captures these amazing photos. Check out the last photo of how it is actually setup. These photos look like paintings are amazingly done with photography and a tank. Kim truly creates dreamlike imagery here. Find out more about Kim Keever















Death of The Designer Republic

There is long talk on the web in certain circles about the much admired The Designers Republic going out of business. The is a huge shock to many in the in the design field. They are one of the most if not the most influential designers in the industry. The DR was the designer who branded the rave 90s with their identity. There is some talk that the founder Ian Anderson will try to bring it back from its death but that is all that is know right now. http://www.creativereview.co.uk/crblog/the-designers-republic-is-dead-long-live-the-designers-republic/

1.23.2009

My Wordle of the Week.


One of my FAVORITE websites is wordle.net. I can't even tell you how much time I could spend on that site. So in order to use it for the powers of good I will be posting a wordle on creatingitchy each week it will be called my wordle of the week. Here is my first enjoy.

Making art with neon light



If you have every been in my town (Shepherdstown) at night you will notice as you approach the residential section of German street that there are a few houses with animals made with neon in windows. Every time I see them it makes me smile. So I have become fascinated with Neon Art as of late. I have contacted a few artists to see how they got started like Eric Ehlenberger. Eric's work with neon is very calming. I really enjoy his luminous Jellyfish.





While Eric's work is more sculptural Dan Flavins work is more focused on color and light. Dan is actually no longer with us, but his work will live on. He built a lot of very cool installations with commercially available fluorescent lights. Dan really was able to create emotion with his minimalist installations. How does this piece he built make you feel?






Another artist that I stumbled upon in my research is Lili Lakich. She is the founder of the Museum of Neon Art and has supervised the restoration of 22 large scale vintage signs. I really dig her work. She has a broad range of work ranging from consumer ads, Illustrations and even websites. But here work with neon really stands out.



So after looking at the work of these three artists I don't think my research will end there. I hope to eventually try to build something of my own.










1.22.2009

Everyone needs a good toy for the desk. How about an Obama toy?







Dowload Print Cut Fold thats all folks to make yourself one of these clever little toys that cube craft has put together for us. Their latest Obama cube got me laughing but once I looked through the rest I wanted them all. They have such a cool collection of characters to choose from. Whether your a fan of Dr. Zoidberg, Mario, or hellboy he has the toy for you. So tonight afterwork I will be making myself a few for the desk while I take a few servers down. So if you get a minute make yourself some desk toys. http://www.cubeecraft.com/

Another one of Chicago's finest: Mathew Woodson


This morning I found a great Artist from Southern Indiana. Mathew Woodson went to one of the best if not the best art school, The Art Institute of Chicago. He graduated in 2006 and has been residing in Chicago ever since. He has had a great number of clients already while working for http://www.art-dept.com/. Some of his clients are: Action Heights Records, American Express, Bare Films, Bon Appetit Magazine, The Boston Globe, Business Week, Complex Magazine, Digital Kitchen, ESPN Magazine, Far From Timid, Fisher Mountain Bikes, The Folio Society, Forbes Magazine, Ford, Glamour Magazine, Godiva, The House Of Blues, Image Comics, LA Weekly, Learning Media, Meathaus Comics, More Magazine, Nestle, NewYork Magazine, NextBook, Penthouse Magazine, Perry Ellis, Radar Magazine, Randomhouse, The Royal Mail, Sandbox Strategies, Scholastic, Sparknotes, TFA, Threadless, Topshelf Comics, Type Records, UNICEF, Wired Magazine.


What I really like about his Illustrations are how life like they are, yet have that comic feel. I am not sure if any of you have seen Waking Life from 2001, but his illustrations look like they are about to move and begin talking like the animation in that movie.


I am really tempted to purchase one of his prints. I am sure he is going to go far in the world of illustration. If you are on twitter follow him at http://twitter.com/ghostco read his blog at http://blog.ghostco.org/


And oh by the way he is a Musician. http://www.myspace.com/doeandstag













1.21.2009

Simon Hogsberg: We're all gonna die- 100 meters of existence

Once in a while an artist does something so refreshing I just need to share. So Simon Hogsberg is a freelance photographer in Copenhagen. He got his BA in photography from school of media in London in 2001. He really has set himself apart with his ability to capture some really interesting people in this project. As I slide through this piece I really want to know the story of each of these subjects. I also love how some interact with him and others interact with each other. Take a minute today and enjoy this great accomplishment We're All Gonna Die- 100 meters of existence by Simon Hogsberg

Getting Social with Colours: ColourLovers.com

As always I am researching social networking sites that might have value to me. Well, one of my favorite social netorking sites that I use all the time with my designs is ColourLovers. This site allows members of the community to upload palettes, colors, and patterns. To the left you can see a pattern I thought was nice. Check out how you can score that pattern and discuss it. It even ranks them. One of the very cool aspects of this site is the ability to actually download the palettes.

This site can be useful if you are painting a room. Building a website or even painting a picture. It is just a great way to share color finds and exchange your ideas with others that are pationate about colors and patterns.

I am actually looking for colors on ColourLovers myself for our downstairs bathroom.

1.20.2009

For the love of virals thanks you T-Mobile!

I am not sure if you guys have seen this but this has to be one of my favorite new viral videos out there. Take a moment and enjoy viral done right.

Our New Left Handed President!

I thought this was a funny fact for today. President Barack Obama is now our eigth Left handed president. Here are the other seven

James A. Garfield
Herbert Hoover
Harry S. Truman
Gerald Ford
Ronald Reagan
H.W. Bush
Bill Clinton

Looks like as of late if you are left handed you have a better chance of being president. From what I understand Left handers are verbally inclined and better at math overall.

Today is a great day for all you left handers out there.

So Whatcha watcha want... Beastie Boys Art

As many of you that know me well know I have been a big fan of the Beastie Boys since I was a boy myself. One of my Design projects in college was actually a biographical piece about them. I believe I did two videos on them in college as well (It has been a long time people). So today I was very happy to stumble upon a website thatis called Under The Influence: Beastie Boys Artwork! They have an awesome collection of Beastie Boys inspired Artwork for sale and in a gallery. I was so tempted to try to buy some myself, then I remembered I don't have money. But, if I did, I would be trying to get a piece for my log room. In his collection there is work by Chris Roth, Shepard Fairey, Glenn E. Friedman, Jonathan Bergeron to name a few. Here are a few samples but go on over and check them out if you are in the LA area. http://www.nineteeneightyeight.com/entry/home.html
































































1.16.2009

The Boston Legal Chair



So at the end of every episode of my former favorite show Boston Legal there is this great moment where they sit there and smoke cigars and have a drink. Well, I want that chair. I found it on a great furniture store online.

Bubble Club Chair by Kartell
designed by Philippe Starck
The Bubble Club Chair is made of batch-dyed polyethylene and is the pioneer in the concept of furnishing accessories; the industrial sofa made entirely of plastic. Technology and research have allowed Kartell to be the first design company



No Pants Subway Ride

OK so NYC was a little warmer last week when the annual No Pants Subway Ride went down. I love New York. With over 2500 people involved this was one Itchy event.

Yula Brodskaya and her perfect paper


So after seeing the work of Kris Kuksi I was really digging on sculptures and 3-D art. So I went back and took a look at the work of Yula Brodskaya. Her work is so crisp clean and delicate. I am just amazed by the patience of some artists. I am personally like a bull in a china shop. I always Envy an artist that really has the patience to do something so fragile. So Yula is Russian born was born and started out as a contemporary office decorations back in Moscow. She then moved over to London and earned her M.A. in Graphic design. I can definitely see her Graphic Design influence. Anyway, I thought you all would enjoy taking a look at her work and if you get a minute head over to Yula's site.

1.15.2009

Free Vector of Obama in Black and White


I built a vector of Obama this past weekend to share with you. Feel free to download and use. The only site that I could find to host it was this. If you know of a better hosting site let me know please. To the right, is what the vector art looks like.


My Art Work




So I at least want to feature one new artist every day on my blog. Today instead I will feature one of my new compositions. Let me know what you think of it. I hope to have at least 10 done by spring to see if I can put together a show.






Cute things


So yes we are all now aware of Cute things falling asleep. But did we all know how many sites are out there that have something doing something. My wife and I were in the TV room a few nights ago and just randomly coming up with a few ideas of our own. I wont tell you my ideas because it might show how weird I really am. But!!! My sister brought to my attention a few sites that are not getting the amount of attention as the cute things site. So here is where I will be listing any and all blogs that have something doing something. Let me know if you know of any others and I will add it to the list.


1.14.2009

High Five to You Ryan Seacrest

I have no idea why I am posting this in my blog but it just gets me laughing. Well then again Mr. Seacrest, whether we like it or not came from no where and took over TV with American idol and all his other gigs. He is one hard worker.


ARGHH! Those Sea Kittens are at it again.


On the way home from work as usual I was listening to NPR and wamo out of the speakers come a story about PETA trying to re brand fish. WHAT!?! re brand an animal? You can't do that. So get this PETA thinks it can. They are attempting to make fish more adorable. Listen there are no fish on the cute things falling asleep site. NONE! Fish are cool and all don't get me wrong. I spent a couple hundred bucks taking my daughters to see tank loads of them the other week in Baltimore but CUTE? Wait. Cow fish are kinda cute.


Stop me please. Anyhow. I think this is hilarious and they are going to get a good amount of scratches on this itch. Nice Job PETA you have got our attention.


Create Your Own Sea Kitten at peta.org!

The Nightmare of Kris Kuksi

Once in a while I come upon an artist who just blows my mind. Well, Kris Kuksi did it. His work is darker then my darkest nightmare. His imagery is of cities of death, devices, and cultish worship gives me shivers. I believe if hell needed an architect they would come to Kris first. He probably would design it to look a lot scarier then it needed to be.

The funny thing is his art remind me a lot of the work I was looking at yesterday from Dan Witz. The paintings he did of the Mosh Pits have that same feel. Kuksi work can even gain respect of those not even interested in this subject by the granular detail he goes into with these miniatures. I thought this quote from his website says it all.

“He soon discovered his distaste for the typical American life and pop culture, feeling that he has always belonged to the ‘Old World’.”

Looking at his pieces I wonder what his work would look like if he tried to create something that emulated our current world. Really there are things going on right now that in my eyes are just as scary. I do understand his draw to the middle ages and the darkness those days churn. I grew up for many years in Rome and I have a love of the architecture from the Middle Ages as well. Kris in my eyes has really hit a home run with his work and I could stare at it for hours unless I was planning on going to bed soon then I would have to stay away. :)

1.13.2009

Street Art by Dan Witz

I stumbled upon a great artist website from NYC by the name of Dan Witz. He has such a broad level of media that he works with. I really enjoy his sense of humor in his art yet also see the depth that there is beyond that. I really envy his prolific nature and his constant changing of media which he works with. Whether it be stickers, music, canvas, or light painting, he is always exploring new media. His work is definitely cutting edge and he is really becoming one of my favorite artists. You must go out and check out his work ttp://www.danwitzstreetart.com/. He definitely has created itchy with his work. Here are a few sample for you to check out and an interview of him.














I Will Shamwow You With My Blog!


Ok I know this is very off topic for my blog but this infomercial is very itchy. I am using Shamwow as a verb constantly. It has replaced Ginormous and Redonkulous. I am not a very big fan of the infomercial because of its destruction of early morning TV. But Vince has risen to the heights right up there with that bearded guy that yells a lot.


Hmm what’s his name? Billy Mays. (Is he yelling or is he talking… the world will never know).


Back to Vince (oh get this his name is Vince Offer), and the ShamWow. Our bug eyed friend and his product I truly believe are on the verge of invading the English language. I think I have seen at least four or more status posts on Facebook using it as a verb. This morning a twit was seen using it… yes folks a twit. So let me start out and define the word Shamwow for you all.


Shamwow
Adjective, -ness, -weist
1. Something so great you just want to go out and get your own.
a. That girl’s husband is so Shamwow.
b. Check out those new sneakers they are Shamwow


Verb, -wing, wed
1. To surprise with greatness when seeming so ordinary
a. My wife shamwowed me with macaroni and cheese last night
b. My new employee is Shamwowing everyone I am worried they might take my job.


I actually have no interest in the product. I am just so Shamwowed when something as funny as a guy with eyes popping out and a faux hawk yelling at some people at the county fair can really create something so viral. Great job Vince!


So go ahead and start using shamwow. And post it here if you see someone else using it.

1.12.2009

Shepard Fairey is Cashing in on success with Barack Obama


The general public is now aware of Shepard Faireys since he did that great design for Obama. I really became interested in his work when he first put out his obey series with Andre. Anyways I was really surprised to hear that he was hired my Saks Fifth Avenue to do a new propaganda spirit spring marketing.

It is funny it seems everyone in the ad world right now is desperately trying to jump on the incredible work by the Obama people to capture that same feel. The reason why is simple THE YOUTH. Barack Obama they say was actually able to get out there and get the youth to vote and in BIG numbers. That is unheard of in the ad world. What you got someone to buy something they have never bought before.

Take a look at Pepsi's new ad campaign. Does that logo look familiar to you??? Yes they too are trying to get that youth market.