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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/