Art

Accidents, Blunders, and Calamities.

Once again student work that is blowing my mind with high-quality production values, attention to detail, story craft, and animation skills. The video below was put together by a team of 44 students at Media Design School. The students crafted 30 CG animals and blended them with live action footage to create a short black comedy inspired by the work of Edward Gorey. This really is a fantastic little short, and it truly shows just how far design, animation, film making, and illustration have come in the last 10 years. When I look back on the student animations and films that were being produced when I was in school, this makes them look positively horrible in terms of quality. Then again when I was in art school, a Mac II was about the most powerful computer you could find.

 

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Here Comes Summer. Lets Go Swimming.

It is the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Summer officially began at 6:34 p.m. EDT, and what better way to celebrate than by showing a series of paintings that capture one of summers official past times, swimming. The paintings below are from a series of swimming figures painted by Colombian illustrator and painter Pedro Covo. Covo was born in Cartagena de Indias – Colombia, graduated from Visual Arts in the Javeriana University of Bogota in 2011. The figurative paintings capture the figures as they are obscured by the splashes and movement of the water rendered in frenetic splatters of paint, bold strokes, and sinuous line that seems to melt into the deep blues, greens and gray’s of the water itself. There is a dream like quality to each of them that really appeals to me, an almost abstract quality that allows you to get lost in each painting. I’d love to see these in person, since your computer screen leaves out so many details.

Covo most recently exhibited at Río Laboratorio, and has has been shown internationally  since 2013. We are in the midst of an early summer heatwave here inn the midwest and these make me want to take the day off and head to the pool.

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Today’s Inspiration, the AIGA Medalists on YouTube.

I’m always on the lookout for design inspiration. It can come from anywhere, and take on many forms. I think it’s that always curious about learning new things, or looking for new ideas. One of the latest things that has sucked up a huge amount of my time is the AIGA Medalist playlist on YouTube. If you’re looking to be inspired, look no further. 44 videos averaging about 3 and a half minutes in length. The latest video is below. All 44 are at the link above.

Money, Money, Money.

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Why is it that almost all foreign currency looks so much better than the American dollar? I’m not bashing the buck, but from a design perspective, to me foreign currency is simply more visually interesting than the American greenback. Case in point, the currency of the year awarded by The International Bank Note Society for the New Zealand for its $5 polymer note. The design features the face of New Zealand native mountain climber Sir Edmund Hillary, with a backdrop of Mount Cook and, a yellow-eyed penguin seemingly printed with what looks like metallic gold foil.

Now, with that said, I don’t think this is an award winning piece of design in the true sense. It is busy, and burdened with an abundance of imagery, and various patterns, but if you look at it in terms of a contemporary painting or print, it’s quite successful. I know that the reason for the patterns, color, overprints, and such are due to security issues and a need to foil counterfeiters, but this is something I might hang on a wall, and that is often the case for foreign currency with me. I’m not going to do that with American currency.

For more about the competition you can find it in this article at theguardian.com along with a video. And below are some additional curency examples.

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CHN-100-Front

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Shapes in Motion.

They say practice makes perfect, and I have to agree with that. If you want to master something, it requires time and effort to refine your skills. Somethings require more than others and the video below is a prime example of someone who has polished their skills and continues to refine them. This fun little animation by Jordan Coelho was created as a “practice piece to explore and animate a style with simple shapes, and train myself.” Nice work Jordan, I think the training is paying off quite well. The video has a nice look to it. The timing is spot on with a solid use realistic fall off and elasticity. The sound design works with the elements on stage and it keeps your audience engaged. I think this guy might have a career in animation ahead of him.

Truck Art!

Art collector and businessman Jaime Colsa has come up with a way to bring art to the people every day. He is using trucks, as in semi’s as canvasses to showcase the latest trends in painting, drawing and urban art in Spain. For Colsa the trucks challenge each artist to deal with scale, budgets and other obstacles that they had probably not dealt with before.  They are also challenged with the fact the canvas is moving, rendering each work a fleeting moment for it’s audience. It’s a great idea. Get the art out of the gallery space, expose thousands of people to it, and challenge artists to work in a new way. I wish someone would bring this same kind of program over from Europe to the USA.

Friday Inspiration, NOMA BAR – Globo News, Brazil.

It’s a beautiful late winter day here in the midwest and I am getting ready to knock off a bit early and spend the afternoon outside. It’s an unusually warm 70 degrees on the 19th of February, and I know next week it won’t be this nice. Before I take my butt to the back porch, I thought I’d post a little Friday inspiration. The animation below for Globo News was produced by Dutch Uncle and Ale Pixel Studio. It has an amazing flow to it. Simple bright graphics that seamlessly tie together showing how events from around the world are all interconnected.

Agency: Comunicação Globo
Chief Creative Officer: Sergio Valente
Creative Director: Mariana Sá, Leandro Castilho
Art Director: Alexandre Tommasi
Copywriter: Monica Tommasi
Account Manager: Daniela Farina, Patricia Doliveira
Agency Producers: Jaqueline Couto, Fernanda Deway, Fernanda Ribeiro
Director & Illustrator: Noma Bar
Animator: Ale Pixel Studio
Executive Producer – Helen Cowley
Production Company: Dutch Uncle
Sound: Comando S