Inspiration

Listen and Learn. John Lasseter’s Commencement Speech to CalArts 2014.

Back in the early to mid 1980’s CalArts was my college of choice. Unfortunately I had no scholarships, or financial aid to get me there after being accepted, so I went to art school elsewhere. I have no regrets, it hasn’t hampered my career or creativity in the slightest. At the end of the day, what you learn in college isn’t what you practice in your career of choice, and that is especially true in the ever shifting world of design and the visual arts.

The video below is John Lasseter’s commencement speech for the CalArts graduating class of 2014. It is presented to fresh faced, eager to start their career, wide-eyed graduates that will go on to create amazing works of art and design in ways we can’t even imagine yet. We have all been there. If someone had told me back then, that I would be working with the tools I have today, making the things I make, I probably would have laughed at them. Here is Lasseter’s words of wisdom on making the transition from student to pro, and staying inspired along the way. The first five minutes are introductions, just incase you want to skip to the core of the speech.

Some Monday Magic. “The Grand”.

 Glen Milner does some really nice short film work. The piece below was commissioned by Steinway & Sons to highlight and reveal the craft that goes into producing one of their pianos. Working with a small crew, Milner shooting with Camera Assistant Arne Zacher, the two created a wonderfully timed black and white short. The editing is tied tightly to the original composition by Elwin Hedrijanto and Dominic Ferris with cuts hitting on time to the music. In just two and a half minutes Milner shows the amount of skilled work and love that goes into producing a Steinway. The film highlights the Hamburg factory, the workers, the 1200 parts in each piano, and slowly builds through the performance by  Hedrijanto and Ferris ending with the star of the show on stage.

“Trail Therapy”. Steve Fugate, Peace Pilgrim.

The video below will move you. This short documentary by Cyrus Sutton about Steve Fugate is tragic and inspiring. Produced originally for Korduroy.tv it tells the story of man who has walked 34,000 miles on a pilgrimage for peace. I could talk about the aesthetics of the film itself, but that wouldn’t do justice to the story.

How To Be More Creative.

Here we are a little over one week into 2014. After a two week hiatus from the office I am back at work, and having a bit of trouble getting into my creative groove. I think it’s just the readjusting to a schedule, and trying to remember where I left off with so many assignments. If you are like me, you might need a little bit of a creative kickstart to get things rolling.

While there many ways to beat creative block, the infographic below by Who Is Hosting This? is a solid resource on how to bring back your creative self. It features five simple steps on how to be more creative, plus tools and techniques you can use all year long.

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Attention to Detail. “The Blue Carpet” by Jonathan Bréchignac.

I often talk about craft, attention to detail, and the hand of the artist in relation to the visual arts and design. Today’s piece of inspiration is the epitome of those things.

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At the Villa Empain, Boghossian Foundation in Brussels, is a carpet designed and drawn by artist Jonathan Bréchignac. The carpet is an image filled with amazing details all rendered by hand as a life size drawing. It was drawn using Bic pens. That’s right everything from the tassels to the weave patterns were all drawn by hand using blue Bic ball point pens. In addition to the hand work, Bréchignac has rendered a QR code on each corner. The QR codes take you to a specific messages and symbols that Bréchignac has created for the viewer.

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Friday Inspiration. Portrait of a Metal Worker.

It’s Friday, and this short documentary will definitely inspire you to go out and be creative this weekend. Beautifully shot and edited by Eliu Cornielle “Portrait of a Metal Worker” tells the story of Nicholas DiChiara a Philadelphia based metal artist, his passion, his desire, and his commitment to making well crafted, high quality objects of art. Take four minute out of your day, and listen to what DiChiara tells us and Cornielle shows us. Then go out and make something.