This morning while I was searching for a completely unrelated item I came across this video on Vimeo about artist Andrea Bergart and a project she was working on about a year ago. The short film looks at how she transformed cement trucks in New York into rolling murals that feature her brightly colored, geometric works. It’s a great idea, and one that she talks about in the film. Why hadn’t anyone thought about painting cement trucks before and turning them into rolling murals? The short film by Aruninator and Simon Biswas has a really nice quality to it. High production value, nice 70’s inspired soundtrack, casual, fresh and informative.
“Atypical Typography” from Warsaw based artist and designer Pawel Nolbert, is a series of posters that explore the form, rhythm, and flow of letter forms. The posters are a created from sculptural elements that are figurative illustrations designed to capture the expressive nature of writing. Each of the elements were built from artistic, painterly gestures that were formed, then photographed to create the final B1 sized print at 8100 x 8100 pixels at 300DPI. What a great look. Frankly I’d like to have one of the original sculptures used to make the final image. Nolbert’s impressive client list includes Google, Adobe, Sony, Nike, Chrysler, Nepresso, and more. There are more examples of his work at the link above.
From the 29th of March to the 7th of September 2014, artist Wes Lang has an exhibit of his work showing at ARoS Aarhus Museum of Art. The video below from I DO ART is an interview with the artist in his studio and on location at the museum. Lang gives insight into his creative process, and brings to light a simple fact about creativity. Sometimes you just know when something is right, when it’s done, when to stop working on it. More often than not, your brain turns off as you go into that zen zone of creativity and the good stuff just happens. At one point around the 4:30 minute mark he talks about coming back to his studio the next day and not remembering creating certain things from the night before. I can relate to that. Sometimes you are so in the zone of creativity it’s as though something else takes over for you, a muse, a creative spirit, another part of your brain, something, and it’s all good.
The video below from Rino Stefano Tagliafierro was created from masterwork paintings, painstakingly cut apart and animated with great effect. I can’t even imagine how long the process took. Having done this on a smaller scale I know first hand what is required. Loads of Photoshop work, and even more work in a program like After Effects. Achieving believable parallax, and animating with the puppet tool are not easy things to do. Beyond the technical aspects of the animated short, there is a hypnotic and at times disturbing quality to the film that creates a nice balance between beauty, and the grotesque reality of some of the subject matter these paintings represent. None the less it’s worth watching as Tagliafierro brings these paintings to life. The full list of the paintings used can be found here.
If you are a designer or artist working with digital tools like Photoshop or Illustrator, you might have had a chance to work with the Wacom Cintiq. If you are unfamiliar with the Cintiq, it is Wacom’s monitor/input tablet combined. It allows you to draw and paint right on the surface, mimicking an actual physical work surface.
If you are an iPad or other tablet user, you have probably installed a few creative apps like Procreate, or ArtRage and use your tablet for sketching, drawing, photo-retouching, etc. with some kind of input stylus. And while your stylus does a pretty good job, in many ways it is not a substitute for your Wacom tablet or Cintiq. The fact is most styluses, have larger input tips, and almost all of them don’t offer pressure sensitivity like the Wacom. So, why hasn’t Wacom jumped into the tablet fray? Well they have.
The Wacom Cintiq Companion, and Comanion Hybrid are two new tablets from Wacom. The Companion runs a full blown version of Windows 8 and allows you full access to all of your desktop creative tools. The Companion Hybrid runs Android and give you access to all of your favorite Android creative apps, like Procreate, Sketch, and ArtRage.
Both tablets offer an immersive on-screen creative experience and take full advantage of Wacom’s pressure sensitive stylus on a high resolution portable screen. The Companion running Windows 8 is essentially a mobile workstation with multi-touch control, pressure sensitive input and cloud based connectivity allowing you to create and share you r work from anywhere. Frankly I find this to be very exciting, because it take what I do on my iPad and extends it allowing me to be more creative from anywhere.
The overall specs for both tablets looks pretty impressive, especially for a first effort. Screen resolution is 1920 by 1080, Intel® CORE™ i-7 processor, 2048 levels pen pressure, 256 or 512 GB solid state drive, 16.7 million color display, 8 gig of RAM… I hope that Wacom is successful with this, because competition is a good thing, and hopefully it means Apple, and stylus manufacturers will step up their game resulting in better products for everyone.
There is no word on pricing and or availability as of yet, but you can sign up for email announcements about the tablets as they get closer to a launch date and release pricing info.
I am always on the look out for digital painting and sketching tools to add to my arsenal. 61 Solutions launched Mischief last month which is a vector based painting and drawing application that looks pretty slick.
Using both pixel-based brushes and the scalability of vectors, Mischief give you infinite zoom, and scalability, without loss of detail. This combined infinite canvas size makes this a pretty powerful tool for digital artist. With a cost of $129.00 it hits a sweet spot giving you big features while not breaking the bank. You can try it for free for 15 days before you have to commit to buying which is an added plus for those on a budget. Below is a list of some key features of Mischief.
Mischief uses a revolutionary new stroke representation. Get the richness of pixel-based brushes AND the scalability of vectors. Zoom in to any size and get a PERFECT edge. Export at ANY size and resolution.
Mischief has a truly infinite canvas. Your artwork can grow organically without constraints. There is no need to preset paper sizes or resolutions or to resize the canvas during drawing.
Mischief handles a zoom range of 50 trillion to one. Create artwork with extraordinary levels of detail or draw a story, within a story, within a story … the possibilities are endless.
Mischief exploits the massive parallelism of today‘s GPUs. Get unprecedented performance even for very complex artwork. Scale, pan, and rotate in real-time without compromising quality.
Small File Sizes
Mischief files are smaller than comparable Photoshop and Illustrator files. Sharing high resolution artwork has never been so painless.
No Manual Required
Get started instantly; just pick up your stylus and draw. Pen and paper styles, tool selection, layers, and all the essentials are right at your finger tips. No complex menus or hidden features.
I’ve never collected matchbooks. Occasionally I might pick one up if I like the design that is on the cover of the book or box, but even back in my smoking days I never seemed to hold onto them. Perhaps if they had looked as cool as these hand painted matchbooks matchbook paintings by Joseph Martinez I would have.
Martinez’s matchbook paintings are done in sets of three when he has enough books to complete the set. They feature pop icons ranging from Star Wars to Frankenstein with a large focus on movie characters. The miniature paintings are on real matchbooks that are just a couple of inches in size. You can get them unframed or in framed sizes 5 by 7 inches. The link above takes you to his site where you can see the entire collection.