Life is hard and talented Romanian illustrator Andrei Lacatusu knows it. Inspired by this truth he created a wonderful series of illustration called “Life is Hard”.
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These are 2 pieces commissioned by Adidas Originals for 2 Originals stores in the US. Both pieces will be displayed along side a series of other artist’s works. Jthree Concepts, [aka jared Nickerson] tried to go with a more rustic feel and theme for this project. The pattern based design he introduced a number of additional themes including sci-fi, classic small town signage and Adidas Originals culture.
These infrared photographs taken by France-based photographer David Keochkerian look like bizarre, saturated landscapes created from a Dr. Seuss illustration. Seasons seem reversed, with white trees appearing in spring, and bushes are transformed into something that looks like fragile blades of bubblegum.
Graphic design is a profession that’s nothing new to me, although I’m not blessed with design skills, I’ve been around enough of them to know what good design consists of, and Ayaka Itos has it in spades. Check out some of her work and read her bio below. To see more from Ayaka, just click here.
I am a graphic designer / illustrator who is in love with rich colors and all things handmade. Originally born and raised in Japan, I moved to America by myself in 2005, with two suitcases and solid determination to study at the New Media Imaging & Design program (a mix of Communication Design and Interactive Design) at Rochester Institute of Technology.
After graduating in May 2009, I moved to New York City to make rich digital experiences & innovative campaigns with an amazingly talented multi-disciplinary team at Big Spaceship.
I love what I do, so I spend most of my non-working hours learning more about design and trying out new techniques on my personal projects. If I’m not doing that, then I’m usually staring at alpaca videos (because they’re too cute not to), making my own clothes, eating sweets — chocolate chip cookies are the best — or watching episodes of my favorite show ever, Adventure Time.
I got an email recently with “Yum Yum” in the title, and just assumed that it was from the Yum Yum the writer of the ‘Boost & Boobs‘ blog I’m an avid fan of. But I soon found out that it was a notification about the work of Beth Algieri and Jonny Plummer who for the graphic team Yum Yum. The two person team are both directors and designers with “a common passion for creating new and exciting things”, and their work shows they mean it. From animation to illustration to design, Yum Yum has created some brilliant, simple, and attention grabbing imagery. They recently started on some work for Wired magazine, you can check out more of their work here.
I know by reading the title of this post, you might think that it’s about some pair of German stripper twins. And that would make you wrong. Supakitch & Koralie are two innovative artists that breach the bounds of conventional art. Take a look at the video below to get a better idea of just how they do their thing.
Zansky it’s a Brazilian illustrator and designer with a really peculiar style, having a degree in Design and Fine Arts and focusing a lot on graphic arts as letterpress, woodcut, screen printing, offset and digital printing. He developed a really psychedelic and complex style, I can’t even dare to label him in any way, his art it’s just marvelous.
During three hectic weeks in 2008, Tallinn based illustrator and tattoo artist Kristjan Luiga designed a cool can for Estonian beer brewer A. Le Coq. The design clearly gets its inspiration from graffiti and the twisted design looks almost like a street art version of Penrose stair. The cans are no longer in production so you will have to make due with a couple of images of Kristjan Luiga wonderful design after the jump.
Been an avid admirer of his work for a few years now, The works of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami have inspired both admiration and confusion. Inspired primarily by anime, Japanese animation, and manga, Japanese comics, Murakami’s paintings and sculptures feature bright, candy-colored images of cartoon-like characters, with large eyes and exaggerated body parts. His works are often decorated with smiling flowers, round, blinking eyes, and colorful mushrooms. Murakami’s creations defy traditional classifications, breaking down numerous barriers. He blurs the line between so-called high art (the kinds of works normally seen in museums and galleries) and “low” art, like that seen in cartoons or advertisements. He also contradicts the traditional idea of an artist toiling away in a studio to painstakingly create one-of-a-kind works. Check it out.
There’s a saying I’ve been coming across quite a lot recently that states “Do Something Cool Every Day”. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean go indoor skydiving, or hook up with a model every day, but it means produce something cool, unique, or thought provoking every single day. Artist David Schwen has done just that, (and since he puts something out EVERY day, his collection is quite extensive) so I’ve spit it into two parts. Check the first set below, and stay tuned for the second set tomorrow.
Negative Space - The space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, and not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and such space is occasionally used to artistic effect as the “real” subject of an image. The use of negative space is a key element of artistic composition.
When it comes to graphic design, negative space isn’t anything to be ignored. I’m not a graphic designer, but as I’m said many times before, I hang out with them all the time, so I’m well aware of some of the fundamentals of the art. Negative space is a good way to draw attention to the focal point of the (or lack there of) with any piece. This collection by Tang Yau Hoong demonstrates perfectly a mastery of using negative space to create super dope pieces. Check the method below.
Having gone to art school, I’m no newbie when it comes to sketchbooks, and the wonders people have hidden inside of them. I’ve seen people in classes that draw and paint the most eloquent classical drawings, (like the Mona Lisa) and come home and have a sketchbook with the most rawkus, insane graffiti imaginable. A sketchbook is like a diary in the sense that it’s what’s all from what’s in your head, and the head of the artist I only know as ‘Pacman23′ is pretty dope. When he scanned in a series of pictures from a sketchbook of his, I knew I had to throw it up.
What if Shredder, Splinter, Rocksteady and Bebop were real? What if the toxic ooze that created the 90′s action film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles spilled into the sewers today? The results would probably look a lot like the pictures above. Now for a confession, before this post, only my immediate family knew that I had an unhealthy obsession with the Ninja Turtles. TMNT backpacks, jackets, umbrellas, bed sheets, from the years of 3 to 5, I was all about it. So when I saw the works of artist Dave Rapoza, it hit close to home. Rapoza has updated the TMNT, and given them all a brand new real-life look. Even the creepy little fly villain, Baxter, from the cartoon got a makeover. Each new piece is both gorgeous and horrifying at the same time. And although there are no pics of the star turtles themselves, it definitely makes me yearn for the old days of the Foot Clan.
I came a cross an interesting series of pictures the other day by an illustrator that goes by the name Jainai. Apparently she likes to put her personal touch on each of the envelopes she mails to clients. The envelopes are never the same and the subject matter is always randomly made up on the spot. Every detailed sketch is an interesting piece with both simplicity and depth. Jainai also has many more excellent works which can be seen at her deviantART.
Timba Smits is an award winning Melbourne born / London based graphic designer, artist, illustrator, independent publisher, self confessed magazine addict and wannabe olympic ping-pong player. He has a proper love of all things retro and kitsch.
Most commonly though, Timba is known for founding one of the world’s art communities best kept secrets a magazine called Wooden Toy Quarterly: the only quarterly half book half magazine, to come out once per year. Smits publication and the rest of his work aims to document and highlight emerging and established creatives that have in some way been influenced by contemporary culture. Design and art that Timba creates can be, and are, an influence or inspiration to others.