Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My Guys

A friend just sent me a link to the work of Meredith Dittmar who creates intriguing art (some cute, some disturbing) through polymer and acrylic. Aside from the wall art and sculpture, she also has a cute line of "my guys." Think ugly dolls made out of clay and you'll get the idea. Very cute. I used to work with clay a lot back in the day, this may inspire me to take it up again.

From her website:
Dittmar's work is featured in the books Dot dot Dash and Mascotte 2, along with numerous magazines and online publications. In conjunction with her artwork she works as an independent character designer and maintains her company Corporatepig, through which she continues to create thousands of unique handmade characters called "My Guys".

Click
here for Meredith's portfolio. Below are some of my favorite of her artwork and her guys. Thanks, Lisa.





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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Collaborate

It's not always easy to find additional design resources when you need them. Sometimes the people you want to work with are working full-time, busy on other projects, or out of town. There's now an interesting new website called CollabFinder. Creatives upload their profiles, highlight skillz, and link to samples of their work. It's a great concept. I'm anxious to see how it grows and develops. Right now it seems very web-focused, but I'm hoping it will branch out different areas of design as more people sign up. And a search function would be helpful moving forward. Let's see how it goes...

Click here to take a look.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

APAK

I always find a certain charm in paintings done on wood. Something about the natural grain and texture lends depth to an image, and creates more interest. APAK is a husband and wife team who create whimsical lands and inhabitants From their website:

Aaron and Ayumi K. Piland are the fantastical magical duo known as APAK. They are a childlike husband and wife collaborative art group who live among the fury conifer giants in a little cottage on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. They create artwork together as a way exploring the beauty, mystery, and magic of life as well as expressing their love for life and each other.

They are known in particular for creating rich and colorful gouache/acrylic paintings on wood featuring the utopian lives and adventures of curious little beings living in lush fantastic environments surrounded by friendly little animals, the landscapes are familiar yet surreal, hinting at a fantastic narrative while suggesting truths about the real world at the same time.

Click here for their site.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Silent Voices

We took a great trip to The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island this weekend. It had been ages since I've visited Lady Liberty, and I don't recall ever being inside Ellis Island. It was a really enlightening experience... so many stories, hopes, dreams. So much fear, frustration, and agony... All rolled into one building. People from all countries converging on unknown soil with the dream of a better life. Powerful sentiments that seem to echo from the walls.

There were many exhibits on the people and their stories, and on immigration in general, etc.
But there was also a story told of the island and building itself. When Ellis Island was closed in 1954, after more than 12 million immigrants had passed through the doors, it was basically abandoned as is. Prior to the start of the restoration project, a few photographers were allowed in to capture what remained. The images are striking, and tell stories just as interesting as those who walked through the doors. The exhibit is called "Silent Voices" and is worth seeing. I'm afraid the following images don't do any justice.

Eleni Mylonas
Click here for her website.

Joel Greenburg
Click here for his website.



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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

ODG



Here's a self promo that really stands out from the crowd. Love it, or hate it, this guy's livin' large and turning work away. Time to start thinking about my next self-promo...