Posts from — September 2008
These adverts are for “Freddy : One Man Theatre” with a tagline “Freddy supporting the movement for inner joy and happiness”.
I’ve no idea if it is as obvious and innocent as that, but I do like the adverts. I think its something to do with looking like a model and having some connection with puppetry. Innocent, but also maybe a little sinister.
September 30, 2008 No Comments 2,275 views
I’m seeing alot of illustration work out there which stems from heavy PhotoShop manipulation and retouching. Lots of added sparkle and special effects take centre stage, giving a magical aura to the featured figures.
Craig Shields does this style well, and showcases his work on his website Surpy.co.uk.
September 29, 2008 No Comments 4,904 views
More Soon is a new studio set up by Carl Burgess, who is ex-Hi-Res! I can see a little Hi-Res in the studio website, but that fleshy circular thing has to be seen in motion.
I’ve no idea what it is, but it rotates down, animating these layered, glistening flesh slices! It’s a little mesmerising and repulsive at first. It made me stare.
September 28, 2008 No Comments 3,195 views
ComputerLove have a little interview with Manchester-based illustrator and graphic designer Si Scott. His ornate typographic illustrations are the hallmark of his work as shown in this fetching fish below.
September 27, 2008 3 Comments 22,563 views
Graffiti in the digital age! L.A.S.E.R. tagging is a new form of graffiti art created recently and which is currently cropping up in cities all over the world.
Temporary, digital and therefore less destructive, its good to see something like this crop up, although its probably a bit more expensive to do than getting a traditional spray can of paint. The world’s your canvas though, albeit at night.
Check more examples below and be sure check out the tagging in action in the video.
September 26, 2008 4 Comments 16,781 views
Now if this is a real product, I can see this camera lens mug being a pain to clean, but it looks good nonetheless.
September 25, 2008 No Comments 5,412 views
I think this is one definite case of an image speaks a thousand words, except it doesn’t need that many. This is quite obviously a unit-based fridge system that makes it ideal for flatshares.
I’ve no idea how it works, whether its modulised and detachable and therefore powered by the base unit, but a great way for lodgers to take responsibility for their own fridge is if they had their own box and simply moved in and stacked it.
Designed by Stefan Buchberger as part of Design Lab 2008.
September 24, 2008 1 Comment 2,090 views
X-Rays look pretty cool. If I ever had a scan and I could, I’d get the x-ray document itself and frame it.
Photographer Nick Veasey has gone one step (well, probably more steps) further and shoots and specialises in x-ray “photography”.
“Instead of tweaking f-stops and light boxes, he fine-tunes the speed and frequency of energy pulses emitted by a Russian-made tabletop particle turbocharger. That’s because Veasey doesn’t work with traditional cameras and film — he works with x-rays.
“The 46-year-old Englishman estimates that over the past decade or so he’s x-rayed more than 4,000 objects: flowers, football players, alarm clocks, tractors, even a 777. “I’m interested in how things work, and x-rays show what’s happening under the surface,” he says. “Plus, they look cool.”
This office building scene is quite well put together with Nick capturing individual shots and then composing them all:
“To assemble this office building scene, which includes everything from a potted plant to steel elevator cogs, Veasey employed all three of his x-ray machines. Each item was captured individually (he used only one skeleton “model,” which he set in different poses) and then composited onto a master image. It took 200 x-rays to create the entire scene, including 26 shots just to depict the skeletons shaking hands.”
This shot of a vacuum tube looks straightforward, but I never realised how complicated it could be:
Veasey is one of the few people who know how hard it is to get a crisp x-ray of a vacuum tube.1 For starters, the object has very little mass to absorb the radiation. And because the edges of the tube curve away from the film, the x-rays get scattered about, causing distortion. So Veasey shot this tube in a series of 10-second bursts. The succession of blasts builds up the energy necessary to capture the fine details, while their short duration keeps background radiation from clouding the picture.
Veasey’s images have brought him fine-art commissions, big-name commercial clients, and a long list of professional honors. Now he also has a book-length collection called X-ray coming out in October. But Veasey says he’s just getting started. He is currently building his own $200,000 studio with 35-inch-thick, lead-lined concrete walls. In there, he’ll be able to see through anything.
September 15, 2008 No Comments 5,591 views
Mujuworld, created by UK-based Mr and Mrs Muju, is a site showcasing their illustrations and wonderfully detailed, hand crafted plushies.
They’re a refreshing change from a lot of the vinyl “designer” toys I’ve seen out there, with great combinations of color tones creating these tactile pieces.
You can buy them on their Etsy store – not cheap, but reflective of their creativity and hand skills.
September 7, 2008 No Comments 2,747 views
I’m not one for wearing any bling whatsoever, let alone something as extravagant as hip hop artist’s often parade.
However, I love these following items as little expensive and visually stunning sculptures. They’re for an upcoming auction titled Hip Hop’s Crown Jewels which aims to raise funds for Russell Simmons’ Rush Community Affiairs.
The collection features numerous memorable and important pieces. The artists with pieces involved include Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Alicia Keys, 50 Cent, Cam’ron, Diddy, Eminem, Kanye West, LL Cool J, Pharrell, Nas, Slick Rick and Tupac;
Within the collection are sub-themes such as “The Golden Era of Hip-Hop”, East and West Coast Rivalries: Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur, and Bling Bling and Global Domination.
If you’re interested in the auction(!) on the 1st October or an exhibition in the week before, check out Hypebeast.
September 4, 2008 1 Comment 14,809 views