I spend a great deal of time with my students dismissing the idiotic sayings they’ve grown accustomed to hearing over and over again. Witty little wordplay that attempts to answer complex thoughts in an easy-to-digest sentence. Easy to remember because it’s catchy, like a tune that won’t stop playing in your head, they can be subsequently regurgitated to make the speaker sound clever.
Wes Anderson’s much anticipated new animated feature Isle of Dogs made a big splash at the Berlin Film Festival yesterday. The film which opened the prestigious cineaste event pays homage to the culture of Japan, films of Hayao Miyazaki, as well as the 1960s-era movies of directed Fantastic Mr. Fox, assembled a top-notch group of voice actors (including Bill Murray, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, Live Schreiber, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton and Yoko Ono) to bring his vision to animated life.
As an artist it’s always good to step away from your comfort zone. Delving into a different medium or media can be a bold dance into uncharted territories. But when you return, bringing with you everything you’ve learned while you were away from ‘home’, you can apply that newfound understanding to your art and be the better for it.
This month I thought I'd take y'all through my largest copper painting to date, Rabbit Moon. The first thing I did was to do an exploratory work on Duralar to nail my drawing. Here is a video making that piece. Read more...
When describing the journey we take to better ourselves as artists, we talk about a “career path”. Sometimes this is envisioned like a walk through a forest or scaling a mountain trail. These metaphors fail us too often because it supposes that there is an intended goal to achieve, a peak to conquer. The problem is that conquering a career goal often leads to a dead end. Each time we can no longer move forwards, whether it's because our goals have been met or because they've been cut short, will inevitably require significant backtracking to find new routes. Doing this over and over again, it's easy to see how twisted these paths really are. This world we're navigating is a maze. A huge and daunting maze without a clear goal or solution.
Thinking about selling your artwork on Etsy? While it may look as simple as putting an art piece up and waiting for it to sell, it's not as simple as it looks. There is a lot that goes into having an Etsy that brings you money. Here are thousands of artists that sell on Etsy, so making sure you stand out amongst the crowd is very important. Read more...
Every once in a while I do a roundup of book cover illustrations, showing them before and after the cover text was added on top. The cool thing about book covers is that they're made to work together with text, but they also stand on their own. Here are some great examples from some talented illustrators and designers.
Dear AD, another AD recently who told me she could tell my artwork was influenced by anime, and that might make it harder for me to get a job due to the bias against it in the industry (like they won't even look at the designs due to the style). I'm working on changing it, but noticed that some artists I follow also have anime-influenced artwork, but also have jobs in the industry. I feel a bit lost - should I completely change my style to 'fit in' more?
I'll have to base these writings on a couple of assumptions.
The first is that it's not very likely that in the near future -or ever - I am going to be conducting brisk and informative tours of my at-home studio.
The second assumption, and a possibly even more far-fetched one is that there are actually people out there who would willingly partake in such a bold enterprise.
We’ve seen King Kong on film before – several times – but not like this. In past outings, the famous ape has been achieved with stop motion, full and partial scale animatronics, and via motion capture and cg. But in Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ new Kong: Skull Island, Kong is a 100-foot-tall keyframed cg creature with very specific design features.
Vika’s Dream is a stylish short by Brazilian directing duo, Alton. The film is based on the true story of a young girl from Jakarta and her community’s struggle with natural disasters. Today she is part of the Power for Youth, a Unicef group that empowers young people from poor communities to fulfill their dreams.