July 1, 2016

Pencil Portraits

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Natalie Foss illustrates bold, intriguing portraits using coloured pencils. She often depicts individual’s inner worlds and she also comments on our modern society.

Natalie is Norwegian and is currently based in Oslo. Natalie studied at the Strykejernet School of Art in Oslo, and has a BA in illustration from Kingston University in London.

To see more of her sublime work, click here.

Her are some illustrations from her series Alienation

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Illustrations from her series New Nordic Fashion Illustration II

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June 30, 2016

The Red Nose Studio

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The Red Nose Studio (Chris Sickels) creates quirky 3D illustrations and animations with what is available at arms length. The artworks are beautifully crafted and rich with texture and detail. The illustrations and animations have been recognized by American Illustration, Communication Arts, and HOW. The Society of Illustrators has awarded three golds and a silver medal for both illustrative and motion work.  The stop-motion animated films have screened at various festivals including Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and Montreal Stop-Motion Film Festival. The Red Nose Studio has also authored and illustrated The Look Book, and several children’s books. Find out more about this intriguing artist here.

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June 29, 2016

All Things Paper

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Barcelona-based paper artist Raya Sader Bujana has created a series of sleek paper figures for an Olympic-themed stock photography shoot. These were created in collaboration with photographer Leo García Méndez.
Some of these sports illustrated paper figures are made up of up to 150 pieces of cut paper and joint by 3mm separators to create the different layering effects.

These paper sculptures brilliantly showcase the agility of movements through its curves. Raya explains, “The added texture, light and volume that the technique provides reinforces the fluidity of the pieces”.

Scroll down for a selection of the designs and see more of her work here 

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June 28, 2016

Roaming the American Wilderness

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Willem Van Den Heever is an independent filmmaker, photographer and traveler from Pretoria, South Africa. He began his film-making career in 2011 while still in high school. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Film Arts in 2015 from The Open Window Institute of Film Arts in Centurion, Pretoria. His first film, Coffee (2013), gained international recognition and in April 2014 he was awarded the Best New Talent Award at the 2014 National Film Festival for Talented Youth in Seattle, USA. In January 2015, he was selected as a Sundance Short Film Challenge winner.

In 2016, Willem set foot alone on a daunting journey into the American Wilderness. He landed in New York but spent the majority of his time on the west coast’s mountain passes, predominantly following the Pacific Crest Trail. It was a physically and emotionally challenging journey and it has etched its significance into his life.

‘I think the inspiration and thirst for adventure already came from the Tin Tin comics I read as a kid. Then sometime in high school I read about South African adventurer Riaan Manser and how he circumnavigated the African continent on a bicycle and of course Jon Krakauer’s Into The Wild. This was also later fueled by the literature of Jack Kerouac. Throughout the years my fascination for the great American wilderness grew and at the end of 2015 I graduated, got a backpack and in 2016 got on a plane and set off.

I hitched hiked around and hiked about 1000km in the wilderness through mountain passes, mostly following the Pacific Crest Trail. Even though I tried to learn from Christopher McCandless’s mistakes I think I too was still very naïve… I was not prepared for what lied ahead at all and I headed into the Wilderness way too early in the season. At the end I had good times and bad times, including escaping death a few times, but overall it was one hell of an experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world. The good times were also always so much more rewarding and when the body is ravaged the spirit grows stronger.

During some stretches I would go for days without seeing a soul. It was hard, really hard, physically and emotionally, but I was forced to confront myself about a lot of things I was subconsciously hiding from myself. It was not just the relationship with myself, but my relationship with God that also improved. No I didn’t return with all the answers to the world and it’s problems and I still have a lot of questions myself, but I learned; about myself, the world and humanity. I learned there are still so much good and love in this world and not every second stranger out there is set out to kill or steal from you. I now also know how little I actually know about myself, to what extend the human body can actually go before you really “can’t even” and that Christopher couldn’t have been more right when he said “Happiness is only real when shared.”‘

Here are some exquisite images from his daring venture captured on his 35mm film camera.

You can discover more about Willem here.

 


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June 27, 2016

Not all who wander are lost

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American born artist Missy H. Dunaway moved to Turkey to study art and textiles all alone. From there, she continued to travel through Europe, Morocco, and other destinations.

Instead of capturing her travel experiences with a camera, Missy carried around her Moleskine notebooks and documented her travels with paintings. Her paintings are filled with dreamy scenes, along with a short caption of the location.

Follow her Instagram account and Tumblr page for more of her work, which will inspire wanderlust.

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June 24, 2016

‘Hey’ illustrations

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‘Hey’ is a graphic design studio from Barcelona, Spain. They pride themselves on their illustration, typography, editorial design and brand identity creation. Colour, geometry and bold graphics are often emphasised in their work.The Hey Studio also has an online shop where they share their love for design.

The illustrations below were commissioned by Hansome Frank, the telecoms company in Dublin. More exciting designs can be found at heystudio.es.

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June 22, 2016

Add a Bookmark

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Designer Massimo Moreale handcrafts stunning silver bookmarks. These bookmarks beautifully combine the art of sculpture and the art of literature. “They are gems that narrate your stories, emotions, memories, wishes,” says the artist, describing his collection of hand-carved treasures.

Many of Moreale’s metallic masterpieces actually pay homage to classic stories such as Mody Dick and The Catcher in the Rye. Other works commemorate iconic works of art like Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss, and Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker. Each of Silverleaf’s bookmarks elegantly adds an artistic touch to reading time.

Scroll down for a selection of the bookmarks or head here for more of his work

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June 21, 2016

Stacked

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Malte Brandenburg is a self taught photographer from Berlin. He has a love for symmetry and simplicity.

‘Stacked’ is a series of photographs of post-war housing estates in Berlin. Initially these houses were built for middle class families but were over time replaced by poorer families. The buildings were built in a seemingly identical fashion but when one looks closer one sees unique details.

Check out more of his work at www.maltebrandenburg.com

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June 21, 2016

Oliver Bonhomme’s Jazz Dreams

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Oliver Bonhomme is French illustrator and art director. He is a jazz fanatic and has been saxophonist for the past 20 years. Below is his illustration series “Journey to New Orleans”, a fantasy venture into the ‘city of jazz dreams’ as well as some African jazz inspired works. You can find more of his illustrations on www.olivierbonhomme.combrut_nola09web brut_nola10web brut_nola11web 44fdec37445987.57408b7c7503c 76074a37445987.57408b7c758f3 brut_nola03web brut_nola04web brut_nola06web copy

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June 20, 2016

Rawganique – Raw, organic, unique packaging

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Peltan-Brosz Roland is a designer from Hungary who was commissioned to design an identity, as well as packaging for Rawganique. Rawganique describe themselves as “Pure clothes. Pure bed. Pure bath. Pure footwear. Made in-house for folks who would settle for nothing less than true purity and environmental sustainability.”

The challenge for Peltan was designing a look that captured the essence of Rawganique. Peltan explains his design thinking and process: “We thought of using something personal like handwriting. In handwriting we saw the presence of the personal touch to each product, it gives the impression of a custom made material, it breaks away from commerce and conventional and it is modern. So we devised a custom typeface for Rawganique, that due to modern printing technique we could create more versions of written words on labels.”

Scroll down for a look at the branding and head over here for more work from Peltan

 

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