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Jo Schwab’s Portraits December 31, 2010

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Jo Schwab celebrates the differences in his sitters. They’re wonderful and disturbing photographs. Definitely worth a few moments thought.

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A Few More Drawing Lines August 15, 2010

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I’ve added a few more drawings to my sketchbook selects on Boundless Optimism. Quite colourful lines in fact.

Laura Laine And The Wandering Line November 27, 2009

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Laura Laine has a remarkable rhythm to her drawings. They seem to meander into elegant shapes. I find them highly entertaining and quite lovely. I’m quite jealous really.

Click here to see Laura’s portfolio.

Anime Ghost Sculptures September 14, 2009

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Kazuki Takamatsu makes an interesting image. They’re ghostly sculptures of anime characters, machines and underwear. I have no idea what his personal art story is but the stuff is compelling. Oddly enough it looks like 3D rendered with a super simple lighting setup. Very clever.

Visit his portfolio site here.
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The House of Dolls April 17, 2009

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Miles Aldridge

If the world were pretty enough, I’d shoot on location all the time. But the world is just not being designed with aesthetics as a priority.

Miles Aldridge is a remarkable aesthetician. He has a new exhibition at Hamilton’s Gallery in London which I’m rather disappointed to not be seeing. This man brings a steady eye and a subtle worldview to the printed page. His portfolio site is a treasure trove. It’s a real pleasure.

Hamilton’s (click on Current Exhibition before 10 May 2009)

The Official Miles Aldridge Portfolio

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Boundless Desktop Wallpaper 01 April 10, 2009

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Boundless Wallpaper 01

Here is a desktop wallpaper to put some analog texture on your digital surface. The model for this drawing really is 17 feet tall and was found lounging in the veldt of South Africa.

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It includes several screen sizes, including iPhone and PSP.

IdeaFixa #9 Is Food for Thought December 9, 2007

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 IdeaFixa 1

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IdeaFixa, the South American webazine famous for awesome Spanglish and excellent illustration, photography and art, has released Issue 9 ~ Food.

IdeaFixa 3

Credits for featured artists:
1. Cristina Negrau
2. Madame Peripatie
3. Pablo Lacruz

They are now accepting entries for Issue 10 ~ Fear & Loathing.

IdeaFixa e-Magazine October 2, 2007

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 IdeaFixa

Ideafixa.com is a cool publication. It’s an e-mag that publishes bimonthly on specific themes. Issue 8 is Self-Portraits. While that has all the hallmarks of student disaster, the quality of the work is very impressive. The depth of the collection is fantastic, you just keep turning page after page after page. A lot of the work comes from South America and it’s  refreshing to get exposed to the talent of the South. There is also a bio section for some of the artists which makes for some interesting reading. They work on a submission policy and the next theme is Food. So get out your pencils, camera, wacom, emo, etc and try and overwhelm the curators with your genius.

IdeaFixa

Jonathan Weiner (Viner) – Tension September 27, 2007

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Viner

Jonathan Weiner (Viner) has a strange style of painting. He dips into beautiful technique while pulling subjects and themes from a more counter mainstream art geography. If that made no sense, check out Juxtapoz and then look at John Copeland and see where Mr Weiner (Viner) lands for you. It seems that there is tension in his work from multiple sources (his style, his references, his name etc) and I find that intriguing.  If only for the cool titles on his paintings, check out his site. Perhaps expand your art collection.

Viner Studio

ps. The featured work is “Fight or Flight“, 24″x36”, oil on canvas.

The Retry “Art” Sampler September 16, 2007

Posted by Ivan Pols in art, art crush, character design, comic, culture, drawing, figurative art, illustration, images, john copeland, media, objectification, painting, portfolio.
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A friend asked to see some art that I reckon is fairly decent at the moment. Instead of hiding it in an e-mail, let me share with everyone. I’ve blogged about most of these people or sites before but there’s no substitute for an easy to click blog post to get motivated to look again. So, in no particular order, here’s some food for thought:

Serious Painting

John Copeland

John Copeland – Probably my favourite painter at the moment.

Slightly Different Painters

Woodring

Jim Woodring – A great contemporary Surrealist

Jeff Soto

Jeff Soto – Giant robots and rainbows never looked this good. Jeff’s work has been translated into a short film by 3 Legged Legs. It’s amazing to see this fine-art-street-type style in motion.

Ashley Wood

Ashley Wood – Famous for concept art, comic books and being a “little” brash at times. He paints on real boards and sells the original pieces to collectors. He qualifies as a real artist.

Interactive Media

Hoogerbrugge – A Netherlands artist who uses drawings of himself to lay waste to the repititions of modern culture. Or something like that. This music video is the quick sampler of his work but check out the website for classic focussed Hoogerbrugge.

Kooky

Frenzied Giraffe

Michel Gagne – This is his 6th book, Frenzied Fauna: From A to Z.

ICanHasCheezBurger -There’s a meme called Lolcats that many would not consider to be art, but it has been appropriated accepted adopted by the masses and shares some of the traits of art: visual aesthetic, an underlying theory, self-imposed executional rules, a sense of history. Is it -ism or is it -crapism? Will people in 100 years time have retrospectives of Lolcats? And in case you think I’m writing total rubbish look up the definition of Art.

Where to find more

Artshole – A UK listing for art
Art Krush – The e-mail publication and this list will see you right.
Drawn! – All about Drawers!