Bastien Grivet is a digital artist mastermind from France who has worked with a lot of big names, and has quite a collection of artwork in his portfolio that’s unreal. Out of the pictures on his portfolio, I couldn’t pick just three or four pieces to showcase on here. I kept going through his deviant profile and grabbing picture after picture to post on here. I am in love with his work. He literally can tell a story with one picture – it fills my head with fantasy / sci-fi ideas and makes me want to take up art classes again.
I had to add more in the continuation of this post, because they’re just so damn good.
Placed in the Swiss Alps by a hotel god, The Cambrian offers stunning views of scenic mountains 360˚ around the entire hotel, close access to slopes of the Bernese Oberland, and an award winning spa. This is one of the places that I would love to visit in the future…I can see my daily routine there: Wake up early, work on a novel with a great cup of coffee (because that’s what looking at these pictures makes me want to do), go boarding, spa it up, eat a fancy dinner, swim, then bed. I mean how good does that sound? I might be able to say my life is complete after doing that for a week or two.
Check out more photo’s of The Cambrian after the time jump…
I could have bet $100 while watching this that Kevin Dart had something to do with it. His fingerprints are all over this. The 60′s feel, the characters, the art…everything, and pretty much because of that – I love it. It’s short – sweet – and gives some good pointers on party etiquette. Even though – parties up in Alaska are different – seeing that if you don’t get drunk – people are offended. Either way…the animation is fun and Mr Porter with Kevin Dart is a great combination.
On this amazingly gorgeous Thanksgiving Day, these pictures just popped out to me and seemed perfect for the day of indulgence and glutony. Polish photographer Boguslaw Strempel wakes up early in the morning to capture the fog deep in the forests of Poland and the Czech Republic. There’s something about waking up early and accomplishing something like these photographs that just make me want to become a morning person.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I’m a sucker for good art. It doesn’t matter if it’s painted, sketched, composed, photoshopped, or edited – art get’s me. I’m sure that’s why some of you are here too…looking at blog after blog for inspiration and something to spark the creative in you.
As soon as I saw Andreas Rocha‘s artwork – the first thing I thought is – If I ever make a movie, he will be the first choice for a concept artist. Hands down a very inspiring artist that takes us from world to world with just one painting. He has an eye for big epic sceneries and knows where to get realistic and not.
Check out his portfolio here.
Lukas Kozmus‘s photography is the definition of “Right Time, Right Place.” His photo’s draw you in with a story, and I couldn’t be more in love. The colors and tone that come out of his photo’s set the mood and bring you to a new world. A little while back I posted about Theo Gosselin – and the two photographers remind me a lot of each other – just with adding a message of freedom and travel.
I would buy a print or two for my apartment.
Check out Lukas’ flickr and continue for some more of his pictures…
“The Everywhere Project is a collaborative design project that pays tribute to the classic folk song “I’ve Been Everywhere”.
The song was written in 1959 by Australian songwriter Geoff Mack using Australian place names. It was later adapted to North American (and a few South American) locations by Hank Snow in 1962 and it hit number one on the country music charts. It has since been recorded by many artists including Johnny Cash and Willy Nelson.
In “the Everywhere Project” a select group of designers and illustrators are invited to create luggage labels, each reperesenting one of the 92 locations that appear in the American version of the song. Each artist has the oportunity to share their personal take on a place they’ve been, have connections with, or a place they only recently learned about.”
Love the idea of this project. Curated by the very talented Adrian Walsh.
via Grain Edit
In my journeys through the internet – I see a lot of really cool houses. Some that I actually post on here, others I just mutter to myself how it’s sweet looking, but it’s not worthy to post about. This Lemperle Residence…I can literally say…I have no hesitation posting about on here. It fills all my requirements for finding inspiration through architecture. The color palette that goes along with these pictures might be a huge reason why I love them so much…they took these photographs at the perfect time of day when the sky was blue and the sunset was pink. The colors of the house go so well with what is happening outside.
One of the first things I notice with looking at these pictures is that it seems to be a nod toward the 60′s architectural design work – with the furniture to the layout. I love the 60′s – so it’s only appropriate that I notice that. Also the house is very open…with giant glass windows overlooking the ocean – giving it a huge spacial feeling. Built in La Jolla, California and designed by Jonathan Segal.
I would hate to live in the houses next to it – I would be envious every day.
Check out some more photos of The Lemperle Residence after the continuation…
Dark Horse Comics, even though not a main competitor in the movie game compared to Marvel and DC, is looking to make an animated movie based on their comic “The Goon.” I didn’t know much of the comic book until I stumbled onto the Kickstarter, but with the promise of monsters, zombies, and killer robots – it sounds like an instant classic for me.
They just completed their $400,000 goal on Kickstarter by raising $441,900 from 7,576 backers, which is an animation record breaker on Kickstarter. Last time I looked at it, when it hadn’t reached it’s goal, I was in a hurry and didn’t get to dive too deep into the idea, so I Pocketed it and revisited it today. I watched the video which was made by Blur Studios with the help of film director, Fight Club’s David Fincher.
Even if this doesn’t get made into a full blown movie…I think I’m going to try to get the comic book and at least flip through it. First of all…I like the idea. I’m a huge fan of zombie movies – and especially with the time period it seems to be set in – looks like it’ll be right up my alley. Second…the art looks killer. There’s nothing that I like better then to see good art backing up an animated movie.
Check out the jump for more production art…….it’s pretty dope.
Love this work titled “Billions” from Ward Roberts. Layering pictures of cities on top of each other to show the overwhelming feeling of a small fish in a big city, but as Brian from Lions and Vultures puts it “ [the pictures] also manage to find a feeling of calm within [them].”
These pictures are so beautiful in a weird way. If you look closely and focus on one image – one of the layers becomes more apparent then the others – it’s almost like one of those books that you have to stare at for 30 seconds before you see the full picture.
You know when you stumble on a painting or a song and can’t stop enjoying that specific piece of art? That’s how I’m feeling right now with Theo Gosselin‘s photography. His work exudes a type of rebellion adventure that I want to live in – it could be a movie with the soundtrack of M83′s “Saturdays = Youth” playing in the background.
Also according to his portfolio – he and his friends are making a movie about his travels across the USA. Check out the website here. Specifically check out the Photography page. Very interested to see what comes out of this.
See more of his pictures…
When I go to the grocery store to grab beer or wine, and I’m in the mood to try something new…I usually don’t care about taste more then I do the design. We’re all guilty of it. Such is the case with Tenfold Collective‘s work I just came across. I would definitely…hands down…without a doubt…buy this beer or coffee they designed for – just to look at.
They also happen to have a great blog.
Beijing motorcycle extraordinnaires, Bandit9, have just released onto the world their new baby…calling it Nero. The bike is based on the classic Chang Jiang 750 from the 1950s and ’60s, which is probably why I feel so drawn to it. It looks like something a superhero would ride to fight crime. Even though I’m not a bike person…since I’ve never owned one, nor have I really driven one…I couldn’t resist sharing this bike. I think what set’s it apart for me, from most bikes, is the black matte finish…it really just takes it up a notch, that, and it’s not a chopper. I hate choppers. They just look so uncomfortable.
Price hasn’t been announced yet…and nobody knows when it will be available to the public. Hopefully I come into millions before then.
via The Fox Is Black
I just realized that I have never posted about Kevin Dart before. I completely thought I had in the past, but alas I have not. Which is a huge disappointment to me since I value Kevin Dart’s illustrations and portfolio in the highest regards. His work is such an inspiration to me whether I’m writing a short story or just day dreaming. I bought his book Yuki 7, because that is exactly the time period I love and the art fuels my imagination. Also the trailer he made with Stephane Coedel for the book was a bonus for me. Now the two have partnered up again for another video, but this time to promote Persol Sunglasses.
This video dives into a world that everybody want’s to live in. It’s a good feeling, travel friendly, adventure through the world while looking at it through a pair of Persol Sunglasses.
See some more concept art and backgrounds from the Mr. Persol video after the break…
Amazing building designed by SHATOTTO Architects located in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Complete with apartments and a swimming pool for a courtyard that makes it that much more enticing to look at. The architects went about building the SA Residence with inspiration from Lalon, a spiritual folk singer, Sufi, and philosopher. Here’s what they had to say…
“As Lalon (a spiritual folk singer, Sufi and philosopher) says if there is not one thing inside the body then it is not outside the body either. Body is the key word. Just like human body, there is a body of architecture. This body of architecture has two parts; shell and thinking as soul. Shell and soul are interdependent yet independent. They belong to each other and they belong to themselves. A good soul needs a good shell.
In this project the shell is a pure square made of a single material ‘concrete’ transformed from celestial form grounded. The added squares act as torana to its temple. The site is surrounded by multi storied buildings and apartments as onlookers.”
I would love to see pictures of the inside of an apartment. If it’s as beautiful as the outside I might just move.
Check out more pictures and read the rest of the architects process on designing the building…
I’ve never heard of HomeAway, a vacation rental site, before I stumbled onto these pictures of their headquarters located in Austin, TX.
For a site that I’ve never heard of – this is a pretty cush office space. It’s what all the cool startups are doing now-a-days isn’t it? Making the office look cool to entice the new generation of 20 somethings. I gotta say – its working, because I want to work there, and I’m not even sure what I would do.
Their HQ complete with a full-size replica of National Lampoon’s station wagon for the Griswolds, a snow globe collection, a beach mural with deckchairs, a rooftop terrace, and hammocks. Could work get anymore distracting?
Click ahead to see more pictures…
Possibly you’ve heard of Black Negative, the website that’s sweeping blogs and impressing designers. As it should be – since it’s probably the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen on the internet. First off the whole idea on the interactive-ness of it makes you (the potential client) to flip to each page, and it has that magical pull of telling you to look at every single page.
The design on each page is minimal enough that it’s not too much read or look at. It’s perfect for a kid like me who has a bad case of ADD – to read it, interact, and move on.
Seriously visit this page…put your headphones on…and enjoy what’s sure to be a Top 10 website of 2012.
I probably like architecture so much because it makes me want to live in a certain place. I really think that’s what architecture is, isn’t it? – creating a place we would want to live in or visit. This place, dubbed the Tree House, is no exception. With a very open space and lots of windows to let in light – seems like the perfect place to vacation to or grow old in. The patio that’s right off the living room would be the perfect place to BBQ and chill out after a long day. See…look at me envisioning living there. That’s what this house does to me…it make’s me daydream.
The HP Tree House, located in Australia and created by MMP Architects, takes the wonder and essence of an actual play tree house and puts it into a living space. Click along for more pictures of the Tree House…
I love simple shapes in design. I tend to use circles a lot – if you couldn’t already tell in the mixtape artwork I do. So I am really enjoying this geometry influenced tumblr from Germain designer Tilman. Everyday he comes out with a new “geometric minimal composition” and posts it on his tumblr Geometry Daily.
Here are two good questions explaining his thought process behind the tumblr:
I love geometry. Lines, curves, rectangles, circles, triangles are a simplification of our real world but also their building blocks. Geometry, like physics or mathematics, defines how our world is constructed. I find endless beauty in this construction. I see god in there.
These days our lives are full of noise and complex dependencies. Many strive for simplicity. Me too. I want to concentrate on the relevant things. That is why I like to concentrate on one idea and execute it straight-forward. No fuss. Hopefully that makes it more powerful. Also for me as a creative it is interesting to see how much effort I have to put into the artworks to make something unique but also as simple as possible. It is not a rectriction, it sparks my creativity.
I am so late on this ball. My friend, Daryl, told me about it weeks ago…but I just got around to ordering myself a tube from Invisible Creature’s Summer Mystery tube sale.
If you don’t know what this is or haven’t read in other blogs…Invisible Creature, the amazing graphic design firm, has a ton of posters that have slight blemishes, and they want to get rid of them. So being the awesome people that they are – they’re passing the savings on to us and letting us buy 3 totally random posters for only 10 bucks.
I don’t know why I didn’t jump at that when I first heard of it.
Order your tube now. The thing about these little specials that IC does – is that you never know what you’re gonna get. The mystery is what gets me. Ooh boy, I’m excited.
If you haven’t seen The Avengers yet – I’m just going to assume you were in a coma for the last several weeks. But if you have…you might have noticed the amazing visual artwork of Jayse Hansen. He worked with Cantina Creative on a lot of the user interface designs in the movie, including the glass screens for the Helicarier and the animation of the all new and upgraded Mark VII Hud (for you non-geeks out there…thats the new Iron Man suit).
“All work was done in Illustrator, After Effects and Cinema 4d.”
Check out more of his contributions to the film here. It’s pretty awesome to see his sketch work before the actual computer work begins.
via The Fox Is Black
Some of you might know that one of my band’s, Thera, is releasing a new CD, entitled “From The North” next month. We just released our single over on our Facebook. We went all out on this album, because we wanted it to be the best representation of our new songs and where we were at, so we traveled down to Glow In The Dark Studios in Atlanta to record with producer, Matt Goldman. You may recognize the name from his work with Underøath and The Chariot, just to drop some names.
To go along with our quality recorded songs, we wanted the artwork to convey the album and the band in a new light. The songs are a different breed of what we used to be, because each of us has grown in a lot of ways from dedicating 2011 to the band with moving, touring, and recording. So we wanted to find an artist that knew us and knew what we wanted. So we turned to our friend Nik Burman.
Nik used to live up here in Alaska, now in California, we stayed at his apartment in Chico on tour last summer, so we all knew him pretty well. He actually made a cameo appearance in one of our tour vlogs. When we stayed with him, we saw most of his artwork up close and fell in love with all of it. So when it came down to decide who was going to help us design our new record – it was kind of a no brainer.
The idea for the design was to play off the elements fire and ice. Mostly because we have two new songs where fire plays a big role, and “From The North” is talking about how we’re from Alaska…so we wanted to play off the ice factor of that. We told Nik our idea, and trusted him to go off on his own and be creative with it. And even before we were done recording the songs, he had sent us some artwork that helped fuel us in the recording process.
I wanted to interview Nik for ToC to show off more of his work, so I did. Click ahead to read the interview, see more of his handiwork, and get a special inspiration mix compiled by Nik himself.
I am in love with Megan Lea’s backyard. She had been working on her vegetable garden for over a year, everything was good, except for a small corner of plants that got no sunlight. Her intense desire to not have those plants anymore led to her making the Backyard House in the 11′x14′ space instead. She made the house out of salvaged barn wood and a copper roof in less then 6 months. Great idea and an amazing end result.
In light of the Avengers movie coming out last weekend, I thought I’d share the pop culture inspired artwork of Eos Vector. Really digging the colors and detail he puts into the work. I really want a print of that Captain America one for my apartment.
If you haven’t read Rick’s review of The Avengers…you can check that out here.
You can check out more of his work at his Facebook.
I’m not going to spend a lot of time writing about this music video. All that I’m really going to say is that this might be one of the more revealing behind-the-music videos I’ve seen to date. Very creative use of some childhood games. The entirely stop motion music video is for the song Get By by dubstep duo Delta Heavy, and is directed and animated by Ian Robertson. For more dubstep, subscribe to Steven’s Dubstep playlist on Spotify. [via Devour]
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Great tumblr find today. Style Illustrated takes a different approach to street style by drawing out the different parts of the outfit. That way it let’s you visualize what parts you can carry into your own style and which ones wouldn’t work with you.
Very cool idea. Give the blog a follow.
Some of you might have heard that the New Jersey Nets are now becoming the Brooklyn Nets, thanks to part owner and Brooklyn born, Jay-Z. It’s a big move, seeing as the Nets moved out of New York in 1977, and are now moving the entire team back to the NY.
At first when I heard the news…I was for it. Brooklyn is an iconic city with amazing history, and I was excited for the design change. Most basketball team’s logos were made in the 90s, and all need a redo. Seriously. This needs to happen.
The new Brooklyn logo is getting a lot of attention from the internet lately. Not all good either.
Bobby from The Fox Is Black starts out his post about the redesign with this,
“If I described the logo to you, I could describe it in a really appealing manner. I could say that the Nets are the only team in the league who wear only black and white. That’s pretty cool. I could say the logo is simple, that it uses a tall, sans-serif font. That the shield used is meant to depict the signage of Brooklyn from 1957. All of that to me sounds really awesome, like the contemporary idea of what basketball branding should be.”
He’s right…sounds like it could be a design win for the Nets.
I have to chime in my opinion on this now, looking at the logo above doesn’t do anything for me. Apparently designed by Jay-Z himself, it almost looks like they got bored and slapped a B on a basketball and called it a day. B for Basketball or Brooklyn? That’s a confusing part of the logo. I’m not sure who this is supposed to appeal to…Brooklyn? Possibly. Hip Hop artists? Probably.
I can’t be all criticism about it though…I do like, however, the black and white and minimalistic design of it. It’s simple, and B&W are memorable colors for the basketball team.
Come on though…I thought we would have learned from Gap’s horrible rebrand.
What they should have done is just find several Brooklyn artists to come up with their own idea of the logo, and go from there. Seriously…I fixed their bad press problem in two seconds.
Watch the new commercial for the new stadium after the jump…CHECK IT!
A beach house in New York? Sign me up. The house designed by Studio 27 Architecture, aptly named and located-on Fire Island, is a refreshing look at established studios making buildings that are new and innovative. Read a highlight from the architects below.
From the architects:
“Fire Island is a summer beach house in the resort community of the Pines on Fire Island, New York. The typology of the homes in the Pines is recognizable to anyone who has visited an east coast shoreline resort town. It is a builder-driven typology that reflects the pragmatism of these coastal communities and their inhabitants. The “good sense” practicality that allows these homes to be built affordably almost always overtakes the inherent liveliness and natural spirit of the place and creates structures that are dull and predictable.
This house inserts some of the “spirit of the shore” into a “Yankee thriftiness” residential typology. Common detail and material remain, but the volume of the house is expressed as a skin rather than a box-like container. The skin keeps the heat in. Over time, woven cedar boards will assume the same patina as neighboring houses. Large windows are introduced to reveal a luxurious light interior.”