I’ve been getting more and more curious on the huge topic of science and how it correlates to our lives. A big reason for beginning this trek was Jason Silva’s videos – in which he covers broad subjects from art to science to the human brain. Now some of the stuff I don’t see eye-to-eye with Jason, but I still think it’s an important part of life to investigate more clearly.
Enter Nautilus. An online magazine dedicated to “tell [us] about science and its endless connections to our lives.” Jackpot. Each issue has several chapters released every Thursday regarding one specific topic combining “the sciences, culture and philosophy into a single story told by the world’s leading thinkers and writers.”
I have to thank Michael over at Yewknee for posting about this…this was a killer find.
I love Alaska. Every time I go out of state I keep moving back here. Honestly…not sure why…I hate the winter and it’s dark – cold – wet half of the year, but for some reason I can’t get enough of this place. When I think about it – part of what draws me to Alaska – is it’s “compactness” – for example: it’s a lot easier for a band to play shows or to start up a business in Alaska then it is in New York – mostly because you have less competition and criticism. Artist’s up here get a lot of recognition for their work – whether it’s painting or photography or whatever – the tight knit art community that Alaska has put together is growing and is turning into something amazing.
I don’t talk about my home state as much as I should on here. I’m proud of the things that are coming out of Alaska, and in the future I will begin to write more and more about it – the music, the events, the people, the places, etc…
To kick it off…I want to talk about Anchorage Community Works, a new place that is opening up this summer. It’s dedicated to putting like minded thinkers in the same room to learn from each other or work together. ACW will be a multipurpose building being used as a concert venue, art studio, shared classroom, and collaborative workspace holding classes on health, art, bike making, business and as a added bonus – have film screenings and art shows. They started a Kickstarter to help them get ready for the grand opening. I posted the video below which gives you a little more insight into who ACW is and why it’s a necessary addition for Anchorage.
Something like this is crucial for this city. A place for artists and like minded individuals to come together instead of a Kaladis or a bar. Check out their Kickstarter – and if you feel so inclined – drop a few dollars off while you’re there.
We all have those moments in life where we are like “What the hell, Facebook, you changed again?” Sometimes I’m pissed about it – other times I’m diggin’ the changes. Lately it hasn’t been too much of a drastic design change – so the cacophony of friends complaining about it has slipped under the radar.
Today I stumbled onto Fred Narby‘s concept design for Facebook – which takes a more classy / sleek look into the world’s biggest social network. Fred has redesigned everything from the home page to your profile. His view on the profile is closely related to some mosaic sites, but with a nice slider function which I’m not sure if it’s there for a reason or just because it looks cool.
Either way…this mock redesign looks amazing – watch the video below for a little more insight into the Narby’s entire redesign for Facebook.
Would you like it if Facebook updated to this design?
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.
A long, long time ago…I posted about Brain Farm and it’s dope-tastic snowboarding film “The Art Of Flight.” All this time I have gone without watching it…I know…it’s dumb, but I just found out the series, which seems to be the film broken up into seven episodes, is officially on Netflix. I just watched the first two episodes – and I have to say – it made me want to learn how to snowboard; which a lot of people would be surprised about…because I live in Alaska…but it just never happened.
Seeing them party and board in Alaska makes it that much more enticing to throw away any goals and dreams I’ve ever had, and work on becoming a pro-snowboarder. You cannot tell me after watching the second episode…that you would want that too.
Apparently Brain Farm’s own, Curt Morgan, and M83′s, Anthony Gonzalez, worked together on the song in the trailer calling themselves – The Three Corners Of The Earth. It gives me great pleasure that my favorite musician had something to do with this. The song – “Fire Shall Devour Them” makes me want to listen to this while snowboarding or snowmachining (snowmobiling for you lower 48′ers). You can purchase the song on iTunes and listen to it below. Plus I had to add the artwork below too…because it’s stellar…I’m a fan.
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.
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.
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…
Branding anything can be a long process. Branding 10,000 somethings can be an even longer process…but so far it looks like Nicole Meyer has it under control. She’s taking one Minnesota Lake a day and creating a logo for it.
“Should only take a little over 27 years to hit ‘em all. Stay tuned and enjoy!”
This puts a 365 project to shame. Not to discourage you from doing a 365…if you’re thinking about it…definitely do it…no question. #Fo’realz
Follow us too…only if you want…we’re not gonna pressure you into anything…
There’s not actually much to say about Lance Lekander, except that his work is so Pixar talent-worthy, it makes me a little ill (it’s a good thing!).
There’s a lot of great talent running around Anchorage these days.
A direct quote from Marc John’s bio:
“I like to create absurd situations, by combining things together that don’t belong, or imagine what inanimate objects would say if they could speak. For instance, the pen I am using to write this draft would probably say: “I’m tired. Can we stop for a bit?” Or perhaps it would say: “I can’t believe you’re making me write this. This is rubbish. Signing cheques would be more inspiring than this.” These are the things I think about. I think about a lot of things. I think about thinking. Don’t try it though, it’s not worth it.”
That’s just a sample of the genuine humor displayed throughout the rest of his biography, as well as in his perfectly simply artwork. He also has great penmanship.
Check him out: www.marcjohns.com
Now I’m not a scientist…but I love the design of the new Eureka magazine, “the new Times monthly supplement about science.” But…I might give it a chance because of the design. It kind of reminds me of the look of the IL magazine, because of all the infographics but with a more modern feel. As you might know I love playing with shapes for design…and so some of the pages for the magazine are absolutely stunning to me. The art direction is done by Matt Curtis, information graphics by Matt Swift and the design by David Loewe.
You can read the magazine HERE.
If you like what you see…don’t keep it for yourself…share the inspiration.
Mike Giant, known for his detailed sharpie art, is featured in Neighbors, which is “a series of short stories about six individuals from various neighborhoods in San Francisco. Part conversational interview, part documentary – we get to know the individual in the context of their work and home environments, in order to gain a deeper understanding of their influences on the community.“
More on Neighbors:
“The format combines an interview with environmental documentation. The concept for this film was to capture moments within the constraints of a two (to three) hour conversation.
Thesis. Some will make a personal connection with the person, subject or story within each interview. Others may observe this documentary series of shorts as a pure social study. There’s a reason for each person documented, it’s not about the location or neighborhood as much as it is about the person’s drive and their history within the topic explored.
Backstory. A few months ago a Census person was outside my (Jason Whalen) apartment building. I live in San Francisco, in a small townhouse type building of 7 units. The census was looking for the names in unit #3 and #7 which I live in #2. Several messages have been left behind for the tenants, however unable to obtain their census form information. So on this day I offered to do my best and fill out the form, being a good citizen. I did okay. I knew they were married, white and in their mid-30’s, first names however I didn’t know their last name. We’ve been neighbors for 8 months.”
After watching this video…it seems Mike has so much going on his head, and there’s only 2 things I can see that he should do…
#1) Write a book
#2) Start a blog
I want the latter.
I’m not an art connoisseur or anything, but this video intrigued me. Seeing a classic painting from arrival – where everybody is wanting to get a glimpse – to the actual hanging is pretty interesting. The whole conservator part reminded me of Malcom Gladwell’s intro for Blink. if you haven’t read that book…buy it…and love it.
[via hyde or die]
According to Colin Hesterly’s website he is an “Animator, Craftsman, and Designer. A artist compelled to fashion both creativity and imagination into a passionate experience,” and is “currently located in Los Angeles.”
But really…he doesn’t need to say much. Let his work say the rest.
I love Banksy. He makes street art. Sometimes very controversial street art. But one of the coolest things about Banksy is that he’s unknown to the world of cops. His name is unknown, his face is unknown (except for a couple of pics), he’s a mystery. So pretty much…he can do whatever he wants to do…
He also just made a movie called “Exit Through The Gift Shop,” which was at sundance this year. They now show it in this…
A subway tunnel turned theater.
Thats the coolest.
Check out his website here for more pictures and artwork.