Every now and then, we all come across someone’s work that really inspires and energizes. Or makes us curse them for their skill. Eric is one of those artists. He seems to leak great design out of his pores (I’m told he smells lovely). Creative identity design, packaging, retail stores, web sites — even gift wrap. Of course all that great work follows with a long list of awards and exhibitions, even the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
Rock band Lyapis Trubetskoy from Belarus asked director Alexey Terexov to put visuals to their song ‘Ogon’ki’ (The Lights). The result won best animation at ViMUS in Portugal last year. All of this I’m just paraphrasing ’cause I really don’t know a thing about Lyapis Trubetskoy (go figure). Just came across it on Vimeo and thought it to be очень хороший (very nice).
Charlene has a style that adapts across a wide range of subjects. She’s illustrated for ‘Babyfest’ in Singapore all the way to Maxim and FHM magazines. She layers vector elements with textures and sometimes hand-drawn elements to give her illustrations better depth. She really does have a range of adaptions if you have a few minutes to go to her two different sites. I’m posting some of her work that I’m partial to.
sygnin.com (if you’re feeling a little more randy)
© Charlene Chua
Here’s an insightful post from Seth Godin about the paradox of creating what ultimately is an artistic thing (an ad) and basing it on proven formulas and stats. There’s a point when your creation really can’t be explained and verified (at least not in the scientific mind). But the account person is sure as hell gonna try. Here’s part of Seth’s post:
Some marketers are scientists. They test and measure. They do the math. They understand the impact of that spend in that market at that time with that message. They can understand the analytics and find the truth. This sort of marketing works when it works, but it usually doesn’t. That’s because we’re dealing with humans, the wild card in the system. The other marketers are artists. They inspire and challenge and connect. These marketers are starting from scratch, creating movements, telling jokes and surprising people. Scientists aren’t good at that.
The problem is caused by two things: 1. Outsiders are confused. Which are we? When we’re artists sometimes and scientists other times, we often seem like charlatans, because we’re associating scientific results with artistic endeavors.
I wanted to give a little background to the development of this image. A few have asked. I had the idea of a backlot soccer match that made reference to David and Goliath and it seemed to offer a lot of character and potential. I opted to shoot in studio for production control and lack of a perfect location; dirt, sweat and scrapes all crafted by stylists. After a little study of paintings of the famous Biblical seen, I roughly sketched out a placement composition.br /br /One of the biggest challenges was to get these reserved teens (some who didn’t speak English very well) to open up and get in the mood. In truth, they were taking turns growling and running from a yellow shirt tied onto a c-stand. I spent several days after shooting environmental elements and then began compositing. After some trial and error, I fine-tuned the masking, shadows and blending of the elements. Lastly, I added some color enhancement, contrast and texture to give it the final touch. A lot of work, but a fun image to bring to life.
Here’s some production and progress photos:
Robin’s work seems to easily cross between fine art and commercial. And hey, it turns out she does just that – taking care of her commercial work along with a list of continuing gallery exhibitions. I love how her paintings leave the interpretation open to the viewer. Always gives more depth and intrigue to an image I think. And beyond that, they’re just really cool to look at.
See a bunch more of her work at her rep’s site: Joanie Bernstein All images © Robin Williams
Having been through layoffs myself, it’s a hard gut-check to your ego and how you think your employer sees your value. However that fits or doesn’t fit in the truth as to what kind of creative/employee you are, here’s a post about ‘A’ players being harder to find in the midst of more and more ‘C’ players out of work in a down economy.
That’s right … hiring in tough economic times can actually be much harder than when times are good. In a downturn, the amount of resumes from C-Players massively increases while the amount of resumes from A-Players probably remains the same. © Summation, Auren Hoffman
Making sure your value is glaringly clear is obviously vital. Here’s the post
I’m excited to have one of my images in PDN’s photo annual this year. Like I learned in advertising 101 – ‘Sex sells, baby!’ Even senior sex. Well – only if it’s funny I guess. The talent are actually husband and wife and were great sports. The woman, bless her heart, had trouble standing up after such a long stint of me having her bend over, over and over (gotta get that rump just right).
A huge thanks and props to Anne Black who styled and dressed the set. Here’s a few production photos.
Here’s a video clip from TED (ted.com). The legendary Milton Glaser talks about breaking down an idea and his process of creating something new. Questioning your normal processes. About 15 minutes long (includes a full drum kit on stage behind him — so that’s nice).