Saturday, September 29, 2007

In the park

Also, a few pics from the park the other day. xxxx

Arnaud Loumeau

I've been looking at artists pages on Myspace lately, and one of the standouts is Arnaud Loumeau. The only information I can find is from his Myspace page: He's a 28 year old male living in Vatican City State. If anyone reading this has a Myspace page, make friends with him and he'll put one of these great images in your comments section. Love the colour and detail! I could look at them all day. xxxx

Later: Oops - I was just in contact with Arnaud. Alas, he doesn't really live in Vatican City, that was just a joke. He lives in Poitiers, France. I had described his work to a friend as "wacky, colourful, sci-fi, cult art", so I thought it was great he lived next door to the Pope. You can see more of his work on a blog called Fontanelle, and if you speak French you can read his book here. xxxx

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Innocent Girl

My lovely friend Marisa went to Melbourne on the weekend and brought me back a present! A card and badge by Andrea Innocent, otherwise known as Innocent Girl. She does gorgeous illustration work, inspired by Japanese culture, after a three year stint living there. She has a strong web presence, with an Etsy store - where you can get great merchandise (I just purchased a pink felt purse), and she's a fellow blogger. Read her blog posts here, an check out her lovely illustration here. All images are from her webisite. xxxx

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Type Tuesday, 25h September

My connection is still slow, so today's inspiration comes from the bookshelf rather than internet. It's all scanned from my favourite design publication Idea magazine. These images are from a special edition, (Issue 308), about Dutch designers Armand Mevis and Linda Van Deursen, and the publication's focus is on their 'Recycled Works 1990 - 2005'. They've photographed or scanned works on top of other works, to create an interesting, collaged, border effect. Most of their type is bold, and their colours bright. The team are known as Mevis & Van Deursen, and their client base is cultural institutions, artists and fashion designers. You can read more about them at the Design Museum website. Click to see the smaller works. xxxx

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Television Doodles Sunday Night

I know I said I wouldn't post again till Tuesday, but here's the drawing I started today at work inbetween jobs and finished in front of the television tonight.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Caravana - Fashion label with a conscience

I went to an amazing sale last week by Caravana, which is often referred to as a 'fashion label with a conscience'. Two Australian girls have set up their production line at the foot of the Himalayas in Chitral, Pakistan, near the border of Afghanistan. They employ local women, from a strict muslim code, who would not normally have access to work that is culturally acceptable in their society. Cath Braid, one of the duo, studied fashion at Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London, and did a year's internship with Burberry. Kirsten Ainsworth spends part of her time working for UN organisations around the world and re-invests the money into the fashion label. You can read more about them in an article here. Above images are all the great things I got at the sale. Below images are of their collection posted at xxxx

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Type Tuesday, 18th September

All of the above type examples are from the 'alphabets' section of the Supermundane website. Supermundane does really cool illustrations, graphics and art projects. There was a recent exhibition called Magic Happens at the Fleapit Gallery in London, showing Supermundane and Marcus Walters. Below is an illustration from the Supermundane website, and two collaged images by Marcus Walters from the Magic Happens show. xxxx PS: Thanks to Urban Outfiters, again, for the link to Supermundane.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Louise Bourgeois: M is for Mother

I saw an exhibition of Louise Bourgeois drawings up the road at Kaliman gallery the other day. She's amazing - what a lady. I was going to say I wish I was her, but she has had quite a hard life, so I don't - but she is one of my favourite artists. I've been drawing ever since I saw the show. Below is more squiggles I did in front of the television last night. xxxx Above Image: Louise Bourgeois, 'M is for Mother', from the Kaliman website.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Television Doodles Saturday Night

Standing and falling

A bit of fun at the beach this morning. The photographs are taken by Johnny's photographer brother Russell. xxxx

Friday, September 14, 2007

Shoes and socks

There seems to be a strong tradition in blogging circles to post photographs of shoes shot from above. Because I was wearing a fun pair of socks today I decided to do the same, and drew in a matching background. xxxx

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Filiokus Magazine

I just found out about Filiokus magazine from Urban Outfitters blog. Rather than having a website, the magazine has a Myspace page. I was so impressed by all the bright colours and crazy images on their page, and the pages of friends of theirs, that I just logged on and joined Myspace too. Only problem is that I don't have any friends there yet. Have to get cracking! The images above are from the Filiokus Myspace page, and the images below are by Lisa Jonasson and sourced from her website. She's one of the guest editors. xxxx

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Too Much Detail - Not enouogh Time!

A couple of posts down is a work in progress image of a peacock. It's taking ages because I'm tracing the tail out strand by strand. Just so I can visualise the end I've posted a similar image. It's a Do-Do bird up a tree that I made for a gift card. The finished peacock will be in this style, probably up a tree too, only much brighter. I'm imagining I won't post it for a few more weeks as I have a very active 9 month old baby boy. I have to remind myself not to do such detailed work in this stage of life! xxxx

Type Tuesday 11th September

A lot of my friends complain that there are too many advertisments in magazines, but often the design used to advertise museum or gallery exhibitions are really well done. All of the above ads are from 'Frieze, Contemporary Art and Culture' magazine, Issue 108. I love the painted invitation for the Martin Kippenberger exhibition, and the type used to promote the 1967 collection show - such a great era! You'll need to click to enlarge to see the detail here. If you're a fan of the neon lettering on 'The Next Show' ad, check out this link on Ace Jet 170. He's shown a gizmo that generates neon lettering. xxxx

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Viv Miller

OK, so this is what I really like about blogging. Maxwell left a comment on my 60's map a couple of posts down, so I went and had a read of his blog Lightning History, which is a really good resource for contemporary art. It was there that I rediscovered Australian artist Viv Miller. She does these beautiful paintings that make strong references to digital culture. These images come from her website: Above: Slo Mo Painting No.3, 2007, Oil, enamel, acrylic and pencil on canvas, 138 x 168 cm; Below: Moonlight, 2005, oil and enamel on canvas, 102 x 81 cm.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Smiles and Frowns

A quick pattern I made today. xxxx

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Hiroshi Sugito

Thought I'd post some images from one of my favourite artists: Horishi Sugito. Images from the Nicole Klagsbrun website.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Type Tuesday 4th Sept 2007

This weeks Type Tuesday examples have been scanned from the relatively new magazine Let Them Eat Cake. This is from Issue 6, 2007 - and has some great hand drawn article headers which are pictured above. Also if you squint your eyes on the black and blue checkers is will spell out the word 'Issue'. Very clever. xxxx

Monday, September 3, 2007

Work in progress

I'm in the middle of making a peacock in 3D, and tracing the tail in Illustrator. It will probably take a few days, so here's what I've done so far. xxxx

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Shaun O'Dell

Because I'm a bit obsessed with birds at the moment (specifically canaries), I scanned these drawings I love by Shaun O'Dell. I just had a look at some other work of his and found out he does great abstract works too. The above images were scanned from the book 'Harvest - Future Farmers 1995 - 2002'. You can see more Future Farmers work, (of who Shaun O'Dell is a friend) on their website. The below image is also by Shaun O'Dell and you can see more of his work on his gallery website here.