A nice capture here by Stephanie Whiteman, I think what really caught my attention here is the feeling of movement due to the displacement in the photo. There is definitely a feeling of nostalgia here – possibly from the colour, and the gaze tops it all off. I would love to recreate this as a drawing or a piece of digital art.
Recently Boards of Canada have setup their own youtube page which features many BOC songs with official and artist inspired film clips. This is one of my favourite BOC songs with a clip by DDRpwnerer which I think compliments it perfectly. Enjoy.
This piece is part of a short series of illustrations that were a tribute to the Concorde. The title refers to the 14 Concordes that were used in service. I have always been fascinated by Concordes, they presented amazing advances in aviation design and engineering but were only in flight for around 35 years. They're appearance was so distinct that I think they would be more recognisable than any other commercial plane at the time or since. I find that the image of the Concorde evokes a feeling of nostalgia in me, which I've tried to communicate in this piece. Like everything that is taken away from us I think there is something a little sad about the retirement of the Concorde fleet, although perhaps it's removal has added to it's elevation as a hero of aviation.
I am currently going through a "70s highway movie phase" – I'm watching 70s made films with storylines closely linked to the highway. This all started with me watching and loving Quinton Tarantino's "Death Proof", and looking into the films that he referenced. So far I've only watched Duel and Vanishing point, but I loved them both. If anyone knows of others please let me know! Anyway I stumbled across a series by Alex Varanese titled Pavement loop. I found them quite fitting to the 70s highway theme with the addition of his own abstraction. I love his use of colour and texture.
Calvin Sun has captured an amazing series of shots from a cable car somewhere near Hong Kong (I think). I think this series could have easily been titled "Into the Unknown". The photos feel very cold and the landscape appears devoid of life, setting a stark atmosphere for the cable car, which is slowly drawn into the fog.
This is a photographic montage I put together of the Brown Street Skate Bowl. I'm already thinking about going back to take some more of these + some more HDRs. It's a great space. This is comprised of 34 8MP photos, actual size of artwork is 190x70cm.
I spent some time today hanging out at the Brown Street Skate Bowl located north-west from Hobart city. This is one of my all time favourite parts of my home town and for some unusual reason it's almost always empty, although I do try to time my visits during quiet days/times of day. It showcases some spectacular street art, which combined with the awesome/old school setting makes it an awesome place for inspiration. I thought I'd grab a couple of HDR shots while I was there.
These shots from Canadian artist Lucy Calico instantly caught my attention this morning. I don't know if it's from listening to an unhealthy amount of boards of canada or the sleepy/dreamlike mood of "nostalgic 70s sunbleached photography" that offer a quick escape from reality but I just can't get enough of them. The warm hues are very welcoming and pleasing to the eye, they present connections to our childhood and perhaps memories or dreams from long ago, but then I feel there is a great sadness because these images represent an era that is over and gone forever.
I've spotted all sorts of goodies on behance this morning including these breathtaking aerial shots of Africa on Jakob Wagner's folio. I was initially taken by the detail and amazing colours but then hit by the overwhelming and haunting sense of desolation. As an urban dweller I find this type of environment very foreign. I am now left wondering, could anyone actually inhabit this land?
I was reading the ISO50 blog today when I came across a great "over the wing" shot taken from within a passenger plane. The post wasn't really about over the wing photography but the photo left such an impression on me that I ended up contemplating more on it the written content of the post. As a child I was always told that it's bad luck to get the seat on a plane over the wing and for many years (and flights) I boarded planes with this mentality. It was only within the last few years that I started to quietly hope for an over the wing seat, mainly for photographic opportunities. Unfortunately I haven't had many flights where I've been in this situation. This post, however marks the official beginning of a new series of over the wing photography that I will undertake. I think the thing that strikes me the most about OWP is the contrast between the cold hard metal surface, interesting geometric shapes and aeronautical symbols of the wing and the warm soft colourful landscape/sky. The mood/nostalgia of "the journey" is also captured in these shots, which I think adds to the appeal. The image above is a shot I took coming into land over Hobart airport. Over time I hope to be able to share more of these.
I went to see some tasty live electro music on the weekend, one of the acts, a couple of local guys called Acumen put on an awesome DJ/VJ set. They completely blew me away with their combination of experimental dark electro music and dark visuals. The visuals consisted of a combination of eclectic, abstract 3D animations and clips taken from various pop culture sources including multiple movie clips – all with dark tones. I recognised all of the movie clips but felt like I was watching them all for the first time due to the new context that they were playing in.
Anyway, one of the clips they played was Disney's "Night on Bald Mountain". This is a clip that I had watched countless times in my childhood and had completely forgotten about until I saw it again during Acumen's set. I thought I'd post it because I think to some small degree it has influenced me artistically, and is something that I still find intriguing and can watch multiple times over. It must be the darkest thing to ever come out of Disney. I don't really know why I liked this as a kid (or why I still do). I've always found the darker side of art and music more intriguing and captivating. Perhaps the depiction of danger or evil experienced in the comfort and safety the home allows us to taste fear induced adrenalin without being in any real danger.
According to wikipedia The night on Blad Mountain depicts "The nocturnal Chernabog summoning from their graves empowered restless souls, until driven away by the sound of a church bell" I wish I could play it with the Acumen's music but it is still great in it's orginal form. Enjoy.
This is an old piece of mine. I got the idea for it as I was walking to work – I had to wait for 9 hours before I could get started on it. This was my first intricate/time consuming piece that uses many smaller images to create a larger image. It was lots of fun and I think it's one of my strongest pieces. I've come across similar executions over time, but I think mine always comes out darkest in mood – which I like. The Skull Anatomy t-shirt can be purchased here.
An addition to my Star Wars vehicles series. I was always a little facinated by this guy as a kid because it was rarely seen in the films – just once I think. George Lucas and Co were onto such a good thing back then. I think there were certain elements of the Imperial fleet that were borrowed from Nazi Germany, such as the cockpit window which is similar in appearance to some German WW2 bombers.
I found this awesome little animation late last night on behance. There is so much going on here I like I dunno where to start. Perhaps the execution. I love the way this has been stylised, the character animation instantly took me back to the early-mid 90s 3d video games. A time where sprites were being replaced by clunky 3d objects in a 3d space. At the time I hated it! But it has developed so much since. I think the 3d style works wonderfully here, the creators have got the most from the bare essentials. The "clunky" style of the modeling is even replicated in the creator's logo, perhaps it's their trademark style? The animation is wonderfully dark in lighting and mood which really helps to draw you in to the narrative. I think they have done a great job with the sound too. Watch this and check out the vimeo profile.
I snapped this little car park in Hobart on a public holiday, every other time I walk past there were cars parked there. I'm not sure why but I find something intriguing about spaces like this. They show us a history of who's been there on some late night mission. Usually these types of spaces are avoided by the general public and have a certain loneliness that I like. They feel so foreign in the city they occupy, perhaps I like them because the offer an escape from the common and mundane – as well as providing inspirational artwork.
This is another piece for an ongoing series of Star Wars vehicle t-shirts that are currently on sale at my MySoti store. I'm trying to use vehicles that haven't dominated popular culture too much already. This in itself is quite a challenge and I feel that this work is fairly cliche already. On the other side it's fun and experimental and I'm sure (hope) someone out there will appreciate it.
This is a new piece I did for a t-shirt. It combines my love of all things star wars with a "Sliced Pixel" vector technique I picked up on behance by Victor van Gaasbeek. The T-shirt can be seen/bought at my MySoti store.
This amazing piece is part of a series by Tatiana Plakhova. This series instantly caught my attention, the intricacies, subtle colours and abstract shapes come together beautifully. The option to play a boards of canada track while viewing her work was irresistible and complimented her work perfectly. Amazingly this piece was constructed using illustrator. I thought I new illustrator pretty well.
I thought it was probably time I put one of my own pieces up. This piece, titled Loitering, I completed during a phase of "extended photo montage" I went through (and still visit occasionally). On a quiet Sunday I wondered down to one of my favourite parts of my home town Hobart. This hidden away alley showcases some of Hobart's best and most diverse street art. My intention was to simply recreate the space in an art form. This space has gone under a lot of scrutiny in recent times the "ugly" graffiti has made it unpopular with some of the more conservative/unappreciative locals. I love it and I'm glad I can share it with the world. One futile attempt to prevent peeps from tagging/graffing is this insignificant little sign that simple reads "NO LOITERING ALL OFFENDERS PROSECUTED". If anything I think the sign would have an opposite effect as it reinforces the deviant motives in many a street artist and therefore fits into the scene perfectly.
I just spotted this piece by UK artist Antony Micallef on the carmichael gallery site (amoung many other goodies). I've spent a good part of today in a world where military meets graffiti and this really topped it off. I always find the image of a soldier with gas mask a lot more intimidating than without. Perhaps it conjures fear in a similar way that ceremonial/war masks worn in tribal communities throughout the ages do (and still today no doubt). I've always thought there is a visual connection between gas masks and human skulls too, I think Darth Vader fits in there somewhere also. There's an idea for a new project in all of this.
I thought I'd post this because, it's A. pretty tidy and B. introduced me to French producer Danger, who is heavily influenced/inspired by 80s video games and movies. He has a great sound. This piece was done by Swedish Artist Hannes Forsman as homage to the musician. Listen to Danger here.
I have no idea what the rationale is behind this piece, it may not even have one (and who cares if it doesn't!), but I just find myself continually going back for a look. I don't know what it is. It just feels so other-worldly, so fresh. The contrast between vector and image are great. The use of polygon vectors seems to be on the rise so maybe the fresh appeal here will wear off (hope not). The of this piece "Armored" almost implies some sort of futuristic/sci fi connection. I really need to start experimenting more with vectors and photos. Thanks to Stephano Dinamarca Fernández for sharing.
Justin Van Genderen has put together a series of posters featuring destinations only Star Wars geeks would recognise (me included). His execution is spot on IMO, the vintage theme reflects the general distressed/grimey nature of the Star Wars universe, something that George Lucas nailed but didn't continue in the more recent films as much. The use of textures here really lifts the simple vectors and tidy type work which all come together in strong compositions.
Great shot from Andrzej Furs on Behance. I'm loving the vivid colour contrasting with the dark city scape. The intricate detail in the silhouettes against the bright sky work really well. And then of course, what the hell is the girl doing up there? More of Andrzej's work here.