LMD NEW WORK: GORDON RIVER DAM


A couple of shots here I took of the Gordon River Dam in Tasmania. This is at the end of a long road deep in the Tasmanian wilderness. It was quite bizarre and even a little eerie to see this monstrous piece of infrastructure in such a wild and relatively untouched environment. I have the whole series on my behance profile here.

KENNETH ROCAFORT: VADER


I feel like just about every Darth Vader illustration possible has been executed. Well at least I did before I found this fresh approach by Kenneth Rocafort using pencil ink and whiteout. The illustration was for the 30th anniversary of the Empire Strikes Back. Typically Vader is depicted through very polished and sometimes over-produced means, it's nice to see a more raw depiction. See more of Kenneths outstanding work here.

LMD NEW WORK: SEVENFORTYSEVEN


This is a piece I've been working on for the last six months or so. It is an abstract representation of my recent experiences abroad in Germany, but I prefer the viewer to interpret it in their own way. I also see this as a possible start of a new series that explores the contrast between symbols of power and symbols of anti-power. Hopefully more to come.

MADALIN GAGEANU: RICHMOND WILDLIFE




I came across these shots by Madalin Gageanu and thought they captured a great mood, almost reminding me of nature documentaries I watched as a child. What really polished these shots off for me was Madalin's commentary, which really set the scene:
While traveling on the tube and reading a newspaper, I stumble upon an article about Richmond Park, where, apparently, there are supposed to be a lot of free-roaming deer. So, one fine saturday morning, I woke up at 5am, packed my photo-backpack and went to catch the sunrise, morning light and shoot me some deer. At first, the park is empty and frozen. There is a incredible stillness and silence as the fading night slowly gives in to the day. And suddenly, one by one, birds start to wake up and flutter their wings. Tiny rabbits emerge out of their holes and start running across the fields. Squirrels start climbing and running around in the trees. Unfortunately the light is to dim and the critters to fast to get decent pictures but the atmosphere is incredible. Then, slowly the sun rises above the horizon. You can see the dark outlines of the city skyline in the far distance against the blinding orange sunlight. Threading lightly the deer start to emerge, bathed in the warm morning light. I rather liked taking these photos, mostly because they are not easy to make. You can stalk them for hours and not get a single "worthy" photo. But when you do get it... It also makes you feel like sort of a predator, without having to kill anything. :)
For the whole set go here or to see more of Madalin's great photography go here.

KEVIN CYR: VAN SERIES




I cam across this series by Kevin Cyr a couple of years ago but then came across it again after looking through an old magazine (not that old) recently. I'd forgotten how much I love these paintings. There is something very honest about them. The detail provides a story, a history. It gives them a unique personality. The vehicles themselves are reminiscent of a past time and exude a sense of nostalgia. Looking at these paintings makes me realise how soulless vehicle design has become today. In his artist statement Kevin mentions that these paintings are a way to "document a time and place, and to make still a part of the ever-changing environment." and that he has always "been interested in painting vehicles and scenes that have defined the evolution of the American landscape." See more of Kevin's work here.

LARS FOCKE: THE QUEST


When I first saw this photo I was convinced it was a piece of digital art. As a piece of digital art I would have loved it, the hues, foreground/background contrast, subtle details in the power lines and silhouettes of trees poking through the fog, as a photo I love it more. Great atmosphere. See more of Lars's work here and website here.

LMD WORK: 8-BIT TEES

8-bit zombtee 




Vote for 8-bit zombtee over at design by humans!


Digital hero


Skelesprite

Retro Assault




These are just a couple of recent tee designs of mine. As a bit of a gamer I love incorporating gaming elements into design, and especially the nostalgia of old school gaming. Thems were the days!


This post has gotten a bit too long and out of control so I've made a new post here.
, check it out for new designs and details about the 8-bit tee brand, 8-bitty!

LMD WORK: EURO PHOTOGRAPHY






I thought it was about time that I posted some of my own work. This is something I'm going to try and do more often, but I've been thinking that since the beginning. This time for reals! These HDR shots were taken on a recent trip to Europe. The top shot is a sneaky little alleyway in Glasgow – after some great Indian curry, the middle shot I took in Lyon, France after to some cycle-exploring (and paying ridiculous amounts of money for the bikes due to language barriers) and the third shot is Hamburg Harbour in Germany. This was during a huge harbour festival, there was a great atmosphere. Hamburg is a wonderful city. I'm really enjoying taking HDR shots on sunset. I find the trick is to take the photo while slightly facing toward the sun. You get all sorts of crazy reflections and beams that normal photography can't handle (at least not in my incapable hands anyway). I've recently posted a few more shots on my behance profile check them out and give them an appreciation if you dig them.

ALEX VARANESE: DANTON DIPHTHONG: EPISODE 1

Danton Diphthong: Episode 1 from alex varanese on Vimeo.

Another great gift to the world from Alex Varanese. When I saw he'd put together a 20 minute animation I was very interested. So far I've seen amazing work from him in illustration, typography, short 2D animations, (heard) music and 3D modelling. How effectively could he tie all of these elements together plus do his own voice acting and writing to make a solid 20 minute animation? The answer of course is outstandingly. There's nothing much else to say except, just watch it (and perhaps if you're not familiar with his work, get familiar with his work).

ATELIER OLSCHINSKY: PLANTS


This piece by Atelier Olschinsky is a part of a series titled Plants that was recently featured on behance – and deservingly so. The series features several complex illustrations using isometric perspective. Each of them have a strong industrial appearance with some elements being used repetitively as a motif. Their industrial, and sometimes mechanical appearance gives the series a very masculine tone, while complexity and chaos of each piece (ie nothing seems to quite make sense, which is an interesting contrast to the actual streamlined conditions of a modern industrial plant) is quite surreal. Check the whole series here and Arelier's website here.

FRANCOISE NIELLY



While I was recently in Paris I spotted a painting by French artist Francoise Nielly. I was walking across the road from a gallery that was closed with the inside lights off, yet the expressive bold colour and texture was enough to catch my attention and fascinate me. There is something very fresh and energetic about her work. The unique colour palettes have been carefully chosen and when executed with her painting style are at their loudest.

I strongly recommend checking out Francoise's website, there is an enormous amount of inspiring work. It was a privilege to see just one of her pieces in person (despite being outside the gallery looking through a window) I hope to one day see an exhibition.

Website here, behance here.

ALEXANDER KADOW: FRIEDRICHSHAIN, BERLIN


I love this shot by Alexander Kadow. The textures in the concrete wall and the unusual, abstract markings/art give this photo a surreal feel. I feel like there is more to this photo than what you see. I think black and white was a great choice in execution. Check out more of Alexander's work now.

LAURA KEUNG: WINTER SOLSTICE


My admiration of bridge photography continues. This time a piece by Laura Keung caught my attention. The dark shadows, warm hues and red lights drew me in. This piece is part of an icy set on Laura's behance page, check it.

TRADITIONAL ARTS: YONAZ KRISTY


This piece by Yonaz Kristy struck me as something from a dream or a fairy tale. It's a little sombre but also feels quite warm and comforting. I really like his use of watercolour as a texture and the heavy line work. See some more examples of his work here and her blog here.

POMESONE: CANVAS ART



I found this piece by Pomesone on Behance. I really like it because it reminds me a lot of work by Nawer, which I love, actually utilises a 3rd dimension as well as artificial 3D graphics on a 2D surface. On his profile Pomesone explains "I often try to open the frame of the object to go into space".

I hope to be getting back into my garage soon to play around with my paints on similar styled artwork (I'll probably just stick to a 2D canvas for now though).

Check out more of Pomesone's work on behance.

I'm back.

After living in Hamburg, Germany for 5 months, travelling around Western Europe and the UK I am now finally back in Australia. I was hoping to keep my blog up to date while I was away but it just didn't work out. I hope to play a bit of catch up now and sincerely apologise for the long delay!

MAN-TSUN: ILLUSTRATION 4


I usually try to avoid posting overly-popular work from behance on here. I usually try to post work I find that I think other people may have over looked. This piece by Man Tsun is an exception though. I love it. Colour, form, composition – all great. And it tells a story. I Love it. See more of Man-Tsun's outstanding work here and website here.

THOMAS KURIATKO: ILLUSTRATIONS



Thomas Kuriatko has posted a series of epic illustrations on his behance profile which I would file in the "I wish I had those sorts of skills" category. The piece above was my personal favourite. Although each illustration within the piece is awesome in its own right I'm glad that he's used them as a montage/narrative piece – as with most montages it gives the illustrations much more context and depth. I particularly like Thomas's style and colour palette, which to me seems like a nod to the grind house genre. Very tasty.

Check the whole series here.

LMD WORK: BAUHAUS MUSEUM BERLIN


I've just come back from a weekend in Berlin. I pretty much needed monday to recover and get me back on track. Berlin is a crazy town that seems to speed up (not slow down) as late night becomes early morning. The day I took this shot was a sight seeing day, I was in a semi-state of delirium after not much sleep from the night before. We saw some historical delights before making our way to the Bauhaus museum. When we arrived, we were presented with what can only be described as an oasis of deck chairs strategically position in the sun (is it normal to have outdoor deck chairs in the sun at museums in Germany?). After seating myself in the warm sun and sipping a beer I took this photo then fell into a wonderful sleep (or nap). Afterwards the Bauhaus museum, although short was definitely worth a look.

BRENDAN FITZPATRICK: SHANGHAI AT NIGHT




I find the urban landscape quite fascinating and great to photograph. It's sometimes difficult to reproduce via photography and I find I can be quite fussy to find the ideal shot. Something I'm missing while I'm living in Germany is my tripod, which would allow me to take shots at night (I haven't given up on the idea though...). I think the city has much more depth at night. As the sun goes down it metamorphoses into a different world. Colour disappears into shadow, objects become silhouettes, and lights bring new colour, light and life into lively areas. Brendan Fitzpatrick has photographed some amazing urban landscapes at night and executed them perfectly. Despite capturing mostly large concrete slabs and there being a minimal, if not absent human presence the essence and life of the city is clearly felt.

See the whole series here and Brendan's website here.

LMD WORK: MORE HAMBURG PHOTOGRAPHY




Here's a few more shots from my Hamburg exploration. one of things I'm enjoying most over here is just exploring. The urban landscape has so much depth. It's full of life in the darkest places. The city feels a lot more accepting of street art.

Now that I'm finally settling into a routine I'm going to start regular explorations starting in my neighbourhood, and radiating out. Spring is well and truly here, the days are getting longer the temperature more tolerable. The urban adventurer in me is hungry. As the trees begin to fill with leaves I've also been thinking a little more about diverting my photographic attention from city to nature. Perhaps in this city part of me is missing the greenery of Tasmania.

I hope you like these shots. When I have a decent enough collection I'll post a "best of" on my behance profile, and in the meantime I'll keep posting more finds here.

Luke out.

LMD WORK: HAMBURG PHOTOGRAPHY




Here are a few snaps I've taken during my current stay in Hamburg. These were all taken on the same day during a walk from the Schanze to the city. It was a quick walk so I hope to go back again and take loads more pics.

ELINA VG: NO TITLE





A week or so ago I saw these sweet pieces of vector art on Elina's Behance profile. Her use of line work and white space is really nice, and she makes great use of colour too. Her website reveals even more work that is worth a look.

HAMBURG

So here I am, finally settled in Hamburg. Apologies for the lack of posts, I've had many distractions – but have felt my blog calling. This is my first time in Europe, and it has already been an amazing experience. The sense of design here is quite unique, it feels more direct, more efficient. Graphic design that I have observed here is more refined. There seems to be a stronger appreciation for modernist design principles, where back home I think designers are too hasty to "dress" their design up – whether it be through gradients, drop shadows, over developed artwork or whatever. I think being here will have a very positive effect on the way I perceive and approach design. I feel as though it has changed me already (and I've only been here for 3 weeks!).

The street art here is mind blowing. I will post some photos today (if not soon). I feel like I've only scratched the surface and look forward to much more urban exploration. While I'm here I'll try and post a mix of artwork I find from around the world (as usual), treasures I discover here and (hopefully) some of my own work.

If anyone reading this is from Germany or Hamburg, or if you have had some experience in Hamburg get in touch! I'd love to hear from you.

Luke out.

NIKOLAI NOWOLODSKI: (SKULL) TYPOGRAPHY


Nikolai Nowolodski has made a creepy-looking skull from lots of words. I think that's really cool. The execution is nice and creepy and he's made good use of some texture.

BAM: I've just realised that there is actually a narrative running through the words/entire piece. This adds even more depth to the piece. Top job Nikolai!

Nikolai's behance profile is here, check it out.

JOHN EARLE: M•A•C WONDER WOMAN

M•A•C Wonder Woman from John Earle on Vimeo.


I had a good long browse on behance this morning. It was one of those rare occasions where I flicked over a hundred pages and nothing really caught my eye, except for this absolute gem. A glimmering oasis in an otherwise slow day on behance (no offense to all those artists that have posted work, I am overtly fussy and particular). Anyway John Earle has created an amazing advertisement that thought would be worth posting. I never thought I'd post an advertisement on here. Despite sort of working in the advertising industry it's something that I despise, possibly because 99.99% of all advertising is completely fucked up, ugly, annoying, distasteful and poorly executed. Here I present the 0.01%. The cream.

I have always liked the combination of 2D and 3D artwork, particularly in motion/video work. I have at times even experimented with it myself. I think it works perfectly here. I have watched it a couple of times through now and feel inspired! (although I'm not about to go out and buy some lipstick). This is one of those ideas that in hindsight seems so obvious, yet I had never thought of it myself, which I think is what sometimes defines a truly great idea.

John had this to say about the piece:

I'm really lucky to get to work with the nice people at MAC on occasion. They really allow a lot of creative flexibility, especially on this piece. My first proposal to them was to create a fully animated recreation of the artwork they had illustrated by Mike Allred. Something like an 80s saturday morning cartoon. Budgetary and legal constraints quickly ended that idea. Often is the case though, that constraints fuel new ideas. Knowing that I couldn't modify the artwork too much was where the final piece came from. I needed to add some extra style to the retro influenced illustrations and taking them into 2.5D just wasn't enough to carry the piece. The 3D comic elements became that extra bit of interest to propel the animation. I feel it also brings it into a more contemporary realm, something viewers of all ages can relate to. I'm currently finishing up some companion pieces which are all 3D that will act as video wall paper for their Times Square and Bleeker Street stores in NYC.

John's behance page is here and his vimeo site is here and his website is here.

LMD house keeping

Well after a few intense weeks of work I thought it was about time to jump back onto the blog. I'm anticipating a couple of upcoming slow blog weeks as I move from Australia to Germany and settle in. Hopefully I'll have lots more time once settled there and can even post some more of my own art work – which was half of the point of this blog and something I really haven't done enough of!

MARCO MISHEFF: VERTICAL LANDSCAPE


I found this image by Marco Misheff to be quite haunting and a little surreal – not sure why, although the texture and lighting help to create a unique atmosphere. It almost feels like an apocalyptic setting, or even post apocalyptic given the overall darkness with the exception of the vibrant red streaks glowing from the darkness. Dull shapes sometimes becoming silhouettes of the crane and building look lifeless, uninhabited and eerie – like something from 28 days later. On a final point I love how the image is partially blurred and partially sharp, the blurriness possibly censoring or hiding something vital from the viewer. Overall a fantastically moody piece. See Marco's folio here and website here.

MAYERAS PIERRE: THE HARD LUCK MAN



I thought I'd post this piece by Materas Pierre because I love the style of drawing the style of narrative and the content. Each frame itself is potentially it's own art piece, but together they assemble to create an interesting context. Mayeras is an excellent artist and knows his media well (much like Joe Dion in my last post). There's not much else to be said here, except kick-ass piece of art! See his folio here.