Friday, October 28, 2011
Mark Frauenfelder is a writer and illustrator who co-founded bOINGbOING, the magazine that would eventually become the major blog of the same name. His illustrations use flat colors and bold outlines, and are often throwbacks to the cartoons and comics of the 60s and 70s. I would be surprised if he doesn't use Adobe Illustrator for the bulk of his work, because they look mostly like vector art. I have this shirt with a design from his then 9-year-old daughter, which he took and vectorized to sell as a Woot tee.
Mark wrote this book after immersing himself for a year in pursuing do-it-yourself projects. He kept chickens and bees, took up organic gardening, and built cigar box guitars. The cover you see is for the paperback edition; the hardcover edition uses a photograph depicting Mark with a cigar box guitar. I think this illustrated cover works far better, as it is literally made by hand, and shows more of Mark's personality and who he is. It also gives off a more adventurous tone, which suits a book about delving into projects you might not have considered before. There's also the chance to show a lot of the things included in the book, which might have looked tacky if done so with a photographic cover.
This piece was done by Daniel Danger, creator of Tiny Media Empire. I came across his work while stumbling, and I was kind of surprised to find out that he has a vast amount of professional experience. Some of his clients include Universal Pictures, Dreamworks, ABC, and Penguin Books. He has also done work for Star Wars, Star Trek, The Walking Dead, The Black Keys, and Andrew Bird, among others. Most of his work has kind of an eerie, mystical feel to it. I picked this image, titled “I Have Troubles Today I Had Not Yesterday,” because I personally found it to be the creepiest. It depicts a dilapidated Wonder Wheel at Coney Island. I’ve always found Coney Island to be on the verge of creepy most of the time, but a deserted Coney Island is like the perfect setting for a horror movie. What makes this image especially eerie is the one girl in an otherwise empty theme park. It is a silkscreen print, like a lot of his other work.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Ōkami is an action-adventure video game developed by Clover Studio and published by Capcom. It combines several Japanese myths, legends and folklore and tells a soty of how the land was saved from darkness by Shinto sun goddess, Amaterasu, who took the form of a white wolf.
This is one of my favorite games on the wii mainly because of the graphics. I love how this game took on a different art style instead of the regular pixel or photo-realistic 3D graphic images you see in most games now. It's style is more woodcut, watercolor style in a cel-shaded environment which looks like an animated Japanese ink-illustration known as sumi-e. I believe this fits well into the environment and time period the plot of the game takes place. It really succeeds in making the whole atmosphere of the game feel more authentic because its set in a historical time period in Japan where you might have seen many Japanese watercolor and wood carving art of the Ukiyo-e style like Hokusai. I feel this game is not only artistic by itself with stunning illustrations but also inspires gamers to get creative and artistic themselves where they are required to also draw using the Celestial brush to help the main character fight and progress. I just love this game and its art.
I had come across this image while looking up a project idea for another class. I believe the composition and cool colors is really what drew me to this picture. The artist has positioned the zombie in a way that its body combined with the grave hole produce the letter "Z." What I also liked is that in making the zombie appear as a "Z" it does not look like an abnormal pose that one may see a zombie in. I like that the main focus is kept on the foreground object and the background is very minimal, but yet feels as if it is still complete. The color choice is also nice for this picture, only three colors are used besides black and white. Normally zombies are depicted as green or grey but here it's blue with touches of orange to bring out certain aspects of the picture. The name on the tombstone was also a clever idea. It reads "Sumrow," which is the artists las name. The name isn't displayed in a fancy way and is even kind of hard to read, but adds a nice original touch to it. Adding in aspects of the zombie in the word zombie also was I believe better that just using plain old font. It really tied the image and type together into one whole picture.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Scott Dikkers is an American comedy writer, cartoonist, and filmmaker. Dikkers is the co-founder of the humor news paper The Onion. He left The Onion in 2008 to start the Dikkers Cartoon Company. One of the cartoons by his company that I watched was Bright Lights Little Steam, about a talented little iron who can do more than press a wrinkle out a shirt. Watching this short and others on the site was fun, but I worried that the stories may have been too familiar.
I don't think everything needs to explode or be over the top to be good. The stories were complete and concise. It's just I know the stories. It's not necessarily bad to be familiar with the themes like make it big in show biz. Using something non human did help to break up the generality of theme of seeking stardom, but it was slightly predictable.
*Watch the short in the link at the top