If you gave 100 artists the same square canvas’ and told them to paint them, what you got back would be a lot of square paintings. In a similar way, British design studio Lazerian is doing the same thing… only they are doing it with paper dogs. Nicknamed “Gerald” their pointer like pup has been passed around to artists world-wide (with a head nod to the now classic CowParade), creating a pack of colorful and creative dogs for people to collect and assemble themselves. [Read more...]
Unless you’re an entomologist, there’s a pretty good chance you’re not a huge fan of insects. From biting flies to stinging wasps, the smaller creatures of our world can certainly be a nuisance… but that’s ignoring the fascinating beauty they also have in their very nature. Manchester-based designer and illustrator Si Scott has certainly evoked the beauty of the insect world with the recent illustrations from his Airborn series. Just look at those incredible segmented bodies and near geometric wings! [Read more...]
Carnovsky has continued their incredible color shifting wall coverings for Milan design week 2013, this time featuring themes of atmosphere, architecture, perspective, emotion and the ephemeral in constant movement. Their curved piece Atmospheric N.1, above, featured on the ground floor of the exhibition and changed from brilliant sunrises to sunsets, storms and even that elusive green flash as the sun disappears. The effect is created using bright LEDs in a RGB array, with illustrations in the exact same color on the wall itself. Simply by changing the color of the light, images come and go – merging together and solidifying as the lights brighten and fade. [Read more...]
Since 2008, designer dad David LaFerriere has been drawing clever illustrations on his sons’ sandwiches when he packs their lunches for school each morning. Since the bags get thrown out, he decided to document his creative drawings on Flickr so that he and his kids could look back on the collection. He never dreamed that millions of people would see his work, but with the magic powers of the world wide web, his sandwich art has been spreading like wildfire, even getting him a video interview for the Flickr blog. [Read more...]
Whether you’re among the 140 million avid tweeters, one of the 200 million people with Twitter accounts who hasn’t sent out a single tweet, or one of those without an account, you probably understand that this bird will not be flying South anytime soon. Since its launch in July 2006, Twitter has grown exponentially- at first it took nearly 3 years to reach the billionth tweet, and now that amount is exceeded every 2-3 days. Over one million accounts are added to Twitter every day, so it’s safe to say the Twitter bird is in fact the word. The Twitter bird has become so deeply embedded into pop culture that many artists have chosen to use it as their muse for paintings and illustrations. Here are some of the finest examples; click on the links to see more from each artist! [Read more...]
Attention quote and design lovers, here’s a poster series that marries minimalism with inspiration and will look great on your wall. Toronto based designer Ryan McArthur has created this awesome line of prints using quotations from some of the most brilliant minds. He illustrates each of his simple, clean designs by hand then manually traces each line converting it to a vector graphic to scale and manipulate. Next he adds in the speech bubble graphic of the author’s name along with the quote itself, and voila!
Marcin Schleifer has a talent for combining dissimilar objects into a whole which almost makes sense. His art sees giraffes grow smokestacks for necks, fish sprout gun stocks for tails, a cat having its middle whittled away like wood… it’s all rather unusual. Using either cues from our culture, or simply the shape of the objects themselves for inspiration, he draws them together into images which are intriguing, comic and sometimes even disturbing. [Read more...]