Sometimes when we see amazing art it’s easy to just think “oh that person must be really gifted” but this progression gives hope that maybe anybody can create beautiful art if they are willing to put in the effort. Jake Lockett has been making art since he could pick up a pen at age 2 and shared with us a progression album on his website showcasing a couple pieces of art from almost every year from age 2 to his current 24 years of age. Each year his art grows a little more technical and then diverges into his unique style. It’s really awesome to see this artist’s journey laid out in picture form and would be interesting to see the childhood works from other highly regarded artists too. [Read more...]
Previously featured for her elegant Bond Girl series, Love and Let Die, we are pleased to share another fabulous project by the talented Russian visual artist Arina Orlova. This time she shows off her illustration skills and love of film with an A-Z portrait book of famous film directors. [Read more...]
As the thrill of the Winter Olympics sweeps the nations, it’s interesting to reflect on where we’ve come from… and it’s a surprisingly long way! The first Winter Olympics, held in 1924 in Chamonix France, featured just 250 athletes participating in 6 sports: skating, curling, ‘nordic skiing’, ‘bobsleigh’, ice hockey and a military patrol competition. While we’ve seen many new sports added to the games, what’s really striking about these images is the change in fashion… just check out those suit jackets in the speed skating competition! It’s a long way from the US’s ‘hobo chic’ snowboard jackets and Mexico’s mariachi ski suit! [Read more...]
LA based artist Wishcandy, or Sashiko Yuen, is a mad nomad whose work looks like cotton candy teenage dreams. The thing about these dreams, is that they originate from a subconscious full of compassion, eroticism, violence, and the search of true freedom. Wishcandy takes the traditional pinup and infuses her own style and technique to create rad retro-culture beauties… with a mad dose of rebellion. [Read more...]
Just the thought of romance novels conjures up thoughts of the cringe-worthy images printed on their covers. From shirtless muscled men riding white horses, to passionately swooning women in period costume, it’s hard to find a cliche more hilariously worn. But what if those impossibly romantic scenes were replaced by the coin-collecting, dot-eating heroes from our favorite classic 8-bit games? Shutterstock sent their massive catalogue of images over to illustrator Echo Chernik, challenging him to create a Valentines series that would make any gamer feel romantic. [Read more...]
A literally endless stream of Matchbox and Hotwheels toy cars threads its way through the air, looping around a möbius strip that forms the symbol for infinity. The work is part of artist Chambliss Giobbi’s new exhibition American Iron, a show that explores the “inventiveness, expanse, and ultimate collapse” of a uniquely American culture. [Read more...]
If you’re a designer, this is a thrilling time of year, and one rife with possibility – it’s a time when the A’ Design Award & Competition is open for entries in a diverse range of fields. The competition is a unique one, giving a level playing field to designers and businesses from a wide range of experience levels, and giving them all a global audience in recognition of their skills.
A bedroom can tell a lot about a person’s character. Where we sleep and the area surrounding area often reflects our personal style and shows a glimpse at how our brains are organized, yet our bedrooms are intimate places that not many people will see. Photographer Margaret Ellen Burns from Sydney, Australia, gives us a peek into those secret worlds as she treads forward on her mission to photograph 1,000 bedrooms with their people in them. She takes the photographs on black and white 35mm film with an Asahi Pentax Spotmatic camera that used to be her mother’s. [Read more...]