Monday, January 30, 2012

Everything Starts Small

I really enjoy this little piece from Scott Benson. I love the character design, I love the textures applied and I love how it all works together. It's giving me some ideas for the next Mean Mug & Slim.

Monster Dance Party

Unknown artist but I love the style.

Photo of the Day - Original

Original by marcioserpa
Original, a photo by marcioserpa on Flickr.
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Mamiya RZ67 Pro II, Kodak 160vc Portra

Friday, January 27, 2012

Junkyard Jesús

A brilliant short film from Christoph Kuschnig. Official selection of the 2010 Aspen Shortsfest, 2010 NY International Latino Film Festival, 2010 Woodstock Film Festival, and 2011 New Hampshire Film Festival.

Upside Down, Left To Right: A Letterpress Film

Interesting short film about letterpress and one of the few remaining movable-type printing workshops in the UK.  I especially love their use of archival footage.  Created by Danny Cooke.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wastelander Panda Prologue

Who hasn't ever wondered what the world would be like for the last remaining panda in a post-apocalyptic world? Well Epic Films is developing this TV series to answer these questions. Needless to say if this was on TV I think my days would be a little bit happier...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Meet Mr. Toilet

The name itself almost forces you to watch this one. No, it is not some ridiculous cartoon about the misadventures of a crazy loo named Mr. Toilet. Instead it is a very short and informational documentary on businessman-turned-sanitation-superhero Jack Sim and his goal of everyone in the world having access to a toilet.  What I love most about the piece is it's length. I perfect 3 minutes is just enough time for me to not get too bored but to also get a ton of useful information.  Don't believe me, well just watch below to see the SHIT I'm talking about.  Created by Focus Forward Films.

Amy Rodchester

I am really in love with these 3D posters that were designed by Amy Rodchester for the Newcastle Festival of Dance. At first I was simply intrigued by the design and repetition of feet. Maybe I have been looking at the Fairburn System of Visual References too long, but the antique quality of the photographs really catches my eye. What's truly innovative about these posters is their 3D quality. If you look closely you can see that each pair of feet is jutting outward towards the viewer, each at different distances. Not only does this create visual interest, but it also adds unique shadows that one could not achieve working with a flat surface.

Postcards From America

In May 2011, five Magnum photographers – Paolo Pellegrin, Jim Goldberg, Susan Meiselas, Alec Soth, Mikhael Subotzky – and a writer, Ginger Strand, set out from Austin, Texas, in an RV. Two weeks and 1750 miles later, they arrived in Oakland, California.

The resulting limited edition book is a collection of objects – a book, five bumper stickers, a newspaper, two fold-outs, three cards, a poster and five zines, all in a signed and numbered box – that collectively document the experience.

Although this product is a little pricey at 250 clams it is still a wonderful collection of work (and at least you get the autographs of all the artists). Watch the video below to see Alec Soth give you a virtual tour. Also buy the book here. You better act fast because it is only an edition of 500 and the price goes up to 350 on February 1, 2012.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Photo of the Day - Untitled

Untitled by sea kay
Untitled, a photo by sea kay on Flickr.

Star Wars Uncut: Director's Cut

In 2009, thousands of Internet users were asked to remake “Star Wars: A New Hope” into a fan film, 15 seconds at a time. Contributors were allowed to recreate scenes from Star Wars however they wanted. Within just a few months SWU grew into a wild success. The creativity that poured into the project was unimaginable.

Finally, the crowd-sourced project has been stitched together and put online for your streaming pleasure. The "Director's Cut" is a feature-length film that contains hand-picked scenes from the entire collection.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Joe Fig

Stopped by the local Toledo Art Museum today and saw the Small Worlds exhibit. Right when I heard about it I knew I was going to love it. My favorite piece came from an artist named Joe Fig. He creates these wonderfully realistic miniature sculptures of artists and their surroundings. These works become three dimensional portraits.  What I loved most about his work is that you can walk around the piece and experience it from several angles.  His work, Who’s Afraid of Barney?, which is a portrait of Barnett Newman, is a great example of this.  From one side the piece is nothing more than a brick building, from another your peering through a window as Barnett is staring out back at you, and from yet another you see the interior of Barnett's apartment; tidy with a few paintings leaning against the wall. At each angle I was feeling something different about the piece and I think what makes this possible is the sheer quality of Fig's work. The realism allows me to believe that I truly am watching this moment, and I can experience it however I want. It speaks to the true voyeur in all of us.

Who's Afraid of Barney?

Ross Bleckner 2007 (Interior)

Self Portrait (Interior) 2007

Self Portrait (Exterior) 2007

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Photo of the Day - 2

2 by framefreezer
2, a photo by framefreezer on Flickr.
Via Flickr:
He shot me with his rollei and continuous light.
Then it was my go with my Mamiya and some flash.

Mamiya RB 67 65mm Sekor f/4.5
Fomapan 200
Developed in Rodinal
Scanned with a DSLR

Alien Bee 800 into knockoff softlighter feathered off to the left from 11 o'clock
triggered by pc-cable

Jean Giraud Moebius

I really love these illustrations from Jean Giraud Moebius. His works all seem to capture moments of high action and contain them into one single frame of well composed beauty.

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet

Find out why we need to stand up against Protect IP and SOPA to save the way we use the internet by watching this infographic from Fight For The Future.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Modeselektor feat. Otto von Schirach "Evil Twin"

I really love the style of this video, using video screens and computer desktop elements to move the story along. I had an idea for something similar to this but in a much more retro style. Something more along the lines of DOS gaming or early Windows and AOL. Check out more from the artist here.


This amazing piece comes to us from Matthijs Vlot. Just another video I wish dearly I had created myself.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Dat Ass

This is just a tiny part of a side project I am currently working on.  Normally I ruin my ideas by either working too fast or losing interest so I'm really trying to take my time on this one.  One of the many scenes from the corporate workplace.

Male & Female Interactions Fig. 2

Sunday, January 15, 2012


This one comes as a request of my brother-in-law. When I came up with the idea of doing movie quote shirts I asked a few of my relatives what theirs would be and this happened to be his. A classic line from the epic Jurassic Park.  Watch the clip here. Buy the shirt here.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

I have been listening to the smooth R&B stylings of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings I Learned The Hard Way. Not only is the music wonderful but their album art is pretty bad ass too. I suggest you give it a listen.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Iconori Books

Icinori is the pub­lish­ing project of Mayumi Otero and Raphael Urwiller. Individually these two make brilliant work. Here are some examples.

Mayumi Otero

Mayumi Otero
Raphael Urwiller

Raphael Urwiller

But together they create amazing and unique hand crafted books.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fotoshop by Adobé

Yes, you heard it here first folks, or more specifically, ladies. The brand new Fotoshop by Adobé has just launched. Check out this commercial promoting it! Created by Jesse Rosten.

José Luis Ágreda

I was tipped off by my friend over at To Be Shelved about José Luis Ágreda and his work.  Much like my Mean Mug & Slim videos he experiments with putting cartoon figures into photographed backgrounds.  The only difference is he uses paper collage to do his work.  I adore his style. The photographs he uses are amazing and the characters really seem to mix well with the environments...It has in fact inspired me to try something different with the next episode of Mean Mug & Slim. I haven't felt like I have completely nailed the format I want so hopefully I will be able to take a little bit from Jose's arsenal and make something better.

Monday, January 9, 2012

NEW SHIRT - The Break Room

Yes, that's correct. Another shirt has been added to the store which makes a grand total of 4. But you have to start somewhere I guess. This was the design I was most excited to print when I started and although it took me some time to get the print just right it was totally worth it.

Photo of the Day - grocery getter

grocery getter by lydiafairy
grocery getter, a photo by lydiafairy on Flickr.
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goodness I am glad I got my film back. I have been in quite a funk lately, depression and anxiety have got me in a pretty good grip these days. BUT, I have been getting out as per my new years "resolution" or goal as I like to say. Last week I spent new years with good friends, then this week I have met another friend for a social at the yarn store in town, we are doing it again next week, as well as a visit to this property I have ALWAYS wanted to wander through. :D I met the lady who owns this land that I imagine fairies living in. Seriously. I cant wait to take MANY pictures of that. Today we are meeting a griend for coffee. I am getting out. Since I dont have a job, getting out is getting hard. This year will be different, it will be better.

My "No Chin" Face

I am really proud to say that something good has come out of the weird shapes my face makes. Recently after a holiday party one of my co-workers approached me after seeing some pictures taken of me at the party. Naturally I was making my patented "No Chin" face (see below).

Naturally I was flattered someone had taken such notice to my facial expressions because up until now I was only using them to annoy my girlfriend. Well after a few weeks of work he sent me the finished product. I couldn't be more proud. To see more of Adam Hasting's work visit his blog here or his youtube page here.

Friday, January 6, 2012

One Week In Japan

Found this video by Mike Matas very engaging.  This video is made up of the nearly 4,000 photos he took in his one week trip to Japan.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Reel 2011

With the holidays finally being over I have actually had time to finish things on my plate.  Yesterday I launched This 'n That and some $20 shirts (see banner above) and now I am presenting you with my 2011 reel. It's always scary to put a reel together, look at it and say, "Wow, this is terrible." But this year I feel different.  There is always room for improvement, but I truly feel proud of my reel this year. I look forward to another year of creation.

Music for the piece is KVZE - SpeakEasy

Fox History & Entertainment Bumpers

I was really inspired by these bumper animations for FOX when I was coming up with an intro/outro for my reel. It's a simple yet exciting way to deliver text. Check out more from the creator here.

Photo of the Day - Untitled

. by Ola Svensson
., a photo by Ola Svensson on Flickr.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

This 'n That and some $20 shirts

Yes, you heard right. I have finally gotten my feet wet in the shirt printing bizz. I think that's what they call it in the bizz. Anywho, either click on the shirt banner at the top of the page or on the right hand side where it says and some $20 shirts to see what it's all about. I must admit it's a little small right now but hopefully over time as interest builds I can continue to make shirts and maybe even make a few bucks while I'm at it. Here's to a good new year.

Make sure to keep on a lookout for the Shirt of the Month and new Movie Quote Shirts.

Photo of the Day - Untitled

Untitled by William's Wish Wellingtons
Untitled, a photo by William's Wish Wellingtons on Flickr.
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hmm isn't summer lovely