Things I Like #002

Wow lyric video
by Jimmy Turrell

I saved this video for its style and slick motion. It was well timed and inspired. Watching this made me think of the many times I’ve been faced with a blank screen and a piece of music with no idea what to create. Some of the shots take inspiration from the lyrics themselves but many are just works of collage that hold up on the their own.

My work needs to be more inspired like this, I still have major issues with designing crudely or physical onto paper, making experiments and compositions and refining as I go. I like to refer to this as a sculpture approach. Harnessing the sculpture approach should be one of my focuses for this year. As it stands, i’m currently only design from the ground up, with and end goal in mind and usually straight onto the computer. This never works out well, and its high time I started new exercises to improve this process.

Collage Pin Ups
by Madeleine Buttini

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Madeleiene’s work caught my eye this week, most likely because my brain was still reeling from watching the Beck music video. I was already turning the idea of collage over in my head, and wondering if I could utilise it in motion like they did. Is there a less obvious way to use collage that is not so crude? Do they have to be 50’s and 60’s style images? and does the effect fall apart otherwise? Madeleine’s work does utiliste mainly 50’s and 60’s influences but here I have picked out the pieces of her work that involve more modern photogaphs, simply as a collection of proof to myself that it can be done.

Illustrations
by Guy Shield

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I like Guy Shield’s work because of the colour. Colour and composition is another skill I really want to nail this year. There is a whole range of colours in this image, however they still complement each other. Picking a good range of colors in after effects has always been a challenge. So maybe this is another thing that (like composition) I can benefit from doing on paper first.

I’d also like to begin illustrating this year. It not wise to try and emulate an artist who is already a professional when starting out, but I like the mood of his pieces and i would like mine to enimate the same.

Things I Like #001

life.peace
by Ahn Sang-Soo
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Ahn Sang-soo’s thoughtful and universally accessible response to a brief from the Life Peace Organisation, to create a symbol for the new Korean peace movement. I read the case study of his design process in the book ‘Graphic Design Process: From Problem to Solution’, and I was particularly drawn to his though process. Firstly he studied Chinese characters and the way one word can be made from two characters depending on how they are positioned relative to each other. Then his glyphic outcome came from a combination of careful thought, masses of sketching and recalling an old project he had done for its distinct style. (Bomb fishes, a typographic poster he had made in 1991.)

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I particularly admired that when he was happy with his petroglyphic outcome, he continued to make daily renders of it, a meditative practice that he invited other artists into. More from Ahn Sang-soo.


Rue des cascades
by Chnpqrz
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Source: Rue des cascades

I don’t know what it is but I want it.