Creativity I believe has been handed down to my brother and I through our genes! Well really, that is just my belief. After many years of trying to convince him to write – I helped my brother create his own movie review blog. He is very passionate about movies, and can explain things to you about the acting, the cast, the director etc… things I never thought about with movies! I just saw the movie Black Swan and I needed an explanation – my brother was the first person I called. He is very talented and notices details only a certain mind or eye could catch. He writes very well too and I think combining both of what he does well into his own outlet is a great idea. I can 100% see him being one of those insane genius directors for movies one day. Of course with any kind of art you need to put yourself out there and make yourself be known! This blog is his start – and I wanted to share it here. Follow his blog and get a special treat from yours truly 🙂 Just let me know if you do…
I had been wanting to make a new layout for a while, but I had a bad case of “creative block”… well not so much creative block more like “happy-with-what-I-made” block…. if there is such thing? I find it funny that I have no problem creating things for others but when it comes to making something for myself, and I am soo picky, and I get tired of staring at it so I start from scratch 400 times. I guess it is just good creative exercise in the end.
First I started out with this…
I wanted to show art and design in one but I felt it looked too… little kid-ish? So then I came up with this…
And I didn’t like that after a while either… so I headed over to my favorite artist’s site for some inspiration: www.misprintedtype.com aka Eduaro Recife (who I am secretly in love with)…
I used his free font named “Shortcut”:
Along with a few of his brushes as well and a vector from YSR1 I came up with this…
(also what you see above but this is without the pattern background)
Within the next week I will be adding content in the “goodies” section… so keep a look out for that!
So each week I have been having “Artist of the week” but I have been thinking of changing it to “featured artist” since it is hard to get responses from people (on a timely basis) when I ask them if they’d like to be artist of the week. I’ve been so busy lately, so I haven’t had time to look for artists I’d like to feature. Not to mention all the artists have been guys… I would LOVE to feature some lady artists! So if you’re interested leave a comment and let me know. I’m working on a lot of other content for the site as well, so once I get that up I’m going to include a page where anyone can submit a message if they would be interested in being a “Featured Artist”. But for now, comments will do.
I’m working on a few projects right now… a logo being one. When I was searching for some inspiration, I came across this photo and it made me laugh so I thought I would share. I got it off softpedia.com and the image credit is Federico Fieni.
I’m George Missi, 24 years old, I’m from Latakia-Syria, I’m studying graphic design in University of Kalamoon, and I’ll graduate this year. I like to work on Video Art, Digital drawings &photography. I’m thinking of working in the Multimedia field & miscellaneous designs after I graduate. I’ve participated in 5 exhibitions that took place at my University. Also I’ve participated in an exhibition in Damascus, Syria its called “New Art Exhibition” &I Presented a video art called “The History That Shouldn’t be”
My latest project it’s called “Subtitle” it was presented online on my website between (FEB 17,2011-FEB 19,2011) & the project contains 6 digital work drawings, these paintings are translated into components and events we face in our daily life. Each one of these paintings contains different objects like (lines, photos & drawings) mixed together to create a painting. I gave the paintings Arabic names like (Torath means Culture, Al Fatat means the girl, Al Moot means the death, Raqes means dancing, El Denya means The World, Al Qateel means The Killing).
You can view all my projects on my website www.GeorgeMissi.com and contact me on Facebook page facebook & twitter – @gmissi.
I would like to thank Christie for giving me this great opportunity to be on her beautiful blog.
Quinn Michaels does a lot of old fashion and digital drawing and painting. And our newest digital medium – iPad art. He has a mixture of cartoon-ish drawings to abstract paintings. From Shrek to Donald Duck, he even has Lady Gaga – called “Gagaverse” and I had to laugh. If Gaga could, she WOULD have her own universe (and I sometimes think she thinks she is already there). My favorite was the digital painting “Starry Night Mermaid” which collaborates Vincent Van Gogh and The Little Mermaid… which just so happen to be MY favorite artist and movie mixed together. Also take a look at his video of his guitar drawing – it will have you mesmerized! Find more of his work at www.thequinnshow.com
Matt Keeling has been working as a graphic designer and illustrator for the past 9 years. He has his own unique style which I think of as chaos and order all in one. This one particular series he had done a mixture of a subject with a graffiti feel to it. I love it! To me the more chaotic or distressed looking, the more interesting it is =] If you’d like to see more or even order prints please visit http://www.thepapershedgallery.co.uk/. You can also find out more about Matt at his personal site/portfolio http://www.mattkeeling.com/
The artist on his work:
Having been influenced through my work in the fashion industry and freelance work as an illustrator over the last 12 years, this work takes inspiration mainly from street artists such as Shepard Fairey, Eelus, Dface, Eine, Kevin Cyr and Mysterious Al to name a few. Having also painted watercolour landscapes for many years the work is a combination of the street inspired work that forms my freelance projects and my interest in local landscapes. I have tried to re-interpret the traditional landscape you may hang on the wall at home as a modern and urban piece of art. All the works are hand drawn with marker pens and then scanned into my Mac. I then use Photoshop and a Cintiq tablet as my tools of choice to paint/attack and work into the image. I like to bring type and hits of colour into an otherwise monochrome view, the colour to give the image punch and depth and the type to bring the graphic and bold feel that I love.
From London our artist of the week Richard Gallon, like myself has many interests. Photography, crafts, and design. I think for any true artist you can’t just limit yourself to just one focus, in my opinion it would make me crazy! But Richard has a love for all of them, and my favorite from his work is his photography. Although he has tons of photos on flickr, I chose my favorites from his top 25. Each photo links to the flickr page for that photo. My favorite is fire alarm. Anything weathered, aged with an old grungey look makes my eyes light up! Especially when it has text 😉 I truly think he nailed the composition beautifully as well.
Richard on his work:
When I decided to study to become a graphic artist, I took a course that allowed me to learn about both graphic design and fine art. This interest has continued throughout my work every since, and I think my most successful pieces balance these two approaches well.
The other two influences on my work are music (I am obsessed cassette tapes) and photography. I think it is the immediacy of these media is what particularly appeals, and these threads run throughout my work, too.
This year, the plan is to focus on editioned work. I am setting up an art ‘label’ (@personalsounds) to release one artwork a month, in editions of 25. Releases will include graphic works, DVDs and music, with the first release – Alta Punt Abrir, (http://www.etsy.com/listing/59598141/alta-punt-abrir-ltd-edition-of-25) being a combination of all three.
Apart from that, I am based in London, love to cook, and am currently working through the boxsets of Twilight Zone and Starsky & Hutch.
Could you be “Artist of the Week”? Email me CS @ girloncanvas.com (no spaces) with a link to your portfolio or just send photos!