Words are formed from curly octopus tentacles, and fresh cake slices are served on another poster—these visuals are thought-out by graphic designers who need to capture attention and communicate effectively to a target audience. Included here, are one-sheet designs from 10 individuals like master designer Stefan Sagmeister who continues to inspire so many creatives, to Philippe Apeloig, Jessica Walsh, Anton Burmistrov and others.
Top: This is one of the three “Take it On” posters to promote the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City. It was produced by Sagmeister & Walsh, both teachers at SVA’s design departments and also the reason why their faces were on the posters.
A one-sheet for The Motion Theater by Caroline Grohs. This dance company doesn’t actually exist, as Grohs invented it, so that she could create a full branding project for a final exam at the IN.D Institute of Design Dusseldorf.
Anton Burmistrov made this classy promotional poster for Sputnik’s Jazz event held in Tallinn, Estonia. The design was inspired by Led Zeppelin’s song, “Dazed and Confused.”
Jessica Walsh composed a poster series for the Shared Voices speaking events, which brings individuals from different fields (e.g. web technology and physics) to open dialogue with students of the Rhode Island School of Design.
“10 Things I have Learned in 2013″ is a typographic poster by Ivorin Vrkas who got inspiration from Sagmeister’s acclaimed project “Things I have learned in my life so far,” which has been printed into a book.
Another Planet Entertainment commissioned illustrator Sean Freeman to make a concert one-sheet that would visually represent Green Day’s energetic sound.
This is one of Olivier Bonhomme’s cartoon-style graphic proposals for Affiche Annecy 2013, a film animation festival held in France.
Graphic designer Mark Brooks envisioned various minimalist illustrations for t-shirts and posters for SantaMonica’s apparel line.
Parisian designer Philippe Apeloig made a clever 3D-style poster for an opera performance at the Theatre du Châtelet.
Scott Woolston’s created this single-sheet of “The Dressmaker” for The Cannes International Film Festival in 2013.
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“Voronoid” is a digital art series by Nastplas, a Spanish studio founded by illustrator Fran R. Learte and creative director Natalia Molinos. Their personal project relates to how technology is part of our lives, and how that impacts and transforms us. Nastplas used metal textures to create a nostalgic feel of machinery reminiscent of the Industrial Revolution.
Images © Nastplas
Lace is a timeless fashion accessory. And for tattoos, “timeless” is the ideal. A symbol of wealth and prestige for centuries, lace is soft, intricate, delicate. It began as a way to separate the classes, and today still holds an air of elegance. Modern tattooers are now adorning their clients with unique, ornamental artwork. It’s a permanent expression of gentility and grace.
A word to the wise, for the lace-tattoo-curious: study artists’ portfolios before you commit. Tattooers need a very steady hand to pull off such detailed designs.
Top: Ornamental lace back piece by Marco Manzo.
White ink mandala and lace feather by David Boggins.
A Victorian inspired design by Kid Kros.
Neo-traditional roses with Victorian lace by Dodie.
Baroque leg sleeve by Marco Manzo.
Photos © respective artists
Canadian artist Zachari Logan is portrayed as the model in his artwork, however, he doesn’t intend to highlight himself but rather explore the relationship of human and nature. His blue pencil drawings are strange yet beautiful with flora and fauna weaving in and out of his head and body, like a Giuseppe Arcimboldo painting (e.g. “The Winter,” 1563). Logan is inspired by the aesthetic and symbolism of 16th and 17th century art in this series of images, and also past ones.
Artwork © Zachari Logan Via Arrested Motion and Roq La Rue
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When you have a country as diverse and geographically immense as Russia, the art that comes out of it is equally so. Some of the artists selected here have engaged with the turbulent political and military past of their country, while others have done the opposite and explored the rich folklore and mythology of their homeland in photography and painting.
Regardless of the medium, these chosen creative individuals make art which is engaging, shocking, and down right cool!
Top: Mickey Mouse in meat form by Dimitri Tsykalov.
Tsykalov transforms everyday objects like meat and vegetables into sinister objects.
Although currently based in Paris, Tsykalov’s controversial and visually stunning sculptures and photography retain a distinctly Russian feel. His photo series “Meat” encapsulates this mood: naked models are posed against a black backdrop and dressed up with raw meat into different war personas, with guns, flags and gas masks. Here Russia’s war-like reputation is playfully subverted in memorable style. His recent sculptural work is a series built around the use of wood, including a giant human heart made from this durable substance.
Russian folklore beautifully brought to life by Katerina Plotnikova.
A fine art photographer whose work can accurately be described as an “enchanting wonderland.” The forests and wild places act as a base from which Plotnikova casts a spell of fluorescent smoke, balloons and wild beasts. The way she works with colour and light are breathtaking as a sense of natural beauty shines through all her photographs. Based in Moscow, she stands apart as a Russian photographer with a real sense of the theatrical.
Street art with a conscience by Pavel P183.
Regularly dubbed the “Russian Banksy,” the street artist known as Pavel P183 has grabbed media attention in the last few years with his anti-capitalist driven graffiti art. Known for his large-scale hyperrealist murals and his attacks on the corporate side of the art world, once dismissing designers as “money makers” for example. Pavel sadly passed away in April 2013 under mysterious circumstances, while working on stage sets for Teatralnoye Delo in Moscow.
The quirky, minimalist drawings of illustrator Mina Milk.
A contemporary illustrator based in London, Mina Milk (what a lovely pen name) makes art which is at once delicate and feminine with ink, pen and pencil, but at the same time fiercely individualistic. Her subjects range from the animals of the forest and erotic nudes to children’s books and fashion illustrations. There is nothing her brush cannot shape to her own personal style. Equal parts mythology, dreams and eroticism, her illustrations are a beauty to behold.
Striking black and white portraits by Nikolay Bakharev.
From the far frontier of the Russian Federation comes photo-artist Nikolay Bakharev. Born in a remote village in Eastern Siberia, he was brought up in an orphanage from the age of 4 after both his parents passed away. His work exists between documentary and social realism: shooting in black and white he captures intimate moments of everyday Russians like himself with a great amount of clarity and compassion for his subjects.
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Having recently featured Javier Rodriguez’s tattoos, here is another great artist (Cisco) from the LTW studio in Spain. The latter artist is not only a tattooer but also a well-known graffiti artist, whose artistic style is a mix of old-era imagery with colorful cartoons. You can see a bit of that crossed over to his tattoo work, however, he mainly does monochromatic designs with a small amount of shading.
Photos © Cisco
Agnes Cecile has launched new artwork, some of it is done with just watercolor paint, and other examples combine additional materials like charcoal, acrylic paint and pen. Her portraits actually highlight painting techniques, for instance shown above is a watery-pigment spill that becomes part of the girl’s hair. Like its all connected—the art lives within this person and also mirrors the emotions of the artist. Cecile is great about keeping a feminine, delicate flow with each brushstroke, creating movement and form on paper or canvas.
Artwork © Agnes Cecile
Barbaros Kayan is an experienced documentary photographer. His subjects include countries torn apart by war, and he has already covered the “Occupy Taksim” conflict in his homeland Turkey last year. Now that the political situation is rapidly spinning out of control in Ukraine and has spread to the Crimea, it is important to take a hard look at the bloody protests that kicked this whole thing off in Kiev. The photographs of Barbaros Kayan allow us to do this, with powerful results.
All images © Barbaros Kayan Via Behance
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Although Kamil Czapiga’s tattoos were recently featured at Illusion, the artist keeps pumping out new work and it is all fantastic! It is difficult to ignore his latest work which is so diverse in terms of themes, but consistently inked with his dot and line techniques. From a brain and spine swaying down a client’s arm to beautiful engraving-style butterflies on a side rib cage, Czapiga is an expert when it comes to black pigment tattoos!
All images © Kamil Czapiga Via Facebook
You are camping under a magical aurora sky, or venturing off with friends in the tall mushroom forest… Alexandra Khitrova’s visuals take you into delightful imaginary worlds. And even when she graphically presents a massive tornado, there is a feel of ease and protection to the spectator, which is quite different from what you would feel in the real world.
Images © Alexandra Khitrova
Keeping secret behind the avatar LaTurbo Avedon, little is actually known about the artist who works behind this computerised facade. The digital world, in all its complexity and contrast, is at the heart of the artwork that they produce, as you can see it these incredible 3-D sculptures. Colour, technology and form are brought together in perfect unity.
All images © LaTurbo Avedon Via Tumblr
Film fans are used to the Oscars getting it wrong. The Academy voters deemed Robert Redford’s forgotten “Ordinary People” (1980) to be a superior work of art to Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull!” And what about “Crash” (the Paul Haggis one, not David Cronenberg’s 1996 masterpiece) bagging Best Picture, over the likes of “Brokeback Mountain” and “Munich,” in 2004?
Film fans also expect articles at this time of year that cry about “snubbed” movies. So, let us continue this fine tradition with a list of ten movies made in the past decade or so that the Academy foolishly ignored in the Best Picture category.
Top: College girls and Alien (James Franco) strike a pose in “Spring Breakers” (2012).
One of the best films Steven Spielberg has ever made. Fact.
War of the Worlds
Steven Spielberg has collected Oscars for “Schindler’s List” (1993) and “Saving Private Ryan” (1998). However, his adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi novel is without a doubt one of the director’s finest achievements. WOTW delivered not only epic spectacle befitting a Hollywood blockbuster, but packed in lots of resonant subtext about post-9/11 America. It is Spielberg’s undeclared masterpiece.
That Andrew Dominik’s western was ignored in the Best Picture category is a crime against cinema.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Andrew Dominik made this list twice. The Aussie filmmaker, after his directorial debut, “Chopper” (2000), went off to Hollywood and delivered two pictures of extraordinary quality. Starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck, the Western received two Oscar noms (Best Supporting Actor and Best Cinematography) but, bizarrely enough, was ignored in the Best Picture category. Say what?!
David Fincher’s masterpiece flopped at the box office.
David Fincher’s 2007 film, “Zodiac,” is a shiny diamond of awesomeness in a world of mediocre murder mystery thrillers. Fincher’s obsessive attention to even the smallest details brought to vivid life one of California’s most infamous and unsolved serial killer cases. Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. are on top form as the men caught up in a nightmare without end.
Adrien Brody is on fire in Tony Kaye’s depressing but admirable school drama.
Tony Kaye’s ace drama centered on a world-weary substitute teacher, played by Adrien Brody, and was labelled “pretentious.” But hold on there a damn minute! “Detachment” just decided to do things differently and was unafraid to get over-emotional and ask tough questions about the state of the US education system. Okay, it was a little bit pretentious…
Andrew Dominik’s exquisite gangster movie shows us how American capitalism truly functions.
Killing Them Softly
If there was any justice in this world, we’d all be referring to Andrew Dominik as ‘”Two-time Oscar-winning director, Andrew Dominik.” But we don’t, sadly. “Killing Them Softly” was perhaps too low-key and suspiciously anti-American for Oscar voters to stomach. Alas, it’s a gangster movie that shall age like the finest wines known to humanity!
Liam Neeson gave the performance of his career in “The Grey” (2011).
It’s time for the Oscars to get tough: Melodramas, heart-warming comedies and triumph-over-adversity stories, be damned! A masterful, existential tale of plane crash survivors fighting against a gang of hungry, hungry wolves, in the bleak wilderness of Alaska, featured one of Liam Neeson’s greatest performances.
Critics loved Margaret to pieces, but nobody saw it.
Shot way back in 2005 and released six years later, in 2011, Kenneth Lonergan’s “Margaret” is a film that comes labelled with the unhelpful “flawed genius” tag. Like a little bird with a broken wing, “Margaret” limped into theaters, lasted a few weeks and then expired with barely a sigh. It earned $46,000 at the US box office.
Coppola went to a truly dark place for his latest movie, a gorgeously photographed supernatural drama.
When Francis Ford Coppola confronted—like the true artist he is—one of, if not the most, painful life experience he has ever been dealt (the death of his eldest son) in the shape of a kooky horror movie, you’d have expected the Academy to hand out a shiny golden bald fella with “Best Picture” engraved on it. They didn’t!
Harmony-Korine-Oscar-winner. Just imagine that.
“Oscar-winner” is not the first thing that comes to mind, regarding Harmony Korine’s morality tale masked as an ode to the joys of misbehaving. But imagine if Academy voters suddenly took leave of their senses and gave awards out to far edgier flicks! “And the Oscar goes to … Harmony Korine for ‘Spring Breakers.’” The director yelling “Spring Break forever, bitches!” from the podium would definitely be the year the Oscars jumped the shark. O daydreams!
Oscar Isaac as the tragic folk singer Llewyn Davis and a troublesome cat.
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Coen brothers go and make one of the absolute best films and the Academy chose to ignore it. “Inside Llewyn Davis” earned one lousy Oscar nom (Best Cinematography) at the year’s event (2014). A 1960s-set dramedy about a down on his luck singer-songwriter in the Greenwich Village folk scene is fronted by an outstanding performance from Oscar Isaac.
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LA based painter Joseph Lee has taken a variety of celebrity and ordinary faces as the subject for a series of abstract explorations in paint and portraiture. Using a a broad range of colours and brushstrokes, he is able to create interesting takes on the classic portrait.
All images © Joseph Lee Via Behance
Javier Rodriguez’s tattoos are a revival of traditional Americana designs with blue-black outlines and bold color fills. Daggered hearts and skulls with roses are modernized with softer gradients, more depth and line detail. If this style appeals to you, Rodriguez is currently working at the LTW studio in Barcelona, Spain.
Images © Javier Rodriguez Via SWLWS&DGRS
American illustrator Keith P. Rein has taken as his subject a number of high profile female characters from TV and film and given them a macabre spin, complete with bloodied axes and lethal injections. The likes of Joan Holloway from Mad Men are transformed into vengeful heroines in these original artworks.
All images © Keith P. Rein Via Tumblr
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New York based artist Erik Jones combines two art styles in his paintings: photo-realism and abstractionism. He paints colorful shapes around and over the model’s face and body as if it were a helmet, or shield. Jones is able to achieve this layered look with the use of various materials such as colored pencils, watercolor, acrylic, water-soluble wax pastel and water-soluble oil.
Photos © Erik Jones Via 1337tattoos
As you know, companies invest a lot of money on advertising campaigns in attempt to stand out from the crowd and persuade consumers to buy more. There are also print ads that serve to raise awareness about environmental issues like the WWF poster with an elephant disintegrating into sand, which means desertification has continued to destroy six thousand species every year. It isn’t easy to make people look at an advert pasted on a billboard or a bus stop shelter, but creative directors try to find clever and original ideas to capture the public’s interest. Sometimes they get cool ideas from the simplest things found at home from fruit lying on a kitchen counter to just daydreaming in the office.
Top “Bench Fix Hairstyling Products: Gecko,” by advertising agency TBWA\Santiago Mangada Puno (Philippines). Creative Directors: Melvin Mangada and Marci Reyes.
“WWF Desertification: Elephant” by Contrapunto Barcelona (Spain). Chief creative officers: Carlos Jorge and Felix Del Valle.
“Colgate Dental Floss: Kiwi” by Cerebro Y&R (Panama). Creative Director: Jorge Heilbron.
“Kielo travel agency: Pool” by New Moment New Ideas Company Y&R (Serbia). Creative Director: Svetlana Copic.
“Staedtler: Architecture” by Leo Burnett (China). Executive creative director: Connie Lo.
“Braun Cruzer: Super Beards Batman” by BBDO Proximity (Germany). Executive creative director: Michael Funk.
“Strange Adventures Comic Book Shops: Superman” by Impact (Canada). Creative director: Eric Miller.
“McDonald’s: Re-opening” by DDB (Denmark). Creative director: Poul Mikkelsen.
“Maxam: Civilization, Egypt” by JWT (China). Creative Directors: Yang Yeo, Elvis Chau and Hattie Cheng.
“Canon PowerShoot S90” by Giovanni+Draft FCB (Brazil). Creative directors: Adilson Xavier, Ricardo John and Benjamin Yung Jr.
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Polish illustrator Tomasz Zawistowski has drawn out these “Girls in Strips” as he calls them, possibly influenced from paper strips, and then vectorizes and perfects each image on the computer. It is interesting how he is able to create 3-D form and a sense of movement with simple colored stripes.
Images © Tomasz Zawistowski Via Behance
LGBT artists have historically existed outside the mainstream art world. This position has given them a unique perspective to comment on a range of themes and issues, pertaining to gender, identity and society in their art.
In spite of this historical bias there are many names who have broken through and enjoyed A-List status in contemporary art circles. But it has not been easy. I have selected a small number of influential and inspiring LGBT artists to share with you.
Top: A stylish portrait of Frida Kahlo.
Thought provoking masculine photography by Adi Nes, bottom: “The Last Supper”.
Israeli photographer Adi Nes, currently based in Tel Aviv, is a passionate and sensitive chronicler of his country’s people. In his large-scale photographs, awash with natural lighting and strong compositions, he seeks to explore and subvert themes of masculinity in his work. In his series “The Village,” Nes creates a fictional setting outside of time, where the green pastures and fruit trees possess an underlying sense of fear and unease. A truly unique visual artist.
The iconic and surreal self-portraits of artist Frida Kahlo.
A name synonymous with expressive and gorgeous 20th century painting, the self-portraits of Frida Kahlo in particular are adored the world over for their surreal flourishes honoring Mexican mythology folklore. These works of art deal very personally with Kahlo’s beliefs and sexuality, and they feature many visual manifestations of pain. Famously married to fellow Mexican painter Diego Rivera, she had a number of affairs with both men and women during her lifetime.
Unique performance pieces by transsexual artist Zackary Drucker.
A transsexual artist who works primarily with performance pieces, Drucker is an expert at tearing down our perceptions of gender, sexuality and identity with her controversial staged works. Presenting herself in highly sexual and often nude poses, Drucker engages with ideas of the self through various contrasting themes: inside vs outside, male vs female. Her work is rooted in ideas of transgender history.
Top: “A Bigger Splash,” one of Hockney’s stunning pool paintings. Bottom: A portrait of the artist. Images © David Hockney.
One of the most influential British artists of the last century, David Hockney has been affiliated with a number of art movements in his lifetime and is still most closely associated with the pop art phenomenon of the 1960s. His breathtaking series of paintings of swimming pools in California, where he would later emigrate, are some of his most beautiful work, with strong use of colour and minimalist lines. Even now well into his 70s he is still an innovator, utilizing technology in the very traditional sphere of painting: he recently exhibited a series of paintings done on a iPad.
Gay and Lesbian themes in the self-portraits of Catherine Opie
Catherine Opie burst onto the American art scene in the 1990s with her shocking photographs of gay and lesbian people involved with the sadomasochist leather subculture of LA and San Francisco. While Opie has always been viewed as a portraitist she also works with landscapes, architecture and still lifes. Her self-portraits will be her legacy: honest, frank and eternally nonmainstream. They still have the power to shock to this day.
A strong African-American visual look in Mickalene Thomas’s paintings
New York based artist Mickalene Thomas is admired for putting a female spin on same sex relationships within the African American community. Her large-scale canvases are dominated by black, female subjects coated in wild colours and costumes. She also works with photography, with similar visual results, plenty of 70s styling and African American culture.
All images © respective artists and galleries.