Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tout Ce Qui Bouge

Laurent Nivalle is an Art Director, working with CGI, designing trims and forecasting color trends for Citroën Design Center. He started photography at Citroën by documenting the people and the process of a concept car. Laurent sometimes mixes photography in his career, but it is merely a hobby and a personal self expression. Laurent is inspired by current trends of fashion, advertising, and movies. Some of his favorite fashion photographers are Peter Lindbergh, Ellen Von Unwerth, Floria Sigismondi and Hedi Slimane. Laurent is located in Paris, France.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Earth To Mars-1

Graffiti artists are very talented, and they have the skills to create beautiful art. What they choose to do with their skills are entirely up to them. Mars-1, aka Mario Martinez began as a graffiti artist at age 13. He graduated from Academy of Art in San Francisco where he currently resides. His work consist of surreal landscapes, geometric shames, swirls of forms, and however you interpret his paintings. He quoted, "My style stems from a living dream. My imagination conjures an alien landscape that exist somewhere in the space of my mind."

I am a proud owner of Mars-1 illustration. The level of detail and the amount of content amazes me. Observe from afar or up close, and lets your eyes wander as it changes perspective. The time invested in each piece is astonishing. The experience is transcendent. My conclusion...I want another.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Royal Seduction

© Alexia Sinclair Elizabeth I (The Virgin Queen) 2009

© Alexia Sinclair Marie Antoinette 2009

From a strong educational background and heavily influenced by her childhood passion in ballerina, Alexia Sinclair produces these outstanding photography combined with digital art. Her talent is recognized by numerous awards, frequent exhibitions, and commissioned work. These rich, colorful, multi-layered art display a collective mixture of neoclassical, baroque, and renaissance art to name a few.

Alexia is currently producing a new series "The Royal Dozen" of twelve male monarch. She continues to work full time as an artist, managed by 2c management in Australia to promote her art with exhibitions and commission work.

© Alexia Sinclair The Catholic Isabel 2009

© Alexia Sinclair Alexandra Romanov (The Last Czarina) 2009

© Alexia Sinclair Elizabeth I (The Virgin Queen) 2009

© Alexia Sinclair 2009

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sweet Sensation

Candy colors splashed over canvas, this is Tiffany Liu's playground where she records her visions of a whimsical fantasyland. She is known for her candy color paintings, reminiscent of children illustration books and stickers, vintage game boards, and sweet motifs. Inspired by her students, Tiffany has been teaching art to children over 7 years.

Her paintings may convey a cheerful, lively, and sweet connotation, but if you look closely, you will notice hints of macabre of decapitated birds, axe on the ground, and blood. Tiffany is from Taiwan and a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She claims her life is "one big daydream."

London Miles (Group Show)
Notting Hill Gate, London
July 24 - August 24, 2009

San Diego, California USA
Hall Of Justice
July 24 - 26, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

Dramaturgic Formation

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Michael Fragstein studied Architecture and Design at Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design and at Universidade Lusiada in Lisbon. While attending college, he worked as a part-time DJ. Without any experience in cinematic or story telling, he used his personal time with his technical skills and his passion in music to explore animation as a form of personal expression. Today, Michael is the co-founder of Büro Achter April in Stuttgart, Germany, working with international clients for Architectural, Product, and Exhibition design using 3D modeling and animation to pre-visualize the end product. Michael uses Cinema 4D for modeling and animation but finishes in AfterEffects.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Formula For Success

Warm colors and complimentary hues, high contrasting values of light and shadow, depth of perspective, character design. All are elements in the formula for illustration success. Félix Girard's work is vivid and stylistically captivating, but still lets your imagination tell the story. Growing up in a family of artists from Quebec City, Canada, I was surprised to learn that Félix is mostly self-taught, learning basics of drawing and painting from his parents who are also painters. Renaissance painters like Hieronymus Bosch, Albrecht Dürer,
Félix's inspiration.

In May 2007, Félix exhibited his work for the first time, selling most of his painting in matter of hours. At 20 years of age, he is currently spending time in Europe under the financial support of a sponsor. He hopes to gain artistic experience through the study of architecture and people watching, as he continues to work on commission. Félix Girard paints with acrylic on watercolor paper fixed on masonite panel. With his talent, I cannot wait to see the progress of his work. He is definitely an artist to follow.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Pew Pew!

When not working as a product designer, Norio Fujikawa enjoys designing and concepting these jet flying, metal walking, Gundam like robots. Balancing his life between his career and his family, Norio would start with sketches, then translate them into 3D Alias model and rendered with HyperShot. On occasion, he would dust off his brushes and paint with acrylic. His inspiration comes from Japanese anime, comic books, as well as other designers which he admired. Norio is based in San Francisco.