Friday, July 31, 2009

Ciudad De México A Portland

Alberto Cerriteño is an amazing illustrator who loves to draw which gives him an major advantage as a graphic designer, yet both skills complements each other. His style is very distinct and unique using rich colors and textures in his work. He keeps a collection of sketches and textures nearby as he designs and his art supplies when he need to create elements for his projects. I like his work cause it is consistent, creative, and beautiful.

He graduated from Universidad del Valle de Mexico, Campus Lomas Verdes with a degree in graphic design. As a native of Mexico City, he is naturally influenced by the culture. Although his style is not a direct translation, you can see cultural traces by the usage of traditional textures and floral patterns.

In 2005, Alberto decided to move to Portland, Oregon in order to provide a family-friendly environment for his family. For Alberto, family is priority but it is inevitable that work will find him. Besides being a father, he is busy with designing for print, web and animation, as well as developing his character design by drawing. Alberto is currently freelancing as a designer and a director, as well as promoting his beautiful illustration.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Poignant Poetry

I must admit, posting Greg Miller's art does not do much justice. When you view his work in person, it is very impressive and overwhelming as you capture the laborious and glamorous work in detail. His medium is oil paint and collage on large scale canvas, then covered in high gloss for the finishing touch. You get a different perspective when you view his work from afar, or up close. His work typically represents a 60s-70s degraded billboard pop culture. Greg Miller is located in Venice Beach, California. His art is displayed at William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica, California which ends August 15.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Beauty Of Cultural Awareness

I came across Brian Hodges photography from Papua New Guinea during a visit to Frank Pictures Gallery in Santa Monica. These photographs moved me by the vibrant colors of the make-up and creative costume, as they pose with dignity, showing great confident in their posture, wearing their best jewelry. Reading their facial expression, and looking under the make-up and costume, you will notice that we are not that different.

Brian Hodges' statement to Monzuki:
My life as an artist began, paradoxically, while in Engineering school. I remember a certain epiphany I experienced one day while sitting through an arduous calculus class. I discovered that what interested me most was not the math itself, but instead the aesthetic value of the formulae as they were written on the chalk board.

I went on to become a telecommunications engineer, writing software controlling satellite communications. Over the years, I realized how factors like “design” and “technical elegance” were important for my artistic fulfillment. One day it dawned on me that I had a visual message to express, and that ultimately, software was not the best medium for communicating my vision.

I quit my job, picked up a camera, and allowed wanderlust to guide me.

On a personal level, my travels have served to promote cultural awareness, and foster a deep appreciation for indigenous style. My camera is merely a tool allowing me to collaborate with my subjects in ways I would have never imagined possible. This experience has proven immensely enriching.

My photographic work deals with humanity. By visually isolating my subjects from cultural context using a featureless background, I’m hoping to remind the viewer that we are all members of the same extended family - each one of us as full of beauty and dignity as the next. If my work serves to awaken these values in the viewer, then I will consider it a success.

These images were produced digitally using a Canon 1Ds Mark II. Subjects posed in a portable field studio using available light. Final exhibition giclee prints, sized 20” x 30”, are made with archival pigment inks and mounted in a plexiglass laminate. All adhesives and laminates are opti-clear, pH balanced with UV absorbers and stabilizers. Limited edition of 12 with 2 artist proofs.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Visual Audio From Donanubis

The complexity of the design is eye-catching. The mixture of 3D modeling, photography, and digital editing has a chaotic multi-layering effect, yet organized. If you look carefully, you could see the text uses a grid layout in conjunction with the amazing imagery. There is careful structure and planning rather than random placement.

Lemoigne Laurent and his partner started a company in Geneva, Switzerland called, Daeldalus Sarl, designing for print, web, motion graphics, and sound design. He states that music is an important integration to his life. Upon years of traveling to Asia, he developed a passion in the alternative and electronic music which influenced his artwork, producing and designing images for the underground and electronic culture.

He statement to Monzuki, "I'm really into transmitting motions and going forward with intuition into my composition, taking more stock and creating elements on the way. Generally, I know when to stop and validate the final visual, but not knowing how long it will take." Lemoigne keeps himself busy producing graphic design for a luxury hotel in Switzerland, as well as a music label company.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Oyako Day

These photographs are humors and fascinating, viewing similarities and differences between two people. Oyako means parent and child in Japanese, which is the title to Bruce Osborn's photo series. He got the concept back in 1982 during an assignment to photograph musicians for a magazine, who were expecting the birth of their first child. This sparked a thought which Bruce finds amusing to compare the difference in lifestyles and fashion between the two generations, ironically they reveal similarities. Due to an overwhelming response, Bruce and his wife, Yoshiko created Oyako Day (fourth Sunday of July), an annual event inviting 100 families to their studio for an all day photo session. These families are carefully selected when they sent a snapshot of their family, with names and occupations, and a brief essay about why they want to participate.

Bruce graduated from University of Pacific, majoring in fine art, and he continued to study photography at Art Center College of Design. Bruce and Yoshiko now lives in Tokyo, Japan, where Bruce photographs for famous publications and advertisements, as well as TV commercials and music videos.

Bruce has photographed over 1,500 Oyako. The Oyako photos are currently in exhibition at Kawasaki Art Center until August 21, then at Olympus Gallery Tokyo September 3-9, and Olympus Gallery Osaka September 17-30.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


After studying graphic design, Niark1, aka Sebastien Feraut started his career in web design for several web agencies. As he slowly developed his own vector style art, he decided to work independently as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. His work could be seen in the music industry, street wear, print and advertising field. Niark1 located in Paris, France, making customized toys, designing t-shirts, and painting mural and exhibiting his artwork. He is influenced by numerous graffiti artists and contemporary graphic designers.