Mad God Steadman

I’m a big fan of artist/illustrator Ralph Steadman – he’s crazy and I love the way it shows in his work – I’ve spoken of him before, check it out here.
I discovered that Ralph had collaborated with artist Keith Newstead to create a dynamic sculpture in 1990, the outcome featured in the video below.

It was commissioned for an exhibition called Devious Devices in 1990. It features God rising above storm clouds. Below the earth is supported on 4 elephants which in turn are supported by strange creatures. It was about 10 feet high and I have no idea where it is now.


Insight

We are constantly overwhelmed with images each day, and if you wonder through the design websites that present work for our inspiration you can quickly take the design process for granted and see these works as though they simply exist – somehow appeared from somewhere – we loose touch with the process and think too much on the result. As the saying goes – it’s not the destination, it’s the journey that is important – and for many creatives it’s the journey itself that is the destination – the joy of the craft, the joy of exploring, expressing and experimenting.

So it is always a joy, and a privilege, to be given the opportunity to see what goes on behind the studio doors and to watch this journey of creatives, to see their hands on brushes and fingers in paint. Illustrator Evan Hecox is one such creative who gives us an insight of his process in this inspiring video by Arkitip, Inc.

Evan Hecox from Arkitip, Inc. on Vimeo.


Christoph Niemann

Christoph Niemann’s work has caught my attention for a while now so I was please to see an interview with him by gestalten.tv. His attitude towards his work and his whimsical graphic work is very inspirational. Christoph speaks of his experiences and attitude towards his work.
 



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George Giusti

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Who’s got time to blog these days? The frequency has dropped off I do apologies! I couldn’t resist featuring the work of George Giusti though, I think i have fallen in love with the expressive, hand crafted work of the 50s – it’s so beautiful and hits me int he heart, and if I am going to feature the likes of Paul Rand, Milton Glaser and Fortune Magazine then I have to include George.

Here are just a small set of samples from his very long and prosperous career – since I have little time to write in my own words – here is a morphing of several articles describing his career:

George Giusti (1908-1991) studied at the Brera Academy of Arts in Milan and practised design there until moving to Switzerland in 1928. On a visit to the US in 1938, he was enticed to stay and work with Herbert Matter on the Swiss Pavilion for the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

For more than four decades in America, and before that in Italy and Switzerland, George Giusti’s graphic designs have graced the covers of Time, Fortune, Holiday and other major magazines, as well as most of the publications of the United States Information Agency. He has done advertising and graphic designs, illustrations, trademarks, client and employee publications, and package designs for major corporations. He served for ten years as art consultant to Geigy Pharmaceuticals in the United States and Switzerland.

In all of Giusti’s graphics, he has avoided the classical and sought instead a contemporary, even futuristic effect. He has succeeded to the extent that his designs are consistently ahead of their time.

It is Giusti’s expressed intention to build a bridge between fine art and art for commercial use. He disdains the terms “fine” and “commercial” as defining a distinction which should not exist. Art is art, he believes, whatever its purported use.

 


The Seed

A delightful animation created by Nexus Productions and funded by Adobe, developed to show off the capabilities of Adobe CS4 software. It was created with various methods inlcuding paper, stop-frame animation and 2D drawing


The Seed from Johnny Kelly on Vimeo.


An animated interview

Another lazy post featuring a wonderful illustrative animation/interview:

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon’s every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation. Raskin marries the terrifyingly genius pen work of James Braithwaite with masterful digital illustration by Alex Kurina, resulting in a spell-binding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit, and timeless message – Vimeo


I Met The Walrus John Lennon Interview The Beatles Revolutionary Genius from JQuestionmarkH on Vimeo.


At work 2

This is a lazy post where we can simply sit back and see/listen to artists/illustrators talk of their creative process and how they develop their visual vocabulary.


Brad Holland from Richard Solomon on Vimeo.


Artist Profile: Aaron Noble from By Osmosis TV on Vimeo.


The Dot and the Line

From one of my favorite animators, Chuck Jones, is a fantastic graphic animated story created in 1965, which won him his only Academy Award – where maths teams with graphics and tells us a moral! Who could ask for more.


At work

Seeing designers and creators at work and discussing their process can be immensely inspiring – to see the thinking behind the process behind the end visual that we react and relate to.

Melbourne has a great culture of designers, artists and creators nestled in the back streets of inner Melbourne – they’re there, you’ll pass them and not realise it, and there are several opportunities to see their personal work through local galleries and through organised events such as ‘Saturday in Design’.

At www.inframe.tv we get to experience creators at work with short documentaries, or as they describe them – ‘vodcasts’. Here is an example from artist/illustrator Shaun Tan