Tag Archives: art

YouTube speed painter

Artistic talents are something I’ve always envied, and this guy is no exception to that. His name is Nico Di Mattia from Cordoba, Argentina and his channel, “NEXX”:http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=macpulenta, is the 78th most subscribed-to channel on YouTube. I can see why. The videos produced by this Argentinian are gorgeous, sped-up renditions of his own art being created with Photoshop. It really is cool to see every stage of the work, from experimenting with textures to simply re-drawing individual lines. Check out this video of his portrait of Scarlet Johannson being drawn:

The practical wisdom of children

http://www.bigfatwhale.com/ is a weekly comic strip by Brain McFadden. The subject matter of the comic ranges, but his sometimes dry, sometimes sledge hammer wit pairs well with the Tin Tin-like drawing style. I'd like to specifically draw your attention to his series entitled "Kids say the Most Pragmatic Things" where such nuggets of wisdom can be found as _'Fingerpainting is fun, but I wish the curriculum would better prepare me for a world that stifles creativity'_ or _'Cooties are just a manifestation of boys' sexual insecurities.'_ See the strips "here":http://www.bigfatwhale.com/archives/bfw_251.html and "here":http://www.bigfatwhale.com/archives/bfw_294.html/. Thanks for the link Tommy.

Homemade Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

42 year-old Constable Nick Pointing might just be the perfect husband. His wife Carolyn has absolutely loved the story of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for years and now thanks to four years of hard work and a lot of skill, she has one of her own. Nick and Carolyn built this road-legal (although not flight-worthy) replica of the famous flying car out of an old Land Rover.

Photo credit and original story at the “Daily Mail”:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=446637&in_page_id=1766&ito=1490

The Art of Wii – Creativity Meets Technology

Nintendo of Canada is hosting a “unique sweepstakes”:http://theartofwii.nintendo.com/ in which contestants can win one of six beautifully crafted, artistically brilliant, hand-painted Wiis. These systems are gorgeous.

http://theartofwii.nintendo.com/ Each was crafted by a renowned Canadian artist, and each provides a unique interpretation of Nintendo's vision for the Wii: one features a friendly bunny waving hello to a friend, while another (pictured below) features a slick character exploding out of the Wii canvas in a fury of 1-Ups and treasure chests (brandishing a Wiimote and Nunchuk, no less). This entry was posted in Original Duenos and tagged , on by .

Armed in America

I try very hard to avoid just repeating what you can and may read elsewhere but this is something I had to highlight. Photographer Kyle Cassidy has released “preview photos”:http://www.armedamerica.org/index.html from an upcoming book entitled “Armed in America: Portraits of gun owners in their homes.” They are, in a word, stunning. The American fetish for firearms is something I never understood and though I’m probably no closer now than before, these pictures moved me to place myself a little closer to those I’d always feared.

The thing that really surprised me is how very normally-American all these people look. Often pictured with their little children or pets in suburban living rooms, these are no gun nuts. And yet, for a lot of the subjects, toting an assault rifle looks just as natural as a TV remote.

This online exhibition has acted to further solidify my love for portraiture. There’s something so intrinsically human about looking at another person without pretension and in their own milieu. A few weeks ago I blogged about another portrait series that’s also an internet-photography must-see featuring gangsters in New Guinea and militant Palestinians. Check that out “here”:http://duenos.net/article/23/the-human-face-of-violence

Chalk art by Julian Beever

I’m sure you’ve seen at least some of his art in your life but Julian Beever is worth another look. Using just chalk and the pavement beneath his feet, this artist makes things come to life in three dimensions by manipulating our perspective. The French have long had a term for it, ‘trompe l’oeil’ but it seems the current master of the technique is an Englishman named Julian.

This picture of Julian jumping off a wooden diving board into a pool at the base of a staircase-waterfall is my favorite.

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For more of his art, check out his “website”:http://users.skynet.be/J.Beever/pave.htm

This week in photography

Below are links to some of the coolest photography sites I found this week. The first two are along the same vein with the artists (Li Wei and Denis Darzacq) placing people in improbable or impossible positions within the urban landscape:


“Li Wei”:http://www.liweiart.com/ ??Li Wei Falls to the Hong Kong??


“Denis Darzacq”:http://denis.darzacq.revue.com/la_chute/

The next photo set is truly world class. They are the winners of the annual World Press Photo competition and though they were released last week, I thought there could be some people out there who hadn’t seen them. This photo is of a man in Nigeria rinsing his face just after an oil pipeline explosiong. Brilliant work.

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“World Press Photo competition winners”:http://www.worldpressphoto.com/index.php?option=com_photogallery&task=blogsection&id=17&Itemid=146&bandwidth=high

Robert Doisneau

Robert Doisneau has to have been the most famous and accomplished photographer of the 20th century. For 60 years, the artist brought Paris to the world with such pictures as ‘Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville’ (the Kiss by the Hotel de Ville) and “the musician in the rain.’ Pictured below.

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For anyone lucky enough to have seen it, a comprehensive Doisneau exhibit just closed this past Saturday at the Hotel de Ville in Paris. In addition to the more famous photographs (like the ones above), it was wonderful to see the more humorous pictures that seemed to really show the man behind the camera. My personal favorites of the exhibit were a series he took of pedestrians walking by a small gallery and looking in at a female nude. The facial reactions to the painting are priceless and I’ve posted my favorite below.
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For more Doisneau photographs you can feel free to use Google Image Search but you’ll get far too many copies of Kiss at the Hotel de Ville than would be good for you. Instead try this “website”:http://www.robertdoisneau.com/ sponsored by Ace murder mystery games.

Interview with Takashi Matsumoto

Check out this awesome interview with Takashi Matsumoto from We Make Money Not Art (WMMNA). Takashi is one of those incredible people who see all the wonderful application of technology in society and actually has the knowledge and skills to make it real. WMMNA is one of the better blogs I read on a daily basis and I highly recommend adding it to your daily digest. ‘, ‘

Check out this awesome interview with Takashi Matsumoto from We Make Money Not Art (WMMNA). Takashi is one of those incredible people who see all the wonderful application of technology in society and actually has the knowledge and skills to make it real. WMMNA is one of the better blogs I read on a daily basis and I highly recommend adding it to your daily digest.