Star Wars X Drive film poster mashup starring Ryan Gosling as Luke Skywalker by Alex Lodermeier. Available here: star wars X drive poster
These beautiful and colorful umbrellas suspended from the mid air spotted by Flickr photographer Patricia Almeida during her visit to Águeda (a Portuguese town) in the month of July. Patricia says, “Walking under that sky made of umbrellas reminded me of Alice in Wonderland. It is something completely unexpected that made me smile.”
Learning to paint (or draw) well takes years of practice, and on the way it’s not uncommon to get stuck in a rut where you feel like you’re no longer improving, but you still aren’t happy with where you’re at. While some might throw in the towel here and declare that they’re just “not talented enough” there are a few relatively simple steps to break out of your box and figure out a new approach that can further develop your skills.
Before you can really make stylistic choices about your own work, you need to be able to know which assumptions you (and others) are making when you’re painting. Draw a very rough sketch of a person. You’ll probably end up with some kind of oval for a head, and a series of oblong roundish things outlining the rest of the body. Why should a head be an oval? Why not some other shape?
Picasso used square heads; cartoon characters sometimes don’t even have a real head (think Spongebob), but we still think of them as recognizably anthropomorphic. Think about all of the other things that you make unconscious, and really very arbitrary assumptions about. How do you think about trees, clouds, houses, animals, or flowers? What if it were different? What about colors? Is the sun really yellow or the sky actually blue all the time? Does it even matter how it is in real life? What If you decided to change it?
Once you’ve removed some of the constraints you didn’t know you were setting for yourself you can set new ones. One of my favorite examples is South Park. If you were on Myspace or early Facebook in the early to mid 2000s you’ll remember a south park character builder that went around at some point encouraging people to make south park avatars for themselves or their friends. This is a great example of a highly constrained medium. Everything is limited, from the shape of head and bodies, to clothing, to hair, to facial expressions. While it’s not exactly fine art and I wouldn’t necessarily constrain myself to such an extent, it’s very distinctive and recognizable while still remaining functional.
The V&A presents the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie, one of the world’s most influential performers. The exhibition brings together more than 300 objects, including handwritten lyrics, spectacular costumes, photography, music videos and instruments. Until 28 Jul
American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein is famed for his works based on comic strips and advertising imagery shaded with his hallmark Ben-Day dots. Bringing together 125 of the artist’s paintings and sculptures, Tate Modern is staging the first major exhibition devoted to Lichtenstein in more than 20 years. Until 27 May
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The new poster for the most famous film festival in the world was unveiled today, but how does it measure up against past efforts?
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Jamie Salmon specialises in hyper-realist sculpture, both figurative and portrait, utilising such materials as silicone rubber, resin, hair and fabric. He is a British born, self taught contemporary sculptor, living and working in Vancouver, Canada. He started his career working as a commercial artist and sculptor for the movie effects industry. Jamie says of his working process.
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Michelle del Campo was born in Italy in 1976 y. In 2001 year graduated from Jordanstone College of Arts specialty of illustration. In 2002 , he moved to Madrid and started his career of painter . Since 2008 , lives and works in London. His paintings in the genre of realism, where the main characters is urban youth.
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