Architect Elisa Valero decided to build herself a home for herself in Granada, Spain, a beautiful space that has “work areas and a living space for a single person without renouncing quality and spatial wealth.” The building is filled with an unbelievable number of windows that allows for a vast amount of light to spill into the space. The mixture of natural materials with clean white walls is a nice touch, though my favorite part has to be the large office with it’s huge window. It’s also really great how integrated the building is in the neighborhood, even though it’s such an old neighborhood. Because of it’s white exterior it seems to blend in perfectly. I’m quite jealous of this space.
I was doing a random crawl through Tumblr the other day when I came across the top image of a baby Magneto which looked like something Pixar would make. Of course, as is the constant problem with Tumblr, there was no attribution to the image. So I did a little digging and found out it was by a talented CG artist named Victor Hugo, and he is currently on quite a roll.
Before I speak about these pieces I think it’s really important to note that top two images were inspired by comic book artist Skottie Young. You can see the original Baby Magneto image here and the Captain America image here. Victor has been very clear that he used these images as inspiration, but as you can see they were simply a starting point for him.
What he ended up creating is nothing short of beautiful. If Pixar hasn’t hired this guy already someone else is going to do it. The idea of seeing a Marvel story done in a Pixar style would be thrilling, and Since Disney owns both, not out of the realm of possibility. I love the details in the Marvel pieces as well. You can see a Spider-man drawing hanging on Magneto’s wall, there’s a plastic rattle on the ground, which he couldn’t pick up, and you can see he’s spelled his name ‘Erik’ in the background. In the Captain America piece, the nerdy kid looks a lot like Peter Parker, you can see a comic book in his backpack which shows Cap fighting someone, the milk carton on the ground is the carton from Blur’s video for Coffee & TV, and the bullies jacket reads Dark Avengers, a group of bad guys from the Marvel Universe.
The Street Fighter image is pretty incredible as well, I especially like how he rendered Dhalsim and the environment around them looks exactly like his game level. I really hope to see more work from Victor, his images are so exciting to me, we need more of this happening.
First and foremost, all of the images this week are from the same big, huge, excellent flickr photo set Man in Space. The set is a trove, with so many images that I had to get really specific when trying to decide what images to post, eventually pulling only images that diagram how astronauts fit inside various spacecraft. Above are excellent cutaway examples of these diagrams and bellow is a gallery that includes others. The scale of some of the vehicles that launched us into orbit, like the Saturn V rocket, is hard to comprehend, but maybe it makes it a little easier to see scale figures in these drawings. Lucky for us, most of the scale figures are wearing space suits.
This set of drawings entitled Boolean Values are by the Australian artist Jonathan Zawada. They’re taken from an exhibition that was held back in 2008 at the Monster Children Gallery in Sydney. Zawada really has a great sense of tone and his abstract composition are just amazing. The exhibition also featured a collection of his sculptural work, which is just as surreal as these drawings would lead you to believe.
Zawada doesn’t just draw the line at drawing and sculpture – in fact a quick scroll through the exhibitions and commercial sections of his site shows a man of multiple talents who just never seems to stop working. His combination of work in the fields of both design and art lead to a portfolio that is really unique and well worth your time. Currently he’s moving/moved to LA where he is working on a new exhibition. To find out more about his practice I’d highly recommend catching the interview he did with the always wonderful It’s Nice That a few months ago here, then check out more of his work online here.
I was looking through Creative Review’s overview of the grad shows happening and I came across a wonderful illustrator named Charlotte Trounce. Charlotte just got her degree in illustration from the University College Falmouth, and I think she’s going to be a big success. I really enjoyed these covers she created for Penguin Modern Classics, which I’m 99% sure aren’t real, or so said my Googling. I love how expressive her brush strokes are, and the color palette she used is perfect. They kind of remind me of the work of Jordan Crane, which in my opinion is a really good thing to look like.
My good friend and desktop wallpaper contributor Kim Høltermand has started a new project along with Scenic Studio, photographer Tim Navis, and composer Deru to create a visual and aural journey through beautiful Iceland. The idea is simple and sounds amazing, they’ll be creating “a series of short films at various locations throughout the island, inspired by moments of discovery and chance occurrence.” The amount of talent on this project is phenomenal. Not only are Kim and Tim amazing photographers, but the musical talent they have lined up is great as well. Scoring the film will be acts like Shigeto, Loscil, Goldmund, Asura, Tycho, Joby Talbot, Ryuichi Sakamoto and more.
Definitely watch the video above and you’ll see what I mean. It’s such a great mix of beautiful photos and music, you should really think about helping out their Kickstarter campaign and get some more beautiful, inspiring work out into the world.
Humans and animals and nature have a lot in common, which is a fact that constantly fascinates and infuriates many. On one hand, you have people fighting day after day for animal rights and for the protection and conservation of nature. On the other, you have people who blatantly disapprove of global warming and deny the scientific ties between what humans are doing and its affect on nature.
The World Wildlife Fund has been crusading for decades for the conservation of nature. They’ve made it their mission to keep the world safe for all wildlife. For their fiftieth anniversary, WWF has launched a new campaign entitled My World, which is intended to heighten global awareness of issues and hopes to solve them.
To promote the project they created a wonderful video entitled The World Is Where We Live, which compares everyday, human occurrences to that of their natural and animal counterparts. From architecture to locomotion, it’s very clever how they’ve drawn lines between man made happenings and natural, animal made occurrences. The video is really, really great and makes you want to help out and save the planet as much as you can.
Take a look at the video and, if you feel so inspired, please help WWF celebrate it’s 50th anniversary by getting involved in the cause by click here.
The guys over at Shwood,makers of fine wooden sunglasses, seem to be having a lot of fun these days. Recently they teamed up with Keith Hufnagel of HUF to ride around the streets of Los Angeles and to create a pair of Skatebaord Shades, which are made from the plywood of skateboards. It’s a pretty cool process how he makes the glasses and prepares the wood, such as gluing the pieces together (duh) but then he vacuum seals them I guess instead of using clamps? Technology these days! The finished products look pretty slick, though sadly I’m told they’re not for sale, they’re just for fun.
To check out more of what Shwood is up to, click here.
If you’ve not heard of Tinker Hatfield, you’re sorely missing out. Tinker Hatfield was originally hired by Nike as their corporate architect in 1981, designing showrooms and stores. But then in 1985 he was asked to start designing shoes, realizing that designing shoes was going to be a big deal in the near future. He was responsible for designing the Air Max 1, probably one of the most well known shoes with it’s clear window, back in 1987. To me, the guy is a visionary, he’s helped shape the way we look at athletic shoes. He also seems like the nicest guy on earth, someone I’d want to grab a beer with and pick his brain about design. Here’s my favorite quote from the video, which I think is nice:
“When you sit down to design something, it can be anything, a car, a toaster, a house, a tall building or a shoe, what you draw or what you design is really a culmination of everything that you’ve seen and done in your life previous to that point.”
Sometimes, my favorite part of a movie is the title sequence. In this instance we have a very clever title sequence for a movie that doesn’t really exist: a documentary about the history of the title sequence. Directed and edited by Jurjen Versteeg, A History of the Title Sequence pays homage to the influential designers that have changed how important the titles are, and how they can contribute to developing a story. From an interview with Versteeg:
“It seems like the film industry needed fifty years to realise the importance and effect of a good title sequence. The fact that the curtains in most cinemas were closed during the title sequence, signifies how much of an underestimated medium it was. Then you start to realize the impact that designers such as Saul Bass have had. Seeing his work in this context made me appreciate his titles even more.”
It seems bizarre to me that titles used to play behind closed curtains, because it snubs more than just the early illustrators who lettered the titles, it ignores everyone in those titles that actually made the movie possible. Ok, a lot of those folks are in the closing credits nowadays, but the title sequence has really become integral in some instances; setting the scene, the mood or the tone for what we’re about to see. I don’t always remember bad ones, but the good ones certainly stand out.