The Traveller: An Interview With Maya Erdelyi
When you think of animation and animators, you don’t think of cut paper and fine artistry. This is probably because you are not familiar with the work of Maya Erdelyi, an animator who uses cut paper to maker her little films. She is super talented and is one of those people who is always on the go. We caught up with her in Winter and, funny enough, she’s already moved on from LA to her next habitat. What a talent!
A Little Help From TYLT
TYLT is a Simi Valley based tech company that makes lots of very useful products to compliment your mobility, i.e. your mobiles when you are mobile. One of their best and most useful products is their PowerPlant, a little on-the-go charger that can resuscitate your device in a pinch. We’ve used it several time and it is so fast and keeps its charge for a long time. This is a great investment for you mobile workers.
An Adventure In Catalina
Do you guys remember seeing some crazy island-ish Instagram photos from Bobby last weekend? Well, we spent the day in Catalina which is this insane, lush, beautiful island not too far off the coast from Los Angeles. The place is commonly believed to be some sort of weird, cheesy island where OC and Long Beach types go to do nothing but it is actually huge and mostly wild area preserved by the Catalina Island Conservancy, a group who focuses on keeping the island as natural as it has always been. The group invited us out and took us on a crazy fun adventure all around the place. We’re dying to go back–and you should definitely check it out, too.
Pixelux Studio, a french motion graphics company, has come up with quite an ambitious but amazing looking project. The Magic Cube is a giant display which is powered by 28 bicycles positioned around the cube. The display changes the more riders you have, eventually hitting a level of pure white if all 28 bikes are rode at their full speed.
TNGHT must be the most important bass and trap outfit out there. One part Glasgow and one part Montreal, the group makes beat making look effortless. Made up of two rising production stars in Hudson Mohawke and Lunice, the group not only is affiliated with the recently-dead-but-now-risen Lil Wayne but also Yeezy and G.O.O.D. Music. With spots in the latest Adidas ad and some Adult Swim drops, these dudes are firmly on the map. Last year’s EP, with all of its weird twists, turns, and absolutely brutal bass lines, sounded like a Southern Crunk Rave.
That’s a good thing.
It’s always exciting when retail stores eschew flashy photography or expensive commercials in favor of something unique and artist generated to showcase their wares. Such is the case with The Chimp Store, a UK-based menswear boutique that enlisted the talents of Josh Parkin to illustrate Nike’s upcoming Spring/Summer shoe collection. By putting each shoe in a fun and/or precarious position—from shark cages and icebergs to a wrecking ball and tow truck scenario—they become characters that tell a story. It’s delightful to see your favorite styles rendered into a puzzle or stained glass window; in a way, it builds the anticipation of seeing an actual photograph even more. Wouldn’t it be great if Nike employed artists in the same way, too?
Illustrator Jay Fleck‘s work is full of childhood ambition: his work illustrates fantasies born while staring at the ceiling on top of bunk bed during summer camp. On a large scale, his work depicts giraffes, whales, rocket ships and other figments of a healthy childhood imagination. The only way I know describe is work is that he pieces are fun–some are clever and others are more cheeky, too. All are full of childish fun pared with aspiration and daydreams.
These are images from Private Moon, an ongoing series created by physician-turned-artist Leonid Tishkov. The series, which has been growing for almost a decade, depicts a glowing crescent moon that wanders the surface of the earth forming relationships with people.
I love coming across new work that puts a unique spin on illustration rooted in abstraction. Brooklyn-based Illustrator Michael Molfetas has a smart and reduced graphic style that has one foot in the Keith Haring school of free-form intuitive linework and the other in character-based idiosyncrasy.
I was walking down a cobblestone street in New York City one night when a strange ghostly sculpture in a shop window caught my eye. I ambled over and stood in front of the glass beholding a giant creature made of cords and a gaping mouth. It was an arresting image, one that humored as much as terrified. Later, I found out it was the work of artist Doug Johnston, and this eerily beautiful sculpture barely scratched his polymathic, multi-hyphenate artistic surface.