Date Archives April 2013

Fantastic Fashion Illustrations by Laura Laine

Laura Laine illustration

It’s been quite a while since we featured the work of Laura Laine on the site, so I thought I’d see what she’s been up to lately. A Helsinki based artist, Laura does lots of editorial and advertising work using her iconic model girls, beautiful exaggerations of the women you see in the pages of fashion magazines. She’s always able to capture these really dynamic body poses with each of her models, and then layer them with all sorts of nuance and detail which just makes them stunning (check out these two pieces).

Laura Laine illustration

The pieces above and below were done for Elle Russia as a part of a piece on Horoscopes. I thought they did a great job of showing off her talent. Just look at all the detail and complexity of the hair of each model, it’s almost like you can see each individual strand. I could stare at her work all day long.

Laura also did a foxy wallpaper for the site back in 2008, which if you enjoy these pieces you’ll love it.

Laura Laine illustration

‘Get Free’ by Major Lazer featuring Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors

major lazer diplo switch

Say what you will about the two, but few have revived interest in Jamaican music as Diplo and Switch’s zombie-killing creation, Major Lazer. Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do was a stunning record, a perfect follow up from the iconic mixtapes Diplo put out in the years prior. To some extent, the hype for their new album Free the Universe is not just necessary, but proper. The record mashes dancehall, dub, trap and thatratchetmusic all at once, perfect for dance floors from Silver Lake to Brooklyn to Kingston.

Yet the song to watch might be this one. “Get Free” displays the beauty of dub reggae so perfectly. Equal parts Augustus Pablo and classic R&B, there’s something beautiful here. Amber Coffman asks “What will I do without my dreams?” as the beat bubbles back and forth like water on a choppy stream. A synthy horn pops in, dancing on the reggae rhythm. The chorus rings out on so many levels: “Look at me, I just can’t believe what they’ve done to me: We could never get free, I just want to be…” Are they talking about the government? The style of music? The oppression in Jamaica? Or just that subconscious desire to live? No matter. We all want to get free, don’t we?

New Work from Illustrator Matt Lyon, aka C86

New Work from Matt Lyon, aka C86

New Work from Matt Lyon, aka C86

Matt Lyon is a London based artist and illustrator who’ve I’ve been writing about for a while now. His signature style is creating fantastically colored shapes and spinning them into brilliant little masterpieces. I love that he embraces the psychedelic in some pieces but can just as easily create a very organized, thoughtful piece that you’d love to have wallpapered around your apartment.

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You Mom Wants Chocolate for Mother’s Day, Not Another Angry Neighbor.

Taza Chocolate

Taza Chocolate

This past weekend I helped put together a trampoline for my nephews. Well technically, I watched my brothers-in-law put together a trampoline for my nephews, but I wasn’t entirely useless: my sisters and I spent the time trying to figure out what to get our mom for Mother’s Day. I also helped by doing a sweet flip once the trampoline was all together, just to test it out. My nephews were astonished, and one remarked “I didn’t know old people could do a flip.”

Children really are precious gems, aren’t they? I’m certain I had worse remarks for my mom growing up, which is part of the reason why my mom will receive a Mother’s Day present from me each year without any bickering. But it wasn’t just my mouth that got me in trouble or caused my mom emotional anguish when I was a kid. One summer, such anguish started on the edge of a trampoline. It was a trampoline down the street, in a backyard overgrown with tall grasses and weeds. My twin sister and I jumped on the trampoline with the kids from next door, a brother and sister about our age. Between games of crack the egg, I decided I would quickly pee off the edge of the trampoline, a task made difficult by my neighbor’s refusal to stop jumping. What made the task even more difficult was his sister’s curiosity about what makes boys, boys. I turned to the side and tried to walk around the circumference of the trampoline away from her, and as a result, a wobbly and wide arc of pee circumscribed the trampoline. As soon as I was finished, the game of crack the egg resumed as if nothing had happened.

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The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Sam Ellis

Sam Ellis Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Sam Ellis

It’s always interesting to see how someone from a particular city, let’s say London, would interpret a city from across the globe, let’s say Los Angeles. What details would they include? Would the person show the city in a positive or negative light? Would they really understand what the city is about? That’s what we have today with this wallpaper by Sam Ellis.

Sam is a London based designer and illustrator who’s taken all that’s awesome about Los Angeles and piled into one epic piece. It’s incredible how many random cultural references he was able to put into one drawing. For example you have Lard Lad Donuts which is a reference to The Simpsons and it’s creator Matt Groening, which references the Bob’s Big Boy character and Randy’s Donuts giant donut, both of which are iconic Los Angeles landmarks.

You’ve also got basketball players, the Hollywood sign, Priui, the car from Grease, Red Hot Chili Pepper symbols, but most importantly, a gigantic In-N-Out sign in the middle. There’s just nothing better in the world than a burger at In-N-Out. A big thanks to Sam for creating such an awesome look at Los Angeles.

Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper!

Laura Redburn’s Colorful Collages

Laura Redburn 'Sent Back to Earth' collage

Laura Redburn bear collages

Collage art typically lends itself to extended perusal and pondering. When opposing images are mixed and juxtaposed together, something dramatic and interesting often happens. Welsh collage artist and illustrator Laura Redburn is a master of the artform. Her Cardboard Cities site showcases a plethora of work devoted to a hodgepodge of figures, animals, science fiction, and patterns to create dream-like imaginative worlds you can’t help smiling and staring at.

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Surreal Beauty in Carsten Güth’s ‘Private Bunker Series’

Carsten Guth's 'Private Bunker Series'

I recently came across these surreal photographs by the German designer Carsten Güth and was totally captivated by them. Entitled Private Bunker Series, the collection of photographs show a variety of residential houses shut-off from the outside world; their windows and doors nowhere to be seen.

There’s a surrealism and a beauty to these images. In many ways they feel claustrophobic – even horrific – but there’s also an elegance to be found in their minimalist forms and their obscure abstractions.

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Tribeca Film Festival Lighting Installation Video by Studio Kenji

 Tribeca Film Festival Lighting Installation

 Tribeca Film Festival Lighting Installation

Creating a spectacle, especially in New York, is always a challenge. With the rush of the city there’s a pervasive air of newness always about. So how does one make a splash in such a climate? With one bold, beautiful statement.

Studio Kenji, a boutique agency based in New York, captured this incredible video of the lighting installation at the Tribeca Film Festival’s opening. The talented crew at BWArchitects designed and fabricated the installation, in collaboration with Vanity Fair’s special event division. 1,600 handmade LED lights wrapped in paper shades swaying back and forth lazily on thin steel rods. The effect is hypnotic and ethereal, like fireflies dancing with thousands of flowers in unison. Check it out in the video below and you’ll see what I mean.

Rezon’s Multi Notebook

Rezon's Multi Notebook

Rezon's Multi Notebook

I’m definitely one of those people who has all sorts of notepads notebooks, sticky notes, etc. lying around, certain ones only being used for certain tasks. Rezon, a Japanese design firm, has taken the idea of merging all your favorite notebooks and notepads to create the Multi Notebook.

Rezon's Multi Notebook

The design of the notebooks is reflected on the outside, but more importantly on the inside, where you’re given a myriad of different ways to express your thoughts. You’ve got a grid at the bottom for laying out logos, a sticky in the top right corner for notes, some yellow legal pad for putting together your grocery list. All together it’s a pretty astounding idea with a flexibility that’s also quite fun.

Rezon's Multi Notebook

Beautiful work and new website by Mike McQuade

Mike McQuade

Mike McQuade

Really amazing new website from Chicago creative Mike McQuade. He designs, he illustrates, he creates fonts… the man is a machine. Above are two pieces he did for Wired Magazine which I liked a lot. He’s got so much work to pour through, be sure to take the time to see it all and get inspired.

Mike McQuade has over eight years of experiences as a multidisciplinary designer & illustrator. He believes that hard work, persistence, and a strong focus on craft leads to better work for his clients and other self-initiated projects. Mike describes his style as raw and always transforming. “I let the ideas lead the executions, I try not to let style come first”.