That Will Be The Day is a great audio/visual collaboration between composer Aldo Aréchar and the motion graphics artist Matthew DiVito. I’ve been a fan of DiVito’s work for a while (particularly the GIFs he makes under the alias Mr. Div), and was really excited to see that he had collaborated with a composer on this new project.
Aldo Aréchar’s music is beautiful and the perfect compliment to DiVito’s images. Together they create something pretty magical. The music is taken from Aréchar’s new EP I and it’s available as a free download here. Also make sure to give a listen to his album Water, I’ve been working to it all week and it’s fantastic!
I came across the work of the London-based illustrator Emma Lewis the other day and was really taken by it. Influenced by folk art and outsider art, Emma’s illustrations manage to be raw and naive yet always beautiful. Her drawings are simple but they’re also rich in imagination; combining interesting textures with quirky compositions and creating strange and wonderful images. You can see a small selection of her work on her website here. Go check it out!
Imported Landscape is the title of a series of photographs taken by the Icelandic photographer Pétur Thomsen. Started in 2003, the series charts how the landscape of Kárahnjúkar was devastatingly transformed during the building of a large hydroelectric power plant in the east of the country. Built by The National Power Company of Iceland and opened in 2009, the project involved creating three reservoirs and building five dams; one of which is the largest of its type in Europe. The project has been the frequent subject of protests by a number of environmentalists, chiefly because the area was formerly the second largest area of unspoiled wilderness in Europe.
Thomsen’s images play an important role in documenting the transformation of the landscape and also contribute to the debate about whether or not massive projects like these can justify their environmental impact. You can view the complete series of photographs here.
Over the last few days I’ve really been getting into the festive spirit by visiting It’s a Shape Christmas. This special seasonal website is a digital advent calendar that features the work of 25 illustrators from all over the globe. Created by Shape Design Studio, the project is now in its second year and they’ve really brought together a great selection of talent and built a great looking website around their work.
Everyday you can unlock a new illustration from the calender, with illustrators creating Christmas themed pictures based on a number of different shapes. You can take a look below to see some examples of these including Barney Ibbotson’s hexagonal snowflake, Brandon James Scott’s circular present and Dave Raxworthy’s triangular birdhouse. They’re all great pieces!
Best of all, each illustration is also available to download as a wallpaper for either the iPhone or iPad so you can visit the site each day and get a brand new festive wallpaper. What more could you want! Go check it out here!
There seems to be something exciting happening in Spain at the moment. Just last week I wrote about the excellent video and track by Barcelona-based duo PEGASVAS and today I have another excellent video from Barcelona-based group Fur Voice.
What really turned me on to this band was their amazing video. Directed by the Spanish filmmaker and photographer Pablo Maestres, the video is an atmospheric piece filled with beautifully composed shots and a strange, surreal tone which owes a lot to the photographic work of Gregory Crewdson. It’s clear to see that Maestres is definitely a talent to watch, and this video is his first collaboration with the excellent London-based production company A+. Fans of the band can pick up a free copy of the single from the group’s bandcamp page, or check out their album, Onto Endo, here
Nicholas John Frith is an illustrator, designer & printmaker from Dorset in England. While his website is packed full of great work, I think it’s his illustrations of food that I love the most.
Three of the images above come from a quirky but mouth-watering little project he used to run on his blog called Pie-day Friday. The idea was simple, Nicholas would imagine a new pie-filling every Friday and share it on his blog. Each post would be accompanied by one of these great illustration. It’s an odd little idea but I love it and I think his illustrations are great. You should go check out his portfolio while I go see if I have anything in the house to make a pie with tonight!
I spotted this video by the Argentinian animators 2veinte and thought it was a lot of fun. I think the idea behind it is something that a lot of people can relate to, i.e. trying to do something really simple and it ending up becoming really complex in the process. 2veinte reckons that it is just simply in our nature for this to happen and they’re probably right. Fortunately, there’s something awesome in what they make and if a “more is more” philosophy every needed support this would come as a pretty great endorsement. You can check out more gifs and images from the project on their website here.
If your minimalist home needs some minimalist cheer this Festive season then you might want to get your very own minimalist Nativity set. The Colour Nativity is created by the British designer Sebastian Bergne and is made from hand-painted beech wood.
Unpacking the accompanying wooden box / manger you’ll find that each character is represented by a different size and color and Bergne has even included the North Star. It’s a nice set and it really adds a fun and contemporary spin on a Christmas tradition. Limited to 250, you can get one online here.
I discovered the Spanish band PEGASVS during the week and really like their sound. The duo consists of Spaniard Sergio Pérez and Argentinean Luciana Della Villa, and recently they released an eponymous LP through record the Spanish record label CANADA.
Many of you might remember CANADA from some of their amazing music videos. From Ice Cream by Battles to Bombay by El Guincho and on to their recent video for New Lands by Justice; the Barcelona-based collective have put together some of the best music videos of recent memory. Now they seem to also be working as a record label and they’re beginning to release some really great music.
PEGASVS is one such band. Their sound is just the perfect energetic blast of fun. Fusing German krautrock of the ’70s with dreamy pop timbres, their music is bright, fun and poppy in all the best ways. CANADA recently filmed a new video for the band’s track La melodía del afilador which really captures the energy of the duo perfectly. You can get a copy of their album online here.
I didn’t think that I was that excited about the release of The Hobbit, but in the last few days the prospect of its imminent release seems to have gotten to me and I’m now fully caught-up in all the hype that’s surrounding the film. Someone else who is also very excited about its release is illustrator Erik Krenz. Recently he posted a series of sketches based on some of the characters over on his blog and they’re just fantastic.
Above you can see drawings of Bilbo, Gandalf, Smaug and Gollum. They’re excellent illustrations and I think they capture the characters from the book just perfectly. Each one of them, feels to me, to be exactly as I imagined them when I first read Tolkien’s book.
Erik is based in Minneapolis and works as a freelance designer. You can go see more of what he does by checking out his site here.
These illustrations are also a good reminder of the Re-Covered Books competition that we’re currently running on the site. We’re still looking for people to design a cover for The Hobbit so if you’re interested in getting involved you can find out more details here. The competition close of December 15.