I remember my twenties as a very exciting but often frustrating time. I began to feel like the real me, the person I always wanted to be, but it was oftentimes fraught with frustration, self-doubt, and a steady stream of relationships that didn’t seem to go anywhere. So a game like Florence, if a game is really even the right word for it, strikes a chord with me, and I’m sure many others.
You experience the world of Florence Yeoh, a women in her twenties who feels a bit stuck in her daily routine. That is until she hears encounters Krish, a cello player performing in the park, and their relationship begins to unfold. The story is straightforward, but the experience that the team at Mountains has created truly makes you feel involved in Florence and Krish’s time together. From the App Store review:
There is a subtle beauty to Florence. This poignant love story intertwines a succinct narrative with smart interaction design to create moments of surprising emotional weight. Conversations are turned into puzzles that evolve as the characters’ moods shift. Memories fade into focus like old Polaroid photos. The way you touch the screen becomes just as important as the plot, which makes for a story you want to steer as well as follow.
What should also be mentioned is the brilliant art style of the game, which was led by Ken Wong. It gives the experience such a warm and inviting feeling, one that you might experience in a graphic novel or a web comic. The simplified color palette is also a really nice touch.
You can download Florence for iPhone and iPad (coming to Android soon) by clicking here.
American illustrator Eleanor Davis is giving me all the feelings this morning with her expressive and playful art style. I love that her work is expressed in different styles, sort of a hybrid of colored pencil and watercolor which gives everything this dreamy feeling. Beyond that I feel like she does a great job of illustrating subjects that are hard to define, like the second image below, which beautifully captures the idea of understanding Alzheimer’s.
Combine one of my favorite publishers, Nieves, with one of my favorite illustrators, Tim Lahan, and you get one sweet new book called The Hot Seat. Lahan employs his signature art style (simplifying, objectifying, beautifying the mundane) but this time he’s melted everything.
The Hot Seat is made from a series of drawings that focus on the impermanence of the physical things we perceive in our reality. The destruction of these objects is motivated simultaneously by the primitive desire to see things destroyed, the resentment of existence and our inability to control the effects of nature.
Yesterday, Artsy posted this great piece on Emma Allen, the semi-recently appointed humor and cartoon editor at The New Yorker. Previously the position was held by Bob Mankoff, who held the position for 20 years, and was the subject of the documentary Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists. The documentary was interesting to me because it highlighted that the world of New Yorker cartoons were primarily driven by mostly older, white men. Diverse voices didn’t seem to be a priority.
Cut to Emma Allen, a 29-year-old New York native who was a double major at Yale in English and Studio Art who ended up at The New Yorker in 2012. She took on a multitude of responsibilities, including “Cartoons, Daily Cartoons online, Shouts & Murmurs, Daily Shouts online, and humor videos and podcasts.” Such a huge feat. And now it’s clear that her goal is to bring new ideas to an older medium that stays true to it’s identity while bringing in a diverse range of voices.
The website has become a fruitful place for Allen to experiment with strategies that she hopes will keep the magazine’s humor content fresh, funny, and relevant. She sees the Daily Cartoon and forthcoming Daily Comic sections, for instance, “as a nice way to get in new voices that aren’t necessarily selling to the magazine every week and have different takes on current events.”
Picnic at Hanging Rock is a mysterious and ambiguous film that’s truly a bizarre masterpiece. The 1975 film was directed by Peter Weir, who you know from Dead Poet’s Society and The Truman Show, about a group of schoolgirls that disappear on Valentine’s Day of 1900. I mean, that set up alone should have you intrigued.
Last week saw the release of a tribute poster by the talented Kilian Eng, absolutely one of my favorite illustrators. He’s done an impressive job of capturing the intrigue of Hanging Rock, the purity and innocence of the girls, and the juxtaposition between the two. The piece is so stunning, and technically it’s a brilliant, being made from an 11 color screen print. I can’t even impinge what a pain in the ass those separations were!
You can snag a poster for yourself by clicking here.
Below is the trailer, just in case you haven’t seen the film.
The world needs nice things these days, small gestures to brighten one’s day, and I believe Christopher David Ryan agrees. That’s why he’s currently offering one-of-a-kind rainbow drawings for only $20. Perfect for a pop of color on your desk or for that down in the dumps relative who needs something to smile about. Plus it’s great to support indie artists!
Really feeling these pieces by Sara Andreasson, an illustrator and designer who’s based in Gothenburg, Sweden. There’s such a playful and graphic element to her work that’s so appealing, but what really sets it off is her color palette. There’s a slight Parma vibe to it all but her combos of dusty pinks and drab olives is truly stunning.
These days I find so many new artists and creatives via Instagram. For example, I came across the work of Karolis Strautniekas, a Lithuanian based illustrator via a comment on a recent photo I took. Diving down the rabbit hole I discovered his beautifully moody work. i love his use of color, particularly the rich blue tones he uses, as well as the texture that’s ever present, giving his work a tactility and grit. He’s also quite adept at light and shadow which gives each piece a unique depth. Also be sure to check out the video at the end of the post which brings his work to life.