If you give an artist Legos…

They will probably come up with some pretty cool artwork. At least that’s what artist Nathan Sawaya did when he created pieces of art entirely out of Legos. Not only has he created sculptures but he’s also made “paintings” as well. Although it may not seem like a big deal these pieces are actually pretty complex. Not only does he have to take the time to make sure they come out the right shape but color is another factor in making look as good as they do. Below are some of my favorites but I’ll also have a link to the others below. I know this is a short post but I think these pieces speak for themselves and I don’t see why I should bore you by talking about Legos in two paragraphs :). There is also a time-lapse video at the end of the slide show in the link! I hope you guys find these as cool as I did and I’ll see you guys next time!

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Link:https://games.yahoo.com/photos/the-brick-tastic-work-of-lego-artist-nathan-sawaya-1395950375-slideshow/

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Who’s that girl?

Hey everyone! You finally get a face to this blog! Yes that’s me up there in that little square. I don’t really have a reason for not posting a photo sooner other than pure laziness. I don’t really have a problem sharing my pictures its just that I take time to crop and edit so it doesn’t happen to often but I had a decent picture on my computer so I figured why not post it. Anyway this is just a short post to announce that I added a picture so you don’t come to this blog and say “wait a minute, this isn’t right…”. So I’ll see you guys in another post soon! Until next time!

It’s all in the Fine Print

Hey everyone! This is going to be a quick post but I thought the topic was kind of interesting so I wanted to talk about it. We’ve been talking a lot about the business aspect of being a graphic designer in my Graphic Design 1 class lately and I felt that this kind of touches on that. A student has come up with a way to save money but investigating how font contributes to the cost of print. I know this may be my inner Typography nerd coming out but come on, tell me you don’t find this at least a little interesting.

According to his research he found that using certain fonts affected how much the printing cost would because of how much ink is used for certain letters. Depending on the font that was used by his school they would end up paying double for the same amount of words just because of the typeface they chose. As a graphic design student I’m always looking for ways to save a little money without sacrificing quality so this really interested me. His findings caught the right amount of attention and he not only found a way for his school to save money but also the government! Thank you sir! Anyway, I will link the article below so you guys can learn more about this if you want. Like I said before this was a short post but hopefully an informative one if you even need to keep something in mind about printing costs!

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/your-font-is-showing–student-comes-up-with-plan-to-save-u-s–big-bucks-192231144.html

Naturally Inspired!

Hello everyone! I wanted to do a quick post on some really inspiring photos I found. I’ve taken several photography classes in the past so I have images of various subjects but I’ve always loved photos of nature! I think part of it is the idea that all you really need is a camera since nature is all around us. In other words, it’s the easiest subject to photograph. I mean you don’t really have to go far to find anything natural to photograph. You can open your door and take a picture of your lawn, although it might not be an award winner but hey it’s still nature.

 

These images that I found are basically entries in a contest that was called the 2014 DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition. The winning image is the one on the top with the tadpoles!  I love all of these but I think the winner of the competition just did an amazing job when it came to perspective and subject. It’s a really beautiful image and I can easily see why it won! All of these photos are really well done in my opinion and I have a special appreciation for underwater photography. It’s probably since I don’t know how to swim but that’s besides the point. Below are my favorites and I’ll also include a link to the rest down below! Until next time guys!

 

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Link to article:http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/nature/post/tadpoles-flying-overhead-unlikely-winner-of-underwater-photo-contest/

Trey Ratcliff!

Hey everyone! Its been awhile since I’ve done a post on a specific artist so I figured why not do one now! I recently discovered a photographer named Trey Ratcliff and I really love his photographs. He does something a little bit different when it comes to his photos, he uses HDR photography. So what is HDR photography you ask? Well I’m not going to get into too much detail here since he does a great job of describing it himself but I’ll give you the basics. HDR stands for  High Dynamic Range which means you take several photos of the same subject and combine them to create one beautiful image. Each image is taken with a different shutter speed so you end up with three photos. One bright, one medium and one dark (which means each has a different lighting). I’m going to put a couple of links to all of his info down below because he really does provide a lot of great tips and tutorials!

I came across these and I love the depth to his photos and the mood they give off. I don’t know about you guys but I’m definitely attracted to certain styles of art in different ways. There is art that I really admire and think is beautiful but I just have more of admiration for it and that’s as far as it goes. Then there are other works of art that I want to replicate and stylistically bring into my own artwork. This is one of the later, I’ve always really loved landscapes and enjoy photographing nature over other objects. That being said some of my best photos, in my opinion, are ones that I’ve taken in a studio so you can analyze that since it makes no sense to me. Anyway, below are some of my favorites but I will have many links to find out more about Trey below! Until next time!

Websites: Portfolio site http://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/

Informational site: http://www.StuckInCustoms.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/treyratcliff

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TreyRatcliff

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Mask from the Past

Hey everyone!

I came across some photos that I wanted to share with you guys that were taken at this year’s Carnival of Venice. I don’t know why but ever since I was little I loved these kinds of decorative masks. When I say little I mean like 5 or 6 years old, so yes, I was a strange child but maybe I just appreciated the fine arts at a young age. Anyway I have to do a derivative piece for my ceramics class and I’ve been kind of thinking of creating my own mask for that project, although I’m not completely decided yet. I actually had two or three small masks that I had in my room hanging on the wall in my room when I was little too. I have no idea where they are now, probably somewhere in the basement but that’s an adventure on its own. I thought I’d  share with you some of my favorites and I’ll have the link to all the photos down below! Until next time!

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I was only able to put the two I could find via Google since Flickr doesn’t allow you to copy images 😦

Here’s the link for the rest: https://www.flickr.com/photos/flickr/galleries/72157641328366483#photo_12684530834

Books Bound with Skin?!

Hey everyone! Sorry for my hiatus but life happened and things have finally settled so here I am again! I first saw this story on Facebook that announced that books that were bound with human skin were found in Harvard’s library collection. Some of these were made from the skin of the deceased after autopsies were performed however that was not the case for all of the books. One was made from the skin of a person that was flayed alive…yeah. These books will actually be on display and people can go and see them.p2mfnjwcibugqhkcuzfs

I know that awhile ago I did a post on an artist that uses his own blood to create paintings so I wanted to talk about this for a couple of reasons. My initial reaction to this was that not only was it inhumane and it was also very creepy.  I voiced my opinion about it and one of my friends felt that I was dismissing it because I didn’t fully understand the practice. They also thought it was immature of me to react that way. I think that I’m a pretty laid back and non-judgemental person, or at least I try to be, so I thought about their perspective.

After thinking about it for a while and really trying to look at this differently I found I couldn’t. It still bothered me and I still stand by my action even if being uncomfortable with something like this is immature. At least one person was tortured in order to make this book and that’s not okay. At least the blood paintings are created by the artist willing, I can’t say the same for these books. I thought that this article was interesting and at the same time I was hoping for some feedback on what you guys think. Let me know in the comments! Did I overreact to this?

Link to this article: https://roadtrippers.com/blog/harvard-discovers-three-of-its-library-books-are-bound-in-human-flesh

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s…

Hey everyone! Since my last post was a bit serious I thought I’d do something a little more light-hearted and fun. I’m always amazed at what artists can create out of junk. Maybe I’m over thinking this but I don’t think it’s as simple is gathering up a whole bunch of junk and whipping out a bottle of Elmer’s glue. You have to not only gather more materials than you probably need but you also have to figure out a way to use each item so that it has a purpose other than being a stand-in because nothing else fits or connects. That being said I have a great appreciation for artists who can take a whole bunch of random objects and make them into something meaningful.

These were created by Jane Perkins and you can obviously see the amount of work that would have gone into one of these because the attention to use of different shades in each piece. The skin in these is really amazing and really precise. I also loved how Mona Lisa’s hair was made out of beads, I thought it was a nice touch! I know that I would not have the patience to do this so I can really appreciate this artwork and I wanted to share it with you guys! Below are my favorites but you can check out the link  below for the rest.
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Link: http://news.yahoo.com/lightbox/art-made-from-junk-slideshow/art-made-from-junk-photo-1393273044770.html

The Faces of War

Hey everyone! I found a link to these photos and I thought they were a great representation of war and how it can physically change a person. I think a lot of times we don’t understand how much our soldiers go through even if we have a direct connection to someone who has served in the war. We’ve been talking about storytelling through photos in one of my classes and I thought these photos did a great job of telling a story. The change is really amazing in each person in these photos. Although there are a lot of physical differences the eyes of each person really stood out to me.

I think we’ve been through this before but I have a thing about eyes; I don’t know what it is but they are the first thing I notice about a person and I draw them often. One thing I noticed was that the photos taken during their time of service depict their eyes looking lighter and more alert than the before and after photos. To me this makes sense because you have to always be aware of what is going on you can’t let your guard down because your life, as well as the lives of others, depend on it. I thought these photos were really interesting and allowed a lot of insight into what these soldiers go through. The three photos per person are just so different, it’s as if they are different people all together. I wanted to share these photos because I  thought they were really powerful and were a great example of simple storytelling. A link to all the photos will be down below as always. Until next time guys.
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lalagesnowwearethenotdead7Link: http://www.upworthy.com/mesmerizing-photographs-of-soldiers-faces-before-and-after-a-war