Open for Business

Hey everyone, I found these examples of business cards and wanted to share them with you guys. While I really liked the design of some others were just a bit too much to say the least. As I move forward on to next semester I’m going to probably making some business cards of my own so for now I’ve just been looking at examples. I think my favorite ones in this collection were the ones that were functional or would be something you could look at often. I remember when I was little this floral store would give out little coin purses with their information on the front.

It was a good way to have people aware of the business because it was usable. People could keep them in their purse or bag and had access to that information immediately. Note that this was before Smartphones were everywhere, so it really was a great way to get the word around. That being said the ones that really stood out to me where the cheese grater card, bike repair card and the photography card. You’ll notice I’ll have more examples down below that I liked but the ones I just mentioned stood out the most. They’re unique, clever, and most importantly, memorable. I think they’re pretty self-explanatory so I won’t go into much detail about them but if you want to see some really interesting ones check the link below. Also, I just had to add the divorce lawyer one, it was just too good to pass up. It gave me a good laugh but I’m not sure how his clients would feel about it. Anyway, until next time guys!

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Link to others: http://www.answers.com/article/1177876/12-brilliant-business-cards-that-make-yours-seem-obsolete?param4=fb-us-de-money&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=ssde-all#slide=1

Getting Drawn In

Hey everyone!  I found this really cool artist a little while back and I wanted to include him in one of my posts. His name is Ben Heine and he’s a photographer and illustrator.  I thought it was really interesting how he was able to combine the photography and his drawing skills. I really like this approach and since I like both photography and drawing this interested me. It was a nice way to incorporate both of his talents into one piece of work.

These drawings also add a nice effect to the photographs and add another level of interest. He does some in color but most of them are black and white which is what I actually prefer. I think having the drawing in black and white makes me feel like I’m seeing what’s beneath the surface in these photos. It’s almost as if the colored portion of the photo is the surface and we’re peaking underneath. I thought these were really well done and I wanted to share them with you guys. Below are my favorites but I’ll also include a link below to the article I found on him. Until next time!

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Link to article: http://blog.flickr.net/2013/09/27/photographer-literally-draws-life-into-his-photos/

Oh my Oil…part 2!

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Hey everyone, I know its been awhile but I’m back! I have definitely been taking advantage of summer break and working on some stuff for this blog. However now that its been really hot and the air conditioner is dead I thought it was a perfect time to start blogging again! I also came across some really cool paintings so I really had no excuse. I find that lately I’ve really been drawn to realism and I’ve probably mentioned that before but its something that I’m drawn to.

I feel like I’m still finding out my own style as an artist and I love the look of a realistic painting or drawing. In fact I kind of freaked out recently because after what seems like years I finally feel I perfected the eye. Yes I am that obsessed. I won’t talk too much about that though since that is for a later post! Anyway I thought that these paintings had a really nice look to them and they captured that reality along with something else I can’t really put my finger on. I also appreciate how these still have a painting aspect to them, they don’t look like a photograph which is okay but I find this work stands out a bit more because it doesn’t try to be something else.These paintings were created by Claire Duguid and I think they are really nicely done. It always amazes me how you can’t see the paintbrush strokes but I guess practice makes perfect! Including on here are my favorites but I put a link to the others as well. I hope you guys enjoyed this; until next time!

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Claire Duguid with one of her paintings

From Photo to Phenomenal

Hello everyone! I found these really cool images that I found and I wanted to share them with you because I like the concept and art. Unfortunately I cannot find the artist, believe me I’ve tried. If anyone knows who the artist is please leave me comment because I really like to know who created these. I really love how they were created from pretty simple photos and then transformed into something completely amazing! Recently I’ve been looking through my own photos and sorting through them, deleting the ones I don’t want or need. However I’ve been finding myself stopping before I hit that delete button and really considering if I want to get rid of the image or keep it use for something else.

Some will say I’m a virtual pack-rat but this artwork makes me feel a little bit better about keeping more photos than I should. I save the photos that I probably won’t use as a source of inspiration for other things like drawings or paintings. When I found these images it gave me a whole other idea on how to recycle my images and turn them into something else! So I wanted to share that idea with you guys and also the lovely artwork too! I hope this inspires you guys and gives you some new ideas! Also note that I won’t be putting any of the images here, I’ll have a link instead since they are all one image and I don’t have time to chop them up for you but nevertheless enjoy!

http://themetapicture.com/highly-edited-images-and-their-origins/

Maya Hayuk

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Another aspect of her art that I appreciate is that the geometric shapes she uses aren’t perfect, they’re perfectly imperfect. The paintings shown clearly display the tracks left by drops of paint that traveled downwards along the surface and I really like that aspect. Sometimes I like I try to make my work completely flawless and look perfect even though that’s impossible. I think that the streaks from the wet paint that dripped down really add a great aspect to these pieces. It almost gives you the sense that these paintings are continuous or have some sort of motion to them.

I really love the combinations of all of these colors and how they integrate and overlap with each other. I also think that I like the pieces against a black background rather than a white or colored one. The colors used are so bright and I think they really pop against a black background. As always I’ll post a link to article and post images of my favorites on here. I hope you guys enjoyed this and I’ll try to keep the posts coming!

Read the article here: http://patternbank.com/maya-hayuk-kaleidoscopic-artistry/

Art Journals!!!

Hey Everyone! It feels like it’s been forever since I last made a post but things have been pretty hectic and when you throughartjournalthekathrynwheel inart-journaling-january-art-journal-prompts-by-milliande-day-21-mixed-media-mandala-2-X3  mendocino the holidays, well, you can imagine! Anyway I’ve been wanting to make a post about this topic for a while now and now that I’m back I thought this would be a great post to do since we’ll be starting a new year soon. I’ll explain a little bit more about that later but for now let’s talk about art journals! I first kind of discovered these through a YouTube video I saw and I thought it was such a great concept.

Many of you artsy folk may already know what these are and not see my discovery as a big deal but keep in mind that I’m pretty new to art, in a way. I didn’t really even think of pursuing an art degree until around my junior year in high school so that being said art kind of went on the back burner for me at that time in my life. I didn’t take many art classes or get more involved with my art because at the time I had other things in mind. So basically what I’m saying is, that in some ways, I’m just beginning to explore the world of art and I certainly don’t know everything that’s out there. So when I see something that inspires me I get really excited, even if it’s not a big deal to other people, and they think I’m a little nuts.

For those of you who don’t know, an art journal is kind of like a sketchbook however the work is much more involved than just sketches. I’ve been looking at a lot of pictures online, I’ll put some here as examples, and it seems like these journals are either a compilation of pieces or a journey through the artist’s work, or both. In a way it’s like a scrapbook for art, it’s not a book full of unfinished or rough sketches, it mostly contains finished pieces. I’ve been completely inspired by this and I’m really going to try to make my own. I think not only is this a fun project but it’s a great way to kind of show your style as an artist. I think that you can really learn a lot about someone by looking at one of these.

This is where my New Year’s resolutions come in! Now to be honest I don’t really do resolutions because I usually don’t stick to them but this year I want to start of the New Year with some goals. One of them will be to make one of these! I really love the idea and I think it could be really fun and not to mention interesting. Whew! This was a long post but I hoped you enjoyed it none the less and you guys are enjoying the holidays! See you guys soon!

More Paper Art?!

Hey Everyone! Usually I like to keep things different on this blog and try to avoid repeats or staying on one subject too long but I had to revisit paper art again. It more or less found me, in a way, and I once again I was drawn into the world of paper art. Seriously, I truly love all the designs you can come up with and with something as simple as paper. The work I’m going to be looking at today is by paper illustrator Yulia Brodskaya. I found the work that I’m going to be talking on theinspirationgrid.com, which I wrote an entire post about earlier this month.

To me her work brings paper quilling to a whole other level. She goes beyond design numbers and words and uses her craft to create actual scenes such as the surfer scene shown on this blog. I really enjoy the piece because it’s so fun to look at and you can’t help but admire the artist’s craftmanship. Another one of my favorites is the design for Cafe Rouge with the can-can dancer. I love the use of bright colors throughout her pieces but they especially catch my eye here.

I think that the design is very eye-catching and really draws the viewer in. The money piece also really grabbed my attention and I love the diversity of colors within all of these pieces. By the way I totally just noticed the head. Did you guys catch that right away? These are my favorites pieces out of the ones shown here: http://theinspirationgrid.com/?cat=3#paper-art-by-yulia-brodskaya but I do love them all.

This, once again, really inspires me to try this out. I think I know what I want for Christmas *hint, hint* ;). I thought these were really amazing and I wanted to share them with you guys incase you’ve fallen in love with this art form like I have. Yulia does a lot of other cool stuff besides this so if you want to see more you can visit her website at: http://www.artyulia.com/

I Can’t Put My Finger On it…

I recently saw something very interesting photographs on Yahoo and I have to say they’re really

creative. The artist, Dito Von Tease, uses his fingers as inspiration for portraits. From Ronald McDonald to Frida Kahlo he’s done it all and has really succeeded in capturing the likeness of his subjects. As I young kid I remember doing the little fingerprint doodles in art class so when I saw this it really blew me away. I found these really fun to look at and figure out who these people were, even though he does a such a great job there isn’t much need for guessing. I don’t know about you guys but I don’t really look for ways to involve my body within my art. I feel like this is a really unique idea and I haven’t seen anything quite like this before.

Anyways I thought these were really cute and creative so I wanted to share them with you. Some of my favorites are Steve Jobs, Frida Kahlo, and Self Portrait 010(the Sherlock Holmes looking one). I know this post was kind of short but take it as a break from my longer posts! If you want to see the rest of the pictures you can check out the Yahoo slideshow here: http://shine.yahoo.com/photos/dito-von-tease-artist-makes-slideshow/-photo-2520155-170800294.html