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This is Real Art Showreel

Nice. So much work going on out there that I’ll never see. Showreels make for a nice nibble.

Via FormFiftyFive

Stop motion mag cover

Explanation from Adam Voorhes

For this project I collaborated with illustrator Will Bryant to create a stop motion animation for Bluetooth’s publication ‘Signature.’ We incorporated the cover copy and the logo into the illustration and filled the cover with Will’s signature style. I love seeing a cover done organically, let alone being able to display it as an animation!

Stoking the Soul Coal

Side project time!

Here’s an official pre-launch unofficial sneak peek at Random Tim Roth. It’s basically going to be a Brain Stretch location for me to experiment with design (and words). The results will be LOL-larious in that they will probably mostly suck. I’m not a designer – I’m a writer by trade – so this is just me making myself uncomfortable and leaving my poor ego open to the crushing anvil of failure.

Why? Because I have declared 2011, Year of the Brain. I want it to operate outside of its comfort zone and go back to a time when art was all I cared about. When I was 16 or 17, I had to make a decision about which direction to go: design or writing (or nursing, but let’s not get into that). I chose writing and I’ve been reasonably successful at that. But why did I feel I had to drop the art/design side of me completely? I use it in my career (design is very much a part of my day-to-day), but I don’t actually MAKE the stuff anymore. I don’t execute it.

This year, it’s about finding ways to get design and art back in my life. Taking my design eye and oiling up my rusty design hands so it can use them. And maybe weave writing into it too in some way? Time to shovel the soul coal.

But to do that, I need a project. Several projects. Weekly projects. Quick and dirty and lesson learning. While I have no doubt I could sit around thinking of weekly design assignments, I know it’s slightly easier to have no choice in the subject. It’s like being handed a brief for adult diapers: if you’re unprepared for it, the direction your mind takes is unexpected.

So that’s what I was looking for. Unexpected briefs. Things that would make my brain stretch. And that’s where Tim Roth came in.

I follow him on Twitter. Yeah, that’s a little ‘fan-girlish’, but I’ve always kinda dug how he just seems to live a little outside the mainstream in his choices. He’s one of the more ‘real live boy’ verified people on Twitter. Anyway, that’s neither here nor there. The point is, he started doing these quick little ‘random’ tweet sessions where he’d throw out a question. Short. Sweet. Gut reaction stuff. Some are funny. Some are serious.

An idea was born.

Each week, I’m taking those Random Tweets and making stuff out of them – not illustrating them, but making stuff inspired by them. There is a time limit, so they’re never fully polished things. You can read more about the project at “Wtf is this shit?” The other thing I want to do with them is show the thought that goes into coming up with the idea in the first place so I can see how my brain wanders about in the landscape of my head.

It’s Year of the Brain people! I should just stop banging on about it and show you.

Here’s the finished piece from the second project (which you can embiggen at the site): “Is coke with your meal really fucking necessary?

New wave. Old school. Miss you George!

Great little musical remix of George’s standup by Steve Porter and Eli Wilkie. You can snag the song…er…bit… here, who have made it available at Porterhouse Media.

Via nerdist

Things you can’t do with a Kindle

Simple. Gorgeous. Rad. The End.

Paintings – Holton Rower
Directing, Cinematography, Editing – Dave Kaufman

It’s put me in a certain mood for the day.

Via dopepedaler


Probably late to this, but lovely.

From the vimeo page:

Star Wars given the Paper Treatment! Watch the Original Trilogy retold via paper animation set to the lovely song ‘Tatooine’ by Jeremy Messersmith
Animated/Directed by Eric Power
Jeremy has a great ‘pay what you choose’ option for getting digital copies of this song plus all three of his fantastic albums. You can find em on his bandcamp page here:

Via someone’s Facebook wall.

LBJ buys Pants

Presidents. They’re just like you and me. Well, like you maybe. I can’t say as I’ve ever used the word ‘bunghole’.

From puthison

In 1964, Lyndon Johnson needed pants, so he called the Haggar clothing company and asked for some. The call was recorded (like all White House calls at the time), and has since become the stuff of legend. Johnson’s anatomically specific directions to Mr. Haggar are some of the most intimate words we’ve ever heard from the mouth of a President.

We at Put This On took the historic original audio and gave it to animator Tawd Dorenfeld, who created this majestic fantasia of bungholiana.

Enjoy this special treat from Put This On: LBJ Orders Pants. Then share it with a friend who loves pants.

Via Austin Kleon’s tumblr

I am a victim of ‘ruin porn’

There’s a phrase used in this: pick-and-choose journalism. I can’t deny that I have fallen for it. Over the last few years, whenever I hear the word ‘Detroit’ I think of moody photo features showing fantastic urban decay. Of ruined architectural marvels succumbing to the sepia-toned ravages of time. Sure that’s there, but this film shows another side of the story which I’m glad I’ve seen. You can’t help be uplifted by the spirit and electric energy of what’s going on there, even if you’re old and jaded like me.

If you have 30 minutes free today, I suggest you watch this. That sounds like spam, but I mean it. You need alternate POVs in your life. :) Stay vigilant in your consumption of media. The end.

Via Dan

The Art of Drowning

Lovely. The end. (That’s the kind of quality commentary I bring to blogging.)

Every person in NY

Jason Polan has a pretty big task ahead of him.

From the site:

I am trying to draw every person in New York. I will be drawing people everyday and posting as frequently as I can. It is possible that I will draw you without you knowing it. I draw in Subway stations and museums and restaurants and on street corners. I try not to be in the way when I am drawing or be too noticeable. Whenever I have a new batch of drawings I will post them on this blog. If you would like to increase the chances of a portrait of YOU appearing on this blog please email me (art@jasonpolan.com) a street corner or other public place that you will be standing at for a duration of two minutes (I will be on the corner of 14th street and 8th avenue on the North-east corner of the street from 2:42-2:44pm this Thursday wearing a bright yellow jacket and navy rubber boots, for example). Please give me more than a 24 hour warning and please make it a scenario that is not too difficult for you to accomplish (the corner outside of the store you work at during lunch time, or in front of a museum you were going to go to on a Saturday) because I may unfortunately miss you and do not want you to have to invest more than 2 minutes of your time in case I cannot make it. You may or may not see me drawing you during this time. If I do draw you, you will see yourself (or rather, a drawing that hopefully somewhat resembles you) on this blog that evening.

When the project is completed we will all have a get together.

Via Austin Kleon

Fourteen actors acting

The New York Times presents Fourteen Actors Acting: A video gallery of classic screen types. Personally, I found it difficult to get past Javier. There’s something about these portraits that is very intimate, which I guess is the nature of acting. Probably helps that they’re black and white.

And Vincent Cassel proves this: Dance, it’s all in the pants. Wait, that didn’t come out right…

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