A couple years ago I wrote about Loving Vincent and I am back to update you on that project! It happened and it is now a movie! This is groundbreaking and it is so inspiring that it was able to come to fruition. This is the first ever fully painted animated film. It was created from 62,450 frames, each of which was an oil painting. It took a team of 115 artists to create all the paintings for the film. Let me say that again – every single frame is painted by hand… Read The Rest
Instagram is my favorite social media and there are tons of interesting people to follow. Not just photographers are using this medium anymore, you can also find tons of artists and illustrators. It is easy to find lots of creatives to be inspired by. A growing number of women doodlers, painters, and graphic designers are taking their talents to Instagram, flipping the script on the app that often known for food pictures and and highly edited selfies. Read The Rest
While I was in school for my undergraduate degree I discovered Romare Bearden in an art history class. He was so influential to me (and still is). At that time I was interested in mixed media and I had started experimenting with adding collage to my paintings. He was one of the first artists I encountered that worked successfully in mixed media. He would add a variety of papers to his pieces, including matte colored construction papers, pressure sensitive glossy laminates, brightly printed sheets, wallpaper and wrapping paper, as well as bright foils and patterned fabrics. He would also alter the paper on his canvas with other collage elements: adding painted areas using spray paint and brush paints. He used the term “collage-paintings” to describe his art. To me it was inspiration come to life. Read The Rest
There is a fantastic exhibit happening at the Nevada Museum of Art right now. Normally when you hear about a permanent collection show at a museum yawning ensues – not true with this one! This is an impressive body of work and it is incredible that it is right here in Reno. They have other permanent collections, but this one in particular is highly linked to the identity of the museum. The Altered Landscape Photography Collection is one of the institution’s largest focused collecting areas. It has approximately 2,000 photographs. In these images, artists reveal the ways that individuals and industries have marked, mined, toured, tested, developed, occupied, and exploited landscapes over the last fifty years. Read The Rest
Where in your design do people look first? Where do they look next? How much control do you have when it comes to guiding the viewer’s eye? Let’s talk about how designers can help direct the eye of the viewer through a composition.
Our eyes take in a lot more visual information than our brain can consciously process. We want to focus on the most compelling information so we selectively look at what we think most important. This is called selective attention.
Studies have shown that we can be distracted by visual information even when it’s not relevant. If it’s attractive enough, it’ll grab our attention consciously or subconsciously. Great marketers understanding this, and so do designers and artists. Learning how to harness this is an effective tool. Read The Rest