Having your whole life revolve around a particular subject such as art will give you a great appreciation for all the training one experiences. It is after all learning and practicing that allows us the ability to succeed. Because of this I have always supported art classes in public schools. It is usually in those early school year classes that a child will develop a great love for art. So it is very sad to read that art classes are being cut because of current economic conditions.
It is because of programs such as the Art League of Jacksonville that many different age groups get experience and training in art. I mentioned this specific program because we are currently based out of Jacksonville Florida but there are many programs like this throughout the nation. Their vision is quoted below.
To serve, to teach and promote fine arts within the communities regional to Jacksonville Florida. This organization would offer classes to all ages and skill levels of people within various medium of the arts for a low cost. This organization would play a vital role in fostering the growth and spirit of the arts within all age groups of the regional community through interaction, collaboration, promotion and exhibition of community artists. Encourage the Jacksonville community through arts programs – no and low cost – which will enrich knowledge and the appreciation of fine arts.
A portrait of President Obama was created by artist David Macaluso using used motor oil. It would be great to learn how the artist created all the tones with the oil. Was anything added to vary the color? Or was it the techinique of applying it? Either way it shows there is no end to the materials an artist can use to make art. Here is a video showing him create a painting using the oil.
Jorge Colombo has produced many digital paintings on the iPhone using the Brushes program. One of his paintings made it on the cover of the June 1, 2009 issue of The New Yorker. Jorge said it took him one hour on 42nd street and was able to paint without anyone bothering him. He seems to enjoy the ability to paint and have everyone think he is doing something else.
Ben has just written a post dealing with copyright issues he suffered while dealing with his clothing company FrightRags. I know I have seen a ton of small tshirt shops using designs based off movies, television, corporate logos, and wondered if they were working with the copyright holder or using it without permission. It is a more common thing then most might expect. Many of these designs violate trademark and copyright laws. You may ask yourself why don’t they get in trouble, well it is mostly because they are too small to warrant spending all the legal money to stop them or they just don’t know about the company. Ben talks about his issues with New Line Cinemas and Universal but has apparently run into other copyright issues. Universal forced him to pay back a “substantial” amount of money for a tshirt design which featured Frankenstein. Ben gives some advice for those who are dancing on the edge of such designs and how to obtain licensing from movie studios. Always be very careful when you use anything for “inspiration”. Even if it is a smaller company or artist, they might have issue with what you are doing and worse, might have a case to sue.
This is a very cool short film created by Stink Digital. It is for a Phillips advertising campaign for their newest television. The film is a frozen scene from a robbery committed by clowns and the responding Police. Matrix style frozen action plus clowns, plus cops plus bullets and explosions, how could this not be great.
We always love to post anything that shows insight into artist’s techniques or influences. The chosen workspace of an artist can be very important. Some have lots of different objects while others have very little. Here is a small but interesting list of artist’s workspaces. Also included toward the bottom of the linked post is a flickr pool.
This might be one of the coolest computer cases I have ever seen and also one of the best Wall-E models as well. Machined out of sheet metal and taking 18 days to complete. Now how much to make another one but put in some servos and motors so Wall-E can actually run around?