Who I’m Following on Behance: Rob Shields & Cooky Yoon

I’m keeping it short and sweet this post because my wrists are killing me! I’ve taken a pain reliever and hopefully all will be well in the morning. However, here’s some killer work. Rob Shields is a remarkable self-taught artist with degrees in Psychology and Philosophy. He’s been featured in many publications and his client list includes entities such as Smirnoff and Digital Arts. This first stunning digital painting is what immediately drew me in to his work. It’s based on the villain from Sleeping Beauty.

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Jiyoung Yoon aka Cooky Yoon is a graphic designer based in Seoul, South Korea who has a beautifully fresh take on typography. She expresses that designing is even more important than eating food. One of my favorite projects of hers so far is the posting of her latest printed portfolio. Glimpses of it along with other work can be viewed below.

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The Behance Network is a major online tool for creative professionals to showcase their work. Access portfolios from a plethora of talented artists from all different genres. If you create a portfolio or a follower profile you can keep track or “follow” artists that you like. You receive updates whenever they upload a new project. The Behance Network has many perks for it’s users like job postings, competitions, and networking. Check out My Own Portfolio on Behance.

Milwaukee Art Beat – October 9th, 2009 [Part 2]

Click to go to Amanda Iglinski's WebsiteIt’s the second installment from my time at the Milwaukee Art Beat in October. To find out about the gifted individuals mentioned previously please read Part 1. Now, let’s get down to art. First up, is artist Amanda Iglinski, who enjoys working with many different mediums. I was quite fascinated with her pieces. I found them dark, clever, and at times humorous (my sense of humor can be off-beat at times).What’s more, I liked the dynamic colors, the layers, and her concepts. According to her bio, she has been creating art for as long as she can remember. You can view a few more of her pieces on her website.



Click to go to more of Amanda Iglinski's work.

Next, is artwork by Laura Meyer. Not only does she sculpt, paint, and photograph, but she is also a fashion designer who specializes in costumes and corsets. Click to go to Laura Meyer's websiteCreated in 1998, her design company is called Twilight Attire and it sells locally and nationally. This may seem strange, but one thing that struck me was the placement of her pieces at Art Beat. The building interior and her artwork complimented each other beautifully. There were two photographs in particular that were hung from a wooden door, and for a moment I thought the door was a part of the art piece.

Click to go to Laura Meyer's website.

The entire space appealed to me, from the painted exposed piping to the wood cross-bracing, even to the detailed ironwork of the banister in the cafe area. The architect in me was enlivened. Mercy Hill Gallery supports talented local artists by allowing them to showcase their work at no cost to them. They host receptions, private parties, and events such as Art Beat all in support of Milwaukee’s promising art community.

Click to go to The M.U.T.E.S website.

As stated in Part 1, the night was filled with a wide range of performance pieces. A very unique act called The M.U.T.E.S (Marvelous Unspeaking Troupe of Entertaining Scoundrels) put on 2 very amusing skits; one of a bank robbery gone very wrong and the other poked fun at Adolf Hitler. They are inspired by silent films and bring that genre to life in front of your very eyes. The interview revealed that members of the team are heavily involved with the arts, performing in local plays, designing theatrical make-up, directing films, etc. Check out some of their Charlie Chaplin-like performances.

Oh how sweet the sound! The following artists require your auditory attention so I highly encourage you listen to their work from their websites:

Click to go to Aaron Lundquist's website. Aaron Lundquist is an interesting spoken word artist, poet, and sculptor. His words are inspired by nature and when he performs he takes on a potent persona. We saw images of some of his sculpture as well, personally my favorites of his. I believe they were described as borderline “beautiful and disturbing.”

Click to go to Jeremy Scott's website.Jeremy Scott is a brilliant saxophonist, pianist, lyricist, and most recently a spoken word artist. He has played the saxophone since he was a little boy and took on the piano in his late teens. He was the last to perform that night, but I think he was definitely worth the wait.

Click to go to Annie B's website.Annie B. (producer of Art Beat) and her band Shut Up Marie opened up the evening with a couple of rousing original songs. I was entranced by the guitar part. It was imaginative and different, which is what made it so appealing. Annie B. has performed nationally in over 100 venues and her band Shut Up Marie has released songs that has made it to radio charts. Maybe you’ve already heard them.

Ladies and gents, that concludes my coverage of Milwaukee Art Beat. I was so glad that I attended. If you liked any of the artists presented in these posts, comment on them, or if you’re in the position to do so, give them your support. Keep the arts alive!

Art Beat photos are referenced from Lisa’s List.

Aviary – Free Editing Online Tools

Can’t afford Photoshop? Or maybe you would like to have the power of Photoshop available at any computer? I would like to introduce you to Aviary, a website that offers image editing tools for free online. From the same people who brought you Worth1000.com (hosts daily photo manipulation contests), Aviary provides an inexpensive alternative for expensive digital editing software and consists of a community of artists of all skill levels that showcase their work in the site gallery. Users keep full rights to the artwork they post. For support there’s a forum and various tutorials. If you really get involved in Aviary and would like to use it for more private commercial applications you can upgrade to a Pro account for a low yearly subscription. Here’s a quick video demonstration of what you can do with Aviary.

Unzipping a kitty in Aviary.com

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