What’s health got to do with it?

matcloud_luciaRound 2 of Season 3 of Fotolia’s TEN Collection revolves around health. This time Fotolia paired photographer Lucia Giacani and artist Mateusz Chmura (MatCloud) together to create a surreal piece. Both having backgrounds in industrial design, their concept involved displaying organs as products that look more artificial than biological. If you are curious about their process (or them) watch this video.

Their portrayal of artificial organs, got the gears whirring in my head for the design challenge. What if in the future replacing organs became as commonplace as walking into a grocery store and buying a new carton of milk or switching out parts to your car? Hearts, lungs, livers etc. are easily and artificially made. Organ donor lists are a thing of the past. So I came up with the “Body Shop.” Walk in, purchase the part that you need, and have it installed onsite. My idea did take on a darker tone as I searched for additional source images to compliment the ones provided for the contest. Here’s my result and if it intrigues you, you can vote for it here by clicking the like button.

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animation_matcloud_healthP.S. I was already a fan of artist MatCloud, so I was truly excited that he was chosen to be a part of this series. You can follow him on Behance or Facebook.

 

Who I’m Following on Behance: Zach Bush

zachbush1I can’t quite remember how I was led to this artist, but writing this post has been on my mind for a while now. I suspect it had something to do with his entry in the Tomb Raider Reborn Contest. Anyway, I’m highly intrigued by his work. I literally stare and try to absorb all the details. Zach Bush is an artist who was introduced to the graphic design world in 2006. That summer he was asked to become a web designer, but he only knew computer basics, so he hit the ground running. He taught himself the necessary web skills and beyond. Finding his passion, he switched his major to Graphic Design and the rest is stunning digital art history. He states his entire design process can last between 15 – 40 hours and it shows. Some of his work is featured below, but don’t forget to check him out on Behance, his personal site, or facebook.

He was inspired to make this while listening to Trip Lee’s album The Good Life. Trip Lee is a favorite rap artist of mine. I thought that was cool.

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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.

Who I’m Following on Behance: Yuta Onoda

Yuta Onoda is a brilliant illustrator from Tokyo, Japan, presently residing in Canada. He received his bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts Illustration from the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Onoda has won numerous awards and his clients range from Scholastic to Wired Magazine. Paying great attention to layout, the way typography will be integrated, and balance in his pieces, his style combines the use of graphite, ink, paint, and photoshop. “My work is mainly a mix of linear, detail, and decorative elements. So, the advantage of using ink and graphite over mixed media for me is that they fit with my illustration/painting approach.“- from 2012 EK Interview. Onoda discusses some of his commercial and personal work on his blog and of course you can see more of his work on Behance.

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.

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.

New Year! New Goals! Free Wallpaper!

Happy New Year Everyone! My wish is that this is a prosperous year for all! With a the new year comes a new look for my blog. It’s work in progress, so this page may look completely different next week or next month. I’m exploring free themes that allow some flexibility, which for me means a custom header and background. Bueno is the current theme at the moment. I’m still getting a feel for what I like and what I can live without i.e I like 2 columns, I can live without a footer.

So I have some goals for the new year. Actually, most are really a continuation from 2011 with a few tweaks. I plan to:

  • Blog more – First, I would like to thank those of you who read/subscribe to my blog.  I will continue to post content that I hope piques your interest. Let me know if it does or doesn’t. WordPress has compiled a report of my 2011 blogging year, check it out. It’s a definite improvement over 2010, but there were things I failed to do, such as post once a week. My goal is to continue in the effort to write each week, but of course do better.
  • Build a better blogging network – I plan to be more active in the blogging community by following blogs I like and leaving meaningful comments. The goal is to build connections, make friends, and become more visible.
  • Update my website – My personal website needs to change since situations  have changed. (need more clarification: read I’m Failing and Why That Isn’t So Bad). It needs to better reflect my graphic design work and photography, while paying homage to my architectural work. It’s also an opportunity to flex my design skills and teach myself more HTML and CSS. I’ve decided to drop a flash based site for now. The new website also needs to be easily updatable  (I think this word is made up), since my portfolio will continue to grow.
  • Get a paid Graphic Design Internship or an Entry Level Position – It’s my mission to get hired full time this year at a company/firm/agency/etc. Any suggestions? Want to hire me? Let’s talk. 

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  • Sketch more – I plan  to improve my sketching ability. I can replicate almost any sketch, but I want to start creating unique content of my own. I also want to explore different sketching styles. I already have a project in mind, but that’s to be revealed at a later date.
  • Exercise more
  • Take more photographs
  • Create a wallpaper monthly – I plan to make a desktop wallpaper available for free each month. I appreciate when other artists do this and I’ll look to them for inspiration. There will be no continuous theme, just whatever techniques or ideas I would like to try. I’m still figuring things out like what’s the best resolution to use or which colors, since each screen is different.  Here is my first wallpaper, a tribute to the new year. It was done in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. The color palette  was chosen from ColourLovers and it’s actually called Happy New Year by ljoobitza. Click the image for size 1440 x 900.

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2012 Wallpaper Size 1400 x 1050.

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