You could call Jason “Stuntkid” Levesque a pro at balancing dualities. His signature style is the combination of pastel colored atmospheres; lovely ladies; and gore, slime, blood, or any goop-like being. I’m surprised to find that he doesn’t work with Illustrator at all since his pieces are primarily vector art. If you’re interested in his workflow, check out his website for time-lapse videos of his work.
There’s a great series from Adams Carvalho of fixed gear bike illustrations. This one vaguely reminds me of summers in San Diego as a kid. Everything in Cali has this yellowed hue to it, and the cropping and whitespace give it a child-like perspective. The nostalgia is kicking in.
“We Did It” (whoot!)
I was a big fan of MichaelO back in high school, so I was excited to come across his take on the oh-so-iconic Rosie the Riveter. There have been a plethora of remakes of Howard Miller’s poster, but it’s nice to see that this one has a bit more closure. Miller’s poster was epic because it spoke AT you, not just to you, revealing a sense of urgency and necessity. MichaelO’s work is beautiful, but it lacks that impact (his days of fashion photo retouching seem to be sneaking in). I have a weakness for printed work in that it has an exaggerated sense of mass marketing. Knowing that you are one of many is as comforting a statement as “we can do it.” Digital work, while accessible by everyone, is accessed in the seclusion of your home. Although I commend MichaelO for breaking out of the mold a bit, to some degree, I’d like him to reintroduce the traditional flat yellow background. It needs some element that alludes to mass messaging to take it from “that random chick did it,” to “we did it.” Regardless, I’m pretty happy that it’s not just another replica.
This is one of my favorite TED talks in which Shea Hembrey redefines multiple personality disorder as he embodies the phrase “if you want something done right, do it yourself.” Over 2 years, this quirky hick manages to stage a satirical international show featuring 100 artists, each with a vastly different style. (Hopefully artists haven’t lost their sense of humor).
Justin Gignac: ad-man to artist, gives an inspiring talk and shows off some clever ideas :)