Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kentridge: Can We Escape Who We Are (A Drawing Lesson)

William Kentridge from the The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures via

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq Explains Throat Signing.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Jenny Saville: Rough-Hewn Portraiture

The work of Jenny Saville bucks notions of beauty by adopting a fierce aesthetic of slash and burn paint strokes. Here beauty is intensity not passivity, dynamic change not stasis, and rough-hewn individualism instead of a the homogenous airbrushed skin of the female form found in glossy fashion magazines. Her creative process is a brawl between paint and energy with both screeching and scraping their way towards a denouement of visceral bravado.  

Friday, March 6, 2015

Design: Cinema & The Grid

The film stills below were taken from and are intended to show the careful way scenes are composed in films. The rules of compositional balance come out of a long history of painting and design. Whether they are carefully planned or developed more intuitively, grids like these lend balance and harmonious proportion to paintings and movies alike.

There Will Be Blood

Guardians of the Galaxy: thirds and half

Guardians of the Galaxy: fourths and half

Ida: golden rectangle

Ida: golden rectangle

Iron Man 3: thirds / right: half

Iron Man 3: fourths and thirds / right: fourths and half

King Kong: thirds and half

King Kong: thirds

King Kong: thirds and half / right: thirds

King Kong: thirds and half

Monday, February 23, 2015

Themes: Interiors With Figure(s) & Still Life

A medley of paintings linked under the heading "Interior with Figure(s) and Still Life. The selection of work is meant to give artists/students ideas for composition, texture, scale, depth and other aspects of rendering or design. Above: Lucian Freud

Antonio Donghi (left) and Matisse (right)

More of the early work of Lucian Freud

Christian Shad (left) and Otto Dix (right)

Hope Gangloff (left) and Otto Dix (right)

Christian Shad (left) and Otto Dix (right)

Gregory Gillespie 

Gregory Gillespie (left) and Frida Kahlo (right)


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Bored & Brilliant Project via New Tech City

Below are a couple of episodes from New Tech City regarding the issue of overuse of smartphones and the relationship between boredom and creativity.

"Here's the issue: It goes back to when Apple introduced the first iPhone in 2007 — that's less than a decade ago. Fifty-eight percent of American adults have a smartphone today. The average mobile consumer checks their device 150 times a day, and 67 percent of the time, that's not because it rang or vibrated. Forty-four percent of Americans have slept with their phone next to their beds.

Statistics aside, all you really have to do is go outside and see how many people can't even walk without staring at a screen. We counted them!" (read full source)

Check out the full series here.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pattern Master: Seydou Keïta

Seydou Keïta (born 1921 in Bamako, Mali — d. 21 November 2001 in Paris, France) was a self-taught portrait photographer from Bamako. He is mostly known for his portraits of people and families he took between 1940 and the early 1960s and that are widely acknowledged not only as a record of Malian society but also as pieces of art. (wikipedia)