Category Archives: Visual

Janine Drayson’s Summer Breeze

Janine  Drayson’s Summer Breeze

Janine Drayson is a freelance artist and illustrator living on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. She specialises in watercolour and collage and uses a wide variety of recycled materials.
As well as her original pieces and limited edition prints, which are available for purchase onllne, she is also available for private commissions and her work has been widely published.

Pinup Girls: A Short History of

Pinup Girls: A Short History of

Although beautiful women had been portrayed in print for years by the likes of Armstrong, Christy and Gibson…it wasn’t until Esquire magazine began publishing George Petty’s humorous one panel cartoons of out of this world girls being ogled, and propositioned by unlikely suitors, that the die was struck, and America’s fascination with pinup took off like a rocket.

Edward S. Curtis: Photographs of Disappeared World

Edward S. Curtis: Photographs of Disappeared World

During 30 years Edward S. Curtis took over 40,000 images and made detailed records of the traditional way of life or the Native American Peoples. However, even Curtis is not without controversy as he occasionally supplied “traditional” costumes to his subjects if they did not own any traditional clothing. He also photographed reenactments of traditional and historical activities such as camp moves, battles, and ceremonies. While purists decry these reenactments, they were well received by his Native American subjects (who called him “Shadow Catcher”) and are in many cases our only record of such activities.

Learn the Watercolour Technique

Learn the Watercolour Technique

The watercolor painting can be difficult at first. It is only with time and lots of practice that one becomes confident enough to paint better. Never become discouraged from your mistakes or lack of progress.

Learn how to apply a flat even wash, a wash from light to dark, and one from dark to light. It is only through much practice that you will learn how to control various washes. Try tilting the board while doing a graded wash. These are some basic watercolor techniques that beginners should perfect to build up on more complex techniques. Blend one color, while it is still wet, into another, then add a third color to the mixture.

Photography: AORTA

Photography: AORTA

Aorta consists of Swedish photographer duo Marco Grizelj and Kristian Kran, their signature work is “semi-documentary fashion photography”.

Sara Tyson’s Illustrations

Sara Tyson’s Illustrations

Canadian illustrator and designer Sara Tyson makes the commonplace monumental, abstracting the forms of her subjects into multi-planed geometric solids and rendering them with colors and textures that give them the weight of planets.

Yinka Shonibare: It’s More Than a Fabric

Yinka Shonibare: It’s More Than a Fabric

“…Something as seemingly innocent as fabric, comes loaded with political, social, historical and cultural metaphors…” Okwui Enwezor

Adopting a richly complex, unconventional approach, Yinka Shonibare lampoons the concept of achieving status through what might be called cultural authenticity. His works, simultaneously innocent and subversive, address a range of cultural and historical issues and, in the process, blur the boundaries of design, ethnography, and contemporary art.

Jillian Tamaki: The World Through the Artist’s Eyes

Jillian Tamaki: The World Through  the Artist’s Eyes

I would like to present you Jillian Tamaki. She herself has very good, nicely designed and informative website and blog, which I recommend to visit to everyone who like art, graphic design and illustration. On this site I will give you just a quick glance at her work that will intrigue you to search for more.

Mike Stimpson: History Repeats

Mike Stimpson: History Repeats

Lego fanboy and amateur photographer Mike Stimpson found a way to combine his two loves: He recreates scenes from historic photographs using the plastic bricks, then snaps his own photos.

100 Years in 100 Seconds – A Short Fashion History

100 Years in 100 Seconds – A Short Fashion History

100 years of East London style, fashion, dance and music in 100 seconds. Sept 13th, 1911 to Sept 13th, 2011. It’s a 100 years countdown to the grand opening of Westfield Stratford City on September 13th, 2011, and celebrates a century of East London fashion, style, dance and music. Jake Lunt with The Viral Factory created this live action short film on East London style, fashion, dance and music.