Unfinished portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart. This portrait was the source for the face of Washington on the American $1 bill. It hangs in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time. Just a little interesting fact to share at random moments.
In 1892 the Mendelssohn Opera Company in NYC was the first company to use matchboxes for advertising purposes. Supposedly the manager had the cast decorate them by hand with details of the show and images of the stars. The opening night was a success and matchbox advertising became a new industry, perfect for all sorts of products and messages, since everybody used matches. However, by the seventies, the introduction of disposable lighters put an end […]
Barcelona photographer Xavi Bou has a degree in Geology but has been working in photography since 2003. The inspiration for his project Ornitographies is his fascination with birds that was awakened during long walks with his grandfather as a child. During these times together, his grandfather taught him the names of the trekking birds along the Llobregat delta. XB: Curiosity led me to investigate a system that would capture the tracks of the birds in […]
In the first photograph, they are neatly ordered, in the second, their trails form intricate lines and patterns. Boston-based artist Daniel Ranalli uses snails to ‘paint’ and the result is an interesting collaboration. DR: This series is based on the drawings made by snails on the wet sand in the intertidal zone. They are part of an ongoing series of works involving collaboration between the snails and me. I choreograph the snails starting positions, and […]
Vinyl record sleeves can be a fun inspiration. Christian Marclay, a NY-based composer, and visual artist has created a series of collages – often surreal – made up of album covers. All images © Christian Marclay
René Gruau (1909-2004), born Renato Zavagli Ricciardelli delle Caminate (what a name!) was a fashion illustrator in the world of haute couture during the 1940s and 50s. His sophisticated style with the use of calligraphic elements, vivid colors, and bold strokes evoke a sense of theater and the influence of his timeless and often extravagant illustrations of fashion design can still be felt today.
Miracle de Mille is a visual arts duo based in Lyon and they aspire to provide miraculous graphic content through thousands of collaborations, experimenting with real and virtual content, in both print and digital formats. These amazing animated loops using embroidered fabrics are an example of their work. (via: booooooom.com)
Oscar-shortlisted for Best Animated Short The silence beneath the bark / le silence sous l’écorce by French animator and director Joanna Lurie tells the story of the beauty of snow. In a white forest, little creatures are delighted by the magical qualities of snow flakes. © joannalurie.com
Australian street artist Miguel Marquez has a way with words, especially when he combines them with discarded objects and other street scenes.