An “American Da Vinci”, as they say it on the Viktor Schreckengost Fundation site. Insane watercolours. Check his sculptures and other works.
I was still in Poland, third year of study, when I discovered, among tons of other short animations, the work of Marc Craste. His “Pica Towers” short series left me craving for more of that bleak, spooky, twisted, but nevertheless beautiful and fascinating universe (check the site to see them). Then I read about a longer short, still in production at that time, called “Jojo In The Stars”. I’ve watched the trailer over and over again, haunted by the eerie music, searching frantically for the full version. And since then, I’ve still done it from time to time.
Today I was very glad to find it, mainly because I remembered I should try searching for it again, reading CRBlog‘s entry about Marc Craste’s work for Guinness (which is great, btw). So here it is, enjoy it properly by turning off the light and bumping up the volume:
By the way, AnimWatch is a great resource for finding and reading about new or old short animations.
I wasn’t very sure about it when I ordered, but after reading it I must say that I’m glad I did. It’s wonderfuly illustrated, it’s a great story and it manages to make you feel “the magic” of a child’s world. It’s actually a classic, and it seems Hollywood are making a movie inspired by it. Hope it turns out allright (Burton’s Big Fish is a great movie that has a similar feel to “Where the wild..”)
I also posted some weeks ago this Hulk comic cover, which as you can see is a tribute to “Where the wild things are”:
It’s all clear to me now why Zaha Hadid and Paula Scher are so good and original at what they do. It’s simply because they are neither architect (Zaha) nor graphic designer (Paula). They’re artists that happen to express their creativity through architecture and design. They don’t follow rules like we do, they simply create. It’s then up to people like us (designers that are often limited by our own education and profession) to develop and eventually realize the artists’ dream/idea.
Here are two interesting article/interview about Zaha’s lack of rigorously sketched notebooks (ID Fuel) and Paula’s failure of adapting to computers, but still drawing type by brush (interview by Hillman Curtis).
In spite of them beeing more artistical in their approach, here are two examples of great architecture/design. Paula’s Jazz logo:
Zaha’s Centre for Islamic Art and Culture:
and last but not least, take a look at this great typo-packaging by Paula:
Banksy’s name has clearly grown beyond the real person. I wonder how many copycats he has, or when some big corporation will eventually sell Banksy-related stuff (I bet Banksy himself has been offered this kind of deal already).
This stencil however manages to say it all (I still remember the cover on Adbusters, one of my early contacts with “guerrilla” art):
Original image from here.