Drawing VS Photography

I stumbled upon a website showing artwork by Ben Hein. I was transfixed by these photos/drawings and the inspiring creativity that was so clear throughout.By merging these two techniques you can gain a extended sense of fun.

I really enjoy these pieces because each picture I look at shows a different aspect of how to combine these techniques. At the same time, each image I look at I am already thinking of the next and what else could be done in the same way.

Here is a link to the site:



Great Use of Mixed Texture in Animation

This piece of animation, not only includes great little character movements, but simply creative props and sounds. It really works.
here is a link to how the video was created.


Lose this child_animation

I found this on cartoonbrew.com and was instantly transfixed, it has a certain creative beauty. I have always admired sand art, but this is a new level. It shows animation skill at the same time as introducing a level of attractiveness that appeals to many.

Great little video from  Yuval & Merav NathanLose This Child was animated on an actual beach with real sand, by four animators including musician Guy Ben Shetrit.(cartoonbrew.com)

Record player_made of paper

A record player made entirely of paper. Truly inspirational, yet it is so simple. Great way to get creative with paper.

A man called Simon Elvins has created this wonderful piece of art/craft and apparently actually works. Fantastic, click

here to view his site that the record player features on.  http://www.simonelvins.com/paper_record.html

What does it mean to blog?

To blog is to be genuinely so  interested in something that you want to tell someone about it. You want to share it, you want others to be inspired and use it as a point of reference.  The difficulty is I feel that many people learn to ignore those things that could be that snippet of inspiration that makes their career.  But realistically everything is inspiration, everything around us is designed to make our lives easier, that is inspiration in itself. How could you not be inspired by the fact that the coffee you are drinking from your favourite mug right now was designed for you.  Everything about that moment was designed, the room your sat in, the garden that you are lounging in, absolutely everything was designed for you. Truly inspiring.

This my friends is what it means to blog. Pure inspiration. Pure and simple genius.

Artists_Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau ‘The Dream’ is a combination of typical elements, a naked lady lying on a sofa, wild animals and what looks like a jungle. The oil painting is located in The museum of modern art, New York.

Rousseau was a self taught french painter who is known mostly for his paintings of the jungle.

At first glance people do not see the native figure that is playing an instrument nestled in amongst all the foliage with lions at their feet. But as you start to discover the other elements within the painting you find a lot more elements. It is like he has purposely hidden the  details of this image, this jungle for us – the viewer to find. He loved to copy plants and animals from books, labouring over each leaf and each piece of detail, yet the landscape does not actually exist. The image is almost like a cartoon, having outlines, showing flowers as pure shapes and the figures to be somewhat delayed viewing to the audience. The essence of this painting I believe to be pure fantasy, Rousseau creating something he would like to see, or his ultimate picture/landscape of beauty. Think about the situation, you are laid naked(as God intended) on a couch in jungle as a native plays sweet music as you simply enjoy the surroundings. For Rousseau maybe this was his place of peace, the place he goes to when reality got too hard. To depict such a thing is brave, displaying his most personal thoughts and feelings in a painting for others to see. Perhaps this is the reasoning behind hiding details within the picture, allowing the audience to explore the meaning, his reasoning and its beauty as it were intended.

Rousseau enjoyed studying real animals, flowers etc,but I think this he concentrated on the way he saw things, he could see the detail and beauty of one single leaf, but was able to show the world how he sees a single leaf, not how we are told to see a single leaf. So that is why I think he moved away from realistic landscapes.

Overall I really quite like this image, and can find a lot to talk about when looking at it. There are a lot of other details that I could have talked about due to the date this painting was created and the fact that at the time, slavery and racism was very much alive.

Alan Fletcher – ‘the art of looking sideways’

This book for me is essential to any designer, I found Alan Fletcher when I was in college and I visited his exhibition before he died in 2006. Fletcher is a British Graphic Designer and regarded the graphic designer of his generation, and probably one of the most prolific. It was amazing to have studied his work in books and then see it in the flesh, truly amazing. Fletcher to me is a legend, his work is profound and based on questioning everything, not only just underneath the surface but deep within a subject he can find the most intriguing details and his work is addictive because of this. I feel I can learn so much from reading and looking at the way he explains things.

The piece that I will always remember is the ‘mind over matter’ which he writes mind with a line underneath and then writes matter underneath that line, it is so pure and simple that if all designs were like this then all design would work. I try to live up to this ideal of being able to create something so simple out of something so complex.

The book ‘the art of looking sideways’ is a development of all his ideas from evolution, to colour, to the way the mind works. He explores pretty much everything you could think of, relating it to your life as a human and your life as a designer. The main point I get from this book is that as a designer you never shut off and live your life as just a consumer, they are intertwined and if you recognise that then you can make the most of your life as both a human and a designer. If you can always question things further than the top layer then you will have a better understanding of life, the way it works and what can be gained by making certain judgments and decisions. The design of the book itself is just as expected from Fletcher, a collaboration of ideas and developments structured and organised but in an experimental fashion.

I really quite like the way that this book has been designed, having many ways of reading it, the different textures, typefaces, styles and ideas. I think the only question that needs to be asked about this book is: Is there too much going on in this book? My answer would be no. If it were any different than it would not represent Fletcher the way it does. His style is this book and many designers like myself aim for this confidence and ability.