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One evening during my stay in Mons, Belgium for the Aquarellades exhibition , I went out for dinner with my French artist friends. The night was still young and we were shown around town by a local person who was also a volunteer for the exhibition. In the historic center, there was a good number of people walking around us even though everything seemed to shut down at 6pm there.
This was another great summer for super hero movies. We opened the summer with Avengers, had a little Spider-man to get us through the middle and closed with a bang with Dark Knight Rises. It is weird having Avengers and DKR in the same summer - we've been building up to both of these movies for years. Batman Begins, Iron Man, Dark Knight, Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America have all lead us to this epic summer. Now what? Anyway, seeing DKR reminded me how much I love Batman, so I'll be doing some quick portraits of the citizens of Gotham.
"Use your creative ability to make this ad creative." — A client who wasn’t particular creative with their creative brief. I was handling a project for my that required me to create the company’s new website. When I presented it to my client, he liked the site but wanted a different set of photos to be displayed in the site. Me: We don’t have stock photos of that.
The Last Ticket Scalpers —May 2005 Playboy Magazine had a terrific article on the life of these shadowy figures in high stakes ticket scalping. They all focused on profiting from 3 events: The Superbowl, The Final Four, and the Masters. They all had aka's and spoke in code almost all of the time. Big gains big losses, that was the reality for these guys. Bob Love, the managing editor at Playboy, came up with the brilliant idea of using the iconic "Last Supper" scenario for these unsavory characters.
A Sketchy Past, The Art of Peter de Sève In this exquisite monograph, world-renowned illustrator and character designer Peter de Sève shows his favorite published and unpublished works. Inventive, eccentric, and often irreverent, they represent a lifetime of drawing... a very sketchy past. Copiously illustrated with hundreds of paintings and drawings, including never-before-published New Yorker cover roughs, behind-the-scenes animation development artwork, and personal sketches, A Sketchy Past is the first comprehensive survey of de Sève's work.
Manifest's exhibit development process is two-part and very intense. The curator develops the exhibit theme which must be approved by the Manifest Board of Directors. Submissions are assembled by staff, and presented to a blind jury of six to twelve qualified advisors with an art/design background. The juries are a diverse mix of ages and backgrounds, including active professionals, professors, museum curators, and at least one student. The jury is directed to score based purely on their objective assessment of the quality of the work submitted, without regard to the exhibit space, theme, personal preferences, or logistical considerations. They are provided only the basic information for each work of art, including special notes if necessary to understand the submission.