He started to work as webdesigner at Ubisoft. He focus on a more technical and artistic expertize, and, specializing in 2D/3D animation & VFX supervision. After two years as freelancer, xfauthoux created Shoot The Boss, an animation and Motion Graphics studio.
A graphic design firm generating its own projects, initiatives, and content while taking on limited client work. Run by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit in Austin, TX.
Since 2002 they have been publishing content online, starting with the design blog Speak Up, that ran through 2009 and was one of the most active, entertaining, and well-regarded blogs, even earning a spot in the Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Triennial in 2006 — the only blog included in the exhibition. Their most popular blog, Brand New, was launched in 2006 and has grown to be the leading site for opinions on logo and identity redesigns with a readership of over 1.25 million page views a month and, like its predecessor, it was also the only blog included in Graphic Design: Now in Production, co-organized by the Walker Art Center and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Active blogs in their network include Art of the Menu, FPO (For Print Only), and Quipsologies. Other blogs have come and gone in the years in between.
Sean Martorana is a 2001 graduate in graphic design from The Art Institute of Philadelphia. Upon his graduation, Sean was immediately hired at a print shop where he helped customer with small design jobs. While doing so, Sean expanded the services of the print shop to include full-fledged brand development and marketing. Following the next logical step, Sean (with financial and business backing from the shop’s owner) branched off and founded the visual design, marketing and communications firm THE_STUDiO. After over 6 years of successfully running THE_STUDiO, Sean left to begin building his own artistic and designer brand. Aside from his own line of paintings, designs, prints, and clothing/accessories, Sean has been collaborating with other artists and companies to develop designs in interior decor, clothing, jewelry, watches and other accessories. Sean has been featured in large media outlets for his innovation in art and design, including pieces created by sourcing social media for fan input. “It’s a full collaboration between the designer and the interactivity of the consumer. The consumer brings that final brush stroke to any design by wearing it, living with it and making it a part of their lives.” His work has been shown in galleries, featured in national publications and commissioned by passionate individuals. Sean thrives on partnering with like-minded artists and designers. He is engaged by the cross-pollination of print media, fashion, architecture, interiors and homes. Building a company at +HE S+UDIO, he is constantly exploring and finding new way to expand his versatility and enhance his work. One cannot help but be moved by his aggressive symbolism and iconic imagery.
Illustrator David D’Andrea’s work is iconic, dark, intricate, and beautiful. His illustrations seethe with sinuous, accomplished line work and intentional rough edges. He draws from a variety of themes - the shelves of his small studio are crammed with dusty books: almanacs, type specimens, crumbling encyclopedias, and other esoteric visual references, all looking as if they had been rescued from a medieval basement. The eclectic influences show in the work: archaic lettering, obsessively detailed renderings of animals, and elements from numerous religions and cultures. Soft-spoken, funny, and kind, D’Andrea has constantly been driven by visual and cultural research. Some of David’s “other interests include cryptozoology, flea markets, pseudepigrapha, vintage electronics, and parapsychology,” according to his website. Though containing a lot of dark imagery, D’Andrea’s work draws you in - it is seductive, engaging, and meticulously crafted. -Ian Lynam David D’Andrea combines the draftsmanship of the poster artists and album cover designers of the 1960’s and 70’s with a raw detailed grittiness to create an organic pen and ink style that is unmistakably his own. His t-shirt designs, hand colored silk-screen prints and album covers are highly sought after and have won much praise from fans and admirers. He completely throws himself into his work and each new piece is an extension and evolution from the last one. David is a wandering soul and will probably continue to search and improve until the day he stops drawing. Jason Thibault / Optimum Wound
Founded by pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek in 2010, Street League Skateboarding (SLS) was created to foster growth, popularity, and acceptance of street skateboarding worldwide. Since then, SLS has evolved to become a platform that serves to excite the skateboarding community, educate both the avid and casual fans, and empower communities through its very own SLS Foundation. In support of SLS’ mission, Nike SB joined forces with SLS in 2013 to create SLS Nike SB World Tour.
Born in L.A. in 1978, Tristan Eaton started pursuing street art as a teenager, painting everything from billboards to dumpsters in the urban landscapes of the cities where he lived, be it London, Detroit, or New York. He designed his first toy for Fisher-Price at 18 years old and soon became a driving force in the world of designer toys. Eaton's work for Kidrobot, including the famous Dunny and Munny art toys, helped him achieve international renown and an ever-growing fan base. After forming his Creative Agency Thunderdog Studios in New York City in 2004, Eaton became a leader in the advertising and commercial-art spheres, and is regularly commissioned by a roster of clients that includes Nike, Versace, and even Barack Obama. These days, Eaton is one of the most prominent street artists working today. Eaton’s large scale mural work features a meticulous, visual collage of pop imagery mixed with his unique personal style, all executed with freehand spray paint on a colossal scale. Eaton now focuses on his Fine Art and large-scale mural work full-time, which can be found in dozens of cities across the globe from Paris to Shanghai. Eaton’s work can also be seen in the Museum of Modern Art's (MoMA) permanent collection.
The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) is a nonprofit organization, established by fans in 2007, to serve the interests of fans by providing access to and preserving the history of fanworks and fan culture in its myriad forms.
The Archive of Our Own offers a noncommercial and nonprofit central hosting place for fanworks using open-source archiving software.
“Italian artist Francesco Camillo Giorgino, known as Millo, paints large-scale murals that feature friendly inhabitants exploring their urban setting. He uses simple black and white lines with dashes of color when necessary, and often incorporates elements of architecture into his multi-story paintings.” C. Jobson Colossal He took part to several street art festival all around Europe, like the Muraliza in Portugal, Vilnius Street Art in Lithuan, Heerlen Murals in Netherland but also the Sbagha Bagha in Morocco, the Urban Myths in Belarus and many more. His works have been exhibited in London, Rio de Janeiro, Chicago, Milan, Rome, Florence and more. In 2014 he won the B.Art competition that enabled him to paint 13 multi-story murals in the city of Turin (IT).
Gfycat (pronounced “jiffy-cat”) was founded in 2013 in order to upgrade the GIF viewing experience to the 21st century. We all know GIFs are awesome (duh!) because they play everywhere, they are simple to view, they contain concise content, and they loop over and over and over again. Even with all that awesomeness, GIFs still suck. This is how they improve the GIF viewing experience.
Brooklyn-based artist Patrick Jacobs’s aptly titled show Come Closer to Me, at Williamsburg gallery Pierogi, beckons visitors to do just that — to step closer in order to discern extraordinarily detailed etchings of fungal rings and take in miniature pastoral landscapes. Spanning three consecutive rooms, the show is comprised of three distinct mediums and parts: sculpture, installation, and printmaking. In this show, Jacobs continues the series of dioramas that have become a signature part of his oeuvre since 2010.
For this, his latest installation, located at 16th and Chancellor streets (one block south of Walnut street), Patrick has teamed up with The West Collection, whose goal according to their website is to “share challenging and inventive work of emerging artists with the public.”
Born in Aichi, Japan. In 2001, Sakura Adachi graduated from Musashino Art University in Industrial and Craft Design, specialising in woodwork. She then moved to London to complete her MA in Industrial Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design graduating in 2004. During the course, she was awarded the second prize in CAIAZZA MEMORIAL CHALLENGE Promosedia International Competition in 2003. In 2005, she participated in Copenhagen International Furniture Fair, and exhibited her graduation work - the bookcase CAVE together with two chairs. The fair was a great success and HRH The Crown Prince of Denmark visited her stand, which resulted in a number of publications on her works including an interview on the New York Times in 2007. In 2008, she established Sakura Adachi Design Studio in Milan. Her design has a background in industrial design and wooden furniture, and is characterised by a combination of conceptual and craftsmanship approach. Many of her products are self-communicating, the story behind and concept within and making the best use of characteristics of materials. She has collaborated and is currently collaborating with Italian and international manufacturers including: CAMPEGGI, FERMOB, TASCHEN, RIVA 1920, TURA, MARTEX, ESTEL, BIKETJANST, GGA, AMBIENTEC, etc.
Ellas McDaniel (born Ellas Otha Bates, December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), known as Bo Diddley, was an American R&B and Chicago blues singer, guitarist, songwriter and music producer who played a key role in the transition from the blues to rock and roll, and influenced artists including Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, Eric Clapton, the Who, Jimi Hendrix and Parliament-Funkadelic. His use of African rhythms and a signature beat, a simple five-accent hambone rhythm, is a cornerstone of hip hop, rock, and pop. In recognition of his achievements, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and a Grammy Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He is also recognized for his technical innovations, including his distinctive rectangular guitar.
Founded by Alex Alvarez in 2000, The Gnomon Workshop launched as a means to share professional techniques with artists unable to attend the on-campus courses offered at Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games + Animation in Los Angeles, California. The Gnomon Workshop’s mission is – and always has been – to provide the highest caliber training that both educates and inspires, to help artists achieve their personal goals. Over the past 16 years, The Gnomon Workshop library has grown to offer instruction from hundreds of professional artists covering a diverse range of tools, software, and media. Whether you’re looking for design tutorials, want to improve your drawing, learn sculpture techniques, expand your painting abilities, or gain new modeling, texturing, animation, effects and compositing skills, the library has an extensive collection of content to suit artists of all disciplines. All tutorials are by top industry talents who are primed to educate the next generation of artists. Users range from high-school students who are first discovering career opportunities in the entertainment industry, through to seasoned professionals with decades of experience. Studio licenses are also available to enable entire teams to keep their skills in top shape. Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games + Animation and The Gnomon Workshop facilities comprise of over 30,000 square feet of classrooms, studios, lounges, labs, offices and production space. Together, the companies have educated many of the world’s best digital artists through a variety of educational options, including full-time two- and three-year programs, specialized courses for high school students, over 100 individual courses for professional enrichment, plus The Gnomon Workshop training library.
Inspiring tabletop terrains and step-by-step how to guides, for wargaming and role-playing in all genres They turn imagination into reality, ancient history into a challenge, They will inspire you and teach you how to create the most amazing tabletop terrain for your gaming pleasure
s an explosive & expressive freestyle dance artist who is specialized in the streetstyles (Breakdance, Locking, House, Hiphop). His main focus on the streetstyles is the less known dance style called Locking, teaching & educating everyone who wants to know more about this first “standup street style” and its musical influence called funk. He finds the traditional roots & pure form of the street styles very important. “Without roots a flower cant grow” His explosive, energetic but balanced character on the dance floor and his mixed roots of Dutch & Chinese heritage defines his name as “Chi” Winning big international titles like The International Breakdance Event Locking 2012/2016, Juste Debout Locking Amsterdam 2013/2014/2016, Dutch Bboy Champs 2013 Locking, Streetfighterz Crew Worldwide 2014, Give it up 10th & 11th Edition Locking 2014/2015 & Spin Off Locking 2015. His future plan is to keep battling underground and promote his name as a choreographer / artistic director and make more name through the international scene. Also, Chi is paving new ways as a Musician / Producer Ruben Chi is also a Dancer at Blaze the Show (www.blazetheshow.com), Ladies of Soul (www.ladiesofsoul.nl), Ghetto Funk Collective & Soul Catz known from Everybody Dance Now 2014. Choreographer & Artistic Director for Studio 26 (Arnhem, Netherlands) & Head of organisation of the dance event Soulcypher based in The Netherlands.
Christopher Swann, ("Swanny" as he is known), is long established and very experienced in the cetacean world. His years and years of experience running whale and dolphin watching holidays around the world is probably unmatched. For 23 years he ran literally hundreds of whale watching holidays, (some years he ran as many as 40 trips) from the South Pacific to the Arctic. Ever alive to the romance and poetry of the sea, it is that depth of experience combined with his unrivalled enthusiasm and passion that led to so many extraordinary and intimate whale and dolphin encounters. The sea has been his domain for 35 years, be it sailing square riggers or travelling by dog sled across sea ice. As much at home beneath the water as above it, he has been a diver in the Royal Navy and in the oil and gas fields of the North Sea and he has assisted in making whale and dolphin films in various parts of the world including four months filming killer whales in the sub Antarctic. In his first boat (a traditional 70ft gaff ketch) he covered over 10,000 miles on cetacean surveys in the UK as well as helping with assorted research projects.
Cinema Makeup School was founded in 1993 by a professional makeup artist seeking to create a more comprehensive makeup artist school that offered up-to-date education to aspiring makeup and special effects technicians. At the time, there were very few dedicated makeup schools in Los Angeles, and many of those that existed offered training that was either outdated or out-of-step with the needs of the entertainment industry. Most of the industry’s training—especially in the special effects world—happened informally through apprenticeships and internships that were often unpaid, unadvertised and all-but-inaccessible to people without insider connections and financial means. At the same time, the explosion of special effects-driven blockbuster movies (that had been going on, unabated, since the late ‘70s) created unprecedented public awareness of, and interest in, special effects. With so few doorways to the industry and so many interested young people, someone needed to bridge that gap. The school opened its doors in a modest facility in the heart of L.A. and got to work teaching students. The plan was simple: offer shorter, more concentrated classes; keep all instruction up-to-date with the latest professional methods and standards; and attract top working artists to teach at the school. It worked.
Stevland Hardaway Morris (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins, May 13, 1950), known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he is considered to be one of the most critically and commercially successful musical performers of the late 20th century. Wonder signed with Motown's Tamla label at the age of 11, and he continued performing and recording for Motown into the 2010s. He has been blind since shortly after birth. Among Wonder's works are singles such as "Superstition", "Sir Duke", "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" and "I Just Called to Say I Love You"; and albums such as Talking Book, Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life. He has recorded more than 30 U.S. top ten hits and received 25 Grammy Awards, the most ever awarded to a male solo artist, and has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the top 60 best-selling music artists. Wonder is also noted for his work as an activist for political causes, including his 1980 campaign to make Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a holiday in the United States. In 2009, Wonder was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In 2013, Billboard magazine released a list of the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists to celebrate the US singles chart's 55th anniversary, with Wonder at number six.
Knob LLC was founded in Phoenix, Az in 2010. It was founded by Amy Beaumont, a design graduate in Architecture from Arizona State University in 2009. Knob primarily focuses on the design and renovation of old distressed homes on a minimal budget.
Above born Tavar Zawacki is a Berlin-based international street artist. Above was born in California in 1981 and has been creating public art since 1995. Above is best known for three different styles of street works, his multi-layer, full color social and political stencils, colorful abstract arrow compositions, and large text-based painted murals. Above's stencil and text-based artworks usually have a strong message or awareness about social, political, or international current events, while his abstract works are a visual language of shape, color, and form. Above began painting graffiti by tagging 'ABOVE' graffiti on freight trains in California in 1995. At the age of 19, Above moved to Paris, France, where he started painting his trademark arrow icon pointing 'above'. During the past 17 years Above has painted artworks in the streets of over 100 cities in 60 different countries around the world
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