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Mar 11, 2010

ManMaker: Dan Kenneally's Abstract Sandwich Art

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San Francisco-based artist Dan Kenneally has created Lunchbox, a series of 18"x18" sandwich paintings, that each use a minimal colored stripe to represent ingredients.

"Lunchbox presents a curious departure from an ordinary subject matter which is unprecedented in the art community. It communicates volumes though use of complex arrangement of color, and simplification. This ambitious feat achieves harmony through balance and composition."

 

I like that these are physical paintings with texture and drips, etc, rather than simple stripes drawn on the computer.

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Feb 23, 2010

How To: Make an Eight Pack of Crayon Rockets!

John Coker loves rockets, and couldn't help but notice the similarities between a rockets aerodynamic shape - long skinny body, pointed nose cone, etc - and a classic Crayola crayon.

So he got to thinking...And after ten years, he finally figured it out.

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Feb 22, 2010

ManMaker: Michael Johannson

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Michael Johansson is a Swedish artist who works with recognizable found materials and secondhand objects, but rather than welding and gluing items together, simply organizes items with a natural, Tetris-like connectable affinity for each other into geometric shapes.

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Some experts from his artistic statement:

"I am fascinated walking around flea markets finding doubles of seemingly unique, though often useless objects I have already purchased at another flea market...

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Feb 15, 2010

ManMaker: Steve Nicholson's Hole Punched Art

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Steve Nicholson is a second year Graphic Communication student...and an ace with a hole punch. He created this self portrait in full analog style - one dude, one piece of A1 paper, and ten differently sized single hole punches. The result is pretty impressive display of halftone-like holeyness.

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Feb 05, 2010

Snowmen Disasters: Calvin and Hobbes Come to Life

I refuse to read email forwards and chain letters. Even if they're actually hilarious, or educational, I simply skip past them on principal...sorry, Dad.

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Well, except for one. Each year, around this time of year, someone passes along a collection of the macabre snow art of Calvin and Hobbes, and I'm instantly transported back to the heyday of Bill Watterson's excellent work, and I'm thankful to have been a kid in the eighties and early-nineties.

And I'm also thankful for these clever, cold-weather peers, who've taken some inspiration from young Calvin and made their own real life nightmare-ish snowmen.  

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Feb 03, 2010

Free Printable Poster: Happiness is a Warm Glue Gun

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ManMade is not even a month old yet, but we're thrilled to have so many of you interacting with us and letting us know what you think.

So, to say thanks, we're offering a free poster that you can download [PDF] and print off at home!  

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Feb 02, 2010

How To: Paint a Glow-in-the-Dark Sketch Wall

 

New improvements in special consumer paints have openned up all kinds of opportunities for  projects and home customization.

Chalkboard paint allowed Kate to create a whole new take on tablescapes:

And magnetic paint on the back of this bathroom door turned it into a helpful storage solution:

But, there's a new kind on the special paint block, and it may be the best one yet: Phosphorescent paints that make anything they cover GLOW IN THE DARK!

PaulBo from Fangleelectronics used this amazing stuff to create an art wall, that's eternally reusable...like a giant glow-in-the-dark Etch-a-Sketch. "We isolated a good amount of wall with

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Jan 26, 2010

Having Fun with Stop Signs

So...I'm pretty sure this is illegal in every state, but art is supposed to be edgy, and playing with imagery as recognizable as the most common of street signs is pretty effective. As the mind behind StopSignArt says "Because I have a digital camera and bandwidth, and Seattle has a lot of stop signs."

And whether you agree with the act or not, you can't help but be amused and challenged by this collection of stop sign additions assembled by DamnCoolPics.

  

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Jan 25, 2010

A Whole Mess of Free, Well-Designed Typefaces

I do love me a thought out, well-designed typeface. And while I love learning to recognize and properly use the classic, modern alphabets, I like veering away from the standards with some lesser known options.

Unfortunately, inexpensive, attractive typefaces are hard to come by. The League of Moveable Type offers not only inexpensive, sharp options, but a heap of FREE tasty fonts.

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Jan 21, 2010

The Amazing Sketchbooks of Lars Henkel

Julia Rothman's "Book By Its Cover" blog regularly features some incredible things bound in book form. But these from German Illustrator Lars Henkel simply leap off the page (screen?) in their pushing the boundaries of what "sketchbook" usually conjurs up.

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"Lars Henkel wrote me wondering if I’d be interested in sharing his sketchbook. I am more than thrilled when an incredible artist such as Lars even has heard about the site, let alone wants to contribute to it. Lars work is interesting and impressive in every way.  

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Jan 19, 2010

Hurry Up and Wait

This week, I've been pretty affected by a recent article in Good magazine, entitled "Hurry Up and Wait." When I first saw it, it was  the art by Mark Weaver that got me salivating...

But, then, I actually read the article, in which several forward-thinking designers, writers, and scholars explore the necessity of patience and slowness, and how it must be as important to a successful future as speed.  And it's pretty good stuff.

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Jan 04, 2010

Wooden Figures by Jean Jullien

I don't really know what these are, and I don't care. The website calls them "wooden figures" and the index files them under toys. We'll simply resituate our dropped jaws, and file them under crazy good inspiration.

  

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Dec 31, 2009

Graffiti Warfare

So, first, a quick primer. King Robbo was a pioneering graffiti artist in London in the 1980s. He painted this piece at Regents canal in Camden, London in 1985, and it's remained untouched since:

  

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Dec 27, 2009

Excellent, Free Photography How-To Videos

Even if you're not a devoted Nikon disciple, they're offering some great free how-to videos that appeal to anyone interested in digital photography.

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My three faves are these by Joe McNally, who's the kinda guy from whom you just wanna learn.   

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