Inspiration: Roger Dean

Roger Dean

Roger Dean

Roger Dean

Roger Dean

The beautiful other-worldly paintings of Roger Dean. I’ve always been a fan of science fiction styles mostly in the form of television shows and movies, and I’ve been researching quite a lot of 70s style artwork from the genre lately. Roger Dean’s work is simply wonderful, naturalistic yet space-aged at the same time with a heavy atmosphere.

Check out Roger Dean’s website, and subsequently, Sci-Fi-O-Rama has a huge backlog of stellar science fiction artwork.

Inspiration: Vasava on Adobe CS4

Vasava

Vasava

I came across these wonderful pieces via Ffffound this morning, entitled Melted Thoughts by Barcelona-based design team Vasava.

These images, along with others on their website, were a part of the Adobe CS4 launch. Beautiful simplicity, reminiscent of M.C. Escher’s impossible spaces.

Superbrothers!

Superbrothers

Superbrothers

Superbrothers


THE CHILDREN OF THE CLONE from superbrothers on Vimeo.

Whenever I am added as a contact by someone on Flickr, I always make a point of checking out their work to see where they are coming from in the art world. This is how I stumbled across the brilliance that is Superbrothers by Craig Adams.

I love oldschool videogames spanning Atari, Commodore and the NES, and Craig’s art and animation is honest to that era while combining it with a vintage film style. Even though the videos and art are made of tiny(or large) squares, Craig brings them to life with his unique style and texture. Wonderful stuff, and judging by his ‘.ca’ url he is a fellow Canadian.

Check Superbrothers.ca for his videos, artwork and store.

Delicate Machines: Demo Reel 2008

Delicate Machines Demo Reel 2008

Delicate Machines Demo Reel 2008

Delicate Machines Demo Reel 2008

My good friends Joel Lelièvre and Jonathan Mitchell are the guys behind the visual effects powerhouse Delicate Machines, located here in Halifax. They have a hefty portfolio which includes client work for Samsung, Coors, Johnnie Walker, MTV, Madonna, and so on. The caliber of their work speaks for itself.

They have just released the Delicate Machines Demo Reel 2008 which includes all of their current modeling, texturing, lighting, animation and compositing work.

Inspiration: Logos by Paul Rand

Paul Rand

Paul Rand

The great Paul Rand (1914 – 1996), an American graphic designer best known for his corporate identity and collateral design. Along with my previous post about Saul Bass, Rand developed some of the greatest identities of the 1900s, most of which are still in use today. Shown above are:

1. American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC): 1962
2. IBM: 1972
3. United Parcel Service (UPS): 1961
4. Ford Motor Company (unused): 1966
5. Westinghouse: 1960
6. Yale University Press: 1985
7. Consolidated Cigar Corporation: 1959
8. Atlas Crankshaft Corporation: 1964

It is a huge shame that the Ford logo shown above went unused. Developed in 1966 it perfectly captures the forward-thinking nature of technology at the time while maintaining the Ford brand. Check out Rand’s extensive portfolio gallery at Paul-Rand.com.

Inspiration: Rocketship Tours

Steve Thomas Rocketship Tours

Being a fan of 1930s travel posters and outer space, I was thrilled to come across these excellent posters by illustrator Steve Thomas. Beautifully crafted and honest to the vintage style. I couldn’t find the full set of posters on his site, but check out his post on Conceptart.org for some larger versions.

Stop the Monuments

Stop the Monuments

A new piece entitled Stop the Monuments. Click here to see a larger version.

Inspiration: Josh Keyes

Josh Keyes

Josh Keyes

Josh Keyes

I can’t get enough of the work of Josh Keyes. Not only does he possess incredible skill with a brush, but also the ability to water down an idea or commentary into it’s purest form and presenting it with the precision of a museum display. Keyes touches on American military history, urbanization, surveillance, and the beauty (and destruction) of nature. Very few humans appear in his paintings yet our fingerprints are present with grafitti, litter, mailboxes, traffic signs, roads, etc.

“My work often contains a hybridization of concepts and imagery that express global concerns about ecological, political, and militarism issues. I try to create work that fuses my personal mythology and imagery with these concerns. The result is a continuous and evolving pattern of fragmented imagery that slowly unfolds and folds like a patchwork quilt. The work functions for me as a record of both my personal history and interpretation of events in the world.” – Josh Keyes

Check out Josh Keyes’ huge body of work at his website, and also an interview he did over at Josh Spear.