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Will Ainley

Hairy Beast

Hairy Beast

Will Ainley is bringing weird back! His illustrations are all about creatures with spindly arms, crazy teeth, and funky personalities. You have to wonder what a conversation might be like with one of them; they seem like they could be friendly, maybe just misunderstood, but sweet. His portfolio consists mainly of pencil illustrations and vector work, sometimes together, sometimes separate; Ainley’s Prog Rock Monster is a cool example of how he drafts and produces his creatures, down to the last detail. He’s got a great sense of color, and adds a lot of character to his illustrations by exploring line theory, texture, and distortion. More after the jump!

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INSTALLATION FIVE SCION Art Tour

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For this year’s tour Scion asked each artist to create his or her literal, or non-literal interpretation of the theme ‘Self-Portraits’.  Video art will be included for the first time in the tour’s five-year history, alongside painting and photography.  Self Portraits highlights a diverse array of artists from around the world and will visit nine cities in total including Miami, New York, Portland, Minneapolis, San Jose, Philadelphia and Los Angeles before being auctioned off for arts related charities and non profits.

 

Painting: AJ Fosik, Alex Hornest, Andrew Schoultz, Asylm, Blek le Rat, Codak, David O’Brien, Edwin Ushiro, Francesco LoCastro, French, J. Shea, Jeff Soto, Kelsey Brookes, Kofie, Lisa Alisa, Mark Mothersbaugh, Nicholas Harper, Patrick Martinez, Rob Abeyta Jr., Ron English, Sage Vaughn, Skypage, Souther Salazar, Stormie Mills, Tessar Lo, Todd Tourso, Usugrow, Will Barras, Yoskay Yamamoto

 

Photography: Angela Boatwright, Christina M. Felice, Eriberto Oriol, Eye One, Jamel Shabazz, Logan Hicks, Peter Beste, RETNA, Rick Rodney, Saber, Too Tall Jahmal

 

Video Art: David Choe, elYEM, Ian Lynam, Peter Glover, Something In The Universe

 

Opening Reception: First Friday June 5, 200, 8pm ’til late 

Attending Artists: David O’BrienPete GloverIan Lynam

Music by: DJ Basura

 

This event is part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS artwalk. 

http://www.SouthFIRSTFRIDAYS.com

 

Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design

336 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

www.galleryAD.com  408.271.5155

 

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Nik Daum

The Inventor of Cross Dressing & MODE V

The Inventor of Cross Dressing & MODE V

The figure on the left is a product of Nik Daum‘s imagination, and I feel like that’s exactly where it takes you, into some imaginary world. Cool colors, awkward angles, this piece is definitely a reflection of his own personal aesthetic, best summed up by himself in his bio on his website – which I highly recommend you read! And if you’re up for some stalking, he’s got 5 webcams in different parts of his house, tracking his every move. Daum’s also done quite a bit of commercial work; you’re bound to be familiar with several of the campaigns he’s been involved with, like Target, Jamba Juice, and Nike. He’s got a whole lot going on, take a few minutes and just check it out! Everything is laced with his humor, and though it says you’ll be disappointed on his homepage, trust me, you won’t.

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Yellena James

Allusion

Allusion

 

Yellena James uses pen and ink to create truly exquisite forms. What starts out as a single shape or line blossoms into magnificent mushroom-jellyfish hybrids, feeding my affinity for all things under the sea! Her artwork has been so perfectly described as “colorful arrangements of organic shapes and tangled lines (which) are at once floral and alien, organic and sci-fi, crafty and fantastic.” With each piece she tries to “create an intimate world that posesses its own ethos and its own emotional range.”

 

She’s done illustration work for clients such as Anthropologie and Nike, and her work has appeared in numerous art and design resources and publications like Vogue Australia and Giant Robot.

 

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Josh Keyes Solo Exhibition: “Sprout”

Josh Keyes, Entangle I

 

Josh Keyes‘s new solo exhibition, Sprout, will be on display at the David B. Smith Gallery (located at 825 Santa Fe Drive), beginning May 30th through July 3rd. Presenting a series of new paintings with a focus on the theme of overgrowth, Sprout delves into Keyes’s vocabulary of imagery, intertwining animals and objects to create a simultaneously mysterious and unsettling juxtaposition between the natural and the manmade landscape. Keyes’s body of work conveys anxious and realistic visions of a possible future due to current global warming predictions. 

 

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STACHE N’ SHADES COMPETITION WINNERS

May 20th has come and gone! Your submissions were awesome and we had fun here at B/D seeing them all come through.

 
Now, time for the winners (in no particular order). Drumroll, please…

 

 

WINNER #1: PEDRO FERNANDES

www.ffall.org

 

Pedro Fernandes

Pedro Fernandes

 

B/D: What was your inspiration & process behind creating this graphic?
PF: I love 3D volumetry and also 2D flatness. I start some hand drawing as a base then in end reconstructing shapes in the computer. The splat thing came when listening to Femme Fatale and some other Canadian punk. If it lasted longer, there would be blood everywhere…

 

B/D: Are you in the creative field – or what is your day job?
PF: Part-time designer in the furniture industry. And, part-time illustrator at my home.

 

B/D: What is your preferred medium?
PF: I like the one that is looking at me. Readiness to hand. If the medium isn’t ready then it is not suitable to me.

 

B/D: What is your fave kind of mustache?
PF: Currently I carry a full beard, but I recommend the Cantiflas style.

 

 

WINNER #2: TwoLobesOneBrain

www.tlob.fr

 

TwoLobesOneBrain

TwoLobesOneBrain

 

B/D: What was your inspiration & process behind creating this graphic?

 

TLOB: Currently we work on a hand-drawn faces project, and when we saw the “stache ‘n shades” contest a couple of days ago, we found an interesting link between hand drawn treatment and Photofit-like illustration. We used the photofit treatment with our faces (pencil) and we saw the stache like an accessory like shades, to change our faces maybe like a criminal running.

 

B/D: Are you in the creative field- or what is your day job?

 

TLOB: We are a little graphic design studio based in Paris (France), named TLOB (TwoLobesOneBrain).

 

B/D: What is your preferred medium?

 

TLOB: Today it’s Screenprinting.

 

B/D: What is your fave kind of mustache?

 

TLOB: Inigo Montoya’s mustache.

 

 

 

WINNER #3: SEAN VAN PRAAG

www.rebeljester.com

 

Sean Van Praag

Sean Van Praag

 

B/D: What was your inspiration & process behind creating this graphic?

 

SVP: I came across the ad for the best shades and stache contest and thought that was a pretty bad ass contest, and I had some free time so I wanted to see what I could come up with.. The process.. for this one I really had it pictured pretty well in my head before I started. Kinda bad-ass-og-cowboy-robots cruisin’ the desert. Than I drew up a sketch… decided it would look coolest in 3D and then just went from there, playing around until I felt it had reached its full potential of awesomeness. 

 

B/D: Are you in the creative field- or what is your day job?

 

SVP: My day job, I’m a motion designer/ animator/ director. Right now I freelance at motion design studios in the LA area working on everything from commercials to music videos to network television. I’m really looking to get into directing/ creating music videos, short film animations and spend most of my spare time working on short animations. 

 

B/D: What is your preferred medium?

 

SVP: I don’t know that I have a preferred medium, they all kinda have their ups and downs, but painting/ drawing are what I do to chill out. 

 

B/D: What is your fave kind of mustache?

 

SVP: Tough call, I’d say its a toss between the twirly dali-stache, and big ass handlebars, they’re both pretty bad ass. 

 


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Confessions Of A Superhero

This documentary is from 2007 but is still one of my favorites to date. If you live in LA or have visited Hollywood Blvd. you’ll be familiar with these masked performers that stand out side the  Chinese Mann theater  and pose in photos with tourists.

 

 

 

CONFESSIONS OF A SUPERHERO is a feature length documentary that chronicles the lives of three mortal men and one woman who make their living working as superhero characters on Hollywood Boulevard.  This deeply personal look into their daily routines reveals their hardships and triumphs as they pursue and achieve their own kind of fame.  

 

 

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Chris Appelhans

Character Design for Monster House: Jenny, DJ, and Chowder

Character Design for Monster House: Jenny, DJ, and Chowder

 

Chris Appelhans has done some awesome production and character design for films like Monster House, City of Ember, and Coraline. He exhibits a fabulous range, from the ultra-dark and disgustingly well-rendered to the innocent and simple–and oftentimes the two realms overlap. How his work always seems to retain a sense of hope is beyond me! 

 

Check out his Frank and Frank cartoons as well as his modern-day adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (pictures after the jump, of course!). 

 

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