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Patrick Brennan

Recently stumbled across the work of Patrick Brennan by way of his most recent solo show @ HalseyMcKay. He provides a really fresh take on painting. Lots of interesting material decisions, color usage, and compositional arrangements. I dig it…more after the jump.

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Laurent Desgrange

Paris based designer Laurent Desgrange not only creates some interesting apparel including fancy bow ties but he also has a great collection of  psychedelic collages which sometimes find their way on his apparel.

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Peter Beste Misrepresented Communities

New York-based photographer, Peter Beste, definitely has style when it comes to his work. But an interesting second read characteristic of him is his compassion shown through his camera, particularly in his series Houston Rap I and II, where he documents the misrepresented people of the community’s outskirts.

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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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Awesome Video Of The Day: A is for Analog

Maybe it’s just because my name starts with the letter A and I love hand made things but this quick lil video by Daniele Manoli cracked me up.

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Olivia Knapp’s Drawings Are Still Lifes On Acid

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These ink drawings, saturated with detail, are the masterwork of Seattle artist Olivia Knapp. Knapp utilizes classic shading techniques from the Baroque period, putting a real spin on the classic still life. At first glance, her work appears to be a mishmash of objects borrowed from an antiquated medical book. Knapp orchestrates a hyper-stylized version of everyday elements within American culture: a Fruit Loops box, some headphones, items rigidly anchored to the 21st century American lexicon. In these drawings, they appear in a different light, making the items far more mysterious and surreal than we know them to be. The black crosshatching weaves in an inexplicable amount of detail, with forms that are tight from a distance and dissolve into their own internal network of lines when viewed in detail.

Her work stretches leisurely throughout the frame, exhibiting a sort of spaciousness that is vastly composed of the winding structures of arteries stemming from the heart, or twisted plants and snakes. The arteries of a heart grip a spoon to eat a bowl of cereal, the brain hovers, listening to music; often what could have been a normal picture reduced to its mere elements, the heart the symbolic structure indicating man, or human, yet everything contorts into everything else like Salvador Dali’s melting clocks. The marriage of a new symbol presented with an old technique is nothing new, but Knapp has found a way to express it that is entirely bizarre, interesting, and unique.

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Here at Beautiful/Decay we know a thing or two about what makes an artist’s portfolio successful; each day we receive dozens of artist portfolio submissions from all over the world showcasing art, design, photography, and more. When it comes to artist portfolio sites, we’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly- we wanted to share our favorite artist-friendly website builder with our readers, it’s called Made With Color.

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Maria Rybicka

 

Playful illustrations by designer Maria Rybicka.

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