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Inspiration: Michael Jackson

Inspiration: Michael Jackson??? Yes!!! Michael has been the king of pop for so long that we should get thrown out of the earth if we didn't mention him here at Abduzeedo at least once. Thriller has completed 25 years and Michael is about to turn 50 at the end of the week, so it's time to get some sweet inspiration from his work. There are many things to learn from him, because a person does not get 'Michael Jackson Famous' during the night like that. There's got to be something. And there is. When Thriller was launched, people already knew Michael's talent... he was a true golden boy, known since his work in the Jackson 5. The little kid grew up and became something else. He would amaze everyone with his new ideas and concepts for music, when anyone was expecting it. Thriller was trully different from everything else... its rhythm and beat was somewhat a revolution, and Michael would get an even more greater Star status. He influenced music videos and music itself hence he was the king of all of it. Not of all his artwork is good, but we really got to mention some of it, like the 1992 album "Dangerous", a wonderful collage. I remember I was 8 years old and would stare at it and think who different it was and wonder how it was made. Dangerous (1992) And there are many things that Michael Jackson left us... good memories for sure! Like the Moonwalker game for the Sega Genesis. Boy, I loved that game!! And its cover design is pretty sweet. Sega's Moonwalker Moonwalker game clip. Sweeeet. :D And of course, the Thriller song is pretty cool, but for me, its beat is not as huge as Billie Jean's. I mean... Michael DID the moonwalk dance for the first time during a Billie Jean performance. That's enough for me. There's no person in the world who never tried at least once to do the moonwalk. I'm still trying to own it. Even Fabio does it. Hahaha. The friggin', mind blowin' Moonwalker Jedi. And of course, the Moonwalker movie. It actually sucks, but the cover art is cool. And at last, but not least, how not to mention the greatest videos in YouTube inspired in Michael's work, like the Philippines detention dance and Bollywood's Thriller? These are the ultimate proof that Michael has influenced full generations of people all around the world. And I'll finish this post telling you that Michael must be remembered for all the great moments he gave us during our childhood parties and during our attempts to dance like him (what was really fun to do). Long live the Jacko! Cheers! ;) And it was only a 'practice'... Chiranjeevi's Thriller.

Amazing Gutter Art

Most of us would never think that a gutter could be a piece of art. Here in Brazil, some people are using these parts of urban scenery to bring a little bit of color to the commomly grey sidewalks. They are Anderson Augusto and Leonardo Delafuente from 6emeia. The 6emeia project was created and developed by the artists Anderson Augusto, also known as SÃO, and Leonardo Delafuente, also known as Delafuente. The duo live in the Barra Funda neighborhood of São Paulo where they began the project with the purpose of changing and transforming daily life. The duo's objective is to modify the means within which we all live, proposing a new way to view things by reflecting upon themes generated through creative and unusual works. Such modifications are made by painting storm drains, light posts, manhole covers and any other object which makes up the urban scenario. And it's fantastic that they don't just paint anything, random faces and all, but they even make some pieces inspired by classic paintings and movies. And of course, they're like ninjas... they adapt to any gutter situation. Hope you all enjoy these! Cheers. ;) For more information and images visit their website at http://www.6emeia.com/ Text Ad: Sign up with a+ braindumps for getting incredible online HP0-S26 courses. We also provide best 642-384 with guaranteed success.

Inspiration: Chris Roth

Probably the greatest thing about writing to a big blog is that you always get to know some cool artist from around the world. Chris Roth, an american artist recently sent us an email linking this site, and it was really worth the visit. Maybe most of you, designers, artists, and all people that visit the blog on a regular basis, don't know that you can actually emails us to talk about your work (or someone else's). It's really not hard to get featured here, the only thing necessary is that we think your work is cool enough. Chris sent his work, Chris got it. You guys should really try it too! :) One more thing, besides the fact that our feed readers counter down there constantly bugs, we have almost 10 thousand readers. There are 9700 or something close to that actually... And to warm up thing a little bit, I want to encourage you guys to sign our feed, because if we manage to reach 10k readers and remain like that for at least 2 days, then we're gonna giveaway a favicon. So hurry up! Sign now! ;)

Beautiful Illustrations by Linn Olofsdotter

Ok, I was totally blown away by her work. Linn Olofsdotter, is an awesome artist from Sweden, who's been to many countries (even Brazil) working and promoting her awesome work. And when I tell you I am blown away, I mean it. :O We often see nice illustrations and all that, but Linn managed to go further and became something different (at least for me). She makes a kind of work that I don't see much often, playing with textures, gradientes, scribbles and lots of hand drawing. I'm totally in love with her work, and you guys should totally visit her portfolio to see her many many pieces there. You won't regret, for sure! Cheers! ;) BLOWN AWAY!

Inspiration: Vault49

It's really cool when you find designers that work with many different styles. Jonathan Kenyon and John Glasgow, both from England are like that: multi-talented. Together, they launched Vault49, an awesome design studio that's been doing some great work in NY, collaborating to with the Artful Dodger clothing brand. You may see some cool work of them here, and you also may visit their website! Cheers! ;)

Interview: Jonathan Wong

We've seen some works from depthCore already, a great group of designers. One of them is Jonathan Wong, a great designer living in Ireland. He gently answered a few questions for us, and now we got a great interview for you guys! 1. First of all we would like to thank you for taking the time to provide Abduzeedo with this interview. Please tell us more about your art and design background and what made you become an artist and designer? You're welcome, Abduzeedo! Anyway, my name is Jonathan Wong. I live in Ireland in a city called Limerick. I've always had a passion for art. Ever since I was young, I would draw and paint a lot. I never really saw it as a possible career for me. It was not until I discovered digital art that I realised that there was a big opportunity in designing. With this realisation, I applied for art college in Limerick and got in. I am currently going into my second year in Graphic Design. 2. Which tools do you usually use? Both "traditional" (pencil, markers...) and digital. Traditionally. I use a lot. Pencils, paints(acryllics and oils), Pitt Pens, biros etc.. Anything that makes a mark really, I'll try. And digitally, I use a Wacom drawing tablet and a big ol computer. 3. Do you work in a office? What is your routine like? What are your research resources? I don't work in an office. I freelance from home for the most part. I wake up. Catch up with some friends during the day and then burn the midnight oil with my art at night. For research, obviously the internet is something I use but I also like to read books. Not really if I want to research something for a commission but just to get inspiration for myself for my own personal work. 4. Could you describe for us your typical 'start to finish' workflow when working on a design? Typical start to finish. It goes from my mind to some paper to my computer. Or sometimes I may just skip the middleman and just go freestyle on the computer. It all depends on my mood. 5. What, for you personally are the pros and cons of being a designer? Well at the moment, I am a freelance designer so I'll tell you about the pros and cons about that. The cons for me personally is that there is never a steady income. Sometimes you may go through patches where there is not many great offers to take on that you want to pursue further. Deadlines can be very tight at times for clients so that is also a con, though it must be said, tight deadlines come with the territory anyway. However, there are many positives. The fact that you can work at home, that you are your own boss. You also get to freely decide what projects you want to take on as opposed to being an inhouse designer where you have little or no power over what projects you take on. 6. How does your job as an artist and designer influence your life? Do you feel that you see things around you differently for example? I think as a designer, I feel I have a greater appreciation for design in general. Where some people may take everyday designs for granted, I don't. Designers work in visuals everyday too. We have to work in images, so when I see things that may seem banal to an ordinary personal, I don't see it for what it is but for what it might be. 7. We like to know what artists do in their spare time to get some fun. What do you do? Sports, television, movies? In my spare times, I love spending time with my girlfriend and my friends. I love football so I'll watch that when it is on. I don't watch television that much because I will normally have whatever TV series I want to watch on my computer. I'm a big movie buff also. 8. What are your favorite 5 websites, and why? http://www.depthcore.com - Great people, great art. http://www.evokeone.com - Been a member there for quite a while. Still really enjoy being there. A lot of nice artists there too. http://www.youtube.com - Who doesn't love youtube? http://www.artofwong.com - What is an interview without a shameless plug? http:/www.imdb.com - Awesome movie database (And of course Abduzeedo, an awesome sourse of inpiration and design news!) 9. Once again , thank you very much for the interview. As a final word, do you have any tips for upcoming artists and designers? You're welcome again! A final word? Hmm, just enjoy what you do and the rest will fall into place.

Inspiration: Dvein

Dvein is a motion and interactive studio based in Barcelona. They make some awesome stuff, and you can see that in their portfolio. Some of their work I can't even tell whether it's real or not. Seriously. Besides that, their portfolio is one of the most stunning portfolios I've ever seen. They have taken the 'interactive' beyond and made and awesome showcase of thei work. It's really worth a visit. Enjoy a little selection of their work! Cheers! ;)

Inspiration: Sophie Griotto

Born in 1975 in Alès (South of France), Sophie Griotto is a designer whose artistic path began through applied arts at Nîmes, Toulouse and Paris. Since then she's been able to work with illustration story board for some arts agencies. She makes beautiful art portraiting women, and reminds a lot of Robert McGinnis. Her focus is at the contemporary urban woman, and researches her accesories and attitude, which makes her personality a lot more original. Even though she doesn't use much lines, Sophie compensates using lots of colours in her designs, what makes her work really stunning and vivid. Her tools of trade are the graphic stiletto, pencils and pastel crayons. Sophie's favorite artists are René Gruau, Tadahiro Uesugi, among others. I really recommend that you visit her portfolio, she's got a lot more beautiful works there. And if you notice, I kinda tried to translate her french about me. lol Cheers! ;) photoback

Inspiration: Mathiole

Mathiole is the flickr code name of Matheus Lopez, a brilliant Brazilian graphic designer, who's been doing some absolutily cool t-shirt designs for a few sites, such as Camiseteria and my favorite, Threadless. In his flicker stream there's plenty of his work. There's all kinds of themes, from political satire to soccer. I don't need to tell you how much this guy is talented, just take a good look at his designs and enjoy! Cheers! ;)

Inspiration: Adam Spizak

We begin this week with fresh works from a polish designer named Adam Spizak. He's got great pieces and I would like to share them with you. Adam makes cool compositions, using pictures, vectors, making awesome, colorful illustrations. We'd love to get this dude interviewed! What do you guys think about it? Anyways, have a wonderful week, you all! Cheers! ;) You may also visit his portfolio for more great work!

vector arts from ID deviant artist

Hai everybody, this is my first post for this blog. For this time, i just want to greet everybody by showing some vector arts from here (vector arts from Indonesian Deviant Artist). Hope you enjoy this n_n Lately i've seen many great vector arts from my country. Most of them inspired me, some of those looks funny with a nice composition, the others are nice with a few color. . For me those arts are cool and give me unique sense when see it,, wish you too :)

Inspiration: Gustav Balderdash

We've already featured Gustav Balderdash's work in Wallpaper of the Week #8, and he's such a nice talented artist that we've asked him to write a little bit about his latest work, the Natural Selection mixtape. The author says: Natural Selection is a mixtape that I have been working on with drum n bass producer friend of mine NLB for the last two or three months. I chose to name it after the most important idea anyone has ever had. The name also suits the way that out of the tracks that I had chosen for the mix, only a few fitted together in tempo and feel, so it almost made istelf. I have been into Hip-Hop since I had a music taste and I love the way it can mix with drum n bass, so originally I just wanted to put together a few of my favourite instrumentals and acapellas into a single mix that I could give to my friends for the summer. I have recently become engrossed in the work of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Sam Harris, all of whom have transformed my world view within the last 6 months. I decided to sprinkle the music with snippets of their wisdom, amongst others like Charles Bukowski, and Sir David Attenborough. I am pleased with how Natural Selection has turned out, but there are still plenty of leftovers from this project and I have found quite a bit of material since finishing this, Nuff respect to NLB for his technical expertise on this project, the next one is going to be twice as nice! You may download the mixtape by clicking HERE. Other works.

Inspiration: Illustration Master Robert McGinnis

For the last few weeks came to my knowlegde an artist that gotta be the Jedi of Illustrators. His name is Robert McGinnis, and you might know him by his 007 vintage posters. Today, I'm gonna pay a little tribute to this man, who made superb illustrations to book covers, paperbacks, posters and etc. He portraits women like no one, and his designs are really sexy, no wonder he was the man to picture 007 posters for so long. Well, just enjoy these eyecandies. ;) Some sources besides Flickr: American Art Archives, Stainless Steel Droppings, The Pinguin Blog.

Print Design Inspiration

Lately I've been doing some research on prints: magazines, booklets, brochures and stuff like that. I'm a big lover of fanzines... or any kind of zine actually, and there are a lot of great stuff around to look at. Here in Porto Alegre for example, we have 3 big, famous zines that have cool designs Solto, Noize and Void. And besides that, in the internet, we get to find awesome articles about prints. Here are some of them: Otaku Kaidan Magazine Beautiful Brochures and Booklets Excellent Book Covers and Paperbacks Well Done: cook first What will your book be?

Interview: iLK

iLK (www.ilkilkilk.com), is a french graphic designer who has a really unique and creative style. I discovered his work thanks to an article of Computer Arts, and then immediately added his website to my bookmarks! He accepted to share with us his experience. To see more of his artwork, visit his website: www.ilkilkilk.com 1) First, welcome to Abduzeedo iLK! Glad to see you here. Would you tell us a bit of you? Where are you from, when did you start drawing, for example? I was born in 1982, in the Seine Saint Denis (in the northern suburbs of Paris). I have been drawing since I was a child, because of "Club Dorothée" (a french programme of the 90's, where were broadcasted mostly mangas such as Dragon Ball Z, or Ken the Survivor, for instance) 2) How did you find your own style, full of strange characters, monsters, and above all full of bright colors? Do you first draw your pictures before working in your computer? I don't know precisely where all this stuff comes from... From the music I listen to, I think, which is not very cheerful : Metal, Hardcore, Death, Hip Hop... I'm also a great fan of Tim Burton. Probably the one explains the other! Almost all my illustrations are hand drawn with felt-tip and paper!!! Then I scan the drawing and I colorize it with my computer. 3) How do you work? What is your typical day of working? And what websites do you usually visit for daily inspiration? I start working as soon as possible, often about 8 a.m., and i usually stop between midnight and 4 a.m when I'm late in my work. I work with many agencies, in particular Pubicis Net (a huge french communication agency), but also with a lot of different customers. Every day is another adventure! My Netvibes is full of interesting websites, including the excellent www.glltn.com , www.cpluv.com , www.badbadblog.com ... Too long to mention them all! 4) What are your tools of work? A mac, a graphic tablet, and above all paper, felt-tips, rules, etc...!!! The software I use are the well-known Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, ... 5) What is your best / worst memory in your career? I don't have any particularly bad or good memory. Each project is different, with its good and bad sides, its doubts and its successes. But finally, there's only good times. 6) Is your work changing or influencing the way you live, or the way you see the world around you?What is graphic design bringing to you personally? Maybe a kind of serenity, maybe i'm more open-minded. Working with so different people forces you to be tolerant, and to be interested in the project and people who have it, in order to lead the work to his final result in the best way you can. 7) What pieces of advice would you give to someone who want to be a graphic designer? I think working first in an agency is indispensable, to know that the workflow is many more important than they tell you at school... It's the end of your xBox360 afternoons with your friends! Being a freelance is a dream for most of us, but it forces you to be well organized, to take care of the bunch of papers, to pay an accountant for your annual balance sheet : working as a freelance is not always very funny! I advise to the future graphic designer to try to find their own style, and not to try to mimic what they see in the web. With a huge proportion of motivation, and it will be ok. Thanks again for the opportunity to have you here in abduzeedo. And keep the good work! For more information visit his website at www.ilkilkilk.com

Nacionale

Yes, the brazilian both designer and illustrator Doug Alves from Nacionale hasn't updated his site for awhile. But if you don't know his works already, please check cause it's awesome!

Inspiration: Diego Zambrano

Diego Zambrano is a Brazilian designer who's been doing some great work. He's worked with big Brazilian companies, such as Skol, Claro, Sadia and Fiat. It's just great to see some awesome designs such as these... and I wonder how many people have visited the sites he developed. Probably millions. That's freakin' awesome. Visit him at Work for Food.