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Great Illustrations from Thiago Pena

Today we will show you some great illustrations and a small bio from a Brazilian artist, Thiago Pena. For us it is really a pleasure to show artists from our Country, specially artists with great pieces as the ones you will see here. Thiago's illustrations are really unique. They have a different style, and the lines and shades are great. His drawings are a bit dark, they express a whole parallel atmosphere that get our attention immediately. Thiago's work was actually suggested by his friend Wander to appear in our daily inspiration post, but as I really liked his images I decided to contact Thiago to get more info about him to write this article. So here you will be able to know a bit more about the artist and also check some of his illustrations. I hope you like the images as much as I did! Don't forget to visit Thiago's flickr page to see more of his pieces. Enjoy the images! I asked Thiago to tell us more about him and about when he started drawing. So from now on I present you Thiago, his words and work! Well, I was born in Viçosa, MG/Brazil in 1985 and when I was 8 I moved to Mariana, where I lived until 2005, when I moved to BH to study Fine Arts at the Guignard School, UEMG where I'm concluding my graduation. I'm not exactly sure about when exactly I started drawing, actually I know that I never stopped. Every kid is a potential illustrator, but when the aesthetic sense starts to appear they abandon drawing underestimating their potential. I probably started drawing non stop when I was 5, before going to primary school. When I was at the second grade I started having concentration problems at the classes. I used to sit by the window and draw parts of the landscape at the outside. Thinking about my concentration the teacher put me at the other side of the room, it kind of worked, but then I started drawing caricatures of her and my colleagues. From this time on the quality of my drawings became better even without knowing technics, which really bother me due to some frustrated creations. Because of that when I was 16 I decided to join the painting class at the FAOP (Fundação de Arte de Ouro Preto) where I attended for 3 years. I studied Drawing, Art History and Elements of the Artistic Language. I've learned the so famous perspective techniques, proportion, light and shadow, color theory and research for the creative process. It was a essential period to me where I had the real feeling about how the life of an artist works. I already worked with experienced artists such as André Burian and Suely Pimentel, also gave some Art Culture work shops for more than 2 years and currently I work for brands as Hundead and Death Toll Records. I always liked the Naturalism, Baroque, Surrealism and Hiper realism. I have a few of al them in my pieces but during the creative process I don't stick to any of them. And as for most people of my age, the influence of cartoon is also there. This is an influence that came to me before all other and that still has a big percentage in my creations, together with music influence of extreme metal, which I listening since I was a kid while drawing.

The most incredibles Museums around the world - Part 2

This is the second round of our series of posts covering Museums around the world. I've already explained in the first post why this kind of building is so amazing for me, and the importance that each one has for their cities and surroundings. Now for this post I will show you 10 amazing constructions that are really worth checking them out. Also if you missed the first article, check it out here. Ordos Art Museum, Mongolia 2007, DnA - Ordos Art Museum is the first building of Ordos’ new civic center on a stretch of sand dunes along the lake that is dedicated as a “public corridor” with art and cultural facilities. This 29,000 sq.ft. of exhibition and research space is distributed within an undulating form with a central span lifting clear off the ground, suggesting a desert viper winding over the dunes. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum Planned for 2010, Zaha Hadid - The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum will be a premier venue to attract major exhibitions and collections and serve as a showcase to enrich the educational experience and aesthetic enjoyment of art. The building, designed by world-renowned Zaha Hadid, will enable the museum to increase its visibility, showcase more of the permanent collection, organize and exhibit larger and more significant exhibitions, become more integral to university life and the greater community, and increase in stature—bringing international attention to the museum, MSU, the region and State of Michigan. The Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut 1974, Louis I. Kahn - The Center’s exterior of matte steel and reflective glass confers a monumental presence in downtown New Haven. The geometrical, four-floor interior is designed around two courtyards and is comprised of a restrained palette of natural materials (travertine marble, white oak, and Belgian linen). Kahn succeeded in creating intimate galleries where one can view objects in diffused natural light. Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles 1986, Arata Isozaki - Founded in 1979, MOCA is the only museum in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to contemporary art. It is committed to the collection, presentation, and interpretation of work produced since 1940 in all media, and to preserving that work for future generations. Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre - Brazil 2008, Alvaro Siza - The museum is mainly defined by its vertical volume where the exhibition rooms are located, from which are raised suspended, undulating arms in white concrete – somewhat resonant of the iconic concrete reveries of Lina Bo Bardi. This is the first project by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza built in Brazilian territory and was honoured by the Venice Architecture Biennale with the Golden Lion award in 2002. Nestlé Chocolate Museum, Mexico City 2007, Rojkind Arquitectos A playful folding shape that is evocative for kids, of an origami shaped bird, or maybe a spaceship, or could it be an ‘alebrije’? What might seem like a capricious form is the fruit of diligent design explorations and an intuition about what the place should express. The spectacular result is as firm as the faceted shapes which sustain it. Musée Hergé, Belgium 2007, Rojkind Arquitectos - It was at the close of the exhibition, organized by the Pompidou Centre about me in 1996, that I met Fanny and Nick Rodwell. They had seen the exhibition, liked it, and wanted to talk to me about their project for the Hergé Museum…Hergé had not only cradled and enchanted my own childhood, but he was also cradling and enchanting the childhood of my children. Ningbo Historic Museum, China 2008, Wang Shu - "When I designed this, I was thinking of mountains. I couldn't design something for the city, because here is no city here yet, so I wanted to do something that had life. Finally I decided to design a mountain." Museum Liaunig, Austria 2008, Querkraft -> The museum liaunig projects out on two sides over steep-sided ground, high up in the landscape. a cut through the hill marks a precise intervention in nature. The building cantilevers an impressive thirty metres out, over a steep bank towards the approach road - clearly visible to the approaching visitors. Gardiner Museum Renewal, Toronto - Canada 2006, KPBM Architects - The Gardiner Museum is one of the world's preeminent institutions devoted to ceramic art, and the only museum of its kind in Canada. It is also designated as one Toronto’s cultural renaissance projects. The renewal project, together with the Royal Ontario Museum across the street and the Royal Conservatory of Music around the corner on Bloor Street West, will form a new cultural precinct for the city.

Amazing Architecture from the Netherlands by MVRDV

Everytime I see these guys' works, I get even more impressed. It's modern and exciting. I'm talking about the Dutch architecture group called MVRDV. Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries work together since 1993 and are known worldwide for the way they develop their projects. The colors, the shapes, the constant preocupation with each development detail, and of course, the quest to transform each project into something to remember, have made MVRDV a notorious group, with a notorious style. In each project, we notice their attempt to change our way to see the world, always concerned about the context in which is being developed and about the way people will interact with each part of it. To get more information about MVRDV, you may check their site at Bellow, I've selected a few of their works that really give you a picture of why I admire these dutch guys so much. DnB NOR Headquarters [Updated] Cancer Centre Amsterdam Rødovre Skyvillage Expo 2000 NL Pavilion Borneo New Manor Gyre Mirador Silodam Barcode House Wozoco Singapore Westwood Cleveland Institute of Art

Video Inspiration: The Archive

This is one amazing piece of cinematography. Created by The worlds largest vinyl record archive is going up for sale, this is a much watch video. A lot of history and amazing shots for inspiration. The Archive from Sean Dunne on Vimeo.