I've been following the work of Mark van Leeuwen for years, especially on his Instagram. His stylish works in lettering and type clearly made a difference in our day-to-day with typography. We are taking a look at this very cool mural for Cadillac (Europe) painted in Munich, Germany for what they called: Stroke Art Fair. You just gotta love the colour contrast used with a simple black and white, I personally do love the 360 approach taken on the car display to show both sides of the car instead of one. Mural painted in Munich, Germany for Stroke Art Fair, in collaboration with Cadillac Europe More Links Learn more about Mark van Leeuwen Follow Mark's work on Behance Typography & Illustration
Very cool project title for a mural drawing by Deck two who is an artist from Paris, France. Entitled: Move the World, we follow him on this absolute beautiful drawing showcasing the important landmarks of the World. It's quite stunning and I can't even imagine the level of patience it would take to work on this kind of project. Props to Thomas for his incredible dedication! One of my last mural project in Memphis, Tennessee. A huge 2,6 x 13 meters long panoramic view in the entrance of JKI offices. That mural embraces all the famous places in the world that the company has been reaching through the years. Long days of work to complete this freehand mural with just a couple of Molotow acrylic markers. I chose a small 2mm nib to get as much details as I could so the visitors could stare at the walls to discover all the hidden details. I hope you guys will like it too. More Links Learn about about Deck two Follow Deck two's work on Behance Illustration & Art Direction
We would love to share some of the recent work from our good friend Ben Johnston who is a designer & letterer from Toronto, Ontario. It's always an inspiration to see what Ben is working on and quite impressive as well. We are taking a look at this mural for Digital Natives, what is so cool about this piece is the text effect expressed which is some kind of a distortion that for us would be quite a good jam on Photoshop. But imagine on a mural? The result is just stunning, props to Ben! More Links Learn more about Ben Johnston Follow the work of Ben Johnston on Behance Follow Ben Johnston on Instagram Mural Design & Typography
Interesting mixture of street art and illustration; also for a good cause. Promoting environmental awareness, Brooklyn-based designer Ricardo Gonzalez took part of a festival that took place in Cancun, México (Avenida Uxmal). Giving the ocean a voice, Ricardo and other nine international and local artists came together for creating a positive impact in the perception for our future. Change the Future. Ricardo Gonzalez is a designer and artist based in Brooklyn, NYC. His focus is all around creative lettering, typography and art direction. He has been traveling all over the Globe for art installations and street art; we are huge fans of his work on ABDZ. Presented by @proyectopanorama and CIMUC, the festival features the work of nine international and local artists, all coming together to paint for a purpose and give the oceans a voice via art and activism (ARTivism). Video Project Gallery Credits By Ricardo Gonzalez Photography: The Stills Agency More Links Learn more about Ricardo at itsaliving.nyc Follow Ricardo on Behance Get more information on PangeaSeed Foundation
Hope Little is a designer, letterer and artist currently based in Toronto, Canada. She worked with many cool clients and in the past year, she worked on a 3 day mural for Red Bull's Montreal Head Office. The concept of the mural was to kick off the first ever Red Bull Montreal Soapbox Race. Check it out! All Rights to Hope Little All Rights to Hope Little All Rights to Hope Little All Rights to Hope Little All Rights to Hope Little All Rights to Hope Little All Rights to Hope Little All Rights to Hope Little All Rights to Hope Little Video Links Find out more about Hope Little: http://www.hopelittle.com Follow Hope on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hopelittle Previously Featured Introducing Hope Little: http://abduzeedo.com/introducing-hope-little
Global City is a project by French artist Deck Two in which he freehand painted a wall using only an acrylic marker. The mural consists of landmarks from all over the globe, and that's where the name came from. Check it out! For more from Deck Two visit behance.net/decktwo.
We post about Ben Johnston a couple of times here on Abduzeedo but the guy never stops delivering crazy cool work. For this post we would love to share the amazing mural inside a store in Toronto that he did. The project too around 8 hours and the lettering is beautiful. Another cool thing is that he share a video showing the process and of course some stills. Check it out. Watch as graphic artist Ben Johnston draws an epic 12'x16' mural inside the Vitaly x Friends Pop-Up Shop in Toronto. Drawn over the span of 8 hours, the line "If I could see all my friends tonight" comes from an LCD Soundsystem song and sums up what our annual pop-up shop is all about — a gathering of old friends, new friends, and soon-to-be friends all under one roof. Video Stills More progress pics on Insagram @benjohnston25 (http://www.instagram.com/benjohnston25)
Agostino Lacurci is a Italian artist and has been painting huge murals all over Europe. His style is very artistic and different from any graffiti you have seen before. Enjoy! For more from Agostino Lacurci visit agostinoiacurci.com. Abithoudini Via Lugaro, Turin (Italy) Fish’n'kids Via del Porto Fluviale, Rome Beardwatching Univerisity Campus, Besançon (France). Punti di fuga Murals made for Rebibbia on the Wall project. Created in collaboration with a group of 15 inmates on the courtyard walk’s walls, in the “Maximum security” unit of Rebibbia prison. Curated by Walls. Autostalk Zagreb. Made for MUU, Zagreb Urban Art Museum. Pietro non torna indietro Via Lavizzari 5, Lugano (CH) The dialogue Made for Le Mur, Oberkampf, Paris. Future Simple Las Armas district, Zaragozza, Spain
Cristina and Cyla are artists from Brazil and had the chance to paint an amazing art mural in Bushwick, Brooklyn, as a tribute to the great poet Paulo Leminski who would be 70 years old in August 2014. Check it out! For more from Cristina and Cyla visit behance.net/Criatipos
Brain Mash is an amazing artist from Novosibirsk, Russian Federation. He specializes in graffiti murals with awesome graphics and a lot of details, check them out! For more from Brain Mash visit /brain-mash.com and behance.net/brainmash. Zombieland 3D Exhibition Squaw Skull Samurai
Interview with GR170 Abduzeedo is a creative reference website and we are proud to present artists, designers and other creatives from all areas you can imagine. Today we're glad to present this interview with the muralist GR170, one of the spanish members of the Mixed Media collective. You can see more from GR170 on the following links: Website Flickr Facebook First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for graffiti and street art? Thank you for the support it's always nice to have good feedback and sorry for my english... My friends and I started painting graffiti in the Barcelona’s boom of the 2000th, the streets of the city were full of murals and big graffiti pieces, people come all over the world to paint, we wanted to be part of it but we're away from the city center and at that time we're just learning. It was just about having fun and trying to spray cool things as the big boys in the neighborhood. GR170 earlier artwork. Which artists do you use as reference? Nowadays with all the internet information overdose it's too easy to get lots of references, I try not to abuse of this because it can be dangerous. Usually I like easy and clear things, I like people without a great technique and that have his own resources to explain something. The most important influence is my friends around me, the motivation during the paintings it's the biggest support. Painting alone is pretty much boring and harder… Your style is quite influenced by cartoons and childish illustration. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? I don’t know how to describe my style, I just do what I feel to do. I cannot do anything else, that is what comes out of my head. Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece. First of all you have to find a nice spot, we spend a lot of time searching for new walls, abandoned factories, highway bridges or any place the police can’t disturb you. I used to recycle a lot of plastic or latex paint, so when I find a good wall I would have enough paint to do it all over. I look into my skechbook and try to adapt the idea into the spot. After this, it's just painting for some hours and take a photo. What's the best thing about working with Street Art and what is the worst? I'm not sure about doing Street art, I don’t feel confortable with the street art label, I prefer to say I'm doing murals. I'm aware that my murals are not graffiti. But I feel near to the graffiti movement, have good friends that are writer and I like to write my name in the walls too. I have a lot of respect for the lettering and for the graffiti culture. But I'm not an orthodox and graffiti started in 1970 decade so the evolution of the tecniques and concepts are inevitable. So for me the worst thing are the people, galleries or artists taking advantage of the street painting. The best thing is the people I meet all these years. It's really nice to know and to paint near people you used to admire! How do you describe your daily routine? Do you have any hobbies? From monday to friday I use to wake up with my girlfriend alarm clock, take a walk in the park with the dog, draw something or work in the computer. In the weekend I try to paint as much I can, this is like a religion to me… We've seen a boom on street art and graffiti on the last 5 years, tells us your opinion about it. Obviously something is happening, lots of big walls festivals, graffiti blogs all over the web, street artists selling for millions. I guess in a few years we will see what will stay and what go on. Time will tell. Tell us five lessons you believe are really important for every artist. Just some words: Know, work, overcome, resist and never give up! Tell us five websites that you like to visit www.weedandfun.com all-9-long.blogspot.com.es/ www.finerats.com maximumclatellot.blogspot.com.es/ facebook.com/internationalriot/ Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business. Just do what you want and have fun! Thanks again to you for the support!
These colorful geometric murals were done by Matt W. Moore, an amazing graffiti artist who can blend shapes, colors and street art all in one. Check out this post for some really awesome graffiti murals all over the globe. I have been painting on walls for over half of my life. It's a magical experience to actualize an idea extra-large in the public space. Lots to see in this section. Everything from my early years of graffiti and street-level art, to my more recent abstract murals. Indoor & outdoor, I've got you covered. For more from MWM visit mwmgraphics.com.
Jacqui Oakley & Jamie Lawson are one of of the most creative couples out there, together they were invited to live paint a mural at the Agenda NYC tradeshow for Flexfit/Basecamp. Check out the process and the amazing final result. For more from Poly Studio visit polystudio.ca, for more from Jacqui Oakley visit jacquioakley.com, and for more from Jamie Lawson blog.jamielawsonart.com. The Agenda Trade Show is a forum for streetwear lines, such as Brixton, Reebok, Herschel, Vans etc., with a strong emphasis in style, art, music and culture. We were given a big 12×8′ freestanding wall and kindly given free reign by the awesome Basecamp folks to do as we please. We thought since this was the NYC Agenda show we’d go with a New York theme and the first one that came to mind was obviously everyone’s favourite monkey, KING KONG!
Here on Abduzeedo we also like to share some of our projects, events and ideas. The commissioned project I'm going to show you today was done early on this year and it's a candidate for my best project of 2013. I gave a lot of myself into it so I hope you guys like it, thanks a lot for the support. On the following I describe all the process behind the execution of this two commissioned murals for Casa de Portugal, I hardly see this kind of Case Study on this media (wall painting) so I thought this would be a good oportunity, hope you learn a lot from it. If you're interested in seeing more, you can see this and other projects on my Behance profile. Luís Vaz de Camões Luís Vaz de Camões is considered Portugal's and the Portuguese language's greatest poet. His mastery of verse has been compared to that ofShakespeare, Vondel, Homer, Virgil and Dante. He wrote a considerable amount of lyrical poetry and drama but is best remembered for his epic work Os Lusíadas (The Lusiads). His recollection of poetry The Parnasum of Luís de Camões was lost in his lifetime. The influence of his masterpiece "Os Lusíadas" in Portuguese is so profound that it is called the "language of Camões". (Wikipedia) Project The briefing that I had for this job was to make this artwork with a theme that could be at same time a tribute to the portuguese culture and also could convey a image. I decided to use the image of Luiz Vaz de Camões because he's a strong symbol (if not the most) of the portuguese literature. I also decided to use his most famous poem "Amor é fogo que arde sem se ver". As photographic reference for the illustration I took this picture of the Camões chest statue that we can found on Casa de Portugal. The angle I took the photo was choosen to give it a feeling of power and strength. I decided to make this on black and white to enhance the details and make reference to classic art using many hachures. I rather divide the poem in two blocks to make a better layout, I used the Dirty Sanchez (http://www.legacyofdefeat.com/). I added some arabesques on the base to make reference to classic emboss used on portuguese art. Process Bellow you can see the grid I used to organize the elements in order to translate them correctly to the wall. After I took all the measures of the wall I decided to convert the original project on Photoshop proportionally. This way it was way more easier to find out the measures of each element on the wall. Of course, I decided to do a few minor changes some of them just happened naturally on this step, anyway it did not compromised the final result. Making the type work, letter by letter using a kerning next to perfect was probably the hardest part of this project. I draw the letters using a triograph pencil because it has a bigger graphite and it won't broke on friction with the wall. After, using a acrylic light brush I did all the strokes and later the fill of each letter using red acrylic paint. When drawing the Camões head I first did a sketch using pencil and eraser to correct the mistakes, it was necessary to use a beveled brush that would not drip during the inking. I began by making frill that is the most abstract part of th drawing and later went into the beard and the rest of the head. Final Result Casa de Portugal - Mural 2013 from Marcos Torres on Vimeo. Mural realizado por Marcos Torres em 2013 na Casa de Portugal, Porto Alegre, Brasil. D. Vasco da Gama D. Vasco da Gama (c. 1460 or 1469 – 23 December 1524), 1st Count of Vidigueira, was a Portuguese explorer, one of the most successful in the Age of Discovery and the commander of the first ships to sail directly from Europe to India. He is one of the most famous and celebrated explorers from the Discovery Ages, being the first European to reach India by sea. This discovery was very significant and paved the way for the Portuguese to establish a long lastingcolonial empire in Asia. The route meant that the Portuguese wouldn't need to cross the highly disputed Mediterranean nor the dangerous Arabia, and that the whole voyage would be made by sea. (Wikipedia) Project This is another project I did for Casa de Portugal as they invited me to do, the idea was to create another panel that could be more thematic than the previous, but at the same time could maintain a unique style. I decided to embrace more the portuguese culture e to use her symbols. First I used the Portugal coat of arms, symbol that you can even see on their flag. I also added the picture of Vasco da Gama for his historic importance for the portuguese people as for the world history, so the choice of using a background with caravels and a sea was consistet with the theme. Here's a previous sketch of waht would become: I decided to use a grid to translate the sketch to the wall as I believe this is a technique that works really well for this purpose of expanding the image without leaving big distortions on the final product. I did this division on many columns and after just numbered to facilitate to identify each part that would produced. So, besides the decisions I had to made during the execution of this project, the grid obviously contributed for the final product be not exactly like the sketch, what actually did not compromise the final result. Process First thing first, I took the measures of the wall so I could scale properly and make the correct translation to the wall. I used masking tapes to mark the X and Y axis of the image, after I did the quadrants using a pencil and a ruler. Over this I drawed with pencil on the grid and little by little just added each shape on it's place then I just inked the whole thing using a few brushes and acrylic. I choose to make a few details in red in order to skip a little bit from the old BW color scheme. Final Result Casa de Portugal - Mural 2013 from Marcos Torres on Vimeo. Mural realizado por Marcos Torres em 2013 na Casa de Portugal, Porto Alegre, Brasil.
Eduardo Kobra is an amazing artist from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He specializes in painting big murals and his recent work has a very colorful flavor to it. Kobra's new work is impressive, the use of color is just mind blowing. Enjoy! For more from Eduardo Kobra visit him on Flickr Gallery and eduardokobra.com. For more from Eduardo Kobra visit him on Flickr Gallery and eduardokobra.com.
As living in Montreal, I don't really hang out around Notre-Dame-de-Grâce area also known as 'NDG' for shorts. And one day while cruising around, I stopped by this really magnificent mural also entitled as Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Our Lady of Grace) by A'Shop. Today I am featuring this beautiful piece of art of about 4 floors high, hope you will enjoy it! It’s more than just a business . It’s also about finding a place to call home, where we can drop our bags, stock our paint, stand on our own two feet, and start to build the kinds of relationships that lead to bigger and better things. Family and community values are and have always been at the core of what we do as artists, and as a company. We now pride ourselves in being capable by providing space, tools and knowledge to other artists alongside being a positive reference point within our community. It has been a long journey thus far and we can only hope it never ends. - from A'Shop For more information about A'Shop and their artists, you can visit their website at AShop.ca. Behind-the-Scenes All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop Final Result All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop
Seriously, I believe El Mac and Retna are probably the best partnership since Batman and Robin. These two guys can make some really outstanding mural paintings, it's like one completes the work of the other and the result is a powerful combination of colors and striking lines. You should definetely check more about both of them, so here's some links: Retna Website and El Mac Website. Gracias La Vida (2009) Hollywood & Western (2007) The Voice of Reason (2006) The Knight (2009) Young Scribe (2008) Collige, Virgo, Rosas (2010) El Mac & Retna - COLLIGE, VIRGO, ROSAS (2009) from ELMAC on Vimeo. La Reina de Thai Town (2010) El Mac & Retna - Thai Town, L.A. (2010) from ELMAC on Vimeo.Skid Row (Blessed are The Meek) (2010) EL MAC / RETNA / Estevan Oriol - LA Skid Row mural (2010) from ELMAC on Vimeo.Of Our Youth (Chato) (2010) Miracle (Cada Pequeño Milagro) (2011) Let The Arts Roam from I Am Los Angeles on Vimeo.