While some people may say graffiti is just dull and pure vandalism, I gotta disagree with that, as on the last decade I've seen tons of the most creative and talented graffiti writers. Guys like Pref are not about only writing a name on a wall, but to experiment new creative ways to express, as his puzzle graffiti pieces. You can see more from Pref at his Flickr Gallery. Pref Pref. Amsterdam. Up the heat. Pref its just a word. Work hard paly dirty Live slow die old. No fun at all. Not my cup of tea. One for the crew. Same old crap. All in a days work.
Our friend Matt W. Moore is doing a new exhibit at Paris, France. Gravity is a intense look at the latest ideas and concepts of this skillfull american artist. For more pics on the exhibit, please access MWM Graphics Website. GRAVITY Matt W. Moore April 27 – June 16, 2012 SINCE.upian Gallery Paris, France A new series of (entirely spraypaint) canvas painting created during a 1-month residency in Paris. A true evolution from the purely geometric abstractions I have explored in my past few exhibitions : Sun Ray Ricochet (Moscow 2011) + XYZ Axis (Cincinnati 2011) + Crystals & Lasers (Paris 2010) + Parallel Universe (Sao Paulo 2009) + 20/20 (Barcelona 2008). An exciting new chapter... Organic forms. Monochromatic palettes. Dynamic flow. Universal physics. Gravity.
It's really nice to see how graffiti it's having finally it's recognition as an art form and a way of expression. In fact, a great part of the contemporary artists came from this background, as graffiti is a democratic and open culture what differs from classic fine art that's more formal. Victor Reyes is one example of this recent situation. If you want to see more of Victor Reyes, take a look at his Website. Since the early 90s, Victor Reyes has been painting. His work has been shown extensively in countries around the world, including the group show titled Letters First (2006) which traveled to Tokyo, Taipei, Korea, and Barcelona, Public Provocation (2008) at Carhartt Gallery, Weil am Rein, Germany, Will Rise group show (2010) as Yves Laroche Gallery, Montreal, Canada and Misspelled (2010), a solo show at Robert Berman E6 Gallery, San Francisco. Misspelled was culminated through an experiment in typography in which Reyes painted all 26 letters of the alphabet in the Mission and he published a 104-page book for the exhibition under the same name.
Anthony Lister is , on his own words, an inventor painter. Nowadays I would dare to say he's more than that, as besides all experiments he already found a quite interesting and expressive style. As he said in one of his interviews, he works for the process not for the result. You can see some more of lister at his Website.
Most of you may know David Choe for being the artist behind the Facebook HQ but I gotta say this guy is way more than that. It's hard to label a guy like him, it's sort of vandal, artist, criminal and genius, I think that what best describes him is his documentary that you should totally see. I am only featuring a glimpse of Choe's artwork here as it's way bigger than you can imagine, anyway you can check out more his awesome stuff like on his Website
Shok 1 is a veteran of british graffiti art having on the early years been one of the most active adn skillful writers of the country. Year after, Shok 1 still trying to reinvent spray art with his last experiments towards transparencies that reminds x-rays. You can see more of Shok 1 at his Flick Gallery
Ilk is one of this kind illustrator who came across graffiti during the course of his life. You can see how this activity had a major influence on his typography work since it's almost like a blend between modern and flat style type with some more street and funky style. The results are just ridiculously amazing, just check it! You can see more of this outstanding works at Ilk's Website.
Nychos is one of these all time recognizable artists, even when he's not doing some gore illustration or wall painting, his technique just got so much particular that you will know instantly know who's the author. Bunnies, splatter, gore scenes and black humor are some recurring themes on his highly detailed pieces. You should check more of Nychos work, it's definitely worth it, so just check his Website.
Years ago, when I was starting out with illustration and stuff, most experienced artists told me that I should not worry about find a aesthetic and theme, that would simply come with time. Well, when it comes to street art a lot of artist mostly can get random about themes and change their aesthetic often. So I must say Phlegm really knows how to stick with what he do, creating a impressive universe not only on the wall, but also on his comics. For more information and pictures, please acess his Blog. Phlegm from Andy Skillen on Vimeo.
Today I'm going to introduce to you guys this adorable australian couple of graffiti writers, please welcome Dabs and Myla. These fellas have been doing some extremely funky and interesting artworks both on the streets and on galleries. So it's really nice to have a the opportunity to understand more about their story and other topics. If you want to know more about this adorable couple, please visit their Website or their Blog. 1) In the name of the Abduzeedo team, I would like to thank you guys for your time and kindness to answer this interview. Let's start by asking you, when you start getting interest by Graffiti and Illustration? DABS: We actually both started at different points, I had been writing graffiti for about 10 years before we met. We met and fell in love at Art School, and started working together. I taught MYLA how to use spray paint when we met, and the basics of style writing. She took it from there and developed her own skill set and style very quickly! We have both always been interested in illustration and painting though! Even before we studied together we had a similar interest in style and technique. 2) Tell us more about your influences and guys who inspired you. MYLA: I think that we gain the majority of our inspiration from each other. We are really lucky to be able to share our lives and our artwork together, and we are constantly influencing each other and bouncing ideas and new theories back and forth. Outside of that though, I think we get a lot of inspiration from our friends and crew members. That's whats great about being in a crew, working with your friends on a large scale and constantly learning from each other. 3) I find your artworks and graffs really amazing, they're so colorful and happy. So, when you developed this aesthetic and how could you describe it. DABS:Our style is something that has slowly developed bit by bit over the past 7 years. I think it comes from our early influences in illustration and old animation, as well as being a reflection of our attitude and day to day steez! We are really happy people! We love our life and enjoy pretty much every second of it...so I think our artwork and characters has a positive vibe on it just based on the people its coming from. 4) Nowadays, do you think that it's possible to make a living doing Graffiti and Street Art? DABS: Of course!!...If your willing to work your ass off for it and have confidence in your own abilities. 5) How's you daily workflow? MYLA: Hectic!!...We always seem to have more to do than we can fit into one day!!..But we love it that way! We love what we do, and love to work hard at it. We spend pretty much 7 days a week from 7am till 11pm working in the studio on our paintings. The only times we really leave is to go outside and paint a wall. We are lucky that we both enjoy the same things and have a similar work ethic which allows us to work like crazy like this!! 6) What's you favorite piece at the moment? MYLA: I think at the moment our favorite piece is a painting that we just made for a show in Miami during Art Basel titled 'You are the light'. It's a bigger scale painting for us, and we are really happy with how it came out. 7) What are your future projects for 2012? DABS:We have a lot of interesting things ahead in 2012. Like most years we will spend the majority of the year working on paintings for shows, but we are planning to take more time to paint more large scale murals this year, and will be traveling a bit too. We also will be curating a show at Thinkspace Gallery in L.A which i think will be pretty epic!! 8) Tell us five lessons you've learned till now on being a successful Graphic Artist. *WORK HARDER AND LONGER THAN YOU THINK YOU COULD EVER POSSIBLY WORK. *ALWAYS KEEP PUSHING YOURSELF AND YOUR STYLE. *MAKE THINGS THE WAY YOU WANT THEM TO LOOK, DONT BE TOO INFLUENCED BY TRENDS OR WHATS GOING ON AROUND YOU. DO IT FOR YOURSELF. *DONT BE A DICK TO PEOPLE!! *THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT...ALWAYS!!! 9) Tell us five site you love. JERSEYJOEART.COM SDMCREW.COM THEWORLDSBESTEVER.COM JUXTAPOZ.COM SOURHARVEST.COM 10) Thanks for your time Dabs and Myla, please leave a final message to everyone how's starting at the creative field. DABS:Its just art...don't kill your self over it!! Enjoy it and have fun!
It's hard to describe the art from the israeli crew, it's a sort of mix of Retro Comic Book, Hardcore/Punk Rock Drawings and Psychedelic Paintings. Anyway, that actually doesn't matter, because they can bring some really stunning results, I just got addicted on their style. If you want to know more about this crew, please access their Website.
Nowadays in order to be a sucessful artist you can't just be a master at one craft, but on many as possible and try always to mix them on really unique way. I found the work of Suso33 at some Graffiti related website, but for my surprise this artist it's not just regular graffiti writer. I would dare to say he's actually a "visual performance artist" as most of his artwork got a loads of expression and movement, just take a look at the videos and images bellow and you will get it. You can get more information and flicks of Suso33 at his Website. SUSO33, an artist based in Madrid, Spain is a precursor of iconographic graffiti and experimentateur with language in that discipline, as well as a pioneer of Post-Graffiti, Street-Art and Urban Art. He is the most established artist of live painting in Spain. Currently developing a project called “Pintura Escénica en Acción” ("Painting Scene in Action"), he uses multiple art forms to convey global conceptual aspects of communication via performance (art, speech, audio and visual images - painting) to create a live 'performance painting'. Being a pioneer of these various art forms has led to highlighted performer for the Spanish 'La Noche en Blanco' in Europe as well as Director for: opening of Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico de Almagro, LABoral Centro de Arte and Festival de las Artes, etc. (Suso33 Website)
I know I have been a lot into street art and graffiti lately but suddenly I started to think about what are and should be their proposals. As art on a general meaning, this other media should serve as a support to express ideas and feelings, not just shapes and colors. I've been watching the work of this Spanish artist called Escif and I noticed that he got into a really conceptual and minimalistic aesthetic but still quite impressing and shocking sometimes. He's a great proof that a great concept can enhance any artwork. You can see more murals by Escif at his Flickr
I love vector graphics, but I'm also a great fan of the aesthetic side Graffiti. If I could mix something that would be a hybrid between those two kind of medias, it would be something really familiar to the art of Low Bros. I mean, these guys got such a interesting flat and polygonal style with a really good use of colors. They really know how to make some really cool and funky characters, also their canvas and illustration work are pretty neat, so check them out. You can get in touch with more of this awesomeness by accessing via their Flickr.
We must admit we're getting into the point where tradicional techniques and digital techniques start to blend. I mean, just take a look at the pieces o Roid, one of the MSK crew writers, he's galactic and geometrical style remind us a lot of retro futuristic digital art. Yet, he's not doing this on computer, but on walls. You can see more pieces from Roid rigth on his Flickr Gallery.
Sometime ago, before I got interested in street art and other tradicional medias, I was walking thru a street and stumbled with a graffiti artist painting a huge mural. I asked him how he could scale from such small drawing to a big wall like that, he said that this was due his experience and nothing more. Not satisfied with this simple answer, I found that after doing a few works on bigger scales I should share with you some tips on how transfer your artworks on bigger scales. So, basically what I'm going to teach today is couple of tips I learned from my own experience, I'm going to use a recent project so I can exemplify and justify all that I'm going to say. Also I would like to thanks Juliano Araujo for the awesome photo shoot he did of this project. The project I will present was done for a Night Club in Porto Alegre, Brasil. Always make a pre-project Some may wonder "Hey, I already did that drawing that I will scale, so what's more to do?" , well first of all you should think that there's a lot of factor that involve painting a wall. Before you start the drawing you should ALWAYS visit the place and take the measures of the wall and take a lot of photos. Why? Because you can make your drawing on the actual size or scale it on Illustrator or Photoshop, trust me this one of the best things If you want it to get as you imagined. Second thing: Having the illustration done, remember the photos you took when you visited the place? Well, take then to your computer, because it's time to make some simulations. However, feel free not to just make normal 2D simulations on Photoshop, you got to understand how the public will interact with that. So a good tip it's to make at least a simple 3D simulation, you can make some simple but yet effective simulations with applications like Google Sketch Up. This will give you a deeper understanding of the space and the visibility of the artwork, what is quite important If you're working indoor, like was my case. Make a good budget Everyone who worked with tradicional medias knows that is always necessary to make at least two budgets for a project: a materials budget and your invoice. I know nobody wants to work for free, but you can't work without your tools, so before anything you should think about how much ink you're going to use, brushes you will need and other stuff. One of the worst things that can happen to you is working hard on a project and suddenly you have to stop because theres not enough ink or other resource you may need. So always think on the materials first and calculate your invoice later. Photo by Juliano Araujo Measure everything Remeber when I said that you should measure the wall/place your going to paint and use the same measures in the project on Photoshop/illustrator? So, this will help you a lot when you're going to tranfer it, in my case I had to transfer the measures from centimeters to meters, the wall had 2,6 x 3,7 meters so on Illustrator I did the illustration with 26 x 37 centimeters. It may sound obvious, but you must get the measures of every element you can, having the measures and making a GRID, will make almost impossible to make big mistakes. Photo by Juliano Araujo Use a GRID I'm truly addict to GRID's , why? Because they make graphic arts more logic and organized. Even while I'm doing a illustration, I always make a simple GRID to at least divide it on a X and Y axis. So, my tip is to do it on the digital project, dividing the illustration in sectors, almost like puzzle pieces. And using masking tape, divide the wall trying to make the same sector division you created. Trust me, this will make it almost piece of cake to execute, regardless the detailment of the piece. Photo by Juliano Araujo Choose the right tools When dealing with offline medias you gotta understand what tools are better for each surface. Some walls are more flat and other are more texturized, you got to have it in mind when planning how to execute your illustration. Let me give you a example: I though I would do the outline of this piece with a 8k pen Uniball Posca, unfortunately what happened was that the pen didn't stick well over other paints and so I had to do it oldschool: using a brush and the ink from the spray cans to do the outline. So, whatever the tools you might plan to use, always have a plan B If things don't work out as they should. Photo by Juliano Araujo Trust on simple techniques Once during a workshop, a graffiti artist called Graphis taught us a really simple way to create perfect circles on a wall: Using a shoelace and a spray can on the other hand he made a "hand compass" by simply rotating his hand grabbing the shoelace. The truth is there a lot of ways to make circles, you can use stencils, do it freehand and other ways. However you should always try to simplify the execution, not because of a matter of time necessarily, but because of the materials and the final result. Sometimes, a drip or scratch here and there is what make it look real and handmade, so do it the way you want, just remember that it's a artwork, not a billboard. Photo by Juliano Araujo The Final Result So, I hope you learned a bit from my experience and if you want to see the whole process of this artwork, please watch the video bellow, he quite explains everything I told here. Lord of his own Kingdom from Marcos Torres on Vimeo. Photo by Juliano Araujo Photo by Juliano Araujo
Graffiti is a type of art that suffers even among professionals of the creative area, I mean, some artists dislike it because they tend to think that the artworks are a bit disorganized, too blurry and with few details . Well, I must admit that sometimes they're right, but artists like Aryz just bring graffiti into a really detailed level. And honestly, I still can't quite understand how he achieves these marvelous results on big walls and buildings. If you want to know more about Aryz, please access his Website.