Marc Jacobs x KRINK released this video highlighting their quality markers and paint pens. The soundtrack coupled with close-up shots of paint splatters is sure to lure out the inner artist in you.
As we walk along hectic city streets, rarely do we ever look up at the skyscrapers around us. French artist Thomas Lamadieu, however, has a keen eye for strange and interesting shapes formed by buildings in the sky. He sees these pockets of sky as opportunities for art and lets his imagination roam free. See more “sky art” here!
Strictly blocked off from the public, the Notting Hill Gate “tube” station features a charming display of movie posters, car ads, and toothpaste ads from 1956 – 1959. Train workers rediscovered this historic relic in 2010, giving the public a glimpse into a long-forgotten gem buried deep within London Underground’s maze of passageways and railway tracks.
In celebration of Pantone’s 50 years of color history, the world’s color wheel has shown us exactly how color trends have emerged over the last few decades. Pantone recently released a visually stimulating infographic, “Celebrate Color,” highlighting time periods like “The Vibrant ’80s” and “The Expressive ’00s.” The infographic shows the cultural happenings during those times and how they were expressed through color.
Dove hits close to home with a compelling Real Beauty Sketches video that exposes women’s perception vs. reality when describing their own beauty. The video begins with a FBI-trained forensic artist, who interviews and draws portraits of seven women. The artist sketches two versions of each woman’s face – one that she describes of herself, and one that a complete stranger describes. Each woman later sees the portraits side-by-side, and reacts to the stark difference between the two.
With so many buildings throughout New York, it’s impossible to identify them all. James Gulliver Hancock took it upon himself to draw a those buildings, all compiled in his book, All The Buildings In New York: That I’ve Drawn So Far. Hancock is an Australian illustrator who found the architecture in New York to be very intriguing when he first moved to the city. As he attempts to draw all the buildings in New York, he records them on his blog, All The Buildings In New York.
We’ve played with our food, but not to this extent. Artist, Hong “Red” Yi, describes herself as “an artist-architect who likes to paint, but not with a paintbrush.” Don’t be modest Red, you do way more than that. She creates artistic stories with food on simple white dinnerware; we can’t imagine chowing down. On her blog, Oh I See Red!, she challenged herself to do “31 Days of Creativity with Food,” and so far, she has succeeded. In this challenge she had the freedom to do anything, butabide by two rules: use only food and place on a white plate as the backdrop. Her food adaptations are fun and impeccable. Puts a new meaning on “don’t play with your food,” doesn’t it?
This room has a split personality – quite literally. The Au Vieux Panier Hotel in France features “The Panic Room,” where the contrast between mellow relaxation and jumping-off-the-walls madness is jarring. Designed by artist Tilt, one side is completely bare and white, while the other half is decked out with flamboyant graffiti from floor to ceiling. What’s even more interesting is that the hotel room designs change every year. Six rooms, six artists, one heck of an experience.
American rapper and recording artist, Jeru tha Damaja gave a shout-out to Brooklyn in his lyric: “Aight baby show me the exact spot, meet me at Hoyt and Schermerhorn at 3 on the dot.” Artist Jay Shells actually went to Hoyt St. & Schermerhorn St., where he put up a sign with the rap quote, marking the location that was mentioned in the song. This is just one of over 30 intersections that Jay Shells marked. With signage all over New York City that features quotes from rap legends, including Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Cam’ron – there’s a new sightseeing checklist for you to complete.
The images above were sketched by Austin Madison out of Berkeley, CA where he currently works as an animator for Pixar.
Each one represents an NFL matchup the way you always HOPED they would look as a kid. Marauding raiders fighting massive feral feline killing machines. Shotgun wielding hillbillies blasting holes through sinister clergymen, towering blue giants, fighter jets, roundhouse kicks, everything awesome about the NFL brought to life in gorgeous (and hilarious) detail by the kind of clever mind that only a company like Pixar could contain.
Our personal faves: The “Chargers” matchup, the “Bills,” and the massive brown tidal wave…because really, what else comes to mind when you think of The Cleveland Browns.
Here’s hoping Mr. Madison continues this series next season.
Virgin Atlantic is making waves (again) in the way people fly; upper class passengers can now purchase art at 35,000 feet in the sky through the in-flight entertainment system. British street artist, Ben Eine, is the first artist to be a part of the Gallery in the Air, with his “street art” pieces priced from $4,000 - $24,000. The actual artwork will be installed in the airline’s clubhouses in New York’s JFK and Newark airports, and London Heathrow airport.
This new way of appreciating and buying art is a huge change for the industry, and an added luxury to flying. Talk about high class.
The Pantone Color of the Year 2013 is Emerald! Pantone 17-5641 is a lively, radiant, lush green that Pantone describes as “a color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” Through Pantone’s mood boards, we see how the color is used across design, fashion and other industries. Last year’s color was Tangerine Tango.
Ever wanted a figurine of yourself but couldn’t afford to pay Mattel for an action figure replica? The Omote 3D Printer offers a somewhat-affordable alternative. The 3D printer is set up at the Eye of Gyre space in Harajuku, Japan. Customers stand still in a chosen position for 15 minutes while a 3D scanner takes measurements from different angles. The unbelievably detailed data is transferred to a computer, and then printed using a 3D printer.
Sizes vary from 10 centimeters to 20 centimeters and can cost up to 42,000 yen ($524 USD).
Visit Beta Beat for more information.
Banana Drawings is a tumblelog created by London-based design agency, Mat Dolphin. They have always shared their banana drawings on Facebook and Instagram, but recently decided to create a Tumblr dedicated to their doodles. Follow Banana Drawings for an influx of strange fresh fruit on your dashboard.
The Rain Room at the Barbican’s Curve Gallery in London allows visitors to experience walking through a downpour without getting wet. The room is dark with one large spotlight and cameras that map human movement sending instructions for the rain to move. This installation was developed by rAndom International as a psychological experiment to study visitors’ behavior as they notice rain around them, but somehow remain dry.
All Instagram photos are uploaded by Coltrane Curtis from his personal account, unless otherwise stated.