Thursday, May 6, 2010


Underwater photographs can be so amazing. They almost turn into another world where everything is flowing, weightless and wonderful. The bluish hue and the visible coral with the light glittering through the water gives this almost otherworldly beauty. The little girl with the flowing hair and white dress makes the photograph so angelic.


I really love when drawing and illustration is combined with photography. I feel like this is very hard to do well. Both of these illustrations relate well to the photograph that they are in. My favorite is the image with the crows. The girl has this kind of flapper girl headband with gold sequences and huge feather. You would expect a girl like that to have a lot of mascara on, so it makes sense to exaggerate the eyelashes. I love that they exaggerate them so far that they turn into something else… electrical wires with crows on them. So cool.


These model-esque sketches evoke so much energy. It makes me want to try this style of drawing. There are tones of very sketchy different colored lines that make up these images. They look like they were created fast. Like someone just threw the lines down on the page all at once and they just created these amazing drawings. I love that parts of the image are not finished and some sections just fade out. The more detailed sections have more black in them also. This gives great emphasis to the pieces.


I love when photographers photograph impossible moments. This photograph is so unnatural that it makes you cringe. She’s balancing on a chair, that ‘s leaning on one leg, by almost one toe and flipping upside-down! There is no way she could be staying like that in real life, unless she was trying to do a back flip off the top of the chair which wouldn’t be possible in the first place and she would probably break her neck in the next frame. Yikes! It’s amazing that a photograph can give you such a feeling.


I’ve seen these multiple times and they always fascinate me. I love how someone can just make a tree grow out of a book by cutting paper. It must take so much precision in cutting! On the second one it looks as if the tree is in a gallery or some kind of room. Once you look at it for any length of time you realize that this tree is actually cut out of the side of a Happy Meal paper bag! The way that these trees are photographed makes the scenes look believable.


This is a type piece but it is interesting that it is all hand made. These are all about half inch high folded paper. It seems mind boggling to me all of the detail that was created to fill in the letters. There was so much fine tuning work that went into this to make it readable. It is also interesting that the letters warp out into the heart that was created around it.


In this piece, I love the technique used to create the old man. It’s sketchy, gritty, but surprisingly bubbly and full of butterflies. It’s a strange combination but it works wonderfully. This concept is reinforced with the type stating “beard full of butterflies”. The type has been distressed and faded to also help combine the two.


I feel like cut outs in business cards are usually unnecessary. It seems like some people just really want to use one so they throw it in. This one however, really looks nice from both sides. I think it adds to the design of the card and it shows the person or companies logo. I also think it’s nice that the front is dominated by white contrasting the back which is dominated by black.


I love this Bakery/cafĂ© business card! I like the chipboard look with the bright white dainty label over top. It looks like the tip of a swirl of frosting. The border of light pink looks nice with the dark pink/red in the center. This really makes the name pop. The entire color scheme is very bakery feeling. If they didn’t have the chipboard It would be way too feminine I think. The nice brown in the back really makes this business card.


There is guy that graffiti’s in this more comic style. He’s signature character is a rat. It is interesting to see a huge fat rat wearing a suit and holding an umbrella. I haven’t read too much into the meaning behind his works. It might be drawing a not so pleasant parallel with human beings. This dirty rat -just one of a million other dirt fat despicable rats. Oh Despicable me!


The colored baby card is quirky and strange, but the lighter pallet of colors give it a more whimsical feel than the birthday card – which is more appropriate for a baby card. The birthday card illustration is also quirky and weird with the astonishing big bug eyes. The people look so spacey. The spaceships floating around add to that feel. It almost looks like the main character almost appears to be standing on his own planet. The swirls lines give this effect.


I love that the only text on the right page is the bran name. Having the rest just be white is refreshing. I feel like it’s rare to have a whole page just be an image and nothing else. The whole spread just feels nice, calm and relaxing. It looks very classic and like it would be part of a high class magazine.


The first image of this I saw was on the side of a building. Having the cityscape making up the word DKNY Surrounded by black and 5 stories high is quite a statement. DKNY really pops right off the wall and smacks you in the face! Bam! I think this would be a good example of something that would make a quick impression as you drove by in your car. When driving you only have a couple seconds to read something so having the whole building be one word is a definite plus.


Seeing a wood grain paired with a perfume/cologne bottle caught me off guard. It looks very unique. The way it bends around the frame mimics the perfume/cologne bottle. The light color of the wood also complements the yellowish tint of the liquid. It is nice that the label is very simplistic over top of the wood grain. Otherwise it might have gotten too busy. I thought this was a nice find.


Mixing type in with other elements is something I don’t see a lot of. I think it’s interesting when type makes other shapes. This reminds me of a project I did in high school where we had to use one word like “pear” over and over again to make up a pear. Here they actually just wrote on the fruit itself! It’s funny that the designer is messing with your head by having other fruit names on a pear like peach and plum. I like that they used the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. There is just something interesting about seeing the text over the tangible object that we pick up every day.