Architect Elisa Valero decided to build herself a home for herself in Granada, Spain, a beautiful space that has “work areas and a living space for a single person without renouncing quality and spatial wealth.” The building is filled with an unbelievable number of windows that allows for a vast amount of light to spill into the space. The mixture of natural materials with clean white walls is a nice touch, though my favorite part has to be the large office with it’s huge window. It’s also really great how integrated the building is in the neighborhood, even though it’s such an old neighborhood. Because of it’s white exterior it seems to blend in perfectly. I’m quite jealous of this space.
I was doing a random crawl through Tumblr the other day when I came across the top image of a baby Magneto which looked like something Pixar would make. Of course, as is the constant problem with Tumblr, there was no attribution to the image. So I did a little digging and found out it was by a talented CG artist named Victor Hugo, and he is currently on quite a roll.
Before I speak about these pieces I think it’s really important to note that top two images were inspired by comic book artist Skottie Young. You can see the original Baby Magneto image here and the Captain America image here. Victor has been very clear that he used these images as inspiration, but as you can see they were simply a starting point for him.
What he ended up creating is nothing short of beautiful. If Pixar hasn’t hired this guy already someone else is going to do it. The idea of seeing a Marvel story done in a Pixar style would be thrilling, and Since Disney owns both, not out of the realm of possibility. I love the details in the Marvel pieces as well. You can see a Spider-man drawing hanging on Magneto’s wall, there’s a plastic rattle on the ground, which he couldn’t pick up, and you can see he’s spelled his name ‘Erik’ in the background. In the Captain America piece, the nerdy kid looks a lot like Peter Parker, you can see a comic book in his backpack which shows Cap fighting someone, the milk carton on the ground is the carton from Blur’s video for Coffee & TV, and the bullies jacket reads Dark Avengers, a group of bad guys from the Marvel Universe.
The Street Fighter image is pretty incredible as well, I especially like how he rendered Dhalsim and the environment around them looks exactly like his game level. I really hope to see more work from Victor, his images are so exciting to me, we need more of this happening.
First and foremost, all of the images this week are from the same big, huge, excellent flickr photo set Man in Space. The set is a trove, with so many images that I had to get really specific when trying to decide what images to post, eventually pulling only images that diagram how astronauts fit inside various spacecraft. Above are excellent cutaway examples of these diagrams and bellow is a gallery that includes others. The scale of some of the vehicles that launched us into orbit, like the Saturn V rocket, is hard to comprehend, but maybe it makes it a little easier to see scale figures in these drawings. Lucky for us, most of the scale figures are wearing space suits.
This set of drawings entitled Boolean Values are by the Australian artist Jonathan Zawada. They’re taken from an exhibition that was held back in 2008 at the Monster Children Gallery in Sydney. Zawada really has a great sense of tone and his abstract composition are just amazing. The exhibition also featured a collection of his sculptural work, which is just as surreal as these drawings would lead you to believe.
Zawada doesn’t just draw the line at drawing and sculpture – in fact a quick scroll through the exhibitions and commercial sections of his site shows a man of multiple talents who just never seems to stop working. His combination of work in the fields of both design and art lead to a portfolio that is really unique and well worth your time. Currently he’s moving/moved to LA where he is working on a new exhibition. To find out more about his practice I’d highly recommend catching the interview he did with the always wonderful It’s Nice That a few months ago here, then check out more of his work online here.
I was looking through Creative Review’s overview of the grad shows happening and I came across a wonderful illustrator named Charlotte Trounce. Charlotte just got her degree in illustration from the University College Falmouth, and I think she’s going to be a big success. I really enjoyed these covers she created for Penguin Modern Classics, which I’m 99% sure aren’t real, or so said my Googling. I love how expressive her brush strokes are, and the color palette she used is perfect. They kind of remind me of the work of Jordan Crane, which in my opinion is a really good thing to look like.