Olympic Vermin is such a great title for this video, featuring the scruffy creatures of London having their own mini-Olympic torch lighting. I have to say, I’d almost rather watch this then the real Olympics. Those rats are pretty cute (but you know, not in real life). Nice work from Amael Isnard and Leo Bridle.
This week I tried to pick a wallpaper from the queue that would fit our sports theme in some way shape or form, so I thought this piece by André Britz was an interesting choice. André is a part of group of creatives called Britzpeterman, and you may remember these fantastic window installations they did in their office. On his own though he’s doing these really great illustrations which are dynamic and colorful, many of which you can see here.
With André’s wallpaper I was imagining a bunch of guys on the soccer pitch, getting ready to play a game of soccer. I don’t think this is necessarily what André had in mind, but I don’t think it’s far stretch. I think a lot of you are going to like this wallpaper for it’s simplicity and color palette. I also love the detail of the image in the hoody, it gives the piece just a touch of texture. A big thanks to André, check back next wWednesday for another sweet wallpaper.
These are images of the Coca-Cola Beatbox Pavilion designed by Pernilla & Asif. From the model, you may guess that the project was inspired by a stack of hot sauce packets, but it’s actually quite different. The project is an interactive musical instrument that you play as you walk through the structure and interact with its large panels. These panels are the ones lit to stunning effect at night with LEDs around the perimeter of each panel. The sounds are sports-centric: things like sneakers squeaking on a court, or “an athlete’s heartbeat” or an arrow hitting a target. Visitors to the pavilion with eventually make their way to the roof, which offers views of the surrounding park.
Back in 2010 the London based studio HelloVon collaborated with Nike Stadium to create a huge 17 window installation at Selfridges on Oxford Street in London. Designed to celebrate the World Cup, the installation featured 17 portraits of the world’s best footballers with each image measuring a whopping 5m x 3m.
HelloVon is the studio name of Von, a London based illustrator and artist. Von’s mixture of traditional and digital mark-making techniques creates images which combine old fashioned craftsmanship with a skill for creating very clever and contemporary images. His installation at Selfridges was a fantastic display of his talent, and I think his style of image-making is the perfect way to honor these sporting greats. Make sure to check out more of Von’s wonderful drawings on his site HelloVon.
I received a nice email from long time TFIB friend Mickey Duzyj letting me know he’d completed several sports related illustrations for the recently released Grantland Quarterly, issue three. Mickey created such an amazing cover, which covers the most important events of last winter.
The New York Giants’ second Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots, the very sudden rise of New York Knicks’ guard Jeremy Lin, the death of the ultimate diva Whitney Houston, the sweet spot of NBA nerd fashion, and much more.
It’s amazing how he’s able to convey these epic scenes so seamlessly. The plotting and layout of this image is a work of art all on it’s own. Plus it’s pretty rad that he used a Giants themed color palette for the whole piece, making it even more consistent. On the inside he’s illustrated how to Dougie, and in the back he’s got a wide variety of different people (and creatures) taking a Tebow knee to pray, which is pretty hysterical. A big thanks to Mickey for pointing this my way, I’m totally going to pick up a copy.