You may not have heard of Frank Svengsouk, but he’s one of the most talented guys I know. By day he works as an art director with me at Disney, creating beautiful, award winning websites that’ll knock your socks. He’s also a super talented artist as well though, dabbling in both digital and traditional mediums. Recently, Frank had a residency at the Wonderground Gallery in Downtown Disney where he debuted an epic series of pieces which he dubbed the Astro Zodiac Force.
The series takes all of the animals of the zodiac and outfits them in space suits, showcasing them adventuring across the cosmos. I loved what Frank did so much that I asked if he’d be interested in bringing the Force to the site, so he’s graced us with the luckiest member, the Rabbit. You can see the full range of animals over on Society 6, where prints of all sizes are available as well. And if you happen to be at Disneyland, Frank’s work will be on display at the Wonderground Gallery until the June 14.
Collage art typically lends itself to extended perusal and pondering. When opposing images are mixed and juxtaposed together, something dramatic and interesting often happens. Welsh collage artist and illustrator Laura Redburn is a master of the artform. Her Cardboard Cities site showcases a plethora of work devoted to a hodgepodge of figures, animals, science fiction, and patterns to create dream-like imaginative worlds you can’t help smiling and staring at.
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Power couples. Those interesting duos where both individuals contain vast amounts of talent, and when combined, form the equivalent of a Paul Rand-powered Voltron. That’s the image that comes to mind when I think of Eight Hour Day, the pseudonym of Katie Kirk and Nathan Strandberg. Working out of Minneapolis, this pair of designers create branding, websites, children’s books, you name it, with a subtle grace and timeless design sense that makes any professional designer green with envy.
For today’s wallpaper they’ve taken their uncanny ability to create patterns ans served up a lovely piece titled “Summertime.” Filled with birds, snails and snakes (oh my!) I think this pattern is amazing. I remember when I opened the email this was in and I cheered at my desk and immediately had to show all my co-workers. A huge thanks to Katie and Nathan for creating such a lovely wallpaper. If you love it as much as me you can also snag it as a pillow for your bed or couch. Pretty rad.
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At the end of an incredibly long work week, I had a seat at my neighborhood bar. The young man sitting to my right had stars shaved into one side of his mohawk. I began comparing his hair to the style of JPL’s Flight Director Bobak Ferdowsi and how he wore it during the landing of Curiosity. This hair-do opened the floodgates and suddenly I was babbling about the Rover, Mars, the future of NASA, space exploration in the United States, blah blah… I’m sorry stranger that I sat down next to you. Mars is incredible. And Curiosity is beginning to share it all with us – more in depth than Spirit or Opportunity was ever able to do.
David Penela’s Cosmonaut series is subtly lovely. The cosmonauts, donned in their NASA Mercury-like suits, scale the red planet. Their lips are the same red as the soil, they are part of the landscape. The cosmonauts belong on the martian soil.
While I was in New York we had our little creatives get together and I was able to meet a bunch of super rad folks. One of them was a guy named Derek Ercolano, a Brooklyn based illustrator who’s work is super rad. He does a lot of these weirdo drawings of random characters, with melting faces and riding hoverboards and basically tripping out in every conceivable way. When you look through his portfolio it’s also cool to see how he’s progressed over the last couple years. His newest stuff is absolutely killing it. Looking forward to seeing what he’s cranking out in another couple of years.
P.S. You can get the image at top as a print by clicking here.