Win an Online Figure Drawing Class With Craftsy (Sponsored)

Win an Online Figure Drawing Class With Craftsy (Sponsored)

Enter now for your chance to win the online Craftsy class Figure Anatomy for the Artista limited-time giveaway for The Fox Is Black readers.

Conquer the complexities of figure drawing with the indispensable system of line, shape and form used by Da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo.

With this class, you’ll discover the formula artists have used for centuries to draw the human form with captivating realism. Fine artist Roberto Osti guides you step by step through essential techniques, from realistically replicating the underlying structure of the body, to creating a muscle map with volumetric form and realistic dimension. You’ll also find out how to depict the hands, feet, and skull with striking accuracy, and gain instant access to helpful skeletal and muscular anatomy diagrams. Enjoy lifetime access to 8 HD video lessons that you can watch at your own pace.

One winner will be randomly selected on December 16, 2014 at 11:59pm MST.

Enter now at Craftsy.com.

Bobby Solomon

December 10, 2014 / By

Miito Reimagines The Electric Kettle Into An Artful Object For Your Kitchen Counter

Miito Reimagines The Electric Kettle

Nils Chuda and Jasmina Grase have taken an interesting way to boil water, induction heating, and applied it to their creation, Miito.

Miito is an innovative product that heats liquids directly in the vessel to be used, hence eliminating the heating of excess water. Simply fill your cup with water, place it onto the induction base and immerse the rod in the liquid. The induction base heats the rod, which then heats the liquid surrounding it. Miito works with non-ferrous vessels of any size, for example a pot of tea when inviting guests. Miito can also heat your soup or milk for a coffee. The clean shape of the rod allows it to be cleaned easily.

Miito Reimagines The Electric Kettle

While not being a new concept the application of inductive heating with the elegant form of Miito is what excites me. There’s nothing more you need for an idea like this. The base and metal stem are elegant forms that achieve the goal of boiling without any other pieces necessary. In my mind it’s almost so elegant that it presents itself as a piece of art for your kitchen counter.

Unfortunately this seems to be only a prototype for now. I know if it were a real product I’d definitely snag one of these.

Miito Reimagines The Electric Kettle

Bobby Solomon

December 5, 2014 / By

Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year… Marsala?

Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year... Marsala?

Pantone has released their color of the year for 2015, Marsala. Here’s how they describe the color.

Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.

To put it ineloquently… yuck. This reminds me of the late 90’s, mandarin collar button-ups, vineyard themed kitchens. It’s dried blood, it’s wine stains, it’s the color of regret. I’m also not a fan of the name which makes me think of Chicken Marasala. While it’s a delicious dish, it’s quite ugly from an aesthetic standpoint.

Also, what’s going on with the scandalous photo shoot below? This is taken directly from the Pantone site. Does the idea of a ménage à trios help to sell a color?

Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year... Marsala?

Bobby Solomon

December 5, 2014 / By

Mysterious Camouflage Self-Portraits by Lucia Fainzilber

Mysterious, Camouflage Self-Portraits by Lucia Fainzilber

Camouflage has always been intriguing to me. It was created as a natural defense mechanism though these days it’s more widely seen as a trendy fashions statement. Photography Lucia Fainzilber sees it in yet another light, a means to create a dialogue through art.

Fainzilber has always had a keen interest in fashion, and dressed flamboyantly even as a child. Now the artist, who also works as a fashion photographer, uses her images to show the ways we use fashion to convey identity, and the way fabrics can simultaneously cover us and express who we are. Fainzilber recognizes that sometimes clothing completely hides our identity, and many of her portraits communicate this feeling, as her own identity is entirely concealed, and further obscured by the world around her.

Mysterious, Camouflage Self-Portraits by Lucia Fainzilber

You can read more about her work on Artsy.

Bobby Solomon

December 3, 2014 / By

Draw Better Portraits With a Free Class From Craftsy (Sponsored)

Draw Better Portraits With a Free Class From Craftsy (Sponsored)

Do you want to draw accurate, lifelike portraits? Join the free online video class, Draw Better Portraits: Capturing Likeness, and start sketching the human face with convincing realism.

Access the class instantly and enjoy four HD video lessons with renowned artist Gary Faigin. You’ll get the same expert instruction and up-close demonstrations as a live seminar, with the freedom and flexibility of an online class.

In four easy-to-follow lessons, Gary will guide you through essential techniques to help you draw your best portrait yet. You’ll learn to map the shapes and patterns in your subject’s face, and create “placeholders” to hone in on the correct position of facial features. Find out how to refine your drawing with adjustments to the mouth, chin, and nose, and discover how to successfully sketch lively eyes. Learn at your own pace, anywhere, anytime. Your access to this class will never expire, so you can revisit lessons anytime you want.

For your free class visit Craftsy.com.

Bobby Solomon

December 3, 2014 / By

Warm Your Hearth and Home Digitally with Yule Log 2.0

Warm Your Hearth and Home Digitally with Yule Log 2.0

Yule Log is a website composed of a collection of short films created by illustrators, animators, directors, and creative coders, that wants to bring back the age old X-mas tradition. The site’s creator, Daniel Savage, did a version last year as well which was equally great. I’d rather put one of these fine pieces of art on my TV rather than watch A Christmas Carol on repeat for 24 hours.

Below are a few of my favorites.

Bobby Solomon

December 3, 2014 / By

The Ultimate Spot to Relax? Take A Look At The Wood Clad Grotto Sauna

The Grotto Sauna by Partisans Is The Ultimate Place To Relax

Cold weather and rainy rain is finally upon us here in LA and all I want to do is stay inside and keep warm. Nothing sounds nicer that spending some time relaxing in a sauna, but to be quite specific, this incredibly designed Grotto Sauna by Partisans. It’s the combination of incredible materials, the 3d sculpted and fabricated interiors, and of course the stunning view.

The site is a prehistoric large-scale rock formation, and understanding it intimately was the first step toward architecture. The selected concept prescribed a solid, simple presence on the exterior, while the interior followed dynamic air movements in curvature forms; requiring design solutions. Challenging the standards of current practices in the construction industry, we worked directly with a millwork and steel fabrication partner on every detail. Together, we developed a new process of fabrication; utilizing state of the art 3-D technology to scan, model and build the Grotto.

Please take me there now.

The Grotto Sauna by Partisans Is The Ultimate Place To Relax

The Grotto Sauna by Partisans Is The Ultimate Place To Relax

The Grotto Sauna by Partisans Is The Ultimate Place To Relax

Bobby Solomon

December 2, 2014 / By

The Carry On Cocktail Brings Proper Drinks Back To Flying

Carry On Cocktail

It certainly feels like the glamorous days of flying are over. Free checked bags are history, seats are getting smaller inch by inch, and the food is certainly never going to get better. Thankfully W & P Design and Punch have teamed up to create the Carry On Cocktail, perhaps the cure to inflight mediocrity.

Carry On Cocktail

The kit contains a recipe card, bitters, sugar, a combination spoon & muddler, and to class things up even further, a linen napkin. And because you’re plane bound everything was designed to meet FAA regulations, so there’s no fear of a cranky agent dropping your stash in the trash.

Bobby Solomon

December 2, 2014 / By

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