Craftsy is giving you a chance to win an online class that will allow you to take your drawings from flat to fully dimensional. The Art & Science of Perspective — a limited-time giveaway for The Fox Is Black readers. Two winners will be randomly selected on July 10, 2014.
With this class you’ll enjoy a front row seat to step-by-step guidance from architectural illustrator Jeff DiCicco; easily ask him questions for all the answers you need throughout 8 HD video lessons. Complete helpful exercises to hone your skills as you learn how to depict one and two-point perspective, and add incredibly realistic renderings to your artistic repertoire.
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I don’t know about you but one of my morning rituals is checking Instagram, getting a glimpse of what my friends and inspirations are up to. Earlier this morning there was great time-lapse of a painting done by Kelsey Brookes, who sums it up best by saying, “Months of work turned into a ten second video.” Still, it’s wonderful to see the process of something so huge and beautiful.
If you’re unfamiliar with his work or are a huge fan like I am you should definitely follow him on Instagram. I’ve also put a few of his images below which give a sense of the trippy paintings he creates which are based on the molecular make up of drugs.
Denver-based band Tennis released a new single not too long ago which is off of their upcoming album Ritual in Repeat, due to be released September 9th. The track is titled “Never Work For Free”, a credence any creative should hold true. If you love this be sure to check out “Mean Streets”, one of my favorite songs of last year.
Kyle and I speak often about gentrification and some of the effects it causes. You might view it as helping neighborhoods look better or you might see it as kicking people out of their homes. Either way it made me think about Robert Crumb’s A Short History of America which illustrates how the country has progressed over the last 100 years. It would be interesting to see how he’d update the street for 2014. In some respects you have areas like Brooklyn which have been completely gentrified, but you also have areas of Detroit where neighborhoods have been neglected and abandoned.
You can see a high-res version of the illustration by clicking here.
This Thursday June 26 I’ll be hosting Los Angeles Stories, a special storytelling night put on by TFIB sister site, Los Angeles, I’m Yours. Each month the stories focus on my beautiful city of Los Angeles but each of the stories will be design related in honor of the Los Angeles Design Festival, which is happening this month.
• Jon Setzen, Creative Director and the man who makes CreativeMornings happen in Los Angeles.
• Bobby Solomon, creative director at disney and the dude behind The Fox Is Black.
• Peter Zellner, fantastic local architect and former LAIY cover man.
• Kyle Fitzpatrick, writer and editor of art, design, and food culture site Los Angeles, I’m Yours.
We’re super stoked for this. Can’t wait to see you next Thursday! Make sure to reserve a ticket here.
Looking to kickstart your creative career? A world class design education shouldn’t take forever. The Shillington Graphic Design Course takes just 3 months full-time or 1 year part-time. Most students have had no previous design experience, and come from a variety of professional backgrounds. Finance, hospitality, construction, nursing … you name it! With passion, determination and some friendly guidance from Shillington’s talented teachers, students graduate with everything they need to begin their exciting and rewarding new career in graphic design.
Find out more about the Shillington teaching method at our Info Session on Wednesday July 2 (315 Madison Avenue, 6th Floor, Manhattan). Alternatively, join us at our summer graduations on Friday July 18 for our full-time students and Friday 25 July for our part-time students where you can see their amazing student work.
Over the weekend I was fortunate enough to run into this giant model of the Grand Budapest Hotel, made completely out of LEGO. This masterpiece is constructed from over 50,000 LEGO bricks and took more than 575 hours to complete. You have to admire this team for having the skill and patience to create something of this scale. Check out the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at how they did it.
Feeling unsure of your creative decisions? The team at Fuzzco have created Pocket Art Director, the perfect way to get feedback without the annoying art director breathing down your neck. They’ve cleverly thought of three experiences: one is a digital version of the die which you can try online, you can print it out, or you can buy a real life version that resembles the design-y version of something you’d find in a D&D shop. Genius.