Owen Gatley recently updated his portfolio and it’s filled with some really awesome illustrations. Owen is a UK illustrator who is currently living in Berlin and he’s producing some really fine work over there. I came across him roughly three years ago when he produced a great Arnold Schwarzenegger-themed wallpaper for this very site. Since then he’s worked for clients such as It’s Nice That, Urban Outfitters and The Quarterly magazine.
It has been great to see the direction his work has taken over the last few years and I also really love the look of his studio in Berlin. The images above only give a hint of what he does, so go check out the rest of his portfolio and make sure to take a look at the variety of really excellent maps he’s produced for a number of different publications.
One of my favorite illustrators has to be Jon Klassen. Ever since I properly got into illustration I’ve followed his work and every few months he always seems to impresses me with something new. As we’ve been posting a lot about ice this week on TFIB I thought I’d share this really fun iceberg sculpture he made a few years ago when he was at home for the holidays.
He made it with his brothers Will and Justin, and he says that it’s based on the iceberg he designed for the Royal Bank commercial. It’s really great to see Klassen work in three-dimensions and the iceberg itself is a lot of fun – it’s even got a front and back door! Make sure to check out more of Klassn’s work on his site Burst of Beaden.
These photos from China’s Ice and Snow Festival are pretty crazy. The festival, which opened last week, can be found in the city of Harbin, and it attracts about 800,000 visitors a year. Filled with ice palaces, pagodas and skyscrapers; it’s an incredible sight and every year it attracts an international roster of ice sculptors.
The intricate sculptures and structures are carved from giant blocks of ice taken from the surface of the nearby Soghua river. Sculptors use chisels, ice picks and saws to carve the ice. Many sculptors also use multicolored lights to add the impressive colors you see in the pictures above. The Harbin festival is one of the world’s four largest ice and snow festivals. More ice sculptures can be seen at the likes of Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada’s Quebec City Winter Carnival, and Norway’s Ski Festival.
Images via China Daily
Video via Third Channel on Vimeo
I recently discovered the work of the Norwegian musician and composer Terje Isungset and was really impressed by what he does. Isungset is one of Europe’s most accomplished and innovative percussionists, and he is a true innovator in his creation of ice instruments. For ten years, Isungset has been making and playing these incredible creations by carving them from the ice and he has performed in a number of wonderful and strange locations such as behind frozen waterfalls, inside of igloos and on top of giant glaciers.
The video above gives a brief insight into what Isungset does so well. Directed by Santiago Posada and produced by Third Channel; the film was taken during his performance last year at London’s Somerset House. It shows many of Isungset’s unique instruments including an ice horn, an iceophone and his ice percussion. Each instrument creates a unique and haunting sound and they really need to be heard to be believed. The majority of the instruments are carved from ancient glaciers and were transported to an urban igloo right in the heart of central London as part of three day event which ran last January in the city.
Isungset has also recorded a number of albums which you can check out here.
Directed by: Santiago Posada
Produced by Third Channel.
These photos by the Belgium architect François Delfosse are beautiful. He says that the images were taken in a “glacier cave just North of the South Pole”, before adding that they are “viewed from the inside of a plastic bag”.
As images, they’re really stunning and I love the playful reaction they get. If they really were photos of a glacier cave we’d probably be in awe of their beauty, yet because they’re plastic bags it feels odd to think of them as beautiful. I don’t care, I think they are truly gorgeous.
Eagle-eyed readers may have spotted that I have a soft spot for images of mundane landscapes. I’m particularly fond of photorealist paintings of these kind of landscapes and I think that’s why I’m really drawn to these paintings by Irish artist Colin Martin.
The images come from a series of work called A Minor Place and they focus on the architecture and environments of leisure. They are empty, vacant spaces and yet they feel unthreatening. For Martin, the staring point for this work came from the architect Robert Venturi. Venturi believes that these types of spaces are non-hierarchal and anti-judgmental. Because of this, buildings designed for leisure can surpasses High Modernism in their ability to create spaces that give their inhabitants what they want as opposed to what they need. It’s a fascinating theory in regards to architecture and space but really it’s the pure aesthetics of Martin’s work that draws me in. You can view the complete set of works from this series online here.
Back when I was a kid I really wanted to be pilot and despite never letting that dream stick around long enough I still occasionally find myself daydreaming about aviation and the chance of seeing the world from a completely different angle. That’s the reason why I love the work of renowned aerial photographer Alex MacLean. He captures stunning images of the world below him and shows all the quirks, beauty and splender that exists within both the natural and manmade landscape of the planet.
MacLean has flown all across America and to many other parts of the world in his Cessna 182, each time taking incredible photos. The images above come from his book Las Vegas/Venice: Endangered Myths. It’s a book which deals with the similarities that exist between the two cities – highlighting their dependancy on water, their extreme physical environments and their status as major tourist attractions. It sounds like a fascinating collection of images and many of them can be viewed on MacLean’s site here.
Sam Brewster is an illustrator currently living and working in East London. Since graduating two years ago he’s worked with a number of impressive clients including the likes of the BBC, WIRED and The Times. Not only that, but he also produces and directs films with his writer friend Sam Halfpenny under the name Sam & Sam. All around he seems like a talented guy!
The pictures above come from the excellent sounding Beer Advocate Magazine; a publication which Sam has been creating work for over the last few months. The images above are of London, Long Beach, and Reno and they’re only a handful of the cities which Sam has drawn – make sure to check out the rest of them on his site by clicking here. I really love the colors he uses; they really add a faded, picture postcard quality to his work – perfect for the cities he draws.