Spike Jonze recently took a trip to Geoff McFetridge’s studio and he took some photos while he was there and put them on his blog, We Love You So. These guys are two of my favorite creative people on the planet, so I get all nerdy when I see stuff like this. I love the image he took of the sketch above. It’s labeled as Chicago Art Insitute, and inside it is a giant head, with a detached body outside of it. Then it shows that the head would also have a door that you could go inside… um, can someone please make this a possibility?! But instead of Chicago it should be in Los Angeles. You can check out more of the photos by clicking here.
There’s also a great article in The New York Times (which Geoff did the graphics for the article) that talks about Where The Wild Things Are and has a nice little interview as well. I enjoyed this description of how the studio was dealing with Spike’s version of the movie:
In Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are,” a child hammers some nails into a wall, is sent to his room without any supper and finds solace and wild fun on an island of monsters who pronounce him king. Considering Jonze’s own propensity toward mischief, it was tempting to see his fight with the studio (which, by the time I sat down with him, was more than a year old) as an embodiment of the eternal struggle between freedom-seeking child and authoritarian parent. Jonze chose a different family metaphor. “It’s like the studio was expecting a boy, and I gave birth to a girl,” he told me. “And now they’re learning to love and accept their daughter.”
Click here to read the rest of the article.
I always enjoy seeing Adrian Johnson’s illustrations in Monocle but I thought this months were particularly fun. Created for an article called No Need To Shout, which talks about the idea getting people attention/admiration/loyalty and so on without the use of hard handed tactics. I love that image of the tank shooting out a ton of colorful bears, it’s a great image that describes the article perfectly. I also think the image of the place dropping balloons is awesome. Imagine balloons pouring down over your city, how cool would that be?
How crazy are these images by Leif Podhasjky? Taking what looks to be scans of mountains and water and all kinds of textures, he then layers, manipulates and reflects them, creating these absolutely trippy pieces. These above are from a series called Psychonaut, my favorite being that top image. It totally looks like that guy is some kind of inter-dimensional traveler and he’s about to voyage into some crazy shit.
My homie Steven Harrington is the featured artist of the newest issue of Arkitip, drenching it in his hippy weirdness. His work was inspired by images from the Time Life Encyclopedia from 1965 to 1982, thrift store and Bill Withers. Each issue comes with an arrow bookmark and scarf he designed with the folks over at Sixpack France. Looking at the inside it should be a pretty great issue, I totally love where Steven is going with his work, the guy never ceases to amaze.
Good Magazine released a new Transparency today, this time concerning the growth of food stamp usage. It’s crazy to think that almost 10% of the country uses food stamps! The chart was done by Gavin Potenza, who i think did an amazing job. I love the colors used and the food shapes are perfectly done and really recognizable.
Click here to see the full scale version.