There have been a lot of great movies that have come out this year so far, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. But I think I may just be most excited to Ponyo on a Cliff, or just Ponyo here in the States. Ponyo is the most recent movie that has sprung from the creative mind of Hayao Miyazaki, one of my absolute favorite directors. Miyazaki is kind of like the modern day Walt Disney, creating amazing animated films that engage children and adults alike. My favorite film of his is Spirited Away, a tale of a girl who gets separated from her parents and gets stuck in a magical land where she has to work in a bath house for the gods. If you haven’t seen it yet I suggest you do so, quickly.
Ponyo is based off the Hans-Christian Andersen book, The Little Mermaid, though I’m not sure to what degree, as I really don’t want to know too much about the movie. What I do know is that the film, as eveidenced by the trailer above, looks stunning, and the voice actors they got to be a part of it are top notch as usual.
I’ve taken a ton of screen captures and put them under the cut, as so many of these frames are works of art in and of themselves.
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I’ve been a fan of HunterGatherer for I don’t know how long now, probably 8 or 9 years. So it’s so awesome to see Arkitip doing an issue featuring HuGa and the two amazing designers behind it, Todd St. John and Gary Benzel. Arkitip and Incase yet again bust out another great mini-interview with these guys, giving some insight into their work and showing a ton of their projects.
I love that these guys are so hands on, it makes me feel like I need to get off my damn computer and start picking up paints and pencils. The thing about these two is that they’re so talented that they make it look easy. Anyhow, check out the video and learn how to be an amazing artist.
Also, be sure to check out the classic HuGa wood grain printed Incase Slider Case and the sweet Laptop Sleeve. These are soooo damn good looking.
I posted about Emmanuel Polanco back in January, so I was pleased to see that he had updated his site with a ton of new work since then. His cut and paste style and wonderful grasp of color really make his work stand out, and his new stuff doesn’t cease to amaze.
The two images above are a couple of illustrations he did for Nuvo magazine. The first is about “Cycles” and the second is about music downloading. Such excellent work.
Hans Thiessen and Michael Mateyko are the two parts that make up the creative team of Komboh. These two work alone and together, but either way they’ve created some really great projects. One of my favorites I came across was this hand drawn typeface called Woodoni. I usually hate these kinds of woodsy/forest inspired fonts, but they definitely made this one look really great, there’s a nice nostalgic feel to it.
Next Saturday is the opening of a brand new show at the SCION Space in Culver City called This Must Be The Place. The show is being curated by Faesthetic Magazine, aka UPSO, aka Dustin Hostetler, and features the work of Gluekit, Matt Curry, Maxwell Loren Holyoke-Hirsch, Skullphone, Damien Correll, Dan Funderburgh, Joel Speasmaker and Jemma Hostetler. The theme is based around the idea of home, and most of the works are presented in 2 colors, just like Faesthetic Magazine is.
I’m unbelievably stoked for this show, for many reasons. These are absolutely some of my favorite artists on the planet, and many of them happen to be my blog buddies, so it’ll be awesome to meet many of these folks.
The show opens Saturday, June 20th, so if you’re anywhere near LA you have to come see this show!