The fine folks at Gestalten sent me this really awesome book a couple weeks ago called Papercraft: Design and Art with Paper and I’ve really been enjoying it. The book explores the realms of artistic uses of paper, everything from fine art to large scale installations. The book has like 240 pages of just photos of work which is kind of crazy that they could find that much on something that I kind of saw as a niche medium. But with 141 artists featured it’s definitely something substantial.
It also features a DVD that comes with all kinds of goodies. There are papercraft videos and commercials for you to watch, as well as templates to create your own papercraft toys. Pretty neat idea, huh?
I also wanted to point out that I was surprised to see that Kitsune Noir made it into the book, which I had no idea of before being sent the book. My friends over at Bosque were awesome and decided to submit their desktop wallpaper for the book. You can download their desktop wallpaper by clicking here.
Check out some more photos from the book under the cut.
I came across some work by Simon Page after rooting around Dropular but when I saw these posters I was absolutely blown away. Simon started out doing these posters as a personal project but when the International Year of Astronomy folks saw them the decided to use them as promotional pieces.
He decided to go with more of a 60′s and 70′s vibe instead of going futuristic. They look to me like old Penguin book covers, concentrating on patterns and shapes instead of bling. The colors are also phenomenal and definitely lend to the vintage feeling of the posters.
Check under the cut for a bunch more of these beauties.
Jenny Dubanu is a realist portrait painter who’s work totally threw me for a loop. She works from photographs as reference, recreating them I would say fairly faithfully. She enjoys painting people in those in-between moments that only a camera can capture. When you look at the paintings you know that it came from a photograph, but her mastery of oil painting truly makes these stunning works of art. I wish I could do this!
I’ve never actually played the more recent Prince of Persia games, but if it’s anything like this trailer I’m kind of excited. For those that don’t know, the movie is based upon the video game of the same name, though the original was released in 1989. The movie however is based on the newer versions of the game which are supposed to really great.
Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a street urchin in 6th century Persia. After showing valor in battle, he is adopted by the king as his heir, so the king’s two sons will not fight over the throne. He teams up with Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) to rescue the Sands of Time, a gift from the gods that controls time, from the hands of the villainous nobleman, Nizam (Ben Kingsley).
In my opinion this movie has two good things going for it. The first is that it’s being released by Disney and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the teams behind Pirates of the Caribbean. I really enjoyed all of the Pirates movies, especially the third one, so I’m hoping this film will be in the same “it’s fun, don’t over think it” genre. Second is that it’s being directed by Mike Newell who also directed the fourth Harry Potter film. He’s got a really great style and I think it really shines in the trailer.
The film is going to be released on May 28th, 2010, so it’s not too far away.
It’s Monday again so here’s what I’ve been listening to over the week. As you can see the new Devendra has been on repeat, I’m totally in love with this album. Also be sure to check out Fruit Bats and Radical Face, both of them have been getting a lot of love from me.