Bambi: A Life in the Woods is a book that was published in Prague in 1971 that was written by Felix Stalten with some beautiful images created by Mirko Hanák. Mirko worked in the Czech Republic as a painter and designer, his style somewhere between chinese ink drawings with the vibrant colors of a Disney cartoon. A wonderful set of images have been posted to Flickr of the book, which I highly suggest you check out.
His style seems so effortless, like his brush knew exactly where to fall. His sparse use of colors really makes his work pop. We need more experimental art in children’s books like this.
Found through Drawn!
This little video has been around for a couple weeks now but I thought it would be nice to start Monday off with something cute and upbeat. The song is Sing Sang Sung off of Air’s new album Love 2, and the video is a trippy little exploration of 70′s style art. It was directed by Mrzyk and Moriceau at El Nino with animation by Mathematic Studio. I think they did such a wonderful job, it’s one of the most beautiful videos I’ve seen all year. Does anyone remember the video game Uniracers, where you raced unicycles? That’s what this reminds me of.
By the by, the new Air album is pretty great. It’s much more instrumental, more in the vein of Moon Safari, but not as stereotypically French sounding. I’m definitely throwing one of the songs onto this Friday’s mixcast. Love 2 is out in the UK today and here in the U.S. tomorrow, be sure to grab a copy.
It’s been a little over a month since the last mixtape, so I think you’re due for a new one. There won’t be a Mixcast this week, just this here Mixtape. It’s called Nothing You Can Touch, a Mixtape inspired by John Huges movies from the 80′s… but with a modern slant. Every song on here is from the last few years, if not brand new. But all of the songs definitely have an 80′s feel and vibe to them. Got it?
I was really inspired after seeing The Breakfast Club last month, and realized that I knew quite a few 80′s sounding songs, starting with Phoenix’s Girlfriend. From there I grabbed Bats for Lashes’ Daniel, of course Graveyard Girl by M83, and it just went from there. This is also one of the peppiest mixes I’ve ever made. Most of the time I make more somber Mixtapes (like the next one will be, it’s already ready to go).
Enjoy the mix, enjoy the last few warm days of the year, and I’ll be back with a new Mixcast next week and a new mixtape next month.
Here’s the track listing:
01 I Think I’ll Start A Fire by Faunts
02 Tree Frog by Daestro
03 Graveyard Girl by M83
04 Girlfriend by Phoenix
05 I Don’t Need Love, I’ve Got My Band by The Radio Dept.
06 Daniel by Bat for Lashes
07 Testament by Flying Lotus
08 Tell Me What To Swallow by Crystal Castles
09 Summertime by Girls
10 I Want You! by Peter Bjorn & John
11 Eyes As Candles by Passion Pit
12 Pretty in Pink by The National
I know my stuff when it comes to Photoshop, but any other program, especially motion graphics, and it’s a whole ‘nother ball game. It’s guys like Murat Pak who are using computer graphics to make artsy videos that really get me excited. The guy is all over the place, creating all srts of beautiful but non-sensical pieces that are just stunning to look at. I’ve pasted three of his most recent pieces up for your viewing pleasure. My favorite is at top, be sure to which the middle one till the end, and the last one is cool, it reminds me of ferro fluid.
I’m totally amazed by the images of Erik Natzke, a guy who creates all of his work in Adobe Flash. A lot of his stuff looks painted, but of course I chose the fancy, computer looking ones to show you. He’s got quite an eye for randomness and color palettes… or maybe that’s Flash doing all the hard work? Well, I’ll definitely give Erik the benefit of the doubt as he’s got a Flickr with over a 1000 images in it full of crazy looking stuff. Definitely take some time to browse his vast array of art.
Found through John Nack