One of my favorite albums of the year is Jónsi’s new album Go, it’s like the fun, upbeat pop version of Sigur Rós. Anyhow, Mr. Jónsi has released a new video for his song Go Do in which he performs with producer and and all around talented guy Nico Mulhy. It’s a nice performance of the song, though it always makes me laugh when they dress up. They always look like a Tori Amos video exploded all around them, and I’m not sure I mean that in a nice way…
I’ve been a big fan of Mark Ryden for a long time now, back when he painted nothing but meat, Abraham Lincoln and Christian Ricci-esque women… well, that hasn’t really changed over the last 10 years or so, but man is he still amazing. Recently he made this time-lapse video of himself working on a painting called Incarnation which features a woman in a meat dress (of course) standing in a beautiful garden.
It’s really awesome getting to watch him work, and what’s amazing to me is how quickly he seems to be working. From the look of it that painting took him about a week to produce. Obviously this doesn’t include the ideation or sketching part but it’s still cool that he creates these giant paintings so quickly. I also like that he drinks white wine the whole time, clearly I need to invest in a box of two buck Chuck (and then become an amazing artist).
This little video has been making the rounds today with great force and for good reason. Created by the folks over at One More Production and written & directed by Patrick Jean, PIXELS explores the idea of 8 bit characters and items crossing over to modern day New York and pixelating the hell out of it. The design and animation of this whole video is amazing and hysterical, kind of like District 9 except with Donkey Kong and Space Invaders. Through it all though I think I’d have to say my favorite part is when the Tetris pieces descend, like omniscient, translucent gods coming to PWN your buildings.
Today I’m happy to announce a desktop wallpaper by a guy with one of the coolest names ever, Dan Matutina. Dan does work under the name Twistedfork creating lovely little illustrations with lots of life and color. He also seems to have a kind of fetish for pirates in ninjas, but y’know, who can blame the guy. He also has this rad little project called Status and Shapes where he interprets people’s Twitter messages into a rad looking image. He only did a few but I hope he does more cuz’ they’re pretty rad looking.
As for his wallpaper, I’ll let Dan describe it:
“Was thinking of a cinematic scene where a Ninja is trying to invade a pirate ship and assassinate the Pirate Captain. But the First Mate who was sleeping at the Crow’s Nest saw the Ninja. They start fighting. :) Ofcourse, Ninja and Pirates are geeky. Just tried to make it more badass.”
Absolutely spot-on and totally fun. Don’t forget that there’s an iPad wallpaper size as well, and for those who’ve asked, I’m thinking about creating a larger size for larger monitors. The thing is you vocal few make up less thatn 2% of people who visit the site, so says the Google-y Analytics, so be please be patient.
It’s always great when people I know work together. My friends over at GOOD Magazine asked the extremely talented Micah Lidberg to create an illustration around the how neighborhoods around the U.S. got their names. So he created a map and covered it with hand drawn type, the end result being the amazing image you see above. I love how many different type faces he created, each one more beautiful then the next.
What’s funny is the whole issue, which was art directed by Keith Scharwath, is filled with great illustrators like Scott Barry, Chris Johanson, Erin Kunkel, Leif Parsons, Will Etling and ton of other folks, so I suggest grabbing yourself a copy.