Ever think your paints looked yummy enough to eat? Bad idea, of course — but not with these chocolate confections in the form of paint tubes and pencils— created by Nendo Design, in cooperation with patissier Tsujiguchi Hironobu.
In celebration of what would have been Maurice Sendak’s 85th birthday today (June 10, 2013), Google has a nicely done, affectionate, respectful and fairly extensive tribute to the artist in the form of an animated Google Doodle on the Google home page.
Shintaro Ohata is an artist from Hiroshima, Japan who is both a painter and a sculptor.
Artists who are both sculptors and painters are not unusual. Ohata, however, frequently combines the two mediums in single works in which a painting and sculpture are displayed together as a mixed two dimensional – three dimensional work.
The sculptures are textured and painted in a way that carries forward the colors and textures of a painting. The painting and sculpture are then arranged and lit in a way that gives them additional visual continuity. These form scenes, in which the painting acts as a backdrop for the sculpture and the sculpture acts as a three dimensional projection of the painting.
As remarkable as the effect is in photographs, I would love to see these in person.
Ohata also paints stand-alone paintings in acrylic, in which the figures in the paintings bear an uncanny resemblance to his sculpted figures (above, bottom).
In something of a variation on that idea, food site Saveur has been running Recipe Comix, a series in which they have asked a number of comics artists to contribute recipes in the form of comic strips.
The index page shows an excerpt from each strip anda capsule description fo the recipe. ClLick through for the full feature in each case.
(Strip excerpts above: Laura Park, Joe Ollman, Jillian Tamaki, Lisa Hanawalt, Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt, Ryan North, Gordon McAlpin, Lucy Knisley)
Ji Lee is a designer and illustrator, born in Korea, raised in Brazil and currently living and working in New York.
Inspired by an art school typography class assignment almost twenty years ago, Lee has been since then working with the concept of creating images out of the letterforms of words that depict something of the meaning or character of that word.
The result is a long-term project Lee calls Word as Image.
(You will sometimes see logo designers trying to work with a similar concept, but in a more limited way.)
In 2011 Lee published a book, Word as Image, that collects 100 words.
A number of the word/images have been animated in a short film with animation by Bran Dougherty-Johnson that can be viewed on Lee’s site or on Vimeo.
On Lee’s website you will also find examples of his personal, professional and editorial work. I find the editorial selection exhibits much of the same kind of “turn things on their head” imagination as the Word as Image project.
An art student at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts who lists himself as bENCE hAJDU on Behance has posted a short series of images in which he has used digital image editing to remove the people from some classic paintings and fill in the backgrounds where they once existed.
Makes you think twice.