Thursday, August 11, 2011
The Anti-Christ Horseman (white), The Horseman of War (red), The Horeseman of Famine (grey) and The Horseman of Death (pale green) for $65 each HERE... making it an easy option to snag the one that catches your eye! The figures measure 4″ wide x 3″ deep x 4.3″ tall, and just like all of MAQET's products, these are made of Plastin®, a powder like substance that uses no waste and combines plastic and porcelain! Remember, these are really limited, so be sure to pull the trigger on these because I have a feeling they will not last long!
Sometimes I really love twitter, it's particularly great when you get to see something new and exciting, like Kazushi Kobayashi's latest robot design shown above. Kazushi Kobayashi is no stranger to robot design's having built many versions of his Chubu bot. Sadly these are only usually seen in Japan as the company that sells them doesn't export. For more info or to just gaze at some cool toys check out his blog here.
Jakob Westman, Art Director at Swedish ad agency Kärnhuset says:
[Press] "I've known about Jonathan and Louise's work for a few years and have always been on the lookout for an excuse good enough to get to work with them. And the Arla poster series seemed like the perfect match! I'm a big fan of illustration, and that's how we approached this. Or like illustration deluxe. There's been a healthy interest in crafts and textures in graphic design and illustration the last few years, and a big boom in retro-photography with apps like Hipstamatic and Camera+. We wanted a surreal (but non-retro) look and we were very keen on having the handmade look come through."
"I get such a kick from seeing the textures and the wires, to see that it's NOT 3d-generated, and that there are a bunch of imperfections in there. I also get a kick from the scale of it, that we were able to work with actual props. The candles on the cake are actually burning, the balloons on the ground are real and the clasps on the farmer's dungarees are actual full-scale clasps. That's something you don't get with CGI or traditional illustration and it brings a whole other level to the final poster and makes it so much fun to look at."
The posters are displayed on milk dispensers (milkbars) in Swedish schools and lunch restaurants. Since the posters are on display for 4–6 months one of the requirements have been to come up with designs that lend themselves to new discoveries on the nth viewing. This was also the reason that Kärnhuset turned to German eBoy and their sprawling cityscapes for the first sets of posters, followed by fun and elaborate illustrations from British TADO."
The project with Felt Mistress started with a brief from the agency with a description of what they thought could take place in the two posters. They also pushed for the characters to not be too cute or cartoony, but to be more monster-ish in their appearance. Something Felt Mistress was more than happy to comply with. The agency also requested a very trippy and non-literal color-scheme."
After discussing with Louise how the characters should look Jonathan then made a first round of sketches which were approved after a few very minor tweaks. "Yeah, it worked out really well." He says. "We tried to push the weird colors and make the characters a bit out there. Something that comes pretty natural for us [chuckle]. This is also the first time the felt characters have been used as illustration and not as expensive toys in a hipster flat or office. I've always thought of what we're doing as illustration. That they'd be able to tell stories in editorial or advertising contexts."
"Once the illustrations were approved by the client, Louise cut patterns, picked out fabrics and started stitching it all together. "The cow took some thinking to work out." Louise says. "They wanted her to look good both on her feet and sitting down. And Jonathan had cheated a bit and not thought about the mechanics. Fortunately we were able to make a setup with a hook that allowed for the cow's head to be re-arranged. Also it's always important to me when making clothed characters, like the farmer, to use actual clothing fabrics rather than felt – I used denim and checked cotton for the farmer's dungarees and a shirt with real buttons and fastenings. I think it's details like this that really bring a character to life."
It was also great to see what the photography was able to add" says Jakob. "The photos I'd seen previously of Felt Mistress' characters had been more documentary and I think we were able to make them a bit surreal and trippy while still having the handmade qualities show. It's been really rewarding to see how everyone involved have taken something already great and made it even better!"
Client: Arla Foods
Art Director: Jakob Westman
Illustrator: Jonathan Edwards
Character design and construction: Felt Mistress (Louise Evans and Jonathan Edwards)
"the last airborne" by Ian McQue
I don't write enough about models and yet some of the most intriguing of toys out there are models, and by seeing many toy designers works from Rhoby to Lily Black it's obvious that many artists are inspired by the truest of DIY toys out there. So it's a great pleasure for me last night while stopping by one of my favorite model builders and designers Fichtenfoo's site, to discover he had started a whole new project titled: Industrial Mechanika.
For those that are not into models, Fichtenfoo aka Michael Fichtenmayer runs his own forum and blog, fichtenfoo, customizes many kits as well as designs his own models and diorama's. So his level of expertise and vision is quite unmatched. His latest project is particularly exciting as he's announced that he's already working with Ian McQue a great concept artist whose work generally involves a future world populated by floating airships. I for one look forward to seeing the projects that come out of Industrial Mechanika. For more information please check out their site here. For more information on Ian McMcQue check out his site here, though be warned you may need to set aside some time as it's quite easy to just stay there and stare at his great works.