Ed J. Brown seems like a fun guy based on the bio on his “About” page, proving that you should never underestimate the power of a well-written blurb about yourself. Its tone is an easy way to give the viewer a sense of who you are. Read his amusing prose:
Ed would describe himself as a digital artist with print based tendencies. Inspired by analogue print techniques such as etchings, woodcuts and silk screens. Ed is a bit of a texture freak.
All his work consists of completely hand drawn and hand made images, even the colours he uses come from scanned in sugar paper – this is all assembled in Photoshop like a big sexy jigsaw.
…Big sexy jigsaw. Yes. All images via his website. Follow him on Tumblr, too.
The portrait series Doublefaced by photographer Sebastian Bieniek features a woman who drew a face (or faces) on her head and positioned herself in such a way that it she appears to be not one, but two people. This project is an optical illusion, a bit of a mind bender, and overall pretty clever, if not slightly creepy. I think that the element of confusion is what makes it successful, and I especially like when Bieniek ventures into public. I’m sure that the model’s presence elicited some strange reactions and double takes from passerbys. (Via iGNANT)
Lindsey Hampton is a multidisciplinary artist who designs, photographs, and more. For now, I am going to focus on her ceramics and installations because it’s what originally drew me to her portfolio. The vessels that Hampton sculpts have an understated sophistication to them. They are colorful but not overwhelming, jubilant without being saccharine, and as a whole really clever. I love how subtle they are – the silhouettes are clean, and you’re able to focus on details like the skewed plant stand (below) or the retooling of the average table lamp (above).
Here’s part of a short statement about Hampton’s work, and how she achieves continuity no matter what she’s crafting:
Hampton’s use of colour, pattern and shape speak together across all platforms, she thrives in the delicate balance between positive and negative space. Hampton believes that everything is design, whether creating a poster or logo, a ceramic vessel or mug; her approach is equal.
All images via her website.
So after 4 years, I FINALLY made a Facebook page for this blog. If you’re an avid Facebooker, do me a favor and like my page?
Do you know that I write for the site My Modern Metropolis? I do! If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a blog that celebrates visual creativity. The content is a bit different than what’s on Brown Paper Bag, and I really enjoy writing about the wide variety of content that it has to offer (I learn so much!). Anyways, I wrote about these tattoos on My Modern Met earlier this week, and I loved them so much I’d thought I’d share on here.
As you may or may not know, I love tattoos and have several. All of mine are outlined, unlike these colorful tattoos by Sasha Unisex. Her work strays from a conventional style because they don’t use lines and instead use shape and color to define their form. The jewel tones are brilliant, and remind me of a permanent Lisa Frank sticker. Too bad Unisex is based in St. Petersburg, Russia. I’d love to get something done by her!
Also, for readers that have tattoos, how do you think they’ll hold up? Will the subtle color fade over time and them loose their shape?
All images via her Instagram.
The illustrations by Antwerp-based Ellen van Engelen are pretty trippy, but that’s a major part of their appeal for me. The warm, psychedelic scenes of long-haired women, odd track suits, and surreal brain exploration feel like I’m looking at at the work of Seymour Chwast. He’s one of my all-time-favorite illustrators/designers, so that means I’ll be following the work of Engelen for years and years to come.
All images via her website (which is actually a Tumblr).
Aakash Nihalani is a street artist based New York. Armed with tape as his medium, he crafts trompe l’oeil scenes by carefully considering perspective and the right vantage point for a photograph. The result is work that’s engaging, vibrant, and fun. Nihalani doesn’t try and attach a high brow meaning to his work, either. He writes:
For however briefly, I am trying to offer people a chance to step into a different New York than they are used to seeing, and in turn, momentarily escape from routine schedules and lives. We all need the opportunity to see the city more playfully, as a world dominated by the interplay of very basic color and shape. I try to create a new space within the existing space of our everyday world for people to enter freely , and unexpectedly ‘disconnect’ from their reality.
Nihalani goes on to say that this work is him connecting the dots as he sees them. I think it’s a lovely sentiment.
Not all of the following images are in New York, but all images are via his website. H/T Colossal.