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Loui Says;

commissioned glass architectural art fixture finally completed in the new fabulous Hotel Eastlund, Portland Oregon U.S.A. http://hoteleastlund.com/ – I am very pleased and honoured to have my work in such a contemporary and wonderful space. (as well as the glass patrician wall, there are also amazing head boards and art prints of my work included in the rooms of the hotel)

via Kelly Close.

Thor and Avengers digital artists from Gateshead to publish book of art

Award winning North artists who worked on everything from Guardians of the Galaxy to Mortal Kombat have crowdfunded thousands of pounds for a celebration of their work.

Gateshead-based digital art and design studio Atomhawk has turned to Kickstarter in search of the money to produce a new book featuring some of the spectacular concept work its staff have done for major video games and films.

And after only a week the firm has seen more than £6,400 pledged of the £15,000 needed to turn the idea into reality.

“Rather than just a glossy coffee table book we want to include interviews with artists and tutorials, so it’s much more geared to not just those who love art but budding artists who want to learn how the professionals work,” one of the firm’s directors, Cumron Ashtiani, said.

“In the four year’s since we teamed up with 3D Total to create The Art of Atomhawk Design, Volume 1, our art team has really grown and developed and we’ve worked on some outstanding games and film titles.

“That first book was really based on the art of the company’s four founders plus one extra artist, but this one now has something from our 20 staff

“We now have a fresh and diverse body of work, which we know will make a great looking and inspiring book, with something in there for everyone.”

The Art of Atomhawk, Volume 2 will feature art from some of Atomhawk’s most high-profile video game and film titles – some of which is currently on display as part of Newcastle’s Centre for Life’s Game On exhibition – as well as personal contributions from its team of artists.

The book will also include images from Atomhawk’s own creation, The Realm, which was inspired by local North East landscapes and architecture, and saw the likes of Newcastle’s Tyne Bridge reclaimed by foliage in a post apocalyptic world.

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The Realm – Girl and the giant in front of the Tyne Bridge

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The Realm – Grey Monument

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The Realm – Brainchild of developer Cumron Ashtianti

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The Realm – Brainchild of developer Cumron Ashtianti

More here.

The tome will also include step-by-step digital art tutorials and professional art tips from the Atomhawk team, sharing the secrets behind some of the studio’s greatest work to date, and for backers who pledge enough to receive a “deluxe edition” will also come with exclusive online access to a selection of video art tutorials on a range of subjects. Each 30 minute tutorial will be delivered by an Atomhawk artist, sharing the techniques they use when creating the high quality art which will feature in the book.

“We’ve worked on Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy and we’ve recently been able to announce that we did work on Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron too. We’ve also now done three different games for Warner Bros and have two more in production.

“And from The Realm we have work looking from the bottom of Dean Street looking towards the Tyne Bridge, of Grey’s Monument and the classic image that we used for the marketing was of the girl and the giant looking out over the Tyne Bridge, with the Sage in the background, as they hand over a flower.

“The Realm was interesting because we raised £100,000 on Kickstarter, but we needed £200,000 to make the game. That was in 2013 when Kickstarter was new in the UK and at the time we were the fourth biggest total of any project raising money in pounds. It did incredibly well but we didn’t realise that the pool of people wasn’t big enough to raise the full sum and with Kickstarter unless you get it all, you don’t get any of it.

“So with this book we’ve been fairly realistic in what we’re asking for. There’s no profit in it, and in truth it will probably cost us more than £15,000 to make.

“But we want to get the work out there as it’s hugely valuable, particularly for staff morale, to see our hard work immortalised in book form.

“Its six year’s work, and some amazing projects and I hope in the future people can look back and be able to know that this is what was happening at this time in the North East.”

Rewards for backers also, if you pledge £1,000, include a personalised portrait, or for £3,000 the chance to create a brief for an Atomhawk artist to paint a bespoke image for inclusion in the book.

For more information and to back the project visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/atomhawk/the-art-of-atomhawk-volume-2

via Thor and Avengers digital artists from Gateshead to publish book of art – Chronicle Live.

‘The Ghetto Tarot’: Haitian artists transform classic tarot deck into stunning real life scenes

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Welcome to the Ghetto Tarot, a project from award-winning documentary photographer Alice Smeets and a group of Haitian artists known as Atis Rezistans. The idea was to take the classic Rider-Waite tarot deck of 78 cards and create a photographic version of each card using settings and objects in the vibrant ghetto of Haiti.

As Smeets says, “The spirit of the Ghetto Tarot project is the inspiration to turn negative into positive while playing. The group of artists ‘Atiz Rezistans’ use trash to create art with their own visions that are a reflection of the beauty they see hidden within the waste. They are claiming the word ‘Ghetto,’ thus freeing themselves of its depreciating undertone and turning it into something beautiful.”

Smeets also related some of the memorable incidents while executing the photo shoots:

There have been plenty of little, funny moments. One example: when we were shooting the scene of the Death card, I asked the artists if they had real skulls to place them in the picture. Five minutes later, Claudel, one of the artists and my dearest assistant, came along holding a plastic bag filled with skulls in his hands as if it was the most normal thing in the world to carry dead peoples heads around.

It constantly surprised me how the artists almost always found immediately what I asked for. For the picture of the High Priestess, we needed horns to place them next to her feet. I hadn’t let them known beforehand that we would be in need of them. As soon as Claudel found out, he ran and came back a moment later with two horns in his hands. They never told me where they found all of the materials, they just happened to lay around somewhere in the Ghetto.

The Ghetto Tarot has been fully funded on indiegogo, and you can place an order for a full deck at the price of 32 euros (about $36).

10 cups

The Nine of Cups

justice

Justice

9 swords

The Nine of Swords

king swords

King of Swords

hanged man

The Hanged Man

hermit

The Hermit

6 swords

The Six of Swords

8 cups

The Eight of Cups

5 cups

The Five of Cups

sun

The Sun

3 swords

The Three of Swords

Here’s a brief video featuring interviews with some of the photo subjects (very interesting):

via ‘The Ghetto Tarot’: Haitian artists transform classic tarot deck into stunning real life scenes.

Satirical Illustrations Of Today’s Problems Drawn In The Style Of The 50s

John Holcroft is a well-known British illustrator who has worked for BBC, Reader’s Digest, The Guardian and the Financial Times, among others. However, what makes him famous are not his employers, but the brilliant satire reflected in his illustrations and the retro style he uses to create them.

Everytime Holcroft publishes a new drawing, they inevitably go viral and spread all over the Internet. His style is based on advertisements from the 50’s, and he reproduces everything from their visual design style down to their aged vintage feel.

The content of these illustrations, however, is anything but old-fashioned – social issues and modern behavior drawn in a satirical way. The issues he focuses on include our dependence on technology, society’s greed and the devaluation of workers, just to name a few.

More info: johnholcroft.com | Behance | Facebook (via: BoredPanda.es)

via Satirical Illustrations Of Today’s Problems Drawn In The Style Of The 50s | Bored Panda.