Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Andreas Krapf

Andreas Krapf is a vector artist from Hambrug, Germany. He has been drawing since he was a little kid and then started doing vector art. He uses Adobe Illustrator, just like we do in class! He makes t-shirts, posters and toys with his art on them. Most of his art involves creating different characters. Some of his clients include: TicTac, Adidas and RayBan (pretty cool because they are very famous companies).
Krapf explained that the point in his art is to make people happy and confused. I think that this piece of work definitely makes people confused. I think that this vector art illustrates the idea of squirrels attacking nuts. The artwork suggests a thought that most people do not think about: squirrels are evil. The tattoos on the squirrel represent an idea of toughness and the brain that is shown through the squirrel shows the innocence and "humanness" of the acorns. 

I really like this piece of work because in all honesty I am afraid of squirrels. I have always thought about how they could attack your arm and tear it up and just found them overall creepy. This squirrel illustrates my idea of squirrels (weird, I know). I really like the color scheme and how Krapf stuck to two main colors: pick and blue, but used different hues of the colors. The tattoos are great additions to the picture because they show the evil of the squirrel. I also really like the ears because they are very pointed showing evil. The acorns are very cute and remind me of humans and they are very complex (they even have eyebrows and uvulas). Overall, Krapf planned this piece of art in a great way and there are so many interesting components.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Second Project Update!

This is my second project so far. I am not too happy with it, but it definitely took me a while to get used to the tools. I am still a little confused because some of my layers are hiding behind the face and I can't find out how to get them in front. Also I am unsure of how I am going to do the nose. It took me a while to get the skin tone right and I think that the one I have right now is pretty good. I really like the color of the lips/mouth. The bottom teeth are a layer that is hidden beneath the face and I cannot get it back in front. I haven't gotten too far, but I think that everything will speed up from here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sonya Rapoport

Sonya Rapoport is a digital artist who creates images that show both a feminist voice and an intelligent view throughout her works. She was born on October 6, 1923 in Brookline Massachusetts and took classes at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, spending her summers in an art colony in Maine. She then went to the Massachusetts College of Art. She switched away from art and majored in biology at Boston University in 1943 and then went back to attending many different art schools, such as Art Students League of New York and University of California, Berkeley.

My favorite piece of Rapoport's was her 1994 project entitled, "Fish or Foul". In this project she included snapshots of the World Cup and then matched a moving fish with a comment to the World Cup picture. I think that these fish are hilarious and definitely add humor to the event. I think that Rapoport is making fun of the World Cup a little because she is comparing the players to fish.

I really like the concept behind these images because it is funny and interesting. I do not understand how she pick the different types of fish to be matched up with each athlete though. I really like how the scientific name is at the bottom of the picture, and then a funny caption. The movement of the fish picture is really cool too. Finally, I like how the fish picture is black and white because it adds to the contrast of the soccer picture and the scientific picture. I noticed a parallel because at one point Sonya Rapoport was majoring in biology so it was cool to see these interests come into her work. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Alberto Seveso

Alberto Seveso was born in Milan, Italy in 1976. He spent most of his life on an island named Sardinia. Saveso started his digital art in the early ‘90s using Deluxe Paint. In the mid 90s he switched to being a street artist and then moved to Rome and began his career as a graphic designer and illustrator. He did not take any classes on design. He created a technique entitled “sperm shaping” which basically blends vectors on an image to look like sperm.
After looking at some of his pieces I have decided that this is definitely one of my favorites. It was done for "Olmeca Fusion" alcohol. I like the explosion of color in the background that contrasts with the off-white of the alcohol in the center. The main color in the image is green and then many other colors are added. The crazy shapes behind the alcohol bottle are all bright and happy colors, placed there to show happy times when drinking and good experiences. I also noticed that the extravagent shapes end at the bottom of the picture, as if there was some control with the craziness of the image. This could hint at safe times drinking as well.

I really like this image because it seems to be very bright and happy. The colors all work well together and create a "popping" image that draws the eye into the center. The abstract shapes are also very happy and creative. I was also really interested in the fact that Alberto Seveso uses Photoshop to create most of his images because that is what we use in class. Overall, I think that the image is a great advertisement and grabs an audience's attention. I do not know how the image could be better, but it would be interesting to see the same image done with a different background color (instead of green).