Category: Books

Books

“Reunions” – where we are going to be in 30 years?

Street photographer Chris Porsz was actively photographing ordinary people during the 70s and 80s in his hometown Peterborough in England. During the ten previous years, Porsz tried to find the characters from his pictures and invite them for a nostalgic reunion. Guess what, his project was very successful and resulted in the 135 reunions and a book. For this kind of project, one has to plan, research and invest energy. However, the pictures evoke empathic and wonderful emotions in every viewer and surely it was an unforgettable experience for the participants in this project. Below you will find a handful of photos from the book. To order the book and find out a bit more about the characters on the photos click here. ...
Animation

‘The Dragon Spell’ is Ukraine’s first ever full-length 3D animated movie, proves successful overseas

Mykyta Kozhumiaka is the first ever full-length 3D animated feature to come out of Ukraine (in English, it translates to "Nicky Tanner and the Dragon Spell"). It has been collecting high praise and receiving warm reviews from various countries abroad. While it isn't at its target box office sales just yet, it isn't doing too bad for its first week - both in Ukraine and abroad. It is planned to screen the movie in as many as 60 countries, with Poland and Turkey as the first two on the list. The Dragon Spell traces its origins from the creations of Anton Siyanika, a Ukranian writer. The tale is about a young boy who takes himself on a grand adventure to save two worlds: that of humans and that of magic against an evil witch possessed by the ghost of a dragon. He goes on a quest alongside the wizard in training Eddie and a feral child, Rocky. In the process, they learn what it means to be a true hero. Find out more about the story from Siyanika's blog, and about the animation from The Dragon...
Art

Breathtaking artbook based on Norse mythology by award-winning illustrator makes waves on Kickstarter

Milivoj Ćeran is back on Kickstarter and is garnering excessive amounts of backing and support from loyal fans and brand new admirers alike. His new project is about Norse mythology art. Unlike most mythology books, though, this will focus more on the artistic expressions of the stories and the characters that create this magical realm. We'll get a nice reminder about the long-forgotten gods, giants, monsters, heroes, and other creatures that inspired Vikings. See trolls, elves, dwarves, giant wolves and snakes - as well as the rest of the inhabitants of the nine Viking worlds. Norse myth makes everything possible, magic a common happening, and weaponry an everyday ritual for everyone. In this book, Ceran gives brilliant illustrations and paintings which are followed up by subservient captions. By looking at these images alone, we can instantly feel nostalgic to the lost heritage of Norse myth. Find out more about Ceran, the book, or the Kickstarter project...
Animation

Award-winning animation ‘Simorgh’ claims numerous awards and high praise from all over the world

The choreographical piece Simorgh is Iranian-born Meghdad Asadi Lari's own elucidation of a customary Sufi ballad. The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar is an extensive and praised ballad written in Persian exploring the delicacy of self-esteem. Every bird speaks to a human blame, for example, self-image, covetousness, excellence and power. The birds must cross seven valleys to achieve the residence of the unbelievable Simorgh bird, whom they trust will be their leader. Meghdad's animated adaptation incorporates the peacock, which symbolizes the fallen soul in partnership with Satan, the songbird symbolizing the lover, and the parrot looking for the wellspring of eternity, not God. As the enlivened story depends on writing, Meghdad devoted all the visuals – the fowls and their surroundings - to Iranian culture, art and history. It's been broadly perceived at a universal level, winning a few global film and movement...
Animation

Tons of artists collaborate to create artwork based from ‘Rick and Morty’, now on display at gallery

From the gallery in 1988's Rick and Morty tribute art show, we are going to see a ton more interesting things. Presently entering its fourth year, the Los Angeles popular culture fine art gallery is welcoming the new year with a show themed with the "adult" Cartoon Network series. The animated science fiction sitcom takes after the misfortunes of alcoholic distraught scientist Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty. The pair invests their energy between residential life and strange and hazardous adventures through the universe. With added pressures inside the family, these experiences cause Morty much pain at home and school. The setting of Rick and Morty - portrayed as having shades of Futurama and South Park - was initially reported as 2012, trailed by another period of 10 half-hour scenes in 2015. Approximately 50 artists have made unique work propelled by the show, and these craftsmanships will be available for purchase from January 13 onwards at Gallery 1988....
Books

Artist gives life to stories through cute illustrations

Home is Homeless by Hava Nissimov, Poems for Amalia by Dafna Ben Zvi, and Wings by Gogo and Sunshine are just some of the books that illustrator Ofra Amit made artwork for. While she mostly works side by side with these books' authors, there are occasions she has to work alone - especially for classic literature. One example of this is The Gift of the Magi where the author, O. Henry, has already passed away. This Tel Aviv-based artist studied Architecture but eventually graduated in Visual Communication in Wizo Academy of Design in Haifa, Israel. She worked as an animator for a while before becoming an illustrator. She mainly uses acrylic on paper or board. She currently teaches illustration and once in a while lectures about her work in design schools. For more information about this artist, visit her website and Facebook. Some of her works are available for sale on Etsy.  ...
Art

Singaporean artist Chua Chye Teck zeroes in on forests’ lines and forms in first book of photos

Singaporean artist and photographer Chua Chye Teck perhaps got more than he bargained for when he turned to hiking. Initially a way for him to increase physical activity, hiking provided an opportunity to observe and appreciate the composition of a forest -- not the obviously beautiful landscapes, mind you, but the way the trees are connected to form an expansive body. This is all thanks to his training as a sculptor, in which he is most attentive to lines, form, and structure. Enthralled by the splendor, Chua, 43, took photos of trees as he perceived them. The result of the two-year photography sessions in the forested domains is his recently released first book, "Beyond Wilderness." At first glance, many of the black-and-white photos look like ones of freely applied paint rather than trees. Chua is adamant in his belief that the wilderness possesses codes waiting to be deciphered. “There is a visual language to the wilderness that, just like English or Chinese,...
Books

Where else could you get more inspired than in Mark Twain’s library?

Mark Twain House & Museum has recently announced their plan to share Mark Twain’s working environment with contemporary writers of literature the world over. According to their plan, visitors will be allowed to work in the 19th-century house where characters such as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn were born. However, next year's visitors will have more competition, as only 4 sessions will be organized. All of those who want this inspirational journey had better hurry up and reserve their ticket on time. For more information visit the museum’s website. ...
Art

Kickstarter campaign features candid takes from body painting photo shoots into new book project

Paul Roustan is no newbie when it comes to finding success on Kickstarter. He is now well underway in his third campaign, which will include showcasing unique photos in a new book. The images will be unplanned and unposed - in other words, candid shots. This will definitely give a fresh look into body painting as an art. Roustan is a body painter himself, as well as a professional photographer, for over a decade now. For this project, he aims to give something new and special to his followers and backers. It will be a limited (first) edition copy that will feature behind-the-scenes takes from the models and the photo shoot set. Because we're used to properly tailored photos, creating this book has been difficult, according to Roustan, mainly in terms of capturing the most natural essence of the images. Backers can pledge for a copy of the new book, or for the book plus original sketches by Roustan. ...
Art

Crystallized book sculptures discuss growing connection between humans and machines

Books in their physical nature are disappearing from our lives each day. Alexis Arnold discusses that and more through her crystallized book sculptures. The San Francisco-based artist uses borax crystals to create turn publishings into iridescent forms of themselves. Appearing to be frozen in time, each piece is chosen based on weight in the sense that they center around advances in technology and explore the deepening connection between humans and machine. Check out some of her crystallized works below and find more on her website and Instagram. ...
Art

Bone Folders’ Guild celebrates anniversary with astonishing works on exhibit this February

The Bone Folders' Guild, who got their name from the small tool they use in folding paper to make art, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. The group was founded by bookmaking enthusiasts who shared a passion for literature and paper arts. It first came to life on February 2, 2001, which is James Joyce's birthday (coincidentally, the favorite author of one of the co-founders). This year, they will throw a show for their anniversary at the Overture Center for the Arts. A variety of paper works will be featured with the theme of "15". The gallery will host the show until March 5. You can visit the exhibit's opening reception at the venue, from 6 to 8 PM. It is free to the public. The group will also host "Make & Take a Book" - an event where the public can learn basic book-making from the Bone Folders' Guild. This will also take place at the Overture Center in the Wisconsin Studio for free. For more information, visit the Bone Folders' Guild Facebook page and the Overture...
Architecture

A novel way of displaying art: hanging frames on bookcases and (virtually) any flat surface

Say goodbye to minimalism. The new year comes in with a bang when it comes to interior design and architecture. It seems that simply hanging paintings on your wall is too passé these days. The shift began towards the end of 2016 and is carried on to the dawn of 2017. The trend that would make you think it came only from hipsters and wannabe designers is actually making a statement in the design world. Thanks to underground indie photographers and illustrators, we are now acknowledging the fact that any and all flat surfaces are acceptable venues for displaying art. So if you've got bookshelves or even an entire library in your home, hanging framed paintings, landscapes, or even your own portraits on the shelves' partitions might actually mean that you're on your way to modern creativity. What once was considered as "too much" is now possibly along the tenets of reasonable style. Either way, this way of displaying art can definitely attract they eyes of any visitor that...
Art

Jean Jullien is back with new book, illustrates modern life in the funniest ways possible

If you get your hands on Jean Jullien's new book, Modern Life, you will absolutely catch yourself laughing out loud more than a few times. It's not hard to relate to his illustrations, because - as always - his humor is spot-on for the modern man or woman. What most people don't consider a big deal, he is able to observe intently. He is so keen on the tiniest details that he is able to create art and comedy out of these. This will be the artist's fifth book, and it carries the signature grumpiness and humor that the French illustrator has been known for. Hollywood actor Jesse Eisenberg was commissioned to write the book's introduction, and he exclaims that Jullien is one of a kind; and that his drawings are "difficult to describe because he is funnier without words than most are with." Jean Jullien's Modern Life is available on teNeues. ...
Architecture

Unique cover art by legend M.C. Escher for most beloved classic books

M.C. Escher is one of the rare left brain-inclined artists of all time. Even long after his passing, his works continue to grace the cover of books, magazines, nonfictions, and even albums. For this reason, many publishers use his art for books that they think can be marketed towards the more "logical" of the reading audience, since the artist spent half of his career in mathematics and the other half in art. His pieces depict possibly unseen worlds through his lithographs, mezzotints, and woodcuts - using concepts from math to reflect "infinity" in ways no other artist has been able to. He made the viewer think and ponder, not just appreciate aesthetic. This Dutch artist has been published in who knows how many nonfiction publications, fantasy and sci-fi magazines, and of course, has had his work used as cover art for the most renowned books of our time. These include one edition of Edwin Abbott's Flatland, Clive Barker’s The Damnation Game, and George Orwell’s 1984...
Animation

Abrams releases ‘The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ after the film’s success

"The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is yet another addition to the roster of art books published by Abrams Books. It will chronicle the visual art of the film and story's creation. We will see how they conceptualized and developed these new worlds, vehicles, weaponry, and characters. Rogue One is the very first movie in the Star Wars series, timeline-wise. So fans will absolutely appreciate learning more about it behind the big screen. It will come in a similar format as the previous book, "The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens". Fans will enjoy the same unlimited access to hundreds of sketches, initial storyboards, concept paintings, matte paintings, and designs for characters, vehicles, and costumes. This book shall become the ultimate guide for the ultimate fans to the imagination and art behind this latest chapter in the global franchise. It was created and developed by Josh Kushins (author), Doug Chiang and Neil Lamont (co-production designers),...
Animation

iLovecraft lets you experience true horror with immersive, interactive tales

H.P. Lovecraft remains a horror fiction icon to this day thanks to classics like The Call of Cthulhu. Developer iClassics Collection has turned these macabre tales into brilliant mobile experiences. iLovecraft is one of many interactive adaptations by the studio and is a perfect example of mobile storytelling done right. This collection has an unsettling aura about it, thanks to its well-composed ambient music, creepy animated elements that you can touch to activate, and an art style that makes you wonder if these aren't official, illustrated versions of the stories overseen by Lovecraft himself. The artwork is provided by David G. Forés with original music by Miquel Tejada. iLovecraft was an absolute joy to experience and I recommend it to everyone looking for some holiday chills! Check it out on iOS, Android and Amazon today and have a look at some enticing artwork below. ...
Art

Art collective critiques popular culture and branding in humorous images

Brainded India, an independent wing of Brainded International, is a fast-growing movement that aims to become a source of independent thought. In a world that relies on branded mainstream's agenda-driven waves of thought, it strives to get its message across. We live in a society where there is no subversiveness or subculture, Brainded becomes an opportunity to take a step back, pause for a while, and ask the real questions about our world. The movement uses humor and visuals to promote free thought, and encourage people to make informed comments on absolutely anything that goes on in our society today. With the clever use of art, comics, and even essays and stories, the contributors and artists go past the trends and look beyond the hidden agendas that mainstream brands and companies attempt to brainwash humanity with. This is a collaboration - a community - of artists from all over the world. The nomadic initiative began in 2003, in Amsterdam. Today, it also includes...
Art

Artist shares work on potential Harry Potter magazine cover

Abi Daniel, an artist based in Texas, is sharing some previews for her work that may end up in a "potential" and "future" Harry Potter magazine. Fans of the franchise will fall in love with these pieces - and not just because of the context (Expecto Patronum!) but also since they are just exquisite paintings. Daniel used watercolor on the pieces and was given the suggestion of adapting the particular scene (when Harry conjured a stag Patronus using the Time Turner). Incidentally, she had already been thinking of the same scene even before they suggested it to her - so she naturally got on board right away. She loves watercolor. However, she admits that she made a pre-paint composition prior to making sure there are no necessary paint-overs or take-backs during the process. You can see her works on Instagram. She also has her own website for her art. ...
Art

R.L. Stine to write five issues of Man-Thing comic books for Marvel

R.L. Stine is best known for his hit series, Goosebumps. For a while now, he has been teasing his fans that he will soon delve into comic book writing. With his impressive science fiction portfolio, it's surprising to learn that this will be his first comics project. It is now confirmed that he will be working with Marvel Comics. Apparently, the comic book giant has offered him a plethora of titles to work on, but the author had his eyes set on one particular character: Man-Thing. And this is not hard to understand why, given the genre of his previous works. The 73-year-old veteran author will work on a five-issue series. He says that his inspiration for the title will come from classic horror comics, such as Weird Terror and Tales from the Crypt. The 5-issue Man-Thing series will feature cover art by Tyler Crook and interior illustrations by Daniel Johnson and German Peralta. ...
Art

Designer gives ‘dead’ books new life, rejuvenates the print industry

Ben Pieratt is a designer and the man behind "Dead Bookstore". It sounds grim, but it is more of a breath of new life instead of just death. The bookstore's concept is something new. It is filled with prints - not books. Pieratt works but cutting old books through their original stitching. He lays them flat to spread them out and chooses the most interesting juxtaposition of spreads. It sounds simple enough, but the end results are actually amazing. All of the works are available on Pieratt's website, where they can be purchased. Alternatively, he also teaches anyone how to make such spreads - for free. The inspiration behind this project is the need to reconcile the almost-dead print form with the digital media of today. Dead Bookstore is his way of doing just this. He believes that our culture and history has relied so much on print, that all people must have the chance to find it in one way or another. Plus, he is proud that this is something anybody can do on their own. The process...
Art

Vibrant portraits tell personal narratives through layers of yarn

Adding color into black and white portraits without digital aid is not an easy task. Couple that with embroidery and you've got an amazing series by Danielle Clough. The Cape Town-based artist creates embroidered portraits extracted from black and white photographs of friends and family. The works are part of Clough's upcoming book "Queer Africa II," which explores love in the African continent. Editors of the book, Makhosazana Xaba and Karen Martin, were amazed by Clough's works because of her use of layered yarn to tell personal narratives. This, Zaba explains, "adds meaning and speaks to the zigzagging nature of our lives." Check out some images of her works below and find more on her Instagram and blog. ...
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