Tattoo Mapping

Tattoos (like diamonds) are forever. But what if they weren’t?

Projection mapping artists Oskar and Gaspar collaborated with tattoo artists from Queen of Hearts Tattoos to make this a reality – at least for a night.

For the event, they projected the moving tattoo designs on human canvases, building on existing tattoos and creating new ones. The video below shows the tattoos in action, and no editing software was used after filming, so yes, it really looks that real. The process requires the subject to stand very still while the projected tattoo does its thing, but the quality and detail in the projections are incredible. The visuals projected on individuals remain true and aren’t distorted despite the curved surfaces of the human body.

While this experience doesn’t change things permanently, bloggers and techies are excited about what these developments have in store for future creative installations and designs. Below are some stills from the video, showcasing the projections at different parts of the mapping process.

Who knows, maybe you could be in the next collaboration with this new and advancing technology – keep creating!

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Seeing Stars

We’re all familiar with star-filled skies from looking out at the night sky, whether it be from walking outside, camping or even through the window of an asylum.

That’s right, an asylum.

For Vincent Van Gogh, he saw The Starry Night through the window at a psychiatric hospital in Saint-Rémy in 1889 (below).

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The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

This and many of Van Gogh’s prominent works resulted from his voluntary stay at the St. Paul Mausole from 1889-1890. After a breakdown in 1888, when he infamously cut off his own ear, he was hospitalized on and off and suffered from delusions and hallucinations. Local townspeople even nicknamed him “fou roux” or the “redheaded madman.” He found acceptance and understanding with the staff and fellow patients at St. Paul Mausole, though, and he was encouraged to paint throughout his stay.

The Starry Night was an idea Van Gogh had outlined before his arrival at St. Paul’s, but he found that the view from his room at night would be the main landscape he would paint from. Much of the piece was from observation but he spent a majority of the time working on it in a small studio provided to him at the hospital, during daylight hours.

The above selection shows some of the work he also completed at the asylum, including portraits of staff and fellow patients, and irises from near the buildings. Large fields and gardens surround St. Paul’s, and Van Gogh had been interested in nature his whole life, so it’s fitting that much of his work resembled a combination of the two.

He may have only sold one of his pieces during his lifetime but I think he’d be pretty impressed with the mark he has left on the art world, even posthumously.

Paperlympics

The Olympics may begin with a torch but you wouldn’t want to bring it around these Olympic-themed beauties.

Raya Sader Bujana specializes in paper art, almost a kind of sculpting if you will. She has a page on Etsy where she sells her handmade jewelry – yes, all made from paper (with layers of varnish to protect it) – with different themes. Her work began mostly as paper food products and has evolved to many different categories (below). She even encourages customers to submit new ideas for her to create.

Bujana has also created Olympic figures from this method (below).

▪Hey guys 🙋 Ann, from @allthingspaper has written an awesome article about my "Paper Olympics" series (link in profile) I just wanted to say how grateful I am for all the positive comments and feedback I've been receiving ❤ also a huge thank you to @instagrames and @colossal for sharing my work, I really couldn't be more grateful 😊 Happy Sunday guys! ▪ ▪Hola guapos 🙋 Ann de @allthingspaper ha escrito un artículo genial sobre mi último serie de Olimpiadas en papel (Link en mi perfil) Solo quería agradecer todos los comentarios y feedback positivo que he estado recibiendo ❤ También un gracias gigante a @instagrames y a @colossal por compartir mi trabajo, no podría estar más agradecida 😊 Feliz domingo chicos! ▪ Photo @leocroma #paperart #papersculpture

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Each figure is cut from nearly 150 different pieces of paper to create a layered effect and in my opinion a topographical map-like surface. All of her work is very creative and uniquely configured, and clearly popular with many people as she’s been featured in many blogs and has a pretty strong following.

I hope this sparks some new and creative ideas to get you start creating!

Framed Picasso

I don’t mean a framed art work by Picasso, but rather a point in time when Picasso was framed for a crime. Specifically, stealing the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911.

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The gap on the wall of the where the Mona Lisa was exhibited

Now the actual thief was found a year later with the Mona Lisa in his trunk a mile away from the Louvre. Vincenzo Peruggia, an Italian museum handyman had hidden away in a broom closet until everyone, including staff, had left the museum on a weekend. He then took the Mona Lisa off it’s stand and walked out with it under his jacket.

And no one noticed.

I guess in 1911 there weren’t many safety precautions except for security guards, but I’m sure this encouraged the Louvre to beef up their standards.

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The police record of Vincenzo Peruggia

Many people were suspected of the theft, the most famous being Picasso.

 

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Picasso pictured with the Mona Lisa

 

The group that Picasso associated himself with had a known thief in it. Gery Pieret, the man in question, had even stolen some sculptures from the Louvre previously and presented them as a gift to Picasso because Picasso had taken a liking to them.

Therefore, it’s pretty obvious to see how some of the members of his group were suspected of stealing one of the most priceless paintings in the Louvre.

Nevertheless, Picasso was cool under pressure despite the allegations, denied everything and was released. It turns out Peruggia had intended to return the Mona Lisa to Italy, where he believed it rightfully belonged. He was even praised by some Italian museums for his attempt. He served only around 7 months for his crime before being released.

1911 was part of an interesting era to say the least. While I don’t endorse any kind of criminal behavior I hope this inspires you to stand strong in the truth and what you know even when you might be standing alone, and of course inspire you to create. You might even create a piece so good someone will try to steal it from a museum someday.

 

Creative Color Combinations

Mixing paint colors can be tedious. Especially if you’re a student and the teacher says we’re not using black to create darker colors or shadows in paintings.

I’ve started to learn about the color wheel and color combinations very quickly.

I’m currently painting a close up of an angel from Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Baptism of Christ (below, far left of frame) for that class. You can see my progess in the video at the end of this post, but here’s a visual so you know what I’m up against. 

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The Baptism of Christ Leonardo Da Vinci

[Sidenote: I’ve also learned in my Art History course that the only appropriate short cut for saying Leonardo Da Vinci’s name in the art world is Leonardo or Leo; never say Da Vinci in reference to him, she says. Da Vinci refers to the village or area that he’s from, therefore, there were many “Da Vinci’s” so that part of his name is essentially irrelevant. Even though he seems to be the only world-renowned Da Vinci, so I think it can still work for the masses when referring to Leo.]

Just like Leonardo, painters need to mix colors besides black and white into other pigments in order to get the most realistic and varied color palette. While I’ve been trying to match his on a small scale, I’ve picked up some things about mixing colors that I’d like to share.

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Complementary colors are directly across from each other on the color wheel, for example, green and red or orange and blue. Mixing these colors results in a darker, neutral color. (AKA the way artists create shadows without adding black)

Primary colors everyone should know: red, yellow and blue. The mixture of these three, though, creates a neutral that with the addition of white can create a strong base for skin tones.

In the video below, I create a neutral, mixing the primary colors and white, and by adding more red, create a nice (in my opinion) baseline for the lips of the angel (near Hinder reference for music fans).

The physical action of mixing these and other colors is important, also, because you don’t want streaks of red or yellow coming out of your brush onto the canvas. Combining colors thoroughly with a palette knife (like I use in the video) can significantly help create an even color in the end. Continually piling up the paint and flattening it out helps accomplish this as the colors blend into each other.

I’ve named the video “Happy Painting” after Bob Ross’s many reference to “Happy clouds, happy clouds” and the like, and also for the general sentiment it expresses. Happy Painting!

Hopefully this has encouraged you to start/continue painting and experiment with your color palette!

The Millennial Age of Art

Millennials, Generation Y, no matter what you call them, they’re changing the world. For better or worse and in nearly every way possible. Especially the art scene.

Millennials make up the largest portion of the U.S. population as of 2014, so it’s rather clear that current art opinions and tastes are changing as a result of this new generation. In order for artists and curators alike to attract this wider, younger audience, they have transformed their methods and collections.

Research shows that Millennials differ from their predecessors, the Baby Boomers, in their collecting of art and reasoning behind it. Millennials live in a world full of technology so it’s logical to assume that the way they are getting and collecting art is also transitioning online. Similarly, the way of thinking Millennials are accustom to differs from Boomers in that Millennials are not concerned as much with the background or type of art they collect. They like what they like, regardless of the name in the corner or the prestige behind it.

I interviewed a fellow student, Callie Salske, about her tastes in art in order to get another Millennials opinion first-hand. Salske admitted to feeling overwhelmed sometimes when it came to certain art pieces, because she says, “Sometimes people get appreciation from things I don’t get at all.” She explained that on a trip to the Art Institute of Chicago she saw a work in the contemporary section that was essentially a pile of candy wrappers (below). Salske said that in her opinion, “painting is more art.” She doesn’t see art as something that she could’ve thrown together herself.

While not all Millennials (or Boomers) might agree, this shows the diversity of opinion and taste that is the current generation. Many Millennials, similar to Salske, though, wouldn’t want to spend money on art that doesn’t inspire or attract them somehow. Regardless of whatever powerful meaning or execution was behind the candy wrapper pile, this generation will tend to base their opinion about it based on their initial reactions.

Salske went on to say that the “sunburst is neat” near Discovery Park, not necessarily a strong opinion, but she outlines her taste in the bright colors and the eye catching size and final result.

Oh The Places They’ll Go

Theodor Seuss Geisel, or as he’s more commonly known, Dr. Seuss, was a talented author, illustrator and animator. In that respect you could say he wore many hats. You could also say he literally wore many hats because, well, he literally wore many different kinds of hats (below).

Seuss had an entire closet, hidden behind a bookcase in his house, dedicated to his collection of around 500 hats. As you can see from the pictures above, many of the hats were elaborately decorated and each has their own stories to tell. In order to bring those stories to life he would even have his house guests don one and ask that they embody the character for the evening. The different conversations and interactions that were then created would serve as inspiration for his books and the characters in them.

He would also wear the hats himself when he was facing artist’s block or in a creative drought. I don’t imagine it would be quite as entertaining as the improvisation that results from the above scenarios, but it was clearly still effective.

Many characters in Dr. Seuss’s books wore hats (Cat in the Hat, Grinch, etc.) that either directly or indirectly played into the plot of his works. The obvious influence in his stories aren’t the only effect his hat collection has had. Parts of his collection have even been part of a touring exhibition to celebrate him.

I hope this look at Seuss’s inspirational experiments was enlightening and encourages you to create in the most creative way you know how!

Short and Tweet

Twitter has around 320 Million active monthly users (as of 2015) and while this pales in comparison to the 1.3 Billion Facebook (the #1 social media site) has, it still contests to the large, growing audience Twitter is attracting.

In a short 140 character tweet, you can express anything from what you ate that day (not recommended) to your political and social views. Many prominent figures and organizations in society have taken to twitter to advertise their work, share opinions and gain followers.

Twitter offers artists a unique advantage over other social media. The ability to post pictures, videos, gifs and links, with a short description allows artists to display their work and ideas in a more attractive and user friendly way.

In my opinion, Twitter has a better balance of text and imagery than similar social media, like Instagram. I don’t know about you, but I don’t tend to read the description on Instagram posts unless the picture is really intriguing. From my experience on Twitter, though, the description on a tweet tends to attract my eye regardless of the media and while I might not read it very thoroughly, it definitely captures my attention quicker.

Some Twitter users, like @thefoxisblack, promote other artists (below) as well as their own work. The tweet below also has a link to the users Instagram, which allows for avid followers to check out the users other social media sites as well.

The short description allowed for tweets puts emphasis on the word choice and message that the artist wants to express. They’re almost like small advertisements for the actual content. Users have limited space to attract others’ attention and persuade them to retweet, like or follow a link and/or comment. The artist above uses humor (and emojis) to attract their followers’ attention.

How would you describe your art or creative process in 140 characters or less? Tell me here or tweet at me: @shenery14

Celebrity Collections

“Nothing’s better than art.”

While this is a relatively controversial statement (depending on how deep you want to get in your argument), Sylvester Stallone showed his clear appreciation for art when he said this.

Many other celebrities appreciate art in a similar manner, not necessarily in so many words but in their collections.

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Beyonce and Jay Z have an impressive collection of contemporary art with work by Andy Warhol, David Hammons and Picasso. Jay Z claims that his appreciation for some of Hammons’ work is powerful because it reminds him of his childhood.

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Elton John collects modern and contemporary pieces of fine art. His collection is so expansive, part of it was even exhibited at the Tate Modern in London. The private collections of many prominent celebrities such as Elton John’s were featured in this exhibit, a true testament to his valuable collection.

It’s interesting that many of the celebrities with sizable art collections are also musical artists. I think it shows the connectivity of the arts and specifically musical and visual arts. Check out other famous people with incredible art collections and go on creating!