If you love New York like we do, you must check out this blog and book by Australian illustrator James Gulliver Hancock. “All The Buildings In New York” is a collection of quirky hand-drawn portraits of selected New York high-rises, skyscrapers and brownstones, a kind of love-letter from Hancock to his immensely storied adopted home. We especially love the inclusion of subjects from across the boroughs, and not just attention-grabbing Manhattan. Without coming across too cartoonish, Hancock manages to capture the character and architectural correctness of each structure, minus straight-edge-drawn rigidness, which is a hell of a talent. And we’re a bit envious…
Check out Hancock’s blog for more cool images: http://allthebuildingsinnewyork.com/
Today’s throwback is from Special Ed, “The Mission.” When videos cost about $500 to make, all the chicks looked normal like your cousin, and no one really cared about makin’ it rain, poppin’ bottles or flossin’ in a car whose name you can’t spell. Ed didn’t even have a brick phone in this one: check out the walkie-talkie! LOL
IT’S NOT WHERE YOU’RE FROM, IT’S WHERE YOU’RE AT
If you love hip-hop like we do, you’ll love this. You know that feelin’ you get when you hear a rapper drop a line about a spot you know well? This is deeper than reppin’ for your city; this is lyrical ‘hood love: street artist Jay Shells’ latest project is “Rap Quotes”—iconic hip-hop lyrics emblazoned on road signs. In this video, he installs his pieces throughout the city. We’re pretty sure all these signs are gone now, either ripped off by hip-hop heads or confiscated by The Man, so check out the video for the entire story.
From a longer story at Animal New York.
RIP NATE DOGG
“Oh No” - Nate Dogg with Pharoahe Monch and Mos Def
WHERE CREDITS ARE DUE
Today, May 8, Google pays a creative tribute to commemorate what would have been the 96th birthday of graphic illustrator Saul Bass. Bass designed opening credit sequences for over 50 Hollywood productions, the first being Otto Preminger’s “Carmen Jones.” He became known for his actively animated opening and closing sequences that contributed to the mood of the movies, in a time when credits were usually shot separately from the film in front of curtains or canvas backgrounds. His work with great directors continued through the years, with memorable title and poster work for films by Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick and more. In addition, Bass created some of the most iconic logos in modern advertising: brand marks for the Girl Scouts of America, United Way, Bell Telephone, AT&T, Lawry’s, United Airlines and Quaker Oats were all his creations. This short video, underscored by Dave Brubeck’s off-beat “Unsquare Dance,” is a fitting tribute for a man who clearly thought outside the box, and changed an industry forever.
“Early morning, April 4/Shot rings out in the Memphis sky/Free at last, they took your life, they could not take your pride…”
“Pride (In the Name of Love)” - U2
RIP Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
AU NATUREL BARBIE: BETTER, OR BRAND-KILLER?
A perfect example of why you can’t always give the people what they say they want. Too much reality here.
Has Ken seen this? LOL. (Barbie might be single now…)
Read more about reaction to this online photo augmentation of America’s blonde bombshell here.
PLAYTIME FOR FOODIES
You know how much we love photosets here at iCandy Digest, and this one’s really fun! Hong “Red” Yi, a Malaysian artist-architect, has pledged to create a food scene each day in March. (Really ambitious, for a really long month.) Using edible ingredients as simple as jellybeans and peanut butter, and as exotic as nori and marmite, Red has elevated illustrative art, telling stories through her mini-vignettes plated in white. Look Mom, something good came out of playing with food!
Check out Red’s posts all month long on her blog, here.
Make no mistake: social network platforms have become virtual galleries for creatives out there wanting to express themselves (and perhaps, snag a gig). And why not? Displaying your work is easy to do, it’s instantly shareable, and your audience is limitless.
David Schwen is a Minneapolis-based graphic artist who has taken the popularity of Pantone to another level on Instagram, by posting creative and cute embellishments of the familiar color swatch concept. Schwen has showcased famous pairs we know and love, illustrating yummy two-somes like mac and cheese, cookies and milk, cake and ice cream and more, proving once again that less is more (and often delicious).
Check out Schwen’s Instagram feed (dschwen) and his website (dschwen.com) for more great graphics.
(From a story at Complex.com)