The creative’s voice, something that takes time to find

Friday, 28 August, 2015

Creatives, be they writers, artists, musicians, designers, photographers, or illustrators, to name but a few, have a voice, or a particular way of expressing themselves, through their work.

And here’s the thing, rarely is someone born with this voice, it is something that evolves, sometimes quite slowly, over time.

Unquestionably, there are outliers among us, but there is also a fairly identifiable path that many of the most resonant artists, writers, and even leaders have walked on their journey to greatness. While we often believe that mastery and success are singular events, they typically arrive in layers.

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There’s milkshakes, then there’s extreme milkshakes

Tuesday, 25 August, 2015

Photo by Alana Dimou

I hate to complain about the cafes in Sydney, but I’ve had the trend of preserve jars as drinking glasses, up to my eyeballs. This, I think, calls for one of Sydney photographer, and food blogger, Alana Dimou’s extreme milkshakes:

And the Oreos, my god the Oreos, they’re everywhere, and everyone’s got one, and everyone’s holding one of these extreme milkshakes, gnashing at food for the sake of social media, exchanging calories for notifications, it’s 8 o’clock in the morning and everybody’s drinking them to avoid the hour long lines from the brunching hour onwards to attain the Thing. The cult. The cult of Extreme Milkshakes. It’s here and we’re all trapped in a vortex of milk and Nutella and garnishes the moment we open Instagram.

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If a quiet room is listening to itself, how much noise it is making?

Friday, 21 August, 2015

A Room Listening to Itself is an intriguing sound installation created by Montreal based composer and sound artist Adam Basanta, made up of numerous microphones that are “listening to themselves”, by way of a series of reclaimed speaker cones.

The feedback generated by this loop, together with the sounds made by people viewing the installation, results in a somewhat ambient consonance.

Via prosthetic knowledge.

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The colours of feelings by Thomas Blanchard

Thursday, 20 August, 2015

What are the colours of feelings? Mix paint, oil, milk, honey, and cinnamon together, as Lyon based creative director Thomas Blanchard has, and you just might find out.

One thing is beyond doubt though, the colours of feelings are certainly very easy on the eye.

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The photorealist paintings of Stephen Fox

Wednesday, 19 August, 2015

US photorealist painter Stephen Fox is clearly a night owl, and we are better off for it, as his impressive collection of work goes to show.

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Stefan Kuhnigk’s illustrated coffee monsters

Thursday, 13 August, 2015

Illustration by Stefan Kuhnigk

Like Carter Asmann, whose work I pointed to earlier in the year, Hamburg based illustrator Stefan Kuhnigk, also finds artistic inspiration in paper stained with spilled coffee, and has a penchant for drawing up monsters from the resulting splatters, coffee monsters, that is.

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Painting the town red, and all sorts of other colours as well

Tuesday, 4 August, 2015

Palmitas, photo by the German Crew

The Palmitas district, of the Mexican city of Pachuca, has been transformed into something rather spectacular, thanks to the efforts of a number of organisations working together as the German Crew. Some two hundred homes are now part of what must surely be one of the largest murals in the world.

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The work of Sydney based glass artist Ben Young

Friday, 31 July, 2015

Artwork by Ben Young

Sydney based glass artist Ben Young crafts his sculptures not just from glass, but also concrete, bronze, steel, and anything else that suits what he is working on.

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Ryan Heshka’s vintage comic styled artworks

Wednesday, 29 July, 2015

Artwork by Ryan Heshka

For a nostalgic fix, check out the pulp magazine, vintage comic, styled artwork of Ryan Heshka, an artist and illustrator based in Vancouver.

Via Hypnophant.

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The all too fleeting works of a sandcastle artist

Monday, 27 July, 2015

Photo by Calvin Seibert

I’ve mentioned the work of sandcastle artist Calvin Seibert before, but this is artistry that needs to be revisited.

I often wonder how Seibert deals with the knowledge that his creations, some of which must take hours to bring forth, will either whither away in a short space of time, or must be “removed” by the end of the day, as is the requirement imposed by some beach authorities. Just as well he takes plenty of photos.

Via Colossal.

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