Into the wild YInMn blue yonder

Friday, 15 July, 2016

YInMn blue

There’s a brand new shade of the colour blue for artists and painters to use, and it’s called YInMn blue, a name that derives from some of its constituent elements, including yttrium, indium, and manganese.

News of the new colour may not seem like a big deal to those who think one shade of blue is the same as any other, but the new pigment is safer, and easier, to produce. In fact, I never realised just how complicated the process of producing paint colour was.

“Ever since the early Egyptians developed some of the first blue pigments, the pigment industry has been struggling to address problems with safety, toxicity and durability,” said Subramanian in statement released by OSU. Existing blue pigments include ultramarine, made from ground lapis lazuli, and toxic alternatives such as cobalt blue and Prussian blue, making OSU’s discovery a major breakthrough.

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Hathor’s room, a realm just beyond our world

Thursday, 14 July, 2016

Take yourself into another realm for a few minutes, with ·hathor|room·, by Melbourne based animator and artist Benjamin Portas.

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The tiled floors of London, photographed by Sebastian Erras

Wednesday, 13 July, 2016

Photo by Sebastian Erras

The last time I pointed to the work of German photographer Sebastian Erras, he had spent time in Paris taking pictures of the impressive tiled floors that can be found throughout the French capital. Recently, he has been in London, and the floor patterns there are no less spectacular.

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Ganz Berlin, a side of the German capital that goes unseen?

Tuesday, 12 July, 2016

Ganz Berlin, by Riccardo Torresi. If you think you’re familiar with the German capital, prepare to have your perceptions altered…

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Seminatural, an exhibition of work by Beastman

Tuesday, 12 July, 2016

Artwork by Beastman

I’m loving the work that Sydney based artist Brad Eastman, aka Beastman, has been exhibiting as part of his Seminatural show at Detroit’s Inner State Gallery. See more of it here.

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The charcoal drawings of Sydney based artist Catherine O’Donnell

Thursday, 7 July, 2016

Artwork by Catherine O'Donnell

Catherine O’Donnell is a Sydney based artist who works with charcoal to produce incredible drawings.

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Brushstroke rich oil painting of Scotland by Scott Naismith

Tuesday, 5 July, 2016

Artwork by Scott Naismith

Glasgow based artist Scott Naismith captures images of his native Scotland, by way of heavy brushstrokes and bold colour palettes.

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The blow bubble light bulb by Vincent Bourilhon

Tuesday, 5 July, 2016

I have a thing for light bulbs, or light globes. It might be they have a certain retro quality that intrigues me. Whatever, I couldn’t go passed linking to this artwork by Paris based photographer Vincent Bourilhon, who may also have a liking for light bulbs.

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Book covers that have been judged, the best of 2015

Friday, 1 July, 2016

You should never judge a book by its cover, that we all know, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy, or otherwise, the actual cover of a book. Here are the fifty best book covers for 2015, as selected by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and Design Observer.

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Artists and illustrators react to the Brexit referendum result

Friday, 1 July, 2016

Artwork by Gizem Vural

In the wake of last week’s decision by the people of Britain to leave the European Union, artists and illustrators have begun turning to their canvases, to express their thoughts on the outcome of the Brexit referendum, including New York based illustrator, Gizem Vural.

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