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Wonderland

This video, Wonderland, is real-er portrayal of life working in the creative industry (film, advertising, graphic design, computer animation, etc.).  Super fascinating, and not always uplifting, but I watched it, and then watched it again – if that’s saying anything.

viaSwissMiss

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Cerise Doucède Portrait Series

I have a new computer. Hallelujah I say! I am not going to pretend that it was some travesty that my ‘r’ and ‘f’ and ‘4’ key weren’t working, but the random black screen was putting a damper on my log of display design / exhibition design / art installations / inspiration blogging. And it was putting a damper on your reading, probably.

Today I have an extra special treat. A while back I encountered this fabulous photo-series by the photographer Cerise Doucède. When I talk about this series, I want to say that I’m showing you photography and portraiture, but then I want to say that its sculpture and installation work, and then I just want to say that it ‘crosses boundaries and disciplines‘ and is dang amazing. I love, I mean really, really love, this kind of photography. It is certainly not for everyone, but it seems so honest in fantasy-sort-of-way.

Do you ever fantasize? I don’t mean sexually fantasize (although, hello non-Thor Hemsworth! I heard you and Miley broke up and that you miss being the love interest on a show about an elephant princess…?), I mean life-fantasize. Do you ever pause what you are doing and wonder what it would be like if you were in another time or country? Or if you were dying or in love? (I feel like its a great inspiration exercise..) Or when things are monotonous at work, do you picture yourself breaking out in Hall & Oates? (That was a personal favorite fantasy of mine at work a couple years back..) I’m pretty sure that these photos are my favorite alternate-reality, photography fantasies realized.

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There’s a great article on the series over at ExposureGuide.com, and my favorite excerpt is this:

Usually, removing the strings that hold up objects is done in post-processing, but Doucède chose to leave them visible to create a bridge between reality and fiction. “Otherwise it’s just a fictional or fantastical photo and I didn’t want that…” she says.

I love that very important detail that although the series explores fantasy, it is distinctly real-life.

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IMAGES: all from
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What are your fantasies that you have in day-to-day life? Share your non-sexual fantasies below! (Wow, this post is so HBO edgy.)

Marion Deuchars on Design Matters

Today, here in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is a snow day. The most glorious of all days of the year, on the rare occasion that it happens. It lets you skip school/work, without having a makeup already planned! So usually it just ends in more time to do work, and more time to browse the internet, finally make a flickr account, get a sibling to bake for you, AND complete some much needed art projects.

Anyway, Marion Deuchars! About a month back Marion Deuchars was on the podcast Design Matters, and I finally got to listening to it. She talks about her work as an illustrator, how she creates nostalgic r’s, contemplative a’s, peaceful p’s and childlike q’s. She also talks about what its like to illustrate with a character in mind, for example when she wrote around George Clooney’s body for the cover of GQ, or when she she collaborated on Tilda Swanson’s children’s clothing line.

Listen to it here.

Also, her two boys pipe in at the end of the show, and were SO CUTE, and I have to say, more than a bit poignant.

Here are some of the great quotes from the show:

“…there’s an age where a child draws without inhibition. We can all recognize that kind of drawing, because we’ve all done it.  And then, around the age of 10 or 11, and its mainly in a Western culture, we try  to attain a kind of realism, and its whilst we are obtaining that realism, is where things can go horribly wrong.  So for the one’s who obtain a realism that they’re happy with, for example if they manage to obtain some kind of porportion within the drawing or they try to draw something that resembles it, and they’re quite happy they continue, …. but for the majority of people, its too much, and basically they decide from that point that they are not very good at drawing and that their drawings are bad, and they stop drawing, and not only do they stop drawing, but they generally never draw again.  And can even develop a fear of drawing, which is actually quite common.  And I always say, how can we develop a fear of something that’s so amazing and that gave us so much personal expression as children. And suddenly we decide we’re no good at it and we stop.”

“I think handwriting, hand lettering, is fascinating because it offers you an insight into personality.  I think when you look at the lettering that’s been drawn you try to imagine who drew it, who wrote it, and that’s quite different to a font…”

” ‘My children’s drawings surprise me all the time.  They break the rules, they inspire, they make me laugh, they shock. I don’t want that to change for as long as possible.’ ”

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She also has 3 books out, all on Amazon.  When I have money again, I’m definitely buying “Let’s Make Some Great Art”! : Let’s Make Some Great ArtLet’s Make Some Great Fingerprint ArtLet’s Make Some Great Placemat Art

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IMAGES: here // here // here

Art: Fashion As Art (Duh)

Everyone knows fashion is art. Duh! So, here is some incredible art-y fashion pieces that I love.

Fendi Fall 2012 here

Always remember when you wake up in the morning that fashion is art.  How you look is not hot or not-hot, it is only like-yourself or less-like yourself.

Comme Des Garçons Fall/Winter 1990/91 here / Colleen Atwood, costume for Snow White and the Huntsman here


Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 here / Balmain Spring/Summer 2013 here (viastyle.com) / Alexander McQueen collar here

Also, remember :  It is okay. Be romantic if you want. You can do it. It is lame, but whatever. If you do it in your own way, usually not so bad.

Link Round Up!


1. Vintage Vogue Magazine Covers From The Early 20th Century. here.
2. Deb from smitten kitchen posted this recipe for her favorite brownies, and trust, when she posts it, it is gonna be good. Everything I’ve ever made from her site has turned out awesome! Plus, she’s one of the most famous and oldest food bloggers around! here
3. A creative review of the 2012 London Olympics. (for me, really interesting.. ) here
4. According to Vanity Fair these are the most fashionable films of all time.  WaxWane did an interesting post about a film they may have forgotten..
5. I her first 3 days Tina Roth Eisenberg (one of my favorite lady crushes of ALL-TIME) surpassed her financial goal in kickstarter! DAMN STRAIGHT I want to support this! I’ve mentioned Creative Mornings videos a couple times on my blog already (here, here), because they really are so good (note: IF you’re interested in working in the creative industry). They also just have a great concept behind them: get the inspiring feeling of a conference more often! And for cheaper!  You can get to the Creative Mornings Website kickstarter page here.
6. This pinterest board called ‘SPACE’. Amazing uses of space and light, and some awesome installations, if I do say so myself.
7. This song. Bang Bang He Shot Me Down by Nancy Sinatra. It kills me..
8. The quote above was said by Seth Godin on The Great Discontent and was found viaSwissMiss.
For this quote I did not want to use any fancy fonts or any graphic design. I could not bear even to use color in the background.  It all just looked so wrong. I just wanted the quote to speak to the world and to any of my readers that may happen upon it.  For you all, Pick yourself.

Links: Edgy Art Snob

Sad, but true fact: because I look at so much amazing, beautiful art and fashion on the internet, shopping malls are kind of ruined for me. I can no longer go to them, except to very specific stores, and with very specific people.  And, when I actually do go into those specific stores, because I spend so much time on Pinterest and “the blogs” exercising the art of being extremely selective, I am extremely selective in those stores, too.  This makes me, I’m sure, annoyingly hard to shop with and to shop for.

Because, honestly, you can not get all those beautiful things you see on the internet in a mall!  A mall does not sell high fashion, or artisan pickles, or one-of-a-kind anything, or vintage.  And therefore, I am a total snob. (The irony of this all, is I am definitely NOT on a snob’s budget… so, definitely not the best unconscious decision to become snobby… )

Anyway, these are some things my super snobby self has been liking recently. Enjoy.



Things like this have ruined mall for me. How can I seriously go back to normal life after seeing that?

Her feather-jacket thing worn in the HBO show, Girls, is amazing. Where the heck do they sell these, please? Can I buy one??

How about a super awesome sweater, that is actually interesting (albeit, trendy)?
(Looks art-snobby, right? Like me!)

Regular t-shirts? Nope! Only topographical t-shirts from the UK for me, please.

-Since, after 8 years of yearning, and 1 year of loafing after finally saving up enough money, I finally bought a Canon Rebel T3i.  And I am so excited.  I’m a little nervous, because even though it was on sale and all of “the blogs” say its the best DSLR starter camera, I’m just worried that maybe it would be worth it to get a camera that would be a little cheaper, but not that much worse off.. ha, stupid thought path, I know, but that’s how my mind works.. Anyway, this is the case I would get in my camera dreams.
-Great tips on for beginners for shooting in manual. (Or, for people who haven’t shot in manual in about 4 years…)
-Givenchy Fall 2012 Couture and Givenchy 2011 Spring Haute Couture . So intricate, and clearly intensely designed and worked upon. How can anyone be expected to return to normal life, after seeing that much luscious extravagance and detailed work.
-I do not want to wear regular shirts that make no statement. I want to wear feather shirts that make you look like how I would picture Charlize Theron to look in Snow White and the Huntsman, except hotter and less model-y. (Worn by Jessa Johansson, played by Jemima Kirke in the HBO series, Girls.)
-I own this watch, and I freakin love it. THIS is a watch.  No thanks, American Eagle (Michael Kors knockoff watches).  (Now that I have ostracized another bunch of my readers……)
-Cool grey-to-white sweater.
-Is it weird that I want a body harness like this one SO BADDDDD. Or, like this one. Like, so bad. Maybe, I want it 20 times more than I would want almost any t-shirt, any brand.  Also, how great is Taylor Tomasi Hill’s style!  She is one of my number one style icons.
-This guest room is amazing! Love her redesign.
This, these bottles, are what I call awesome snobby packaging. And although they are really trendy and aesthetic in their design, it is a brilliant metaphor and way of getting people to notice their product.  If I saw these in a grocery store, I would sure as hell buy one, if just for the bottle.
-Beautiful topographical t-shirts.
-I’m really liking this blog.  The three boys that run this blog just post really interesting, food-for-thought art pieces.

If you feel like it, and if you share my elitist taste, follow me on Pinterest !  And you can see more of my snobbery on a regular basis.

Don Draper? Cary Grant?

Is this a portrait of perhaps an edgier version of Gregory Peck? Nope! Just an unintentionally more-husky (handsome) rendition of my art teacher.  I am quite proud of this painting.  Although there are a bunch of areas I know I can improve on (for one, I wish my strokes were a little more directional, the portrait had a more detailed likeness, the nose area still bothers me a bit…), I think I really got the point and executed on this one.  Look for all the patches of white and dark.  The white area on the forehead is actually just the actual page itself!

One of my favorite comic artists of all time is Darwyn Cooke.  At night, I like to tell myself that this cartoon-y rendition of this man kinda looks a hint like his work.

Wonder Woman by Darwyn Cooke

Wonder Woman by Darwyn Cooke (Photo credit: ohnochriso)

The faces in his work are the real clincher for me.. To me, that’s what really gives his work such a specific stylized effect – that 1940’s coolness – with the lips and eyelashes and the chiseled profiles.  His style just gives such an immediate feel of the character and of the tone of the work, even before I see a costume or color or the name of the character!

Isn’t he one of the best comic artists ever?!  I absolutely love how cool and sassy and 1940’s his style is.  Its so awesome.
(Sidenote: Those who are crazy comic book fans of course know this, but for those that don’t, Darwyn Cooke is the comic artist that drew Minutemen!, which is a comic book written by Alan Moore before he wrote the famous Watchmen..)

Anyway, I want to put a question to any readers about painting:
I’m trying to work on making my strokes more directional (or indicative of planar direction), but I find that if or when I start small, directional strokes, it is much harder to ‘block out’ the different tones of grey in the accurate shapes.  Also I find that these smaller brush strokes often have a much ‘weaker’ effect than the color-saturated ones I do now.  (I don’t know if the word is weaker, but what I’m trying to say is perhaps, that these smaller brush strokes give a more subtle transition from shade to shade, which to me gives the impression of less conviction in the stroke.  I do not like that.) Do any of you have any tips about keeping small brush strokes strong looking?  Or any tricks for indicating plane-direction with brush strokes?

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