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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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Beautiful, Insane Movies

So, this weekend I saw (basically one after the other, cause I have a life) the films David and Lisa and Silver Linings Playbook – both about two people who have mental illnesses or issues, but who develop very honest relationships.  They were both SO good, and I would definitely recommend both movies. They put me in a very “DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY” mood. (Check out my thoughts on David and Lisa in Movie Madness!)

Students: Variety for Portfolio

( Hey dudes, just a warning: this week might be a bit shoddy with blog posts, since I have a killer exam next week and then some family stuff coming, but I will try to keep up as much as possible! )

Sup fellow students! So, we are going to talk about portfolios again today.
Although you should take my advice with a grain of salt, one thing that I think is really important to have in a portfolio, is a demonstration of a lot of different media.  When applying to art or design school I think that it is so important to show how your voice translates, your versatility, where your interests span to, that you are open to trying new things, that you are willing to go against your natural skills, etc., etc.  Also, I mean if it were me reading through hundreds of portfolios, it’d be nice to see a cool new media used every so often.  It wakes you up I think, and makes you re-think a product or material you may have forgotten about.

Anyway, here are some examples of types of media you should dabble in:
1) DRAW
2) PAINT

3) COLLAGE
4) COMPUTER – graphic arts, solid modeling, whatever!
5) SCULPTURE
6) MIX 3-D & 2-D and TEXTILE ART
7) WRITING

8) FILM

9) ETCC!!!

10) combo of all/some media ………….

drawing – Leonardo da Vinci here // paint – Happy Menocal here // collage – The Selby here  (ps: I know this isn’t really collage work, but it makes me think of collage, cause its a really well-chosen and well cut-out photo) // computer – Solid Modelling of USB Port here // sculpture – Rodin here // mix 3-d & 2-D  – Maranon here // writing – The Mavenist here // film – The Pleasure Of here

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.

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Film: Fantastic Mr. Fox

“From director Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) comes FANTASTIC MR. FOX, based on the book by Roald Dahl. Featuring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman.”

My Thoughts:
Imma keep this short and sweet. This movie was so beautiful. Omg! I could not get over the animation and art direction and the quirky costumes for each character. If that was all, and literally there was no sound, I would probs still watch it. I was totally INraptured by their movement and the animators cinematography.

But, more than that, the animation totally worked specifically with the writing, which of course was amazingly clever and fun and SASS-tastic. Wes Anderson, you can wear whatever color uggs you want, and still be cool. Just so particularly, cleverly Wes Anderson. I thought plot was a bit here and there, but I think that kinda goes with the Wes Anderson ride, and I am totally cool with that. Conclusion: Lovely with spice. :)

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Film: Bill Cunningham New York (Documentary)

“Bill Cunningham is the street-fashion and society chronicler for The New York Times. After 50 years of cycling the streets of the Big Apple with his camera, snapping the great, the good and the stylish, Bill Cunningham is now in front of the lens in this loving and intimate portrait of a remarkable man and a chronicler of a city.”

My thoughts:
This film was so great and definitely for a compassionate of art and fashion. It was a not-uncomfortably-intrusive and fascinating study into an unusual man’s life (unusual man, yet an every-man). Plus, a really great reminder of why you should bother dressing interestingly and why you should bother trying new things.

The film also gives an honest insight into the experience of being in a profession that you love (not striving for a position you love, but actually what life is like after you get it), and gives an insight into life in New York city. Despite his love of flamboyancy in clothing, I left feeling that Bill gave the viewer permission to not be ashamed to look perhaps too much in-depth into something others may see as ordinary or uninteresting.

My First Top-Ten Round Up


Here are my favorite (mostly, kind-of art-related) things that I am into this week! I will post these round ups every Friday, since I’ve always loved them so much from other blogs. Enjoy!

(Friday photo above by Mel Mijares called ‘Here Comes The Sun’.)

1. Super cool wobbling wall of nine cubes origami DIY.
2. The Design Exchange! (a design museum in Toronto! How did I not know this existed?!?)
3.  Joy the Baker’s things she’s learned in 30 years… Love her.
4.  Film: Beautiful Losers
The punk-art movement in San Fransico and New York in the 80’s.
5. I’d rather be short. Damn straight.
I can wear heels as high as I want! And thank you, I will go gangbusters. (Thanks Tracy Shutterbean!)
6. Ira Glass (the creator of This American Life podcast) quote. Thanks Ira, you’re the best. (And, put into video form by David Shiyang Liu)

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
― Ira Glass

You can also watch the whole video of his talk here.
7. Katie Shanahan’s online comic. So cute and funny, and her illustrations are awesome.  Also, she’s from Canada!
8. The Thonet Chaise Longe, c. 1910
(one of the many variations that were made)

9. I think I am totally the last person that was invited to the grooveshark.com party, but anyway, grooveshark is pretty great.  You make an account and can basically listen to any song you’ve EVER WANTED (spice girls, no scrubs, the arkells, fidy(50cent)…) online.  Its like listening to music on youtube, except better.  And they make suggestions for you. And you can keep your playlists if you make a free account.  And it loads a bit faster than youtube if you are listening to a long song.  Although, there are no fingers of Charlie on grooveshark…  (What a gem..)

Happy Friday.

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