Sunday, February 22, 2009

Deserve it or not

Seth Godin posted an article titled "Do you deserve it?" a couple days ago. He asked if we deserve the luck that we have or not. He also said it's a loaded word and ask what you are going to do when you get the luck that you have been wishing for. Personally, I don't think that I'm deserving of the luck that I have been granted, but I am thankful for the hard work that my parents have gone through in order to provide me with the "luck" that I have here in hte United States. I do believe that I am lucky, but I know I have a lot of work to do here with my own art in order to pay back those that have helped me to come some far and accomlish so much.

Do you deserve the luck you've been handed? The place you were born, the education you were given, the job you've got? Do you deserve your tribe, your customer base, your brand?

Not at all. “Deserve” is such a loaded word. Most of us don’t deserve the great opportunities we have, or the lucky breaks that got us here.

The question shouldn’t be, “do you deserve it.” I think it should be, “what are you going to do with it now that you've got it?")

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Great Insperation from Norio Fujikawa

Norio Fujikawa is a busy artist who has a great talent in concept art and in bringing 2D art to 3D reality. His mechanical designs are simple, but have a slick and clean look that is highly desirable nowadays. It has slim, unique designs on the outside, but complicated internal designs, which is very good example of the blobject concept. Simple and human friendly, with complicated insides that the consumer never has to see or interact with.
Who knows? Will something like his designs be the future vehicle 10 or 20 years from now?
If you want to check out his website, then click here.

-The original article written by hipstomp from Core77 and the photography is collected from hipstomp's blog.

No one will steal your lunch from now on...

What a great idea to prevent your precious, yummy sandwich from getting stolen by your friend, roommate, or coworkers! Designer Sherwood Forlee introduces the 'Anti-Theft Lunch Bags' to you to save your lunch money and the lunch itself! It's constructed of food-safe reusable, recyclable LDPE (Low density polyethylene), so you can save money and go green even easier. Just let you know, it's $10 for 25 bags on ''.

Sherwood Forlee tells us "Anti-Theft Lunch Bags are sandwich bags that have green splotches printed on both sides, making your freshly prepared lunch look spoiled. Don't suffer the injustice of having your sandwich stolen again! Protect your lunch with Anti-Theft Lunch Bags."

The thing that surprises me the most about this unique and fresh product is that someone who does not have a design or art education came up with something that no one had thought of before. If you like this, please check out his website. It's even better!

- The original review for 'Anti-Theft Lunch Bags' is written by hipstomp from Core77, the photography is from Sherwood Forlee's portfolio website.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Three story Stories

Crooked Brains posted an article called 'Some books that you can't put down (because you can't lift them in the first place)', by 'Core77'. Notice how people go buy Amazon's Kindle instead of a new paperback book? Some people never experience the smell of a printed book, new and crisp or old and musty, let alone the joy of collecting a physcial library of books to display. In order to prevent the dissapearance of the paper book, Kansas City's public library installed three-story high, innovative billboards to advertise the library itself deisgned to look like classic literature. What a clever idea! Surprisingly UK's Cardiff library has also done the same thing with paperbacks.

-Picture is from Crooked Branins.
(Top photo is Kansas City's Public Library and the bottom is UK's Cardiff Library.)

Korean-holic? MoMA's new line

I was glad to read Josh Spear's article from Core77 today. He introduced MoMA's new line for industrial design products from South Korea. As a Korean, I am so glad to hear the leading design museum MoMA is featuring the 'Destination Seoul collection', including 60 clever industrial designs encompassing housewares, toys, books, etc. Destination Seoul has developed collaborations with HyundaiCard, Korea Institute of Design Promotion(KIDP), and Design Seoul Headquarters of the Seoul Metropolitan Goverment.

The MoMA store website says: "Our new product collection highlights products usually found only in South Korea. Products from young, emerging Korean designers have been selected across a range of categories. The selection reflects Korean's cultural interest in color and nature and puts a modern spin on traditional Korean design and crafting."

Prices on the products start at $3. I should probably go check it out this weekend, since I get paid..

- Picture is from Core77 by Josh Spear

ModBook Upgrade

My first impression of Axiotrn's Modbook was simply AWESOME. This modified Mac-based rendering tablet will be the new next-generation laptop and a great tool for digital artists. I know that Wacom released the 'Cintiq 12WX' and 'Cintiq 21UX', which are pen-on-screen tablets, however, the Modbook is bit different than these screens. According to 'the apple blog' from 'Core77', Axiotron's Modbook is a tablet-based Mac that comes from pairing a Macbook with a Wacom pen display. They also added 'Sketchbook Express 2009' to it as well, making the Modbook the ultimate portable digital rendering or painting tool, making the digital artist's life a bit easier.

There are still cons to go with the pros about the Modbook, though, according to 'the apple blog'.

Pros: You can convert your own Macbook to Modbook, you just need to pay $1,299, making it only about a month's rent money. It's ultra-portablity is its other outstanding feature, of course.

Cons: It's way too expensive considering the current economy. Even though 'Sketchbook Express2009' comes with it for free, you either need to spend $1,299 to convert your old Macbook or you can get a new Modbook from the factory for $2,199. Ah, one more thing, Axiotron is currently only converting the pre-alumium Macbooks, so you can only get your Macbook changed if it's the older versions.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Becky Cloonan and Nathan Fox on Comics

Becky Cloonan and Nathan Fox on Comics
Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 6:30-8:30 pm

Cloonan and Fox will discuss the secret behind creating successful comic stories, how to break into the field, what it is like to have a loyal following, how to make a successful cover, what it takes to draw a billion lines per panel, and how super heroes stay fit without ever going to the gym. The lecture will also focus on the connection between illustration and comics, and drawing as the basis of two fields that attract very different audiences though they share a common language.

The lecture will be followed by book signings by both artists.

Moderated by Fernanda Cohen

Limited to 120 people $15 non-members $10 members $7 students

RSVP or call 212 838 2560

The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues) in New York, NY.

Becky will have prints and a bunch of comics available at the signing afterwords!

NY Comic Con

Last weekend, from the 6th to the 8th, the New York Comic Con was here and made many people blissfully happy with the heaven of comics that they provide.
This was my first New York Comic Con, as well as my first convention here in the United States. I used to go Korean Comic Cons a long time ago. There were so many people, "nearly 77,000 people made there way through NYCC this year, up from 67,000 last year", said on of the official NYCC blogs, ''. When I first walked inside, I started to squeal with excitement at the sight of so many booths brimming with comics, toys, video games, and merchandise. I look forward to visiting it again next year and hitting the San Diego Comin Con coming up this summer.

See you later New York Comic Con, see you soon San Diego Comic Con!

'The customer is always wrong' by Seth Godin

Several days ago, Seth Godin posted the article 'The customer is always wrong'.

His friend, Richard, was telling him that he doesn't care what his customers or the market thinks. Period. He ignores the market and customers and believes he's doing work only for himself. Seth Godin doesn't really mention who is this Richard person is or what kind of art he does, but as an art student and someone who would give anything to become a successful artist in the future, this Richard seems a bit too egotistical for art world, unless he's doing fine art for a living. I've always believed that you have to respect both the market and the customers who will buy your artwork or finances your projects and, in turn, help you to continue to produce and afford to produce your work. Very few forms of professional-level art are completely self-sufficeint.

Seth Godin says on end of his article, "If you're strong enough to do that, more power to you. If you do your art and the market rejects you, though, you need to make a choice. If your art has no market, it's still art. It just might not be a living."

To me, Richard must be the lonelist and luckist artist ever. Why so lucky? He does not have to worry about criticism of his work and the success or failure of his art.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Jesus Lamp

Today's Core77 featured Ricardo Garza Marcos' Jesus Lamp. The artist says this floor lamp could be placed behind a chair or sofa and gives a halo or aureole effect. Although the Jesus Lamp surely looks a little weak and easy to knock over when moved, the idea of a floating halo effect with cheap materials and a simple design is just great. I think that one could even mimic the lamp with homemade materials like clear tubing and fluorescent lights.

Just a fun sidenote, but you could make a matching set of floating, glowing red devil's horns to provide a similarly demonic effect, in contrast to the angelic person sitting across from you.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next 50 Years

QUOTE: "Blobjects carry the flag in a world whose manifest destiny is 'organic behavior in a technological matrix.' chips shape them an make them behave. Computer-aided design and injection molding allow them to assume any form. They get their organic forms directly from us: from mimicking human flesh."

THEME: The organic behavior concepts of blobjects will spread in use.

BRAND PLATFORM: Abstract close-ups of various blobjects.

Another great Tim Burton film released!

I have been waiting for 'Coraline' to come out so badly since I first read the original book last summer. When I heard Tim Burton was making another claymation film (or stop-motion animation), I was so excited and hoped that it would be released soon. Director Henry Selick said that "this scenario is 'Alice in Wonderland meets 'Hansel and Gretel' and it might be a bit like 'The Wizard of Oz'." As a fan of Tim Burton and as the first claymation film shot entirely in 3-D , I'm so looking forward to seeing this movie.

Originally found at NY Times.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

$100 laptop? How about $10 laptop?

Do you need a new laptop and you are broke? Then how about the $10 laptop (Rs 500)?
The Times of India reported on the cheapest laptop ever in history and it would be displayed on February 3. Let's see how this laptop does in the market. I might get one for myself, even if it is only a 2 GB machine.

Originally found at Core77.

James Jean's "Kindling" exhibit

I wasn't expecting to see an illustrator of James Jean's caliber when I first visited the Johnathan Levine Gallery this last week. My boyfriend had kept it a secret on who we were seeing and I have to say that I was simply and completely stunned by it. Seeing his work on paper or online is one thing, even in high definition, but being able to see the full-size originals in person, let alone pieces that I hadn't seen before, was an opportunity I was glad to be able to catch. His ability to fully flush out details without overpowering the scene with needless extras is amazing. The surreal qualities of his work are also powerful and present in so many of the pieces in the "Kindling" exhibit. If you are an illustrator or simply appreciate modern illustration, please catch this exhibit before it leaves this Lower East Side Gallery before it's gone. You don't have the chance to see a rising master in the early days of his craft very often and this is exactly one of those chances.

James Jean's personal website also contains all of the images being shown at the "Kindling" exhibit.