Viewing Archive ~ March, 2012

Spring is here, and so in monday, this week I’d like to introduce everyone to a very inspiring artist and friend of mine, meet Sara Khudairy. We first met attending the Ontario College of Art and Design 9 years ago, asides from her witty/dark sense of humour, Sara is also quite the talented illustrator and designer. After graduating OCAD she started working in Toronto for a while, then packed her bags and headed to shopping sandstorm central, Dubai. Well now, simply enjoy a peek into the witty mind of Sara Khudairy.


I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

S: I must have been about eight years old. My parents had a framed embroidered picture of a donkey carrying goods across a lake, with a traditionally dressed woman walking by, it in all sorts of bright and dull colours. I remember copying it onto the paper in front of me with crayons and markers and to be honest, I think I did a good job because I had gifted it to my number one supporter at the time: my grandfather, and bless him, he had saved it – along with all the other sketches – in their very own folder among his work until he passed away.

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

S: The five year old me would have liked to be a mermaid. But seeing as that dream crashed and burned quite quickly, I think I would have gone into film. Not sure which aspect of it, but I think that would have been the next option.

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

S: It’s really a bit hard to pin down one source of inspiration for me and the list I would like to give you would be too long to put down in a few lines. However what I can say is that (one of many ways) I tend to find whatever it is I’m looking for from the different conversations I have with the different types of people I meet along the way. I often find that the moment strikes when [good] conversation happens, it would trigger something that kicks my imagination into full gear and suddenly I find myself trying to be that much more creative with my style, my work and even my attitude. Sometimes I do end up face-planting but most times I’m happy with the end result.

I: Share any of piece your work, recent or old and talk about it.

S: I have a lot of love and respect for comics in general but one I keep coming back to is batman; and because he’s got such a distinct physical appearance, I really enjoy changing everything else save a few of his main characteristics. This particular illustration was mainly about exploring the relationship between Batman (who later became a woman) and Robin.

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.

The Dieline
27bslash6
foundshit
pinterest
kamenstudio

Monday is here and so is an old friend of mine, meet Shanghoon Jeong. One of the kindest most courteous people I personally know, Shanghoon, is the first photographer I ever worked with professionally back when I used to work as an Art Director in Toronto. His sense of colour and motion is quite unreal as his photographs have this ethereal wonderful quality that is unique to his style. This week Shanghoon gives us a little peek into what makes him tick, as well as the latest project he’s working on.


I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

S: I am not sure how old I was but I have all these memories of playing with Lego when I was young. I used to make all kinds of things. It stopped playing with Lego all together one day when I realized I didn’t have enough yellow blocks to make a lion head and I really wanted to make a Lego lion head. Just like that, Lego days were behind me.

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

S: I think I would have been a cook. I love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. Also, it gives you a full control over what you are making. You can create something different. You get to boss people around, also. LOL.

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

S: My inspiration comes from imagination and things that happens in life mostly. I will see something or experience something and sometimes I want to transfer that feeling or mood to the pictures. They also comes from other photographers like Kenji Toma, Kenji Aoki, Craig Cutler and more. Sometimes me just surfing the web or reading magazines or books is enough to give you so many ideas to shoot.

I: Share any of piece your work, recent or old and talk about it.

S: This is my recent shot I did for Coors Light. I started to work with splash and liquid. I love capturing the unexpected moments. It’s like all shots are accidents but happy accidents. This shot particular was bit tough because the product didn’t exist at the time so the can is basically built in photoshop. Getting the right splash pieces was real time consuming but really fun and rewarding.

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.

ffffound
New York Times Magazine
A photo editor
The F stop Mag
Ads of the world

Tron Dance. Japanese TRON light suit dance routine. Amazing TRON Theme performance

This week’s dose of inspiration was brought to my attention courtesy of my good friend, Paul Parolin. I’m excited to share with everyone this amazingly talented illustrator, meet Christopher Lee. A couple weeks ago, Paul had shared the work of this talented soul with me and after savouring every inch of his work online, I knew I just had to get a peek into his brain. Warning, this person is highly inspirational.


I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

C: Coloring and doodling inside those Golden Activity Books. I had them all as a kid from GoBots to Thundercats to Silverhawks.

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

C: When I was growing up I wanted to be a Marine biologist. Back then I thought that meant I would get to go the aquarium all the time…professionally. I don’t know know if that’s what Marine biologists do these days, but if they do, I might have to rethink my current career.

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

C: I’m a huge action figure/toy geek. When I find down time in between jobs or if I’m waiting for feedback from a client I always end up wanting to draw my favorite pop culture heroes. Other things that inspire my everyday are mid-century modern design, amazing animation artists like Steve Lambe and Chris Battle, my awesome girlfriend and her never-ending wit, nostalgia, and all the ultra talented people I have had a chance to work with during my career in motion graphics.

I: Share any of piece your work, recent or old and talk about it.

C: I love the movie Aliens. It’s probably my third most watched movie of all time outside of the Star Wars original trilogy. I read all of the Dark Horse comics, collected all the figures from the 90’s Kenner toy line, and even played a version of Aliens during recess at school with my friends. I first saw the movie when I was in 5th grade but looking back, it was probably too intense for my 11 year old self.
I remember how sweaty my palms got the first time I saw all the colonists cocooned on the walls of
the atmosphere processor haha.

To commemorate my fandom, I just finished this 12”x12” piece about a week ago to pay tribute to
the “ultimate badasses” of the universe, the USCM, or United States Colonial Marines. Personally, they made the movie for me. Growing up I was a typical boy who enjoyed pretty much anything that was armed to the teeth. Drake and Vasquez with their huge steady arm mounted Smart Guns kind of sealed the deal for me. The print will be limited to 95 pieces (95 was the amount of ammo a full magazine carried on the iconic Pulse rifle).

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.

ffffound
dribbble
dorkly
kotaku
toysrevil

March 6th, 2012

Sweeping Beauty II

Blackletter calligraphy by Niels Shoe Meulman, with a broom on concrete.



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