all that inspires me to live each day yearning to evolve as an artist, as a person.... makes me want to walk faster as there is so much more to see & yet makes me want to stroll along observing every little thing around... full of beauty.. full of wonderful things... all that imbibed together creates ART....
i got to know Koffie&Ik, a lovely coffee place in Utrecht, because it’s run by a friend-of-a-friend who has a serious passion for coffee. After lots of research and planning, Robbie set up his own coffee bar/lunch room with great coffee and homemade food. we’ve been talking about putting some canvas prints of my digital work up on the walls for a while now, and after a collaborative selection process, they’re finally up! if you’re ever in Utrecht, try to drop by, it’s really a nice place with products that have been selected and prepared with care. also the canvasses will be up for sale for those who are interested and live in the area!
Rational International | http://rationalinternational.net
"Some time after summer, we came to the idea of hosting another Behance Portfolio Review in Zagreb, this time taking a step forward and making a leap of faith into a blend of art, design and education.
We decided to call the event Designeyland, an ironic play on the mish-mash of various events and activities that calls upon associations with Disneyland - the crown jewel of activity-packed places.
The digital visuals were created for all the immediate and necessary online communication and the on-location posters were hand-painted and overprinted with black to save money on print and create a set of unique art posters of which some were hanged around the city, while others were displayed at the event.” View full project and appreciate it on Behance!
Rational International is a creative communications collective – they conceive, develop and produce creative content for both traditional and new media.
Manila Rope Lights for the Phillipines!
*In an effort to help get aid to the Phillipines, Atelier 688 will send the first four people to donate to Medecins Sans Frontiers the equivalent value donation ($395.00) a free 1.5” manila rope rope light. Only two rules:
1) Donation Must be sent to Medecins Sans Frontiers (link is here http://www.msf.ca/campaigns/typhoon-haiyan-relief-philippines/) and
2) receipt of payment must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. 4 rope lights will be made available on a first come first serve basis and donation recipients will be announced on the Atelier 688 tumblr page as they come through.
** BY donating to Medecins Sans Frontiers the donation value will actually be doubled since the Canadian government will equal all donations received, according to the rules laid out on donation form!
So, do you remember that I said I was going to start posting more personal things here as well as drawings? Well, even if you don’t remember, that’s what I said.
As well as posting more things about me, I want to start posting things about my friends every once in a while too. I have made a bunch of cool and creative friends through the internet, and since the whole purpose of the internet is to share things, it seems a bit silly not to talk about them. Especially when I have a group of followers who will probably love their work as much as I do.
The first person I’m going to talk about is Adam J. Kurtz and his Kickstarter project. The Kickstarter ends in 36 HOURS and he’s already smashed through his goal of $2,400. I really, honestly, truly think you will love his project.
The project is a 2014 Weekly Planner, which in Adam’s own words is:
“More than just a planner, the book serves as a journal, so you can document your life as you go. By the end of the year you’ll have created a keepsake that you can take with you as you move forward, and unlike your online calendar, all the wonderful sentimentality you create is yours to hold and feel, forever.“
You can get a copy of the planner for a tiny pledge of $15. But, if you can afford it I would pledge $100 to join the BRAIN SUBSCRIPTION. That’s what I’ve signed up for, I was also signed up this year too. It’s SO good I can’t even tell you. He sends you a package full of stuff 4 times a year, as well as copies of the planner of course.
Off the top of my head this year I’ve received postcards, balloons, a t-shirt, a mug, a pencil, a ribbon, loads of little trinkets, stickers, sweets, scraps, letters… It’s basically awesome.
So go check out his project and if you like it, BACK IT QUICKLY!
Sylvain Toulouse | http://sylvaintoulouse.com
"A designer’s identity needs to look different. I used the distinct frames of my glasses as both icon and logo to evoke myself. New branding stationery starts with radical splinter-free wooden business cards. Add to this several choices of colors and papers… the result is a harmony that reflects my individuality."
Sylvain Toulouse is a passionate designer who has gained international recognition for his designs and logos. Now making Montreal his home, he has worked previously at leading design studios and ad agencies in Ottawa. Sylvain’s extensive skills have also enabled him to act as art director for several design and advertising projects.
Tim Boelaars | http://timboelaars.nl
"Brand identity designed for Concrete Matter, an Amsterdam based store selling beautiful and unique products. Concrete Matter is an ongoing project where Tim’s involvement is mainly focused on the branding, photography and marketing of the brand."
Tim Boelaars is a designer and illustrator in Amsterdam. He specializes in icon, identity, logo, and packaging design, as well as illustration and art direction. He is known for his sharp simplicity, conceptual clarity, and firm handshake.
Making a book is weird. For a year or so you sit at your desk writing, drawing, and scanning. Every now and again you email your editor for feedback. Then, one day, you have enough stuff to make a whole book. So you send it to the publisher, and they send it to their printer.
Then you wait.
You wait for a really long time.
You think you should feel as excited as everyone else you know, but you don’t. You just drew some stuff and sent it to someone. It doesn’t feel like a big deal. You almost forget what you’re waiting for. Then just as you start to genuinely forget what you’re waiting for, the book is released.
You still feel a little detached. You know your book is finding it’s way into shops, but you have no proof, and no feedback. How many people have bought it? How many people have flicked through it in a store? How many people have walked away thinking “I could’ve done that”?
You have no way of knowing. But, your book is out there regardless. It’s a real life thing that’s in real life shops and real life hands. People have started to read it (or in my case draw in it). After a few days people start to send you photos, and write you emails, and point out that one typo.
And that’s the moment when all those feelings which you assumed you had forgotten how to feel hit you in the face… YOU MADE A BOOK!
That’s exactly how I am feeling right now. The Art of Getting Started was released worldwide last week, and these are the first few pictures people have sent me. Along with some really nice emails and tweets.
I am genuinely so grateful to every single person who buys the book. It’s amazing, and exciting, and humbling, and weird, that there are people with this book in their hands all over the world.
I’m even more grateful to those of you who send me photos and emails and all that kind of thing. So please keep sending them or tagging them. I’m really excited to see what you all do with the book.
I know I keep saying I made it, but I only made half of it. The rest is all down to you…