Posts Tagged ‘art’

I blogged about animated gifs a couple of years ago when I came across the inspirational work of George Redhawk.

Just now though, I’ve come across another master of animated gifs: James Eads in whose work we can simply get lost!


Born in Los Angeles, Eads lives and works at the Brewery Arts in Los Angeles, I came across his work on a September 2016 blogpost by Moss & Fog.  Check out his tumblr and instagram profiles for more inspirational art.


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I love art, especially the creativity that lies behind it.

Nearly 6 million people found this beautiful video before me.  I’m glad I found it though!  Such talent to create something from no more than nails and string is very, very impressive.

It is a portrait of Justin Timberlake.

After watching the video below, I did an image search for Timberlake and came up with this one which could well have been the model for this artist’s creation.

Justin Timberlake

To create the portrait, Zenyk Palagniuk used 24 kilometers of thread and 13 thousand nails.  It took him 200 hours to create the finished product.


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It’s hard to believe it, but the artist who created these animated gifs, George Redhawk, is legally blind.

Redhawk, also known as DarkAngelØne,  suffers from the rare condition of Charles Bonnet Syndrome, a condition in which visually impaired people see things that are not really there.

His mesmerising animated gifs are aesthetically beautiful, yet amazingly complex.  It’s hard to imagine how long it must take to create one, let alone the painstakingly complex process their creation must involve.

On his Google+ website, Redhawk gives permission to copy and paste his animations, but requests that credit be given to him for his creative work.

While I came upon his work on a recent My Modern Met post, an online check reveals that many have written about this talented artist.  A glance through his Google+ website reveals a little more of the man behind this astounding work.

Animated Gif - Woman of the Sea - by George Redhawk

Animated Gif - Stairway to Heaven - by George Redhaw

Animated Gif - I am Man - by George Redhawk

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I come from a family of Esher lovers!  So when one of his classic lithographs  – Waterfall –

Escher - Waterfall

Escher – Waterfall

was listed as the inspiration behind a new app which has just been released, I couldn’t help oooh’ing and aaah’ing along with others in my family as we sat around a smartphone ‘playing’ Monument Valley.

So beautifully crafted.   So nice to ‘play’.   Clearly this is the kind of app which can turn any of us into ‘gamers’.

Being mesmerized by illogical paths that link up when clearly they shouldn’t, the developers take us on a whimsical journey with the little princess who lives in the land of M.C. Escher.  Released just a few days ago, the app is destined to be a phenomena.  Just a few days ago it hit #1 as a top selling app on Trials Fronteir, PadGadget and AppShopper.

A review I read on the Collosal website says it so succinctly:

The hype surrounding the new iOS game Monument Valley by ustwo has been almost impossible to ignore the last few days, and after downloading the puzzle game last night I was able to see why after about 30 seconds of playing. This is simply unlike any game that has come before it. Heavily influenced by the drawings of M.C. Escher the game is so aesthetically beautiful the developers include an in-game camera that lets you take pictures you can share as you play. But this game isn’t just about pretty architectural landscapes, the gameplay is as entertaining as it is brilliant—instantaneous changes of perspective and gravity propel the game forward in unexpected ways.

Collosal: Step inside an interactive M.C. Escher Drawing wiht Monument Valley.  April 3, 2014

Take a look for yourself – you’ll be hooked!

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Meeting up with friends and having long luxurious coffee chats have become a favourite pastime of mine!   I love it.   And I love my friends!!  Invariably though, I learn so much along the way.  It’s one of the hidden joys of life!

And so it happened just a couple of weeks ago when I met up with my good friend Nikki.  Among her many interests is a passion for art.   In the course of chatting she shared with me details about an incredible project being undertaken in the UK – cataloguing the nation’s entire oil painting collection and making it accessible online.   To ensure that viewers are able to more easily navigate the collection, the PCF (Public Catalogue Foundation) is asking people to get involved ‘tagging’ the collection.

Explaining the purpose of tagging, a scrolling header on the website reads:

The nation’s 200,000 oil paintings are going online
We need your help tagging them
Tagging is easy
You don’t need to know about art
Many people will tag the same paintings
Your tags will help people search the your paintings website

Just below this header is a beautifully crafted video (though see an updated comment below) explaining the process of tagging.  Artist Alison Watt, taking us through a process which aims to help people find their way around the 200,000 paintings, explains how the public can help catalogue the paintings by tagging them. Step by step, the video asks pointed questions such as:

What things or ideas are in the painting?
Can you see or name people in the painting?
What places are shown in the painting?
Does this painting relate to any event?
What type of painting is this?
What subjects are seen in this painting?

The public can either type in a response or select a response from any of the suggestions which appear in a drop down box.

Prompting questions, Alison explains, allows the viewer to delve into the painting and become more involved in viewing it.  With many people tagging, more and more searchable tags are being created – a process which will ensure an easy navigation of the site.

Begun in 2003, the project of uploading all the paintings online is designed to make the UK a cultural pioneer of the digital age.  With all of the paintings now online, the website Your Paintings provides the public with an exceptional opportunity to explore a world of art treasures.  Read more about the project in this recent New York Times article: “British paintings, great and small gathered on new website.”

This important collaborative event of tagging the collection reflects the incredible gains that our digital world provides.   Of course the teacher in me sees the tremendous value of this project for education.   What an amazing way to ‘study’ art!   How much richer our educational programs could be by incorporating participation in this project into our curriculum.

Take some time to view the The nation’s oil paintings ….. but alas …..  I penned this blog some weeks ago and it seems that the tutorial video has been taken off.  You can find out how the tagging works by checking out this web tutorial.

The Nation's Oil Paintings

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