Saturday, November 6, 2010

Jeremy Cox

Jeremy Cox is the man responsible for the animation at the opening of the TV series "Chuck." I'm not only a fan of the TV series itself (even though the current season has been a bit lacking,yet still enjoyable) but i am also a fan of the animated opening at the beginning of the series. Here is a line to it:
href="http://" I enjoy the graphic style of it and the simple colors. Usually my work itself isn't graphic in nature but I do enjoy braking up light on a figure into simple flat shapes. I realized when I was painting today that the rendering of my figure looked oddly familiar. When I thought about it some more I realized it reminded my of the opening to "Chuck" and how the pictures of the actors are broken up into graphic 2 colored shapes. I know this is an effect you can get with simply messing around on photoshop, but I sill enjoy the styling of it.

Jeremy Cox also did an opening for "Mad Men." A show I'm not familiar with but I checked out the opening and enjoy it as well. He also did an animation called "Paul Rand Retrospective" but I didn't enjoy those as much as the previous ones I mentioned. It doesn't quite have the same feel for me, not sure what it is. Maybe its too flat, or just doesn't flow as well.

Goya's Black Paintings... or Are They?

Goya's black paintings have always stuck out to me as being creepy, full of emotional, and inspiring. "Saturn Devouring His Children"is a powerful image with that black background, and intense glare of Saturn as he proceeds to consume his child.
Although scholars have reason to dough the authenticity of these black paintings. I did a report on the black paintings and learn they where painted directly onto the walls of country house Goya spent his last years in. It was believed Goya painted these during his final years where he locked himself up away from society and began to die of an illness.
Although, records have been found that say the 2nd floor of the house was just a humble attic during Goya's lifetime. So the 2nd floor that half of the paintings were painted on was never there to paint on. So how could Goya have painted them?
Some say it was done by his son, who knew his fathers way of painting very well. It was then Goya's grandson who then passed his fathers paintings as his grandfathers to help sell the house and get more money from it.
Who ever painted them, I still find them fascinating and inspiring.

Coles Philips

Here's some artwork by Coles Philips. I absolutely love how he can define the form of a figure even thought it blends in with the background.

A.M. Cassandre

Here Are some Illustrations by A.M. Cassandre. I love these illustrations that he does. His use of line and his contrast with his darks and lights just makes his images pop. His work is very effective as posters. His bold shapes captures a viewer from a distance, and does not ask the viewer to approach the image very closely to understand what the image is about.

Even though his work seems very graphic it can still have a feeling of volume to the piece.

The way he describes forms makes a lot of sense to me personally. I intend on doing a pastiche of his work very soon.


This is a new blog I'm starting to share the artist that I find inspirational. Some are contemporary, others are from art history. If your interested and seeing my artwork to get an idea of how they might inspire my own work check out my other blog here or my deviant here