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Here you can view a book created 271 years before Pantone’s first colour guide in 1963. By an artist known only as A. Boogert and written in Dutch, this was a guide to mixing watercolours and is frankly pretty impressive.

Lovely inspiring little story.

 

a page from A. Boogert's book from 1692

a page from A. Boogert’s book from 1692

 

Example of extensive colour breakdown

Example of extensive colour breakdown

 

It is funny to think of the huge popularity of Pantone now and the sense of excitement a humble colour chart can bring. Little did A. Boogert know…

 

 

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A colleague just shared a BBC magazine article entitled Code masters: Meet Britain’s new digital artists.

Right up my street, so had a look at Katie Molga’s work. One day I will be clever enough to do something like this!

The ideas she explores in the works Entropy and THE… are really interesting.

More reading here.

 

 

 

The guys at work are all a-chatter about selling a parallax scroll into a client. Fun times for them if the client agrees.

So I’m posting a couple of my favourite examples.

The Kennedy example for the merit in its execution; the ‘Every last drop’ for its jovial fun.

My animation friend tells me ‘parallax is over’ but I am still admiring it.

 

Killing Kennedy

Killing Kennedy

Killing Kennedy

 

 

 

 

 

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A great example of when things don’t go according to plan, but then something better happens as a result!

This is the story of the artist Janet Echelman, who arrived in India in the late 1990’s ready to embark on tour of the country giving painting exhibitions. However unfortunately for Janet, her all-important painting supplies that she had shipped ahead of time, never arrived.

As she wandered around the fishing village of Mahabalipuram, her attention was drawn to the quantity and variety of nets used by the local fishermen. From these observations came the idea to suspend and illuminate them, thus creating a new kind of sculpture.

Happy accident.

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Janet Echelman

1.26 at the Amsterdam Light Festival 2012

1.26 at the Amsterdam Light Festival 2012

 

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My initial reaction was, “Superb Idea!”

Then I watched it.

I don’t think it works for all of the paintings, but certainly for some it brings details and stories to life in your mind.

Italian artist Rino Stefano Tagliaferro has directed a short film in which he brings classic paintings from art history to life, using the 2.5D effect.

Take a look and see what you think…

This post on Viralnova highlights some great examples of photo-realistic paintings.

Particularly love Robin Eley’s work.

by Robin Eley

Silent Respiration
Oil on Belgium Linen

A Salutary Breeze Oil on Belgium Linen

A Salutary Breeze
Oil on Belgium Linen

I recently did a post about an old friend who has just launched a charity beer…well…BrewDog have just released a ‘Protest Beer’ mocking Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay stance in Russia.

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‘Hello my name is Vladimir’ comes in a bottle decorated with five Warhol-style images of the Russian president wearing makeup and lipstick.

The brewers have made the double IPA with Limonik berries – which some Russians hunters believe enhance sexual performance in men!

The beer was launched on 4th Feb by the Scottish Brewery to support the LGBT community ahead of the Winter Olympics.

The beer is now available in all BrewDog bars and online at brewdog.com for £2.89, 50% of the profits are being donated to charities which help oppressed minorities.

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