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Artist Spotlight: Chris Scarborough

Posted on October 24th, 2012

Nashville-based photographer, painter and draftsman Chris Scarborough creates a diverse range of works, which reference the archetypes of Eastern pop culture, art history and science fiction.

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Artist Spotlight: Vincent Hui

Posted on October 18th, 2012

Vincent Hui's art is an exploration into a world where it seems the balance of innocence and darkness is about to tip.

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Artist Spotlight: Sam Wolfe Connelly

Posted on October 11th, 2012

Sam Wolfe Connelly is an American illustrator who uses his great rendering skills mixed with a little digital touch ups to make wonderful pieces.

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Alberto Mieglo "SOLO"

Posted on October 3rd, 2012

Previously mentioned here, Alberto Mieglo will be having his show in Los Angeles, CA titled, "Solo". Be sure to check it out on the opening reception night November 5, 2012 at the GR Space 114. The show will run until November 11, 2012.

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Random Inspiration

Posted on September 25th, 2012

Jeremy Fish

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailer

Posted on September 20th, 2012

Check out the new trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Looks like another hit for Peter Jackson and all the fans of this classic saga.

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Random Inspiration

Posted on September 17th, 2012

Martin Wittfooth

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The Art of Journey Book Signing Event

Posted on September 11th, 2012

Bluecanvas and Sony Santa Monica Studio are proud to bring you The Art of Journey, a behind-the-scenes exploration of the critically acclaimed video game.

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Artist Spotlight: Cam Floyd

Posted on September 11th, 2012

Cam Floyd is a freelance illustrator living in Los Angeles working with clients in editorial, apparel, film, print, and the web.

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Random Inspiration

Posted on September 6th, 2012

Victo Ngai

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Eclipse

Posted on September 5th, 2012

An animated short from the great folks creating at Goeblin.

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Random Inspiration

Posted on September 5th, 2012

Josh Keyes

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Bluecanvas Presents: An Interview with James Gurney

Posted on August 31st, 2012

Bluecanvas is proud to present this exclusive interview with James Gurney.

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Artist Driven: Dabs Myla

Posted on August 31st, 2012

Artist duo Dabs Myla drops some knowledge of how a couple who creates art together works and also some great words of hard work at the end.

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Random Inspiration

Posted on August 31st, 2012

Nathan Stapley

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The Art of Journey Book

Posted on August 30th, 2012

Bluecanvas is proud to bring you The Art of Journey, a behind-the-scenes exploration of the ideas and visual development that went into the critically-acclaimed video game. Written by Journey's Art Director, Matt Nava, the book shows the stylistic influences, narrative devices and game design goals that made Journey what it is. See how the book came together in this video.

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Random Inspiration

Posted on August 28th, 2012

Brittney Lee

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Batman of Shanghai

Posted on August 27th, 2012

A month or so ago a video of a short animation of a Catwoman of Shanghai was posted, well now we get to see the other two parts to conclude this great animation...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on August 27th, 2012

Reynan Sanchez

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Random Inspiration

Posted on August 23rd, 2012

Jean-Léon Gérôme

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Random Inspiration

Posted on August 22nd, 2012

Henrik Sahlstrom

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Random Inspiration

Posted on August 20th, 2012

Tim Biskup

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Random Inspiration

Posted on August 17th, 2012

David Mack

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Interview with KILLSPENCER

Posted on August 17th, 2012

KILLSPENCER is a company that makes fine handmade men's bags, luggage and accessories. In this exclusive interview Spencer, a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena...

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Cinematic Trailer

Posted on August 16th, 2012

Blizzard continues its streak of amazing cinematic trailers with a new one for their Mists of Pandaria expansion set that just debuted at Gamescom 2012 in Cologne, Germany.

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Random Inspiration

Posted on August 16th, 2012

Yoshitoshi

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RIP Joe Kubert (1926-2012)

Posted on August 15th, 2012

Legendary comic book artist and educator Joe Kubert has passed away at the age of 85...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on August 15th, 2012

THE RAID poster by Jock

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Killing Time with Sean Cheetham

Posted on August 15th, 2012

California-based painter Sean Cheetham's classical but edgy portrait paintings are attracting attention, and is a new painter to watch.

Get To Know Danny Gardner

Posted on August 15th, 2012

Los Angeles-based concept artist, Danny Gardner talks about his inspiration, personal philosophy, influence and mission in this exclusive interview with Cecil Kim from Bluecanvas Magazine.

Random Inspiration

Posted on August 14th, 2012

Frank Frazetta

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Andrew Hem's Dreams Towards Reality

Posted on August 13th, 2012

Friend of Bluecanvas, Andrew Hem, is releasing his first book of collected artwork next month entitled "Dreams Towards Reality".

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Random Inspiration

Posted on August 13th, 2012

Moebius

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A Conversation with Brandon Boyd

Posted on August 13th, 2012

Brandon Boyd talks about his upbringing, inspiration, influence and passion in this exclusive interview with Nathan Ota for Bluecanvas Magazine.

Random Inspiration

Posted on August 10th, 2012

Geof Darrow

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Random Inspiration

Posted on August 9th, 2012

Wayne Thiebaud

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Random Inspiration

Posted on August 8th, 2012

Howard Pyle

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Artist Spotlight: Enrique Fernandez

Posted on August 7th, 2012

Enrique Fernandez is a jaw dropping artist out of Barcelona, Spain. Most of his work recently has been of unique interpretations...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on August 6th, 2012

Jonathan Saiz

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Random Inspiration

Posted on August 3rd, 2012

Paul Tsui

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Random Inspiration

Posted on August 2nd, 2012

Support and follow Jed Henry's Kickstarter project to turn his work into actual carved woodblock prints...

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Prada Marfa

Posted on August 1st, 2012

Prada Marfa is a permanent art installation in Marfa, Texas where the artist team Elmgreen and Dragset created a faux Prada store pretty much in the middle of nowhere...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on August 1st, 2012

Edmund Dulac

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Artist Spotlight: Timothy Lamb

Posted on July 30th, 2012

Timothy Lamb is a visual development artist at Dreamworks Animation and just an all around cool artist...

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The Art Fair and Festival Circuit: Enter the White Rabbit

Posted on July 30th, 2012

From the author: Many thanks to those who were so kind to engage with me in a tête-à-tête for...

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Art as Ambassador- The Cultural Impact of Art in Airport Terminals

Posted on July 30th, 2012

"If birds can glide for long periods of time, then...why can't I?" - Orville Wright...

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McLean's Artist Advice – What are galleries looking for in an artist?

Posted on July 30th, 2012

When I was Director of Bandini Art Gallery in Culver City, the mailman would regularly deliver portfolios...

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Studio in a School

Posted on July 30th, 2012

Just as Milton Glaser's iconic graphic design helped salvage morale in a 1970s New York City...

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A Window Between Worlds – Art Giving Voice to a Silent Epidemic

Posted on July 30th, 2012

At the end of 2011 I found that I was feeling rather tight and scratchy under my skin, overwhelmed by...

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Jeffrey Vallance: Sense, Sacrament, and Storage Space

Posted on July 30th, 2012

While not exactly ambitious to become the lucky 13th apostle, Jeffrey Vallance now has his very own...

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An American Icon Reconsidered

Posted on July 30th, 2012

Timothy Lamb is a visual development artist at Dreamworks Animation and just an all around cool artist...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on July 27th, 2012

Andy Kehoe

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Dancer a Day

Posted on July 26th, 2012

Jesse Lonergan has an awesome Tumblr where he posts drawings of fictional and non fictional characters from pop culture bustin' a move on the dance floor...

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Life Of Pi Trailer

Posted on July 25th, 2012

Trailer for Ang Lee's upcoming film Life of Pi.

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RSA / Black Dog

Posted on July 25th, 2012

James Jean

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Artist Spotlight: Joy Ang

Posted on July 23rd, 2012

Joy Ang is a young and amazing concept artist/illustrator from the Canada. Shes worked on several projects but most recently shes done some great work creating and organizing "The Anthology Project"...

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Man Of Steel Teaser Trailer

Posted on July 23rd, 2012

Along with The Dark Knight Rises, the new teaser trailers for the much anticipated Man of Steel movie coming out early 2013 were just released.

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Friends With You's Cloudy

Posted on July 20th, 2012

Friends With You has created their first animated short, exploring the scientific explanation of clouds...

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The Master Poster

Posted on July 20th, 2012

Poster for Paul Thomas Andersons upcoming film, "The Master". Always glad to see when it's not a floating head poster.

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Random Inspiration

Posted on July 20th, 2012

Eric Bowman

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Dreamworks Animation's The Croods

Posted on July 19th, 2012

Here are a couple early looks at Dreamworks Animation's The Croods. Not much is known of the story yet, both of these images were...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on July 19th, 2012

Soey Milk

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Kevin Dart's Honey Trap Army

Posted on July 18th, 2012

Illustrator Kevin Dart has done a series of illustrations for some sleek looking statues called "Honey Trap" by Gentle Giant Ltd...

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The Batmobile Documentary

Posted on July 18th, 2012

With the released of The Dark Knight Rises happening any day now, a trailer for a documentary discussing Batman's sleek ride has been shown entitled, "The Batmobile"...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on July 18th, 2012

Charlie Immer

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Jaime Jones Shows Us How It's Done

Posted on July 17th, 2012

Amazing concept artist, Jaime Jones took the time to share his process of one of his pieces on his blog and it would be a crime if you didn't get a chance to learn a little something. Check out more of his work on his website...

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DC Nation: The Bat Man of Shanghai

Posted on July 17th, 2012

Here's a snippet of an animated short titled "Bat Man of Shanghai" which places the Batman tales in 1920's Shanghai, this clip mainly shows off a great Catwoman fight scene.

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Olly Moss's Dark Knight Rises Poster

Posted on July 17th, 2012

Olly Moss's Dark Knight Rises Poster

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Random Inspiration

Posted on July 17th, 2012

Kris Kuksi

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Cintiq 24HD Touch

Posted on July 16th, 2012

Cintiq shows it's updated model with new touch functions that will make your digital experience more intuitive...

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Marvel Displays Iron Man 3 Armor At Comic-Con

Posted on July 16th, 2012

This past week at San Diego Comic Con Marvel unvieled Tony Stark's new armor in Iron Man 3. Lots of changes since the recent new armor shown in The Avengers movie...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on July 16th, 2012

Jaime Jones

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The Art of Logo Design

Posted on July 13th, 2012

Here's another installment of PBS Off Book, this time on the art of logo making...

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Oz the Great and Powerful Trailer

Posted on July 13th, 2012

Sam Raimi creates a prequel to the classic story of Wizard of Oz that focuses on the story of the wizard. The film stars James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and Mila Kunis.

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Random Inspiration

Posted on July 13th, 2012

Kevin Dart

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Feral Trailer By Daniel Sousa

Posted on July 12th, 2012

Here's a beautiful looking trailer for the animated short "Feral" by Daniel Sousa...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on July 12th, 2012

Kehinde Wiley

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Hyungkoo Lee's Homo Animatus

Posted on July 11th, 2012

Korean artist Hyungkoo Lee has created a series of sculptures of the skeletons of classic cartoon characters that are some what dark, some what funny, but all around pretty great. Characters include Wile E. Coyote, Roadrunner, Bugs Bunny, Tom & Jerry, and Donald Duck...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on July 11th, 2012

Limited edition The Dark Knight Rises poster only to be given to folks watching the midnight screening on IMAX.

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Tim Maclean's Fragments & Phantoms

Posted on July 10th, 2012

To celebrate Comic-Con going on this week, you'll be able to find galleries around Southern California having superhero themed shows...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on July 10th, 2012

McBess

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James Gurney On Painting Foliage

Posted on July 9th, 2012

Master painter James Gurney has been doing a great series of painting foliage and forests on his blog as of late...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on July 9th, 2012

Tomer Hanuka

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The Amazing Spider-Man Concept Art

Posted on July 6th, 2012

Here is some newly revealed concept art from The Amazing Spider-Man from The Aaron Sims Company...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on July 6th, 2012

The Alchemist - Cornelis Bega

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James Jean's "Big Five" Limited Edition Print

Posted on July 5th, 2012

James Jean has released a limited run of "Big Five" prints on his website for $125. Big Five Limited Edition Poster is a high resolution offset print measuring 33"W x 22"H (Image size 29"W x 17"H)...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on July 5th, 2012

Brooke Shaden

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Gregory Euclide's Sumi Ink Drawings on Whiteboards

Posted on July 3rd, 2012

Artist and high school teacher Gregory Euclide creates amazing sumi ink drawings during his lunch break all within 25 minutes and only lasts until he needs the space again to teach.

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Random Inspiration

Posted on July 3rd, 2012

Jason Shawn Alexander

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Game On, World.

Posted on July 2nd, 2012

Nike has created a new video for their Nike Lunar shoes showing that sport is the ultimate game.

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Random Inspiration

Posted on July 2nd, 2012

Rob Sato

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Total Recall Trailer

Posted on June 29th, 2012

Here's the trailer for reboot of Total Recall, an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick.

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Random Inspiration

Posted on June 29th, 2012

Igor-Alban Chevalier

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Unused Poster Idea for The Avengers by Olly Moss

Posted on June 28th, 2012

Going through my old files, found this old idea for Black Widow. I could never understand why they rejected it...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on June 28th, 2012

J.C. Leyendecker

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Blue Sky Animation's Epic Trailer

Posted on June 27th, 2012

Here's Blue Sky Animation's teaser trailer for their newest feature animation, "Epic"...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on June 27th, 2012

Jock

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Matt Groening's "Life in Hell"

Posted on June 26th, 2012

A faux magazine cover from Matt Groening's comic Life in Hell...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on June 26th, 2012

Mark Ryden

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Artist Spotlight: AYRZ

Posted on June 25th, 2012

AYRZ is a Spanish street artist that also does beautiful illustrations...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on June 25th, 2012

Paul Felix

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Gin and Juice Opening Recap

Posted on June 22nd, 2012

Last week, Ivory & Black in London hosted their first group exhibition featuring painters Andrew Schoultz, Cleon Peterson, James Jean, Richard Colman and Ryan Travis Christian. Entitled Gin & Juice, the artists...

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Random Inspiration: Phil Hale

Posted on June 22nd, 2012

Phil Hale

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To Celebrate the Beginning of Summer

Posted on June 21st, 2012

Summer by Alphonse Mucha

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Random Inspiration: Concept Art from Tangled

Posted on June 21st, 2012

Concept Art from Tangled

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David Choe's Drawings

Posted on June 20th, 2012

Of course you've heard of David Choe and his Facebook millions, and maybe seen a little bit of his work. What you might not have seen much of are his amazing drawings...

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Random Inspiration: Jeremy Lipking

Posted on June 20th, 2012

Jeremy Lipking

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Artist Spotlight: Tessar Lo

Posted on June 19th, 2012

Tessar Lo is a young artist hailing from Toronto. To see more of his work check out his website here

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Random Inspiration

Posted on June 19th, 2012

10 Things that should never be said to artist... but still are. If you've been a working artist for awhile, you've probably heard a few of these by now....

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10 Things That Should Never Be Said To Artist

Posted on June 18th, 2012

10 Things that should never be said to artist... but still are. If you've been a working artist for awhile, you've probably heard a few of these by now....

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PBS Off Book: 8-Bit Art

Posted on June 18th, 2012

PBS continues their Off Book series, which was posted about earlier here, with the latest installment focusing on 8-Bit art and how artists are now playing with...

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Random Inspiration: Paul Pope

Posted on June 18th, 2012

Paul Pope

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Measuring the Universe

Posted on June 15th, 2012

Ever wonder how scientists measures the vast expanse we call the universe? This short animation brought to you by Royal Observatory Greenwich shows you how.

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Random Inspiration

Posted on June 15th, 2012

Simon Birch

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How I Paint Dinosaurs - James Gurney

Posted on June 14th, 2012

The amazing James Gurney takes us on a journey of how he paints one of his favorite subjects, dinosaurs. He displays his love of not only the final painting, but the process of it all.

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Depth of Speed: Taking the Plunge

Posted on June 14th, 2012

In this episode of Depth of Speed, the creators interview Eric Bauer and his classic Skyline. He talks about taking the plunge to obtain his dream car and his fascination with automobiles not only as a car lover...

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Artist Spotlight: Ken Taylor

Posted on June 14th, 2012

Ken Taylor is a Melbourne based illustrator and designer most known for his poster design in the music industry. ...

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Random Inspiration: Alberto Seveso

Posted on June 14th, 2012

"A Due Colori" High-Speed Photograph of Ink Mixing with Water by Milan born artist Alberto Seveso.

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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Posted on June 13th, 2012

Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system...

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Random Inspiration: Kevin Cooley

Posted on June 13th, 2012

Random Inspiration: Kevin Cooley

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Bloodbath Interview

Posted on June 12th, 2012

Interview with Ramon Cho, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Bloodbath. Bloodbath is a clothing brand inspired by street culture. It's deeply rooted in hip-hop.

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Random Inspiration: Claire Johnson

Posted on June 12th, 2012

Claire Johnson

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John K for Stussy

Posted on June 11th, 2012

For Stussy's Summer 2012 collection, they have collaborated with artist John K., creator of the classic Ren & Stimpy cartoon in the 90's, to make a line of t-shirts and this web animation to show off the new line...

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Random Inspiration: N.C. Wyeth

Posted on June 11th, 2012

N.C. Wyeth

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Artist Spotlight: Frank Stockton

Posted on June 8th, 2012

Frank Stockton is an illustrator out of California, now residing in Brooklyn, New York. Since graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he has gone on to become a ...

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LRG Artist Driven Asia Tour - Part Two: Hong Kong

Posted on June 8th, 2012

Part Two of the Artist Driven Asia tour takes Pose, Vizie, and Steel to Hong Kong, where they link up with local artists Xeme and Sinic as they continue...

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Random Inspiration: Brocken Spectre

Posted on June 8th, 2012

Brocken Spectre

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Sean Cheetham Painting Demo

Posted on June 7th, 2012

Here's a sped up video of Sean Cheetham performing a demo painting shot in 2005.

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The Folio Society's Fahrenheit 451

Posted on June 7th, 2012

In honor of Ray Bradbury's passing, here are the illustrations done by Sam Weber for The Folio Society's edition of Fahrenheit 451.

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Wreck It Ralph Trailer

Posted on June 7th, 2012

In Disney's newest release, an old school video game character tries to stop being a bad guy and become a hero causing some chaos in the process.

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Random Inspiration: Walton Ford

Posted on June 7th, 2012

Walton Ford

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Andrew Hem + Joao Ruas

Posted on June 6th, 2012

Joao Ruas and Andrew Hem paint a mural for BSSP...

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Artist Spotlight: Fabien Barral

Posted on June 6th, 2012

Fabien Barral, a renowned graphic artist from a vineyard region of southern France, attracts clients from all around the world...

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RIP Ray Bradbury

Posted on June 6th, 2012

Legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, author of "Fahrenheit 451", died Tuesday night in Los Angeles...

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Random Inspiration: Burning Man

Posted on June 6th, 2012

Burning Man

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Artist Spotlight: João Ruas

Posted on June 5th, 2012

João Ruas (b. 1981) is a visual artist from São Paulo. A Bachelor in Graphic Design, he has worked inside studios in the United Kingdom and Brazil before dedicating himself exclusively to personal artwork and illustration...

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Speed in Illustration by Sterling Hundley

Posted on June 5th, 2012

This video, recorded in a classroom setting at the first ever TAD workshop in Kansas City, MO, features award-winning illustrator Sterling Hundley...

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Assassin's Creed 3 Trailer

Posted on June 5th, 2012

Ubisoft releases a new trailer for their popular franchise Assassin's Creed 3 for E3 and it looks pretty terriffic...

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Hawken Live Action Trailer

Posted on June 5th, 2012

Bluecanvas artist Khang Le has been hard at work developing his own video game Hawken and it's turning out to be pretty amazing....

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Random Inspiration: Toronn

Posted on June 5th, 2012

Toronn

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Francis Vallejo's Inspiration Blog

Posted on June 4th, 2012

Francis Vallejo, an amazing young illustrator, has a great blog he dedicates to his inspirations. The work varies from old masters to modern artists, and is mainly a collection of academic studies and sketches...

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Indie Game The Movie

Posted on June 4th, 2012

In the light of E3 happening this week, just wanted to remind everyone of a great new documentary coming out called "Indie Game The Movie". ...

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Pantone Queen Elizabeth

Posted on June 4th, 2012

To celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 60 years as queen, Pantone has created a color guide book using her classic matching outfits.

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360 Degree Views of Artist's Studios

Posted on June 4th, 2012

Ever wonder what other artists have going on in their studio? Bradford Bohonus, a Seattle based VR photographer has started a personal project where he goes around to various artists place of work and creates...

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Random Inspiration: Patricio Betteo

Posted on June 4th, 2012

Patricio Betteo

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Scratching the Surface with Vhils

Posted on June 4th, 2012

Alexandre Farto aka Vhils is a Portuguese street artist that works in several different media, but most notably for chipping layers into walls to creat portraits on walls....

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Four Tips for Character Design

Posted on June 1st, 2012

4 quick tips to improve your character design + illustration using characters from designer Tim Gibson...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on June 1st, 2012

Chris B Murray

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Jack Long's Splash Photography

Posted on May 31st, 2012

Using perfect timing and the right equipment, photographer Jack Long has created these photographs of faux flowers by orchestrating splashes liquids...

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Ibraheem Youssef's Prometheus Posters

Posted on May 31st, 2012

A series of posters designer Ibraheem Youssef did for Empire Online.

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Random Inspiration

Posted on May 31st, 2012

Spreading over an area of 700 acres, the city of Chittorgarh lies 115 km to the east of Udaipur. Crowning a 7-mile long hill, Chittorgarh is home to numerous palaces, towers, temples, etc. Chittorgarh...

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City of Fire

Posted on May 30th, 2012

For those of you always on the hunt for a good art show to check out, you should definitely check out City of Fire in Los Angeles, opening July 5. All the information you need to know is below...

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Les Miserables Trailer

Posted on May 30th, 2012

An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.

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Random Inspiration

Posted on May 30th, 2012

Antony Micallef

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Salt Made From Tears

Posted on May 30th, 2012

When you're in the salt market, packaging has to be pretty important. Hoxton Street Monster Supplies has come up with a pretty clever idea with their line of "Salt Made From Tears"...

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Fake Criterion Covers

Posted on May 29th, 2012

Need some inspiration? There has been an interesting development on the web as of late with the creation of fake Criterion covers. For those of you that don't know, Criterion is a company that puts out special edition...

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Amazing Cinemagraphs by Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg

Posted on May 29th, 2012

These images are more than a photo, but not quite a video. Art works of artists duo: New York City-based fashion photographer Jamie Beck and visual designer Kevin Burg. They created amazing series of animated...

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Artist Spotlight: JR

Posted on May 29th, 2012

JR is a street artist coming out of France who has recently garnered a huge amount of press from his grant he received from TED in 2011. His eye catching work mainly deals with huge wheatpasted black and white...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on May 29th, 2012

Sam Weber

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Beck's and Willy Chyr: A Glimpse of Something Ephemeral

Posted on May 25th, 2012

Beck's joins the countless companies that are now tapping into the art world to pump up their marketing campaigns now called "artvertising". The company has asked 6 artists to design the label...

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Artist Spotlight: Ron Mueck

Posted on May 25th, 2012

Ron Mueck is a hyperrealist sculptor from Australia working out of the UK. His work is polarizing due to the way he plays with the size of his pieces, whether they are gigantic or small, they all look...

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Sorcery Video Game Concept Art

Posted on May 25th, 2012

With the recent release of the game Sorcery for the PS3, Section Studios has released a few pieces of concept art for the game. Take gaming to the next level using the Playstation Move controller to wield magic...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on May 25th, 2012

"Koi" by Reecardo-V

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RISK: Pressurized Content - Interview by Andrew Kline

Posted on May 24th, 2012

As an artist in the 1980s, RISK pushed the limits of graffiti and gained notoriety not only for his unique style but for being one of the first writers in Southern California to paint freight trains..

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Bluecanvas artist James Gurney wins Spectrum Grand Master Award

Posted on May 24th, 2012

James Gurney, the artist of Dinotopia and also Bluecanvas member, has been given the Spectrum Grand Master Award. The honor has been given...

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Artist Spotlight: Ashley Wood

Posted on May 24th, 2012

Ashley Wood is a well known comic illustrator and comic book artist out of Australia. His work jumps between oil paintings, pen and ink drawings, mixed in with some digital work but all very much his look. In the...

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Random Inspriation

Posted on May 24th, 2012

April Cakes

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New Banksy Work

Posted on May 23rd, 2012

Renowned UK street artist Banky has posted several new work on his website. He continues to to share his critiques on society and the authority through his art, but also at times just makes clever visual quips.

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5/11 Eclipse

Posted on May 23rd, 2012

The Big Picture has posted several great photos from the eclipse on May 11, 2012. To see the rest visit here.

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Old Habits Die Hard

Posted on May 23rd, 2012

You might have read about legendary graffiti writer Risk painting a gorgeous four story home here and to celebrate the completion of the home a private solo show of his work was held at the home last weekend.

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Random Inspiration

Posted on May 23rd, 2012

Jeff Simpson

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The Great Gatsby Trailer

Posted on May 22nd, 2012

Baz Luhrmann's extravagant vision of The Great Gatsby trailer, this is the last story I expected to see in 3D.

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RSA Animate - The Power of Networks

Posted on May 22nd, 2012

RSA Animate released a new video in their on going series of amazing hand drawn lectures on white boards, this time about the power of networks.

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Swedish Harry Potter Covers

Posted on May 22nd, 2012

Check out these Swedish Harry Potter covers by illustrator Alvaro Tapia.

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Random Inspiration

Posted on May 21st, 2012

Sachin Teng

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Rolling Through the Bay

Posted on May 22nd, 2012

Scott Weaver has spent the last 35 years painstakingly constructing a replica of the city of San Francisco made of toothpicks! Not only that, but it is also a marble run, allowing ping-pong balls to take various...

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Easter Island Heads Have Bodies!

Posted on May 21st, 2012

It turns out the iconic statues on Easter Island, usually pictured as just heads, have had bodies all along. Archeologists have long thought that there were bodies attached to the heads and after excavating the land.../p>

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Art Reported as Bombs

Posted on May 21st

Brooklyn-based designer Takeshi Miyakawa was arrested for "planting false bombs" – he was installing a new series light sculptures inspired by the I LOVE NY plastic shopping bags around the city in trees and on lamp posts as part of NY Design Week 2012. Sources say he is still in custody.

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Neil Gaiman's Keynote Address

Posted on May 21st, 2012

Watch Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Coraline) drop jewels of knowledge of a career in arts in his keynote address to the graduating class of the University of the Arts.

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Random Inspiration - Waterhouse Mariamne

Posted on May 21st, 2012

John William Waterhouse

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Adam Wallacavage's Shiny Monsters

Posted on May 18th, 2012

Inspired by the Gothic interiors of now-closed Catholic churches he visited throughout Philadelphia, Adam Wallacavage channeled his fascination with chandeliers by creating Jules Verne-inspired lighting...

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PBS Off Book: Lego Art

Posted on May 18th, 2012

PBS Arts has launched a new web series called "Off Book" which focuses on cutting edge art and the artists that produce them. This episode they explore people who are creating with the childhood favorite...

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Interesting Plastic Surgery Ad Campaign

Posted on May 18th, 2012

An inventive approach to advertising for plastic surgery

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Eric Fortune's Tips for Painting

Posted on May 18th, 2012

Can't get your watercolor washes to work out so smoothly? Master watercolor artist Eric Fortune answers some questions he received about his approach to painting transitions...

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Random Inspiration - Eric Fortune

Posted on May 18th, 2012

Eric Fortune

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Art Museum Day

Posted on May 17th, 2012

Did you know that tomorrow is Art Museum Day? To celebrate, LACMA is offering FREE admission (along with about 100 other museums throughout the country). Make a day of it: Catch lunch at Ray's and Stark Bar...!

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Diablo III Cinematics

Posted on May 17th, 2012

Want to see all the great Diablo III cinematics but don't want to play the game? Just press play.

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Random Inspiration - Dominic Besner

Posted on May 17th, 2012

Dominic Besner

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Article: Artist Spotlight: Alex Kanevsky

Posted on May 16th, 2012

Alex Kanevsky is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based painter who teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Kanevsky was raised in Russia and was trained in both Lithuania and the United States...

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Max Neutra's Superbot

Posted on May 16th, 2012

Los Angeles based artist Max Neutra recently finished putting up his vision of a superbot at the Superbot Entertainment studio in Culver City, CA.

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Marc Jacobs-Louis Vuitton Exhibit

Posted on May 16th, 2012

If you're in Paris, you might be interested in checking out a museum retrospective collecting the work of Louis Vuitton and their current creative director, Marc Jacobs. The show pays tribute to the company's...

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Aroe's tribute to MCA

Posted on May 16th, 2012

Aroe (MSK) has recently put up this amazing tribute to the late MCA.

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Random Inspiration - Jean Sebastien Rossbach

Posted on May 16th, 2012

Jean Sebastien Rossbach

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Ink Stories 1: Daniel Ronson

Posted on May 15th, 2012

INK STORIES is a series of short documentaries about tattoo artists and people inspired by the tattoo aesthetic. The first episode focuses on Daniel "Ronnie" Ronson, an apprentice in the industry paying...

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Sketch Theatre

Posted on May 15th, 2012

Sketch Theatre is a site where videos of inspiring artists are captured on camera doing raw sketches. The list of artists they have on there is more than impressive coming from the illustration, gaming...

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Diablo III: Wrath

Posted on May 15th, 2012

Today is a big day for gamers, Blizzard's Diablo III is now out. Which mean thousands of people will not see the sun for days. For the release of the game a short animation was released to give the...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on May 15th, 2012

Matthew Woodsen

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The Amazing Spider-Man 4 Minute Super Preview

Posted on May 15th, 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man is swinging into theaters July 3, 2012, but you can catch a 4 minute trailer right now!

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Artist Spotlight: Andrew Hem

Posted on May 14th, 2012

Andrew Hem's masterful control of color is displayed all throughout his pieces. Based in Los Angeles, but hailing from Cambodia, Hem is in the emerging group of graffiti artists turned painters. Using a color...

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Watch the full first episode of TRON: Uprising

Posted on May 14th, 2012

Disney has put up the first full episode of TRON: Uprising, the whole aesthetic of the TRON world works so well as an animation.

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Random Inspiration

Posted on May 14th, 2012

Mydeadpony

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Volkswagen's The People's Car Project: Hover Car

Posted on May 10th, 2012

Maybe sometime in the near future?

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Brand New

Posted on May 10th, 2012

Brand New is a website that studies the branding changes of companies around the world. Whether the changes are good or bad, they take an objective look at the over all design and chimes in with their...

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The Eagleman Stag

Posted on May 10th, 2012

The Eagleman Stag is a hauntingly beautiful stop motion animation by Mikey Please. To see a very detailed behind the scenes you can take a look here.

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Random Inspiration

Posted on May 10th, 2012

James Jean- Shoemakers II

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Cinefamily's Studio Ghibli Restrospective

Posted on May 9th, 2012

Cinefamily in Los Angeles is hosting a month long Studio Ghibli Retrospective showing many of Hayo Miyazaki's masterpieces. There are dubbed and subtitled screenings for those...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on May 9th, 2012

Jeremey Geddes - Cluster

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TED: Elizabeth Gilbert on Nurturing Creativity

Posted on May 9th, 2012

Every artist should watch this video. Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the immensely popular book, "Eat, Pray, Love" discusses her struggle with creativity and wrestling with what comes next. See more TED talks videos here.

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Hot Toys Captain America 12" Figure

Posted on May 9th, 2012

Remember when you were a kid and your Batman figure just didn't quite look like Michael Keaton? Well those days are no more with high end toy maker Hot Toys making unbelievably realistic looking figures.

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Buck Studios: Good Books

Posted on May 8th, 2012

Motion design studio Buck created this beautiful video to promote Good Books, an online bookseller. Check out the website to see the style frames and all the rest of their great work here.

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Sketchtravel

Posted on May 8th, 2012

Sketchtravel is the charity art project thought up by Pixar's Dice Tsutsumi where a sketchbook was passed from one super artist to another through 12 countries over 4 and a half years. A total of 60 artists...

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Random Inspiration

Posted on May 8th, 2012

Riomaggiore, Italy via

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Art of the Title

Posted on May 8th, 2012

An aspect of cinema that can be overlooked are the title sequences of films, but the website Art of Title hopes to bring light to these little masterpieces. Spanning over the history of film from classic...

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RIP Maurice Sendak (1928 - 2012)

Posted on May 8th, 2012

Beloved childrens book writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak has passed away at the age of 83. He wrote and illustrated more than 50 books but was best known for his book, "Where the Wild Things Are"...

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Artist Spotlight: Alberto Mielgo

Posted on May 7th, 2012

Alberto Mielgo is an incredible artist who currently is the art director of Disney XD's upcoming show "TRON: Uprising". Hailing from Spain, he currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where he...

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Coldplay's tribute to MCA

Posted on May 7th, 2012

With the recent passing of Beastie Boys's MCA, Coldplay did a wonderful cover of the classic "Fight for Your Right" during their concert at the Hollywood Bowl on May 4, 2012.

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Random Inspiration

Posted on May 7th, 2012

"Koi" by Jeremy Enecio

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Artist Spotlight: Nathan Fowkes

Posted on May 4th, 2012

Nathan Fowkes is a Los Angeles based visual development artist for Dreamworks Animation, teacher, and all around amazing painter. A master of several different types of media, his understanding of light....

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Color and Light

Posted on May 4th, 2012

Mentioned in a previous article, James Gurney's "Color and Light" is a great guide for artists of all levels in not only painting, but understanding how light affects objects in different situations.

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Samsara Teaser Trailer

Posted on May 4th, 2012

Samsara is a non verbal documentary filmed over five years in twenty five countries on five continents all on 70mm film 9 (think Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life" without the narration). In case you don't...

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Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope

Posted on May 4th, 2012

Well known documentary film maker Morgan Spurlock turns his attention to the ever so popular San Diego Comic Con and releases "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope". In it he follows a handful of Comic-Con attendees...

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James Gurney's Blog: Gurney Journey

Posted on May 2nd, 2012

Looking for a wealth of art knowledge? Check out the blog of the amazing artist and creator of Dinotopia, James Gurney. In it he shares his travels, sketches, and insights of his own painting techniques...

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Avengers Assemble at Gallery 1988

Posted on May 2nd, 2012

Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles, CA is throwing an art show this weekend (May 4, 2012) to coincide with the much anticipated movie Marvel's The Avengers titled "Assemble". The show will display tons of pieces by...

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Paper App by FiftyThree

Posted on May 2nd, 2012

With mobile devices becoming more and more prevalent in our lives, the replacement of sketchbooks is also developing. We've already covered the Sensu Stylus Brush and now we bring to you one of the apps you...

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Game of Thrones Concept Art

Posted on May 2nd, 2012

One aspect of the entertainment industry thats beautiful but rarely seen is the art behind the images you see. The website io9 has collected a good number of pieces of concept art from HBO's hit show...

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Jessie Kawata's Tumblr

Posted on May 2nd, 2012

Jessie Kawata is designer based in Los Angeles, CA who translates her taste of all things design in her Tumblr which is filled with wonderment of the natural world and design of a past era. You can check...

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TRON: Uprising Trailer

Posted on May 1st, 2012

Disney XD is soon releasing their animated series based on the Tron franchise titled TRON: Uprising. Whether you like the movies or not, the style of the animated series is definitely eye catching and you...

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Today's Inspiration

Posted on May 1st, 2012

Need some inspiration? Today's Inspiration is a great website looking at wonderful illustration from the 40' and 50's. The site has tons of great work from a wide variety of artists. Learn the histor...

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Artist Spotlight: Kent Williams

Posted on May 1st, 2012

One of my favorite contemporary figurative painters working today is Kent Williams. His work is a combination of figurative and abstract brush strokes filled with movement. Based in Los Angeles, CA he shows all...

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The Dark Knight Rises Trailer

Posted on May 1st, 2012

Continuing with the barrage of new summer blockbuster trailers is the release of the new Dark Knight Rises trailer. The moody new trailer shows new shots of all your anticipated characters in action including...

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Prometheus International Trailer

Posted on May 1st, 2012

Check out the new highly intense international trailer for Ridley Scott's Prometheus. WARNING: You may want to have an extra pair of pants on hand while watching this.

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James Jean's OVM

Posted on May 1st, 2012

World renowned artist James Jean continues to create and fill the world around us with beautiful design. He recently launched a website dedicated only to his wide variety of products from prints, books, t-shirts...

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Sensu Artist Brush & Stylus

Posted on April 30th, 2012

With more and more artists doodling on their iPads it was just a matter of time until someone created a brush stylus. The Sensu stylus brush is a whole new experience in mobile art making using a brush...

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Re-Venture Show

Posted on April 27th, 2012

Going on in Hong Kong right now is the Re-Venture show, a celebration of Ashley Wood's high end toy company 3A. If you know anything of Ashley's work you know his toys are going to be full of amazing robots...

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Mondo Prints: The New Movie Posters

Posted on April 27th, 2012

With the invention of Photoshop the days of the illustrated movie poster was pretty much dead, that is until a small company out of Texas started creating posters for the Alamo Draft House theater's special...

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Superbot Entertainment Website

Posted on April 27th, 2012

With their first big game recently revealed the eyes of the video game industry will surely...

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Craola - Cloud Theory

Posted on April 26th, 2012

Greg "Craola" Simkins has his solo show, "Cloud Theory", on display right now at the Mary Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles. With a career expanding from graffiti, to video game design, and now gallery work...

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Norman Rockwell Museum Added to Google Art Project

Posted on April 25th, 2012

Google Art Project is a relatively new site created for artist and art lovers to explore museums and galleries around the world with a click of your mouse. Sure you can look at these paintings on other sites...

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The Avant/Garde Diaries: Transmission LA

Posted on April 25th, 2012

Right now at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA you can check out Transmission LA: AV CLUB. A show curated by Mike D of the Beastie Boys, showcasing work that displays the relationship of art and music...

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One Night in Paris with Invader

Posted on April 25th, 2012

Follow street artist Invader as he roams Paris in this video, "In Bed with Invader".

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Pixar's Brave Trailer

Posted on April 24th, 2012

Pixar releases another trailer for the upcoming feature, Brave. This time uncovering even more of the plot and relationships between the characters. As always with a Pixar film, visuals are breathtaking...

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Art Walk Art Battles

Posted on April 23rd, 2012

Attention Los Angeles art lovers – the May 2012 Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk will be the first of the Summer Series of events that will take place at Exchange LA, and are brought to you by Downtown...

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Rhode Island School of Design

Collaboration

Rhode Island School of Design (better known as RISD) is a small college in a small state, but it's one with a huge international reputation. Founded in 1877, RISD (pronounced "RIZ-dee") attracts the...

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Issue 11 Launch Event

Posted on January 20th, 2012

Rhode Island School of Design (better known as RISD) is a small college in a small state, but it's one with a huge international reputation. Founded in 1877...

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Interview with Work of Art winner Kymia Nawabi

Published in Issue 11 by McLean Emenegger

Admittedly I am not much of a TV fan. I cut my cable cord over a decade ago and haven't looked back since. Yes, I am apprised of the rash of episodic reality soap-dramas, but other than the occasional foray into Top Chef...

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McLean's Artist Advice – Your audience Part II

Published in Issue 11 by McLean Emenegger

Upon reading my first Bluecanvas artist advice column a (non-artist) friend remarked, "What if an artist just wants to make work? Do they need career 'advice' when all...

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The Ghost in the Pacific Time Machine: Chouinard Art Institute and the History of Art in Los Angeles

Published in Issue 11 by Peter Frank

With a veritable archipelago of exhibitions, well over 60-strong, strung throughout the Southland, the Getty-driven Pacific Standard Time initiative seems to document the postwar Los Angeles art scene with remarkable...

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Urban Intervention Part Two: In Your Backyard

Published in Issue 11 by Sharon J. Yi

The haze over downtown Los Angeles isn't lifting. The cue from the Interstate 5 south is backing up onto the State Route 2. It's stop-and-go all the way. There's a Sig Alert on the 10 west. A motorcycle...

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Wild, Wild West of Rome

Published in Issue 11 by Tanja M. Laden

West of Rome Public Art founder Emi Fontana doesn't just organize art shows. She selects the space, recruits the audience, and visualizes the entire experience, too, effectively redefining today's increasingly...

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The Scarlet Carpet: Art in Hollywood

Published in Issue 11 by Shana Nys Dambrot

From the second season of the unexpectedly popular reality show "Work of Art" to the LACMA's installation of the traveling blockbuster Tim Burton exhibition, the courtship...

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A Complicated Synergy: The Birth & Life of An L.A. Art's District

Published in Issue 11 by Eve Wood

Los Angeles, by virtue of its geography and relative cultural nascence has long been an endlessly transitional hotbed of alternative thinking, especially within its burgeoning arts...

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Art School Collaboration with Ringing College of Art and Design

Posted on October 22nd, 2012

For more than 79 years, Ringling College of Art and Design has cultivated the creative spirit in students from around the globe... changing the way the world thinks about art and design. Founded in 1931 by noted...

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Issue 10 Launch Event

Posted on October 20th, 2011

Bluecanvas would like to thank everyone who attended our Issue 10 Launch Event. Because of your support, we were able to successfully launch Issue No. 10. As we did in the past, local artists were invited to...

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McLean's Artist Advice Corner - Finding Your Audience

Published in Issue X by McLean Emenegger

Welcome to the second installment of McLean's Artist Advice Corner. Introduced in the last issue of BLUECANVAS, this series is aimed at providing you, our fine artist...

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Wayne White's Big Adventure

Published in Issue X by Shana Nys Dambrot

"I've been living a new way of life that I love so. But I can see the clouds are gath'ring..." -- country music king George Jones. "Knowing your own darkness is the best...

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The D.I.Y. Artist: Alternative Avenues for Funding Projects in the Arts

Published in Issue X by A. Moret

The tightening of the financial belt in art communities has inspired artists working in various disciplines and capacities to realize their raison d'être in...

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Urban Intervention Part One: Above Your Head

Published in Issue X by Sharon J. Yi

A 35-year-old tile grouter was standing in front of a 14 feet by 20 feet plant that germinated and was taking root, growing over Route 15 in Richmond, Va. 65,000 people drove...

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There was a time... there's no time... no time like now...

Published in Issue X by Asuka Hisa

-How many performance artists does it take to screw in a light bulb? -I don't know, I left. I am terrible at remembering jokes but this one always sticks with me and I think...

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The World is Just a Book Away

Published in Issue X by Margarita Korol

Hope is the new black, and a nonprofit in Indonesia wears the timeless look better than most. As a growing number of libraries in the United States dependent on public...

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Red Engine Studios 1 Year Anniversary Show

Collaboration

Red Engine School of Art and Design's goal has always been to create an educational environment unlike any other - to pioneer a more effective way to prepare students and professionals for their career in the entertainment...

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Art School Collaboration with the School of Visual Arts

Collaboration

Bluecanvas Magazine Issue 9 proudly featured the School of Visual Arts (SVA). Located in the heart of New York City-a world capital of art, design, and culture-the School of Visual Arts (SVA) is widely recognized as one...

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Issue 9 Launch Event

Posted on July 20th, 2011

SVA's student body is comprised of more than 4,200 creative talents from around the country and the globe: 3,650 undergraduates pursuing a BFA in one of eight departments ranging from advertising...

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McLean's Artist Advice Corner - Iss 9

Published in Issue 9 by McLean Emenegger

In an effort to further their support of artists, Bluecanvas has embarked on an additional avenue of service - an artist career advice column. This series of articles will offer insider-art...

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Pacific Standard Time: The making of an art capital

Published in Issue 9 by Peter Frank

The canard about Los Angeles used to be that it was hundreds of square miles across and an inch deep. It had less culture than a pint of yogurt and tended to ignore, if not destroy, whatever history it might have accrued...

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Art in Motion: The soundsuits of Nick Cave

Published in Issue 9 by A. Moret

Nick Cave's art practice casts a web around the disciplines of modern dance, textiles, performance, photography, and video, but the visceral reaction induced in the imagination when confronted with Cave's work...

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Art School Collaboration with Otis College of Art and Design

Collaboration

Bluecanvas Magazine Issue 8 proudly featured Otis College of Art and Design, the Digital Media and the Communication Arts Departments. Otis' Digital Media department focuses on teaching students to learn to communicate...

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Issue 8 Launch Event

Posted on April 20th, 2011

Rhode Island School of Design (better known as RISD) is a small college in a small state, but it's one with a huge international reputation. Founded in 1877...

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VIVA LA ART! Art, Drinks & Music Winter 2010

Collaboration

Twice a year VIVA LA ART! hosts Art, Drinks & Music, a silent art auction featuring works by renowned and up-and-coming artists. One hundred percent of proceeds from these events benefit various charities in Los Angeles.

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Miscellaneous and Memorable Museums of Greater Los Angeles

Published in Issue 8 by Interviewed by Shana Nys Dambrot

To some extent, every museum, be it dedicated to art, science, history, or wearable food, is the expression of the personal interests of its founders. Everyone knows the big surnames that grace the transoms of cultural...

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A Conversation with Milton Glaser

Published in Issue 8 by Interviewed by Margarita Korol

New York Magazine, I♥NY, 60s psychedelia, postmodernism, and American design. Milton Glaser's articulate work has stayed in constant dialogue with the changing times, in turn transforming the contemporary moment itself. Unceasingly...

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Our Days are Numbered

Published in Issue 8 by Amalia Levari

Many of us are grateful to have had parents, or teachers, or loopy caretakers who encouraged us to draw outside the lines the moment our motor skills were developed enough to fumble with a crayon. It was something of a battle...

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The Creative Potential of a Corner

Published in Issue 8 by Johaina Crisostomo

Corners are lonely things. They sit quietly at the intersection of two walls, belonging to the room yet not quite partaking in the fullness of its space—situated, as it were, both inside and out. When you enter into a house, you don't sigh...

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The Poetry of Pain

Published in Issue 8 by Samantha McGirr

On Monday, August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the US Gulf Coast, carving a path of human loss and material wreckage. Over 1800 people lost their lives and thousands more were displaced as a result of Katrina. The disaster triggered...

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Art School Collaboration with Art Center College of Design

Collaboration

Bluecanvas and Scion have created a partnership to highlight art schools from across the nation. Scion's constant search for creativity and innovation lends itself to a natural support of emerging artists and their many passions.

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Issue 7 Launch Event

Posted on January 20th, 2011

Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Renowned for its ties to industry and preparing students for professional practice, Art Center challenges students through a transdisciplinary...

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Edible Space: The curious experiments of Bompas and Parr

Published in Issue 7 by Johaina Crisostomo

Every kid has had a love affair with jelly. I still remember the afternoons I'd spend perched on a kitchen stool instead of playing outside, watching my Mom make squares out of the gelatin congealed in a shallow carton...

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Rice Paddy Art

Published in Issue 7 by Brendan Sarsfield

Rice Art or 'Tanbo' (literally meaning art in the fields) is an increasingly familiar sight in rural Japan, initially instigated in 1993 by community leaders in Inakadate, Aomori Prefecture, 370 miles north of Tokyo. Tanbo...

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Painting by Elephant

Published in Issue 7 by Kanyapak Wuttara

The anticipation of the crowd grew as Numchoke held his paintbrush high, ready to strike on a clean white canvas. He brandished a smooth stroke in rich turquoise, encountering some friction as the tip of his brush moved downward to...

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The Public School

Published in Issue 7 by Sharon Yi

The air was hot. Another heat wave was rolling through California sinking into the city's pavement and settling in Liz Glyn's art-deco living room like a permanent fixture in the wall. By 8 pm the heat settled, letting...

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Art School Collaboration with LCAD

Collaboration

Bluecanvas and Scion have created a partnership to highlight Art Schools from across the nation. Scion's constant search for creativity and innovation lends itself to a natural support of emerging artists...

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Issue 6 Launch Event

Posted on October 20th, 2010

Scion's constant search for creativity and innovation lends itself to a natural support of emerging artists and their many passions. Independent artists, musicians and filmmakers find a voice at...

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Laguna Art Museum's Opening Night Reception for Art Shack

Collaboration

On Saturday, June 12, 2010, Bluecanvas Magazine collaborated with the Laguna Art Museum to welcome nearly 1,400 visitors to its opening night reception for Art Shack. The reception included drinks, the Taco...

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Guerilla Gardening

Published in Issue 6 by Sharon Yi

The engine was sputtering. He turned the key in the ignition again, but this time it just sounded like a dying possum's last choked breath. The blue American Ford was dead. "I guess this is what it means to...

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Living Objects

Published in Issue 6 by Dina Noto

I learned this from my teacher, her name is Marilyn Frasca at the Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington... Her idea was that at the center of any artwork that we dig, there's something alive. And...

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Metaphor Is Like An Onion: Three Los Angeles Visual Artists Who Aren't Afraid To Cry In Public

Published in Issue 6 by Eve Wood

Visual metaphor can be a tricky business as it requires more time for assimilation, an extra stride in the mind as it were, a leap of imagination that often goes well beyond the materiality of the work...

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NOLA Is Art

Published in Issue 6 by Margarita Korol

New Orleans breathes art in its fundamental spirit, as residents and visitors alike will admit. Even after Katrina in 2005, 150-year-old Carnival culture returned without surprise as early as 2006, allowing for the...

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OsCene 2010: Contemporary Art and Culture in OC

Collaboration

On Saturday, February 20, Laguna Art Museum welcomed over 1,100 guests to the OsCene 2010 opening night reception. Guests mixed and mingled, enjoyed tunes spun by DJ Velvet Touch, and drank wine provided by...

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Artist Vs. System

Published in Issue 5 by Margarita Korol

City life being the birthplace of many an artistic, musical, and cultural movement is not an accident. The explosive concentration of diverse lifestyles, opinions, and economic circumstances fuels a...

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Repeating Histories

Published in Issue 5 by Eve Wood

Many years ago, Mark Dutcher, Tamara Fites and I, along with several other wonderfully innovative young artists had the idea to exhibit our work in a rented U Haul truck, (we called ourselves s.m.a.c.) parking...

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Work of Art

Published in Issue 5 by Ali A. Memarian

Bravo's new series Work of Art: The Next Great Artist brings contemporary fine art to the world of creative competition television. Guiding the translation of a visual art form into a musical vocabulary has...

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Factory B: Portraits and Poetry

Collaboration

Factory B asked for this collaboration because, like the art collective, Bluecanvas Magazine has established themselves in the art world. The works presented in the magazine mirror the kinds of art Factory B...

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Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy

Published in Issue 4 by Dina Noto

Maria Kwong, director and primary curator for LATDA (pronounced lah-tee-dah), a toy museum dedicated to exploring and examining objects of play and their influence on culture, explained that kokeshi were...

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Far Flung: The Amazingly Far-Reaching, Far-Out Mind of Cosimo Cavallaro

Published in Issue 4 by Eve Wood

Throughout history, a select class of artists have been marked by both fierce opinion and a sheer unrelenting strength of vision. Cosimo Cavallaro could arguably be included among men like Jacques David...

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Florally Yours (His Own)

Published in Issue 4 by Meg Flynn

In May of 2009, when I first encountered Jay Michael Vorse, he was standing at the kitchen sink of a West Hollywood apartment, which he shared with my friend; the faucet was running and stems were being...

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Saving L'Aquila, One Image at a Time

Published in Issue 4 by McLean Emenegger

On April 6, 2009, Italian-born Monica Dusi and Dany Bohbot watched a calamitous tragedy occur across the ocean from their homes in Los Angeles where family and friends still resided. Broadcasts reported...

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826 National

Published in Issue 3 by McLean Emenegger

Everyone has their story. Everyone also has a story to tell. The written word, much like art, has the power to transmit knowledge and wisdom, infuse beauty into the mundane, provide insight and epiphany, and...

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A Bit on the State of Contemporary Art in Rome

Published in Issue 3 by Phil Schillaci Kropoth

During the 1700s artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi sketched detailed depictions of the sprawling ruins of Rome with a romanticized passion for the past. But today's reality might also include short-panted...

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Make Yourself On Canvas

Published in Issue 3 by Ali A. Memarian

There are those rare moments when art and commerce, two words so often diametrically opposed, come together to support the existence of one another in a beautifully symbiotic relationship...

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Participant, Inc.: Oh So Participatory

Published in Issue 3 by Eve Wood

It's a rare and wonderful thing when a self-reputed not-for-profit art's organization stands by its claim to not only support artists through the traditional means of exhibiting their work, but also through...

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La Luz de Jesus Gallery - French Kissing in Public

Published in Issue 2 by Eve Wood

La Luz de Jesus Gallery begun in 1986 and is located on Hollywood Blvd in the heart of downtown Hollywood. The gallery is the self-reputed brainchild of gallerist/art collector Billy Shire. Ascribing to the uncanny...

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Santa Monica Museum of Art

Published in Issue 2 by McLean Emenegger

Back when I was a cog in the entertainment industry, shamefully complicit in churning out infotainment, I pined to partner myself with valid culture as redemption for my role in the degradation...

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NY Central

Published in Issue 2 by Phil Schillaci Kropoth

When New York City artist Andy Warhol created paintings and prints that would change the pop art world forever, he needed talent, imagination, and perseverance; but he also needed supplies – lots of them...

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Music Art Wine Love

Published in Issue 2 by Ali A. Memarian

There is a certain blue-collar aspect to any art form that no matter how high society its patrons may be, or how educated the background of any given artist, keeps it from a complete takeover...

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Armory Center for the Arts - Pasadena's Cultural Gemstone

Published in Issue 1 by McLean Emenegger

Long before Los Angeles became a player in the global art scene, Pasadena was making waves in the West Coast. In the 1960's, a smoggier downtown Pasadena, now swanky Old Town, was offering cheap...

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The Museum of Jurassic Technology; The Haunted Spectacle of Longing

Published in Issue 1 by Eve Wood

Imagine going to what you believe to be a high-end seafood restaurant and ordering scallops, and what the waiter brings out is a strange amalgam of fish bits, computer chips and bones, a hazy stew replete...

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Wax Poetic

Published in Issue 1 by Ali A. Memarian

Leave it to an ex-rockabilly to take a word and embrace its archaic meaning, applying it into a thoroughly modern context. From the very beginning of it's conception, Kerry Hite wanted Wax Poetic to...

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Write Where They Need To Be

Published in Issue 1 by Tanja Laden

Allison Deegan once had a pretty dim outlook on teenagers, viewing them as "scary, bratty, self-involved, and general pains in the butt." But since becoming involved with WriteGirl, Associate Director...

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