Really interesting video with Peter Fowler who has his hands in various artistic disciplines.
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The words of David Adjaye are so on point in design that it’s appropriate to include this video and article on our site. Whether you’re an illustrator, painter, sculptor or architect his words ring true.
TIME Magazine has named architect David Adjaye to their annual list of 100 Most Influential People, recognizing the world figures who have had the most impact on society in the past year in five categories: Pioneers, Titans, Artists, Leaders, and Icons. Unlike Bjarke Ingels and Wang Shu – who were selected under the Artist category in 2016 and 2013, respectively – Adjaye was nominated in the Icons category alongside champions including media personality RuPaul, subversive photographer Cindy Sherman, and US Congressman John Lewis, the civil rights leader who was the original advocate for a National African American Museum in Washington, which was eventually designed by Adjaye and inaugurated last September.
In the citation for the award, Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem (and currently working with the architect on an expansion project for the museum), describes Adjaye as “one of the great architectural visionaries of our time,” and lauds his work as “deeply rooted in both the present moment and the complex context of history.”
As we go through our “archive spring cleaning we wanted to highlight some of our more interesting interviews. The PodCast will be a regular feature on our site moving forward with interviews and views that will entertain and enlighten.
As I move forward doing more “realistic” illustration I am fascinated and I relate to perhaps one of our greatest contemporary artists, Ted Lewin. Here in this interview Ted talks about his a children’s book about Gleason’s Gym in New York. The paintings are superb. His mastery of watercolor makes the imagery vibrant and alive. More of Ted’s work can be found here http://www.tedlewin.com
A while back I started adding photography to the mix of this blog and it has gotten a lot of positive response. That led me to creating LPIK a magazine portfolio for me and some friends. Soon I added interviews and it became a pub on it’s own. This first issue of LPIK features three photographers who I admire greatly. Two, Justin Rosenberg and Tony Donaldson are friends who I’ve work with extensively. They are both enormously creative and have taught me a lot about how to shoot, when to shoot and what to do after you shoot. Each are unique in their own way but both are similar in the love they have for shooting. The third photographer interviewed in this issue is James Vaughan who is simply a marvelous talent who combines art and photography in a way that is unique and highly conceptual. When I saw his work, I contacted him immediately and asked him if I could interview him. He kindly agreed. This issue contains Part One of that interview. The rest will be in the summer issue coming out in a few months.
I hope you enjoy this issue and please comment and suggest ideas or if you want to be covered please let me know. I am always interested in meeting like-minded creatives!
Xanatemedia is proud to bring you the spring issue (volume 6) of the “illustrators Journal”. It’s gotten a whole new look and design as well as all new articles and interviews! We sit down with children’s illustrator, Bob McMahon, take a look at legendary gaming creator/writer Christy Marx and talk with master of lighting art Bruce Munro. In addition, LPIK, our photography magazine debuts with three new interviews; James Vaughan, Justin Rosenberg and Tony Donaldson. Please let us know what you think and offer any suggestions you like to enhance our upcoming issues. We are always on the look out as to how we can make a better read! Editor
Check out the incredible Nemo Gould and his robot creations.And take a look at this very “different” type of interview with Nemo. His art is spectacular and innovative. A fusion of comic books, sculpture, robots and animatronics to state a few influences.
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I came across Bruce Munro’s work last week. His newest installation at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania caught my eye. I visited Longwood as I’ve mentioned before and I wanted to see what he did. I was knocked out! The images were mesmerizing. I tweeted him to tell him so and he tweeted back! I asked him for an interview and he agreed. His publicist Jenny facilitated the interview as Bruce was getting on a plane to England. It is rare for someone who is celebrated for his work as Bruce is to be so generous with his time. We are all lucky he was gracious enough to answer back.
As a kid were you interested in art? Were you encouraged to pursue it by parents, siblings, friends?
I loved it from a very early age. I can remember painting a picture of the sea and hoping that moving the paint around the paper in a similar way to water crashing on the rocks it would look like the sea. It did not but I recognised I had captured an essence of the sea. My parents really encouraged my art. They were very open minded and loved to see their kids happy and inspired.
When did the aspect of light and illumination as art come to you? What were your first attempts at “lighting as art” like?
Experimenting with Light formally started in Sydney when I was 24. My first conscious pieces were started at art school where I created irregular 2D window hangings from white layered paper. These were in part inspired by a Disney film The Castaways that I had seen as a child. A sequence in the film involved traveling through a glacier on an iceberg. I remember the beauty and colours of the ice.
How did art school shape your work? Did you have any teachers that helped you or inspired you. What other professional influences did you have.
My first art teacher (at eight) was a lady who wore no nickers . That inspired me! My next art teacher (sixteen) taught me to love drawing and keep skech books (that inspired me). At art school I learnt that I could not live happily without art (that inspired me) at twenty four in Sydney an advertising man called me a butterfly. That angered me but led to me focusing on light. (that inspired me).
How did you come to splitting your company into commercial lighting installations , lighting sculptures and lighting art?
I wanted to make art from the beginning but I realised I must wait until I found the truth of what I wanted to do. Meanwhile I set out to learn about light , and raise a family. At forty just after my father died I felt I had enough experience to give it a go. I also discovered that I wanted to express those fleeting precious moments of clarity where one becomes almost invisible from the ego.
What process or processes did you use to promote yourself? As an artist, commercial lighting firm and as a light sculptor?
Initially it was simply word of mouth. I have been lucky and had many lovely clients. Eventually I decided to look into PR because I live and work in the countryside. Fortune has favoured me again. I found a company who is as passionate as me in what they do. Claude Communications have been brilliant!
Do you create your own fixtures exclusively or do you mix them in with available components?
The sculptural components we make them from scratch . But I purchase off the shelf and specialist luminaries .
When you get a project what is your approach or process in coming up with the optimum design and usage?
It varies. Installations are often site specific so one is responding to the environment . I keep sketch books and have lists and doodles of things I must create so many of these are introduced into projects when I feel they are appropriate.
Can you tell me about Longwood and how that came about? Also some of the challenges in lighting such a spectacular area?
Longwood came about because they originally saw my work at The Eden Project, which was very well publicised by Claude Communications. Longwood invited me to see the gardens and I was gob-smacked by it on my first visit. It was a challenge but did not feel like that. I felt like I had won a Willy Wonka bar!
Do you test your design and fixtures before you install them or do you install then test?
When I was younger I was much more Cavalier… But these days we test thoroughly . But there are still a few surprises . Thank goodness “real life” is always different to theory.
What is your favorite installation or piece of art you’ve created?
They all remind me of special moments of my life so in that respect I do not have a favourite . I love the whole process from inspiration , idea, execution,and installation. By the end I am ready to move on. I often think I could have done things better . I see this more as a way to be rather than producing finite things.
Do you work in any other mediums to create art?
I love painting but am pretty bad at it. I am light based but I have many projects in other media that I want to bring to fruition ….if any of your readers are interested give me call!
Do you have any hobbies or interests away from lighting?
My family and friends. Not much time for anything else.
Advice to young emerging artists?
The book is a wonderful companion for any cild or adult traveling in the city who wants to know more about the historic sites. Aside from being informative it is also an activity book for kids who can draw or color to their heart’s content while learning nifty facts about the museums around town.
Listen in at 3PM pst today to hear Kathy and Lon discuss this terrific project. “This Week In Digital Media” is a production of the Illustrators Journal and it’s parent company XanateMedia, strategists for the social media and digital communications space, with expertise in the nexus between art and its commercial applications. The company’s focus is health(care), health and wellness, action sports, e-publishing and entertainment verticals.
This link to the broadcast is http://www.blogtalkradio.com/xanatemedia/2012/06/20/this-week-in-digital-media-with-kathy-koller
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One of the unsung heroes of the golden age of comic books. Sid provided the boomer generation with imagery and antics through his work with Harvey comics. We may not have known his name but we sure knew his work. Whether it was Richie Rich, Little Lotta or Little Dot we were entrance with his very brilliant and humorous artwork. Sid Couchey (May 24, 1919 – March 11, 2012) was an American comic book artist best known for his illustration work on the Harvey Comics characters Richie Rich, Little Lotta and Little Dot. His style is known for big, friendly faces and a sharp sense of visual humor. Couchey was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He counts Milton Caniff’s Steve Canyon, Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon and Howard Pyle among his influences. After enrolling in the Landon School of Illustration and Cartooning, a correspondence course out of Cleveland, he continued to practice his craft on the back of his school papers. When he was 14, he wrote to Walt Disney, and “asked when I should come… I’ve sharpened my pencils… I’m ready.” However, Disney told Couchey that they weren’t quite ready for him. Couchey graduated from the Art Career School and the Cartoonists and Illustrators School (which became The School of Visual Arts), both located in New York City. For his first job after art school, Couchey assisted John Lehti on the comic strips Tommy of the Big Top andTales from the Great Book. In his home, Sid displays an original piece from the Great Book strip, in which he appears as the census taker and scribe for the Pharaoh.
In the early 1950s, Couchey worked on backgrounds for the Lassie, Big Town and Howdy Doody TV tie-in books. His first complete work was published in Hoot Gibson #6 and several Couchey-illustrated stories appear in Heroic Comics, published by Famous Funnies. His stories were printed in Issues #62, 70, 71, 74, 75, 76, 78, 80 and 82. In the mid-1950s, Couchey answered an advertisement in The New York Times and thus briefly became an assistant for Joe Shuster, the co-creator of Superman. After several planning sessions in Couchey’s Ninth Avenue apartment, Shuster came up with “another alien baby” named Golly Galloo. Although “Galloo never flew,” Couchey still had many of Shuster’s original tracing-paper sketches for this character. Sid Couchey’s “big break” came when Harvey Comics advertised for cartoonists. A few of Couchey’s fellow art school graduates, who had started an art studio of their own, told him about the advertisements. According to Couchey…
|“||My first interview at Harvey Comics was with the man who turned out to be the elder statesman of Harvey cartoonists, Warren Kremer. He created all the spec sheets for the various characters and was a remarkably imaginative and accurate artist. I came there fresh out of art school. ‘Green’ is more appropriate than ‘fresh,’ but fortunately, Warren was also patient. He taught me what I needed to know about the Harvey kids so that I could go back up home to Essex, New York, (with my new bride, Ruth) and send my artwork to Harvey Comics. Editor Sid Jacobson was always good to me and Leon Harvey, on one of the few occasions that I saw him, had pictures taken of himself with my family.||”|
At Harvey, Couchey’s artwork began appearing in the Little Dot, Little Lotta and Richie Rich titles throughout the 1950s and 1960s, with reprints appearing for many years. Couchey did not create these famous Harvey characters — but he did have the opportunity to change attitudes or events. According to Couchey, “One time, they had Little Lotta facing a mean bulldog and the script called for her to bash or kick him — and I didn’t think that was in keeping with her character, so I changed that to have her subdue it in a somewhat less brutal way like tossing him in a thicket, or something.” In the early 1980s, Couchey provided spot illustrations for Good Old Days magazine. In the spring of 1994, Couchey received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Kansas City Comics Convention. The other honorees included John Byrne, George Pérez, and Lee Falk, who bore a striking resemblance to Couchey. Couchey and Falk played on this, and dressed alike during the convention for their fans. Couchey kept busy with local artwork, especially with many cartoons devoted to Champ, the Monster of Lake Champlain. A second cousin to Scotland’s “Nessie”, Champy has been sighted for centuries in the Port Henry region of Lake Champlain, even by Samuel de Champlain himself (who described the creature as a 20-foot (6.1 m)-long serpent with the head of a horse). In addition to his work with Champy, Couchey also contributed artwork to alcohol-awareness programs for the State of Vermont. In the mid-1980s, Dr. John K. Worden and his University of Vermont team invited Sid and Vermonter Jim Starbuck to create a “spokestoon” to deter alcohol abuse—thus, the noble character of Rascal Raccoon emerged. Around that time, Jim Heltz of Green Mountain Video worked with Couchey to create the “Drinking Dog/Cool Cat” series as part of an alcohol-awareness program for the State of Vermont. These characters were featured in various posters and animated TV spots to present an anti-alcohol message to children. On June 21, 2002, thanks to the efforts of Calvin Castine, well-known radio personality Gordie Little, and the Montreal Expos baseball organization, Couchey (a notorious Cleveland Indians fan) got his chance to throw out the first pitch at an Expos-Indians game. Cal Castine promoted the event and covered every action-packed moment of Couchey’s pitch. Couchey also made his own baseball cards, featuring a “bobblehead” Sid. In honor of this landmark event, Couchey was inducted into the First Ball Pitchers’ Hall of Fame with a Proclamation from Judge Lewis. Currently, Couchey (head of the selection committee) and Dave Dravecky are the only two honorees in this Hall of Fame. The hallowed Hall is located in Jim’s Pretty Good Bookstore in Whallonsburg, New York, which is also the meeting place for the (in)famous Do-Nothing Club. Until recently Couchey and his wife Ruth still made appearances at book signings and comic-book conventions, in addition to visiting cartoon museums and libraries. Recently, Couchey has completed a series of paintings that echo his professional training—Champy in the Style of the Old Masters, which has been on display in Plattsburgh and at the Ticonderoga Cartoon Museum, both located in New York State. In this collection, Couchey portrays the famous lake-serpent as he would have been painted by Seurat and Picasso, among others. Cartoonists and comic-book artists love to add in-jokes to their work, and Couchey is no exception. He included local references in dozens of books. The residents of northern New York State would be surprised to find the names of nearby towns in the pages of a Harvey book. In one Little Lotta story, Couchey drew a strip around an athletic contest between the towns of Keeseville and Willsboro. Years later, Couchey met a basketball coach from Keeseville, who had been wondering “how the heck [our town] ever got in that comic and why they had to lose to Willsboro!” This story, entitled “Not Qualified”, appears in Little Dot’s Uncles & Aunts #8. In the April 1960 (Vol. 1, No. 55) issue of Little Dot, Sid Couchey appears in a Little Lotta strip entitled “Problem Child”, along with his then-fiancée Ruth Horne. According to his wife, Couchey proposed to her with that story. They were married on November 14, 1959. Sid and Ruth Couchey lived in Inman, South Carolina and Essex, New York, and have two children—Brian and Laura—and many grandchildren. In February 2012, Couchey was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma. The aggressive cancer took hold quickly, and Couchey died on March 11, 2012, aged 92. He was survived by his wife of 52 years, Ruth; their two children; and many grandchildren.