I wanted to write a long thank you note to you – my readers – as the year comes to a close here at Pikaland HQ but I’ll save that for next year, when we meet again. It’s been a little hectic over here and all I can say is that I’m spending time with my family as much as I can.
And I hope you are too.
Here’s to a warm, wonderful Christmas; happy holidays to all – and I’ll see you in 2013!
[quote]Remix: To combine or edit existing materials to produce something new.[/quote]
I’m a big believer in Kirby Ferguson’s Everything is a Remix in which we do not live in a creative vacuum – and that we’re unconsciously deriving inspiration from all around us on a daily basis.
And I’m simply inspired whenever I see creative remixes (in this case, it was the remix of functionality) – like Olaf Breuning’s series, the Art Freaks. What makes his collection different is that he used the human body as canvas instead – exhibiting them as life-sized works of art. Now if the paintings were done on normal canvases, my bet is that it wouldn’t have elicited a second look. But put them onto something new and our perceptions shift.
I’m familiar with the works of body painters. With body painting, there is always an element of familiarity, much like adding details like shirts and shorts to produce optical illusions – illusions that are usually grounded in reality or familiar forms (like details on animals, etc). But Olaf’s work takes it up a notch with abstracts and the treatment of body as canvas in its entirety.
Click here to see more of his artwork (some of it is NSFW!)
I’m in Valencia for the month and I had the chance (big one!) to visit Cachete Jack‘s studio! They were having a big sale where you could buy all their products, meet them and eat homemade cake. Lovely!
I have to say I had to control myself to not buy everything they had and say, “its over, everyone go home! 😀 It’s all mine.” But, I managed to not be weird and behaved appropriately. I even bought some
(lots of) products. One of them, my favorite, is the new zine they just released with Ultrarradio called “Todo lo que nos contaron nuestros abuelos” (“Everything our grandparents told us”), which brings amazing illustrations telling the story of the Spanish Revolution. If you’re interested, you can buy it here.
And this is one of the pictures I did on their studio, in a very nice and bright place in the heart of the city. What a wonderful saturday I had! Thank you Nuria Bellver and Raquel Fanjul!
*The first three pictures are from Ultrarradio.
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Deborah is known in Brazil as Tartaruga Feliz (Happy Turtle). She’s a self-taught illustrator and animator who is born in Brazil. She travels the world while working, and attributes it to the best experience she has had in her life so far. You can see more of her work on her website, and she just launched a new website, Garatujas Fantásticas with 3 of her friends that has exclusive content for kids in Brazil! [/box]