Work/Art/Play 2014 is now open for enrollment!

Work/Art/Play's 2014 enrollment is open!

 

You know how I’ve been dropping subtle hints for when the second session of Work/Art/Play will begin? Well the wait is over – because enrollment officially begins right now. (Enrollment has ended for 2014′s session! To be notified when the next session begins in 2015, click here to register your interest!)

If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a better way to navigate your journey as an artist or illustrator, I’m here to tell you that there is. I’ve designed an online course that will not only help focus your strengths into creating works that you will love, but others as well. I’ll show you how self-promotion can be a lot less scary (because it really isn’t!) and by the end of it, you’ll see how the whole process allows you to stay true to yourself. You’ll also learn what works and how to find (and create) new opportunities you’ve never thought of before.  

Inside the Work/Art/Play virtual classroom

 

If you’ve ever met me in real life (or online), you’ll know that I love working with people. I’m a life-long student myself, and above all, I love teaching. I didn’t just come up with the materials for the class – I’ve also designed the online classroom myself – to ensure a great learning environment that’s conducive for students: one that’s beautiful and easy to navigate. It’s truly a full-on learning experience that you can carry with you wherever you go!

So without further ado, I’d like to invite you to join the Work/Art/Play experience. We’ve gotten lots of amazing feedback from our first batch of students, and we’d like for you to be a part of our smart and generous community. (Enrollment has ended for 2014′s session! To be notified when the next session begins in 2015, click here to register your interest!)

Enrollment ends on 10th September 2014 – and there’s a limit on the number of students I’m taking in for the Personalized Program, so if you’re looking for targeted feedback + extra help one-on-one, I’d suggest you hop on over right now (it’s already 1/5 filled!)

Work / Art / Play 2014: Registration opens next week!

Teaser

 

Folks, it’s time to hang on to your horses.

If you’ve been wondering when my Work/Art/Play online course will be opening its doors again, wonder no more – the date is set, and it’s going to be next week. The 25th of August, to be exact. The inaugural program we did last year was a success, and I can’t wait to re-live the experience with new students! For those of you who sent me emails asking when it would come again (there’s quite a few of you!) the nail-biting waiting period will be over soon. To make sure that you’ll be among the first to know when that happens, head over to the Work/Art/Play website to sign up to be notified. It’s going to be a good one, I can promise you that!

Watch this space for more details, and until then, have a great weekend folks!

Inspiration: Optical illusions

I have a love for optical illusions. Maybe it’s the fact that I like to figure things out a little – a sense of mystery behind a piece of art is a great thing. But when you add a surprise factor into it, a work of art can truly be an engaging experience.

I’ve been spotting amazing optical illusion works of art lately and these are a few that caught my eye:

Felice Varini

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What’s amazing about the Swiss artist Felice Varini is that he started creating optical illusion installation/in-situ paintings in 1979. If you think that his work is mind-boggling right now, think of how it must have looked like in the 1980s. He uses a projector and stencils to create perspective-localized paintings in rooms and other spaces. [Via]

From Wikipedia:

Felice paints on architectural and urban spaces, such as buildings, walls and streets. The paintings are characterized by one vantage point from which the viewer can see the complete painting (usually a simple geometric shape such as circle, square, line), while from other view points the viewer will see ‘broken’ fragmented shapes. Varini argues that the work exists as a whole – with its complete shape as well as the fragments. “My concern,” he says “is what happens outside the vantage point of view.”

OK Go – The Writing’s on the Wall music video

With perspective as its theme (both in it’s music video and the meaning behind the song), I was glued to this music video from start to finish.

From NPR:

The one-take video was done on a single handheld camera, with 28 different illusions set up in the giant workspace in Brooklyn. The setup took about three weeks to build, involving over 50 people.

Alexa Meade

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Art is when something old is made new again, and in this instance, Alexa Meade’s work of art is alive, and well, breathing. Instead of merely painting portraits onto canvas, she’s turned people into works of art by painting on them directly – I liken it to a reverse artistic take on the movie “A Scanner Darkly” (in which live actors were re-rendered in digital form to create the movie). [Via]

Oleg Shuplyak

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Ukrainian artist Oleg Shuplyak creates oil paintings that feature the portraits of famous figures hidden behind a seemingly normal scenery. It’s not hard to decipher though, and these portraits are easily recognizable – I found myself trying to piece together the entire picture after I’ve picked out the faces instead. It is during this time that I can truly appreciate his work although unseeing things can be tough! [Via]

Damien Gilley

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Portland, USA-based artist and educator Damien Gilley reconfigures built environments by giving an alternate view of what could be. Empty walls (along with their fixtures) become a pathway into a whole new world; one that can be seen but never entered. His style – though simple and plays on the depth of vision created by lines – is one that offers a mysterious scaffolding to be filled in by thoughts of one’s own. [Via]

What about you? Have you seen any interesting optical illustion based art recently? Which are your favorites?

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