I came across the work of Mica Angela on Laughing Squid and just had to share it here. This all started when Mica started a new sketchbook, and her daughter threatened to “take it away if she couldn’t share.” But the first drawing spawned and entire series of characters. I really urge you to read the whole story and more of this series on her blog, The Busy Mocking Bird. It’s well worth the read.
Fabrizio makes his living by working the design field, but I really enjoy the ‘manual’ work in his paintings and illustrations. Working in paint, pencil, inks, and really anything else that leaves a mark, Fabrizio creates expressive and impulsive works. I particularly drawn to the ghostly silhouettes that make up his portraits. By working initially in analog media and then finishing the piece in a digital environment, Fabrizio’s work is unique and only his own. Check out the rest of this work at his studio website.
I’m really digging these nighttime landscape photos from French-Canadian photographer, Benoit Paillé. With help from car headlights and a flashlight, he takes long exposures of the landscape to reveal what lies in the dark. I absolutely love the unusual colors that are exposed in this light experimentation. I can only imgine how peaceful it is taking these images in the dead of night.
I had tons of action figures when I was a kid. I’ll be honest, I still have quite a few. But I never knew the process of how one is made. A new, very popular documentary called The Secret Life of Toys, by Mile Deep Films, puts it all in perspective. My favorite part of watching this, isn’t seeing charcaters close to my heart come to life. It’s seeing the folks behind the figures, and the happiness it brings them. They seem to be nothing but big kids at heart, just trying to create great work in honoring great characters.