Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Vintage Party

Vector Artwork by Hstudios

10 Digital Illustration & Design Spots

A list of digital illustration and design links you should visit:

Design @ Digg.com - Digg's design directory

Colourlovers' Blog - Inspirational color articles on trends, color palettes, patterns, etc.

The Blog section @ Digital Arts - Reviews, Tutorials and Articles on Digital Design

Computer Arts Magazine - A design magazine.

Vector Tuts - A great website with a big variety vector tutorials.

How about Orange ? - Tutorials, Free downloads and useful resources.

Design M - Articles & Resources for designers.

Net Mag - The design section of Net Magazine.

Etstetica - A Graphic Design Forum.

Deviant Art - Where Art meets application.

Wall Of Pumpkins Halloween

Wall Of Pumpkins Halloween

Wall Of Pumpkins Halloween
Wall Of Pumpkins. Fall brings harvest and Halloween to the green grocers in New York City, like this one on the northeast corner of 57th street and 9th avenue.

Taken looking east from 9th avenue on September 25, 2008.

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Book Review - Beading with Filigree


Beading with Filigree
by Cynthia Deis
I impatiently waited all summer to order this book. Once it arrived it has been on the top of my bead book pile as I frequently turn to it when I'm in need of a shot of inspiration. Cynthia's book starts off with an in depth "Filigree Primer" filled with the history of filigree, the styles, metals and finishes. The chapter on "Getting Started" introduces you to the cast of beads used in the book along with some great little tips and hints. The book is presented in an encouraging format with an emphasis on your own creativity.
The "Basic Techniques" gives you the how and why of using different types of filigree. Along with jewelry-making basics, there are informative tips for working with the filigree and a few ways to treat the surface, like heat treating and painting. Painting filigree, OMG, you have to see the Lucille necklace. You'll be pulling out the spray paint before you know it!
The rest of the book focuses on step-by-step projects that vary from simple earrings to complex asymmetrical necklaces. The designs range from delicate to bold. The techniques cover stringing to embellishing filigree with seed beads, so there is something for every one's tastes. While the projects focus on beads that are more readily available, each design could benefit from adding in your favorite art beads! I highly recommend adding this to your bead book library.

You can find the book and many of the supplies used in the projects at Ornamentea.

Don't forget, midnight is the deadline to enter the September Filigree Challenge. You could win a signed copy of Beading with Filigree!

Al Parker Step-by-Step: Part 2







* My Al Parker Flickr set.

* Don't forget! Be sure to drop by Charlie Allen's Blog where there's a new CAWS focusing on the art of the 'comp'.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Winter Sports Silhouettes EPS Pack

A collection of winter sports illustrations by amikal. The pack includes shilhouette shapes of a snowboarder, hokey player and a skier.

The artwork is saved in EPS file format, you can use any vector compatible program to modify the file...

Download


Rosh Hashanah, Man wearing tallit with boy in New York City

Digital ID: cph 3b41830 Source: b&w film copy neg.
Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-95685 (b&w film copy neg.) Retrieve uncompressed archival TIFF version (1,492 kilobytes)

TITLE: Jewish life and customs (Rosh Hashanah), New York City, ca. CALL NUMBER: LOT 10892 (F) [P&P] Check for online items from this group
RIGHTS INFORMATION: No known restrictions on publication.

SUMMARY: Man, wearing tallit, looking at the TANAKH> with boy in New York City.

SUMMARY: Photographs show Jewish life and customs, New York City, ca. 1905-15. Celebrating Jewish New Year; peddlers; character portraits; receiving free matzohs; exhibition of Jewish Farmers of America, 1909.

MEDIUM: ca. 38 photographic prints. CREATED/PUBLISHED: ca, 1905-1915.

NOTES: This record contains unverified, old data from shelflist card. Forms part of the George Grantham Bain Collection. Photos mounted and captioned. Purchase; D.J. Culver; 1948.

DIGITAL ID: (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3b41830 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b41830. VIDEO FRAME ID: LCPP003B-41830. CONTROL #: 91790585

REPOSITORY: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. CONTROL #: 2005675256.

MARC Record Line 540 - No known restrictions on publication.

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [reproduction number, LC-USZ62-95685]

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Vector Grunge

A free vector stock from mykolan. Download Note: To use open the PDF file with Adobe Illustrator

Nepal Horse Book

Nepal Horse Book (cover)


Nepal Horse Book cover (detail) 1


Nepal Horse Book cover (detail)


Nepal Horse Book


Nepal Horse Book a


Nepal Horse Book b


Nepal Horse Book b (detail)


Nepal Horse Book c


Nepal Horse Book d


Nepal Horse Book e


Nepal Horse Book f


The Royal Library in Denmark have a manuscript that they call 'Illustrated work with horses from Nepal' among their Oriental digitized visual art site. The book is presented in a good quality flash site (about 50 pages) and you get a bigger viewing field if you enlarge the browser (unlike many other flash zoomers).

All of the images above were spliced together from screencaps. I've touched up that final image to remove some pencil markings, but left all the others as found.

There appears to be no background information available on this work, even in the Danish section of the site. I have no idea when this manuscript was produced -- even a rough guess would need to cover a few hundred years, say 17th, 18th or 19th centuries perhaps??

The devanagari script makes no sense to my hindi-speaking mate, so presumably it is written in Nepali.

If anyone knows anything more or can find any information about this work, please let us know by either commenting or dropping me a line (peacay AT gmail DOT com).

UPDATE: Christies listed an item a couple of years ago that is either a copy or a derivative work:
"A Treatise on the Nature and Illnesses of Horses, Asvasastra
Nepal, 18th Century
Leporello manuscript on composite native paper, stained yellow on one side, 6 to 9 line of Newari script in black ink, with 32 miniatures of horses, 19 half-page illustrations on the yellow side and 13 on the white side, 22ff."
(I think leporello means folded paper like an accordian) THANKS Tonya!

Featured Designer of the Week - Lauren Abrams

Each Monday we feature the Designer of the Week. One of our editors pick their favorite from the Monthly Challenge entries.

This week Tari of Creative Impressions in Clay picked Lauren Abrams' necklace. Tari noted, "Fantastic! Colorful, expressive and very unique! It also has an art nouveau feel to it." You can see more work by Lauren by visiting her flickr albums.

Our theme this month is filigree, filigree in clay is an interesting twist.

There are only a few days left to enter our monthly challenge. Create something that combines the theme with art beads and then send in your submission for the September Challenge!

Al Parker Step-by-Step: Part 1

Recently, I lucked into a nice stack of Famous Artists Magazine back issues, the publication of the "students and alumni of the Famous Artists School".

Wow, what a wealth of rare artwork, photos, and information contained in these deceivingly slim magazines! We will be digging treasure out of their pages for quite some time - beginning with this week's Al Parker step-by-step demonstration.


I know Christmas in months away, but set aside the subject matter and consider what an amazing opportunity this is to see - not so much how Parker worked with media - but how he thought through an assignment.


Illustration, ultimately, is not about technique... its about visual problem solving -- and this is why Al Parker was so admired by fellow artists and art directors alike. Parker said he often spent the first ten days of a two week assignment preparing to do the illustration, and only in the last couple of days did he work on the actual finished art. This week's demo goes a long way to providing a concrete example of "the Parker Method."

I'll be taking a back seat this week while the master does the talking. Let's listen in...





* A while ago, I was delighted to receive the following note:

I assume you know that Famous Artists School is still going strong here in Wilton, Connecticut (right next door to Westport). One of our instructors saw your entry on Robert Heindel and called the blog to our attention.

It's wonderful to see this online celebration of all these great illustrators. We're in close touch with Walt and Roger Reed at Illustration House, and they recently spent time with us going through our archives and files of hundreds of drawings for the Famous Artists Course textbooks. It's a real treasure trove; next question is how best to preserve them and make them available to students of this era.

We'd certainly love to have a link to our FAS website on your blog. Would that be possible?

Hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely
Magdalen Livesey


I'm more than happy to include the Famous Artists School in my sidebar links - and ecourage readers to check out the school's website.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The blob brush tool in Illustrator CS4


First Look: Adobe Illustrator CS4 Blob Brush Tool from Go Media on Vimeo.

Temple of Heaven Beijing China

Temple of Heaven Beijing ChinaDigital ID: cph 3c17303 Source: b&w film copy neg. Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-117303 (b&w film copy neg.)

Retrieve Unedited JPEG version (117 kilobytes) Retrieve uncompressed archival TIFF version (12 megabytes)
TITLE: [Temple of Heaven, Peking(sic), China] CALL NUMBER: LOT 11356-1 [P&P] Check for an online group record (may link to related items)

The Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven, a complex of Taoist buildings situated in southeastern urban Beijing, in Xuanwu District. The temple complex was constructed from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, who was also responsible for the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing. The complex was extended and renamed Temple of Heaven during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor in the 16th century.

REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-117303 (b&w film copy neg.) RIGHTS INFORMATION: No known restrictions on publication. MEDIUM: 1 photographic print.

CREATED/PUBLISHED: [between ca. 1880 and 1923] NOTES: Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection (Library of Congress). DIGITAL ID: (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3c17303 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c17303. CONTROL #: 96521623

MARC Record Line 540 - No known restrictions on publication.

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [reproduction number, LC-USZ62-33530]

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Last Chance To Impress


Soho, London



The Ice Cream Truck is in the Desperate Neighborhood!


It's the end of summer but before the ice creams trucks are parked for the winter, Tari of Claybuttons.com is treating everyone to popsicles, chocolate ice cream, soft serve ice cream and push pops.






While the Desperate ABS Neighbors are enjoying their treats, let's take a walk out into the Bead Blogging World to see what else is going on.....


About.com Jewelry Making
For those in the jewelry biz, Tammy has a collection of jewelry business topics up for discussion in the Jewelry Making Forum.

Art Bead Scene
Fall Foliage as Seen Through The Trendy Bead

Barbe Saint John: New Jewelry from Old Artifacts
Barbe talks about Personal Imagery-what says YOU in your work?

Crochet Pillow Pendant
Carmi saves a pillowcase's trim by turning it into wearable art.

Jennifer Jangles Blog
Halloween Project

Jewelry & Beading
Repurposing autumn-colored beads gives you a stylish new necklace!

Katie's Beading Blog
Hear all about Katie's experience on The Big Idea. Check it out!

Linda from BeadStyleMag.com
An Oktoberfest-inspired bracelet complete with step-by-step photos and instructions

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean's got some earring designs in this elegant looking book, due out soon!

Strands of Beads
Melissa reminisces about her first time.


Have you heard any good dirt in the beading world? We'd love for you to share!

Gossiped...errr...reported by Cindy Gimbrone, ice cream lover and glass beadmaker.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

ONE LOVELY DRAWING, part 22

In this drawing, the great Saul Steinberg captures different lives in their journey from birth (A) to the end (B).



It's hard to imagine a simpler reduction of biographies to plastic form. I suspect you know some of these people. To understand the discipline that line imposes, you might try distilling your own life, or your own relationships, this way.

Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once wrote,
What can't be said can't be said and can't be whistled either.
But as Steinberg repeatedly reminds us, sometimes it can be drawn.

WIP

These two postcards that I worked on today
will become part of two new ship watercolors.
I don't always work on the postcard first...
My kids really liked these on their own,
but I think they will love them even more
when they're finished.
Hope you're having a fine weekend.

What Is New In Adobe Illustrator CS4

A brief outline of the new features in our favorite vector editing software Adobe Illustrator CS4.

Multiple Art Boards
Transparency in gradients
Gradients exposed
Blob brush tool
RIA and Flash CS4 support
Enhanced GUI...

Separation preview feature
Panel-based editing
Smoother, more polished workflow
Improved direct editing experience

More details about those features, here and a comprehensive review here.

The Empire State Building Near and Far

The Empire State Building Near and Far

The Empire State Building Near and Far
The Empire State Building Near and Far - 350 5th avenue, looking west snd up from across the avenue.


Looking north from 21st street and Broadway toward the 102-story Art Deco skyscraper at 33d street, which was completed in 1931.

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If This image is subject to copyright in your jurisdiction, i (sookietex) the copyright holder have irrevocably released all rights to it, allowing it to be freely reproduced, distributed, transmitted, used, modified, built upon, or otherwise exploited in any way by anyone for any purpose, commercial or non-commercial, with or without attribution of the author, as if in the public domain.

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Vector Circles

A set of decorative circle shapes in different color palettes by grolix. Download Note: to use open with Adobe Illustrator

UK Irony

Logo Design Irony Concept via MedDesign Blog.


Studio Saturday-Unleashed

Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner. This week's winner is jenny j. at JenJuddRocks! Congratulations! Please send your postal address to the ABS Suggestion Box to receive your Pumpkin Beads from Jennifer at Jangles.


Fun, Funky&Functional Eyeglass Leash! I love these leashes. They are too fun and colorful. I just can't get enough of color! I am constantly loosing my glasses throughout the day. Here's my fun solution. They are made with my Bead Buttons w/loops on both sides and anodized aluminum jump rings. And the plastic eyeglass finding. They have sold well at the last 2 shows I did.

iPod Unleashed!
I had to show off my new iPod Touch with it's custom skin. I found www.skinit.com by accident one day. You can get your custom skin made with any photo you choose. Plus you can put text on it.
My new iPod Touch is sporting my Tie Dye Buttons. It definitely is not mistaken for anyone elses iPod!

This weeks prize is a set of 6 Bead Buttons with loops on each side so you can make your own eyeglass leash or necklace.

Do you like the leash and would you wear it?
What would you make with the Bead Buttons if you were this weeks winner?


Leave your comment and you just might be the lucky winner!!

Tari- Creative Impressions In Clay

Friday, September 26, 2008

University of Mississippi, Geology and Lyceum Buildings

University of Mississippi, Geology and Lyceum Buildings

University of Mississippi, Geology and Lyceum Buildings
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record. The records in HABS/HAER were created for the U.S. Government and are considered to be in the public domain. The Library of Congress is not aware of any U.S. copyright protection (see Title 17 U.S.C.) or any other restrictions in the HABS/HAER materials.

University of Mississippi, Geology Building, University Circle, Oxford, Lafayette County, MS.

University of Mississippi, Lyceum Building, University Circle, Oxford, Lafayette County, MS.

COLLECTION: Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress). REPOSITORY:
Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. DATE: Documentation compiled after 1933.

RELATED: James Meredith at the University of Mississippi

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Studio

Just love spending time there...

Happy Friday to all!