Art Direction

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“Breakfast Of Champions”

Last Friday I posted this pic on Instagram:

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It’s a shard of colored plexi that I literally picked up in the middle of a dirty NYC street. Like I said, yeah weird even for me. But I just loved the color and light it was reflecting, so I brought it home. I totally forgot about it and was going to throw it away, but before I did I wanted to make something with it. (more…)

#MakeItGraphic | Outtakes

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As promised, here are outtakes from my MakeItGraphic | Series 5 – Eye See You photos….in the form of video.  As always, enjoy and THANK YOU for your support and lovin’

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If you find these entertaining, check out Manuela’s own video titled, “Crazy Girl.” She is quite the character, isn’t she?  Can’t resist her adorable quirk.

I’m off to lay on the beach now, whoo hoo.  Hope you having a fantastic Labor Day Weekend!!!  (I have been seeing red white and blue EVERYWHERE… stay tuned for post of those photos???)

 

#MakeItGraphic | Series 5 – Eye See You

H(eye) there!  #MakeItGraphic | Series 5 – Eye See You, YEAH!!!  (Sorry…too much coffee?)

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When Emily (I spilled the beans, Em) and I first started #MakeItGraphic I had no idea what we’d be churning out.  Workday after workday, year after year, we’ve worked on the same brand.  And although we have different personalities and artistic styles that’s the thing about corporate art – it has to be a consistent voice.  We’ve pushed the brand and evolved it, sure, but it’s still within the same breadth. So I LOVE the gamut we explore with #MakeItGraphic.  I like the polar interpretations, I like that it’s totally OK to go left or right, up or down, it’s whatever we want it to be.  (Having said that, corporate art is not for the weak-hearted; you need a backbone, wishbone, and funny bone to survive.  There are a lot of levels and components to it, so if you happen to be successful at it, KUDOS to you.  Not many people know how much is involved behind the scenes of that :15 video, 1 page ad, or even a product display seen a million times a year.  But we get you….)

I went very literal with this week’s theme.  Trust me, you DO NOT want to see what I first started out with.  It was in the same vein of “contemporary art” that is a mess just to be a mess.  And I can’t support that, you know my feelings on that.  So I put down the exacto-knife and took a break.  My girl Manuela came over for another project I had in mind and somehow ended up blending the two.  I showed her these colorful boards that I’ve been hoarding, after 2 seconds of deliberation, she started putting on make-up and I started grabbing props.  Again, this is why I love collaborating with her!  Within an hour we had these shots organized, done, and edited down, and then she was off to Barry’s Bootcamp.  Of course, because she is such a character I WILL be sharing outtakes soon.

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Emily (yes, her real name is Emily aka Skyler) went this route, and it had me cracking up.  She brilliantly merged “Eye See You” with “Eye See You(r) Imaginary Friend.”  If you don’t live in NYC, now you know, this is totally weird BUT totally normal.  If you have not sat next to a dinosaur on the subway without flinching you haven’t lived in NYC.  Click on the images for a closer view….

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There you have it.  Stay tuned for #MakeItGraphic | Series 6 – Atmosphere (picked by Skyler :))

>>>UPDATE:  Today is National Dog Day!!!  Check out #MakeItGraphic | Series 5 – The Ghost Ninja to see our puppies :))

Pool York | Outtakes

Last Saturday I posted “Pool York” with Manuela Rana. We had such a good time that it would be a shame not to share some outtakes. No photoshop or filters here, she is THAT adorable!

We are actually playing around today with our cameras. What’s that saying?….Carpe that f’ing diem…:)

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Your Everyday Object

I found this pic that I took at Numero 28 in the West Village (delish bruschetta btw). I remember how hungryyyyyy I was, so much that I started playing with the objects in front of me for my own entertainment — empty plate canvas, steak knife, a little Pinot Noir and voila — one hungry girl and her poorly makeshift shark masterpiece.  Going through my backlog of restaurant pics it’s very apparent that I like to play with my food; simple everyday objects.  Tomato and a straw. Pickles and toothpicks.  Etc Etc.

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And then I found THIS guy (via Mashable).

“Artist Brock Davis doesn’t just rely on pen and paper to manifest his wit.  From fruits and veggies to googly eyes, the mediums that make up his extensive portfolio are endless.  One of his ongoing projects turns everyday objects into mini scenes and concepts. The photos are captured simply with his iPhone.

“Most of my friends were sharing photos of their kids and pets, which is cool, but almost immediately I was curious if it would be possible to take conceptual photos with my iPhone while staying true to the immediacy and spontaneity that is inherent with mobile photography,” Davis told Mashable.

Using an iPhone and Instagram, Davis enjoys being able to execute the process quickly, and maintain the candidness of both the image and idea. He often uses ambient, simple backgrounds, so the concept isn’t competing with busy elements.

“I always try to keep things simple and let the idea take precedence,” he says.””

My shark knife pretty much pales in comparison to his version.  He is literally creating foodporn for the eyes in the most minimalistic and crisp fashion.  Food, reimagined…I’m a fan!  Brock, can we grab lunch sometime???!!

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I even love his (nonfood) creations.

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HAPPY FRIDAY, EVERYONE!

How Was Yours?

My weekend: Colorful eyecandy everywhere!

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How was yours?…

 

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