STUNNING MINIATURE SCULPTURES BY JOE FIG
Joe Fig is an artist born and raised in Long Island, New York. Fig’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Joe Fig’s naturalism and attention to detail are astounding, his sculptures (Table Sculptures / Artist at work), paintings and photographs have garnered critical acclaim and can be found in numerous museums and private collections. In his new book, ‘Inside the Painter’s Studio’, artist Joe Fig documents the day-to-day lives of 24 contemporary artists with photos of their studios, notes on their work habits, and interviews about where and how they make art.
Art on your sleeve: Classic works of art reinvented as classic album covers, Christophe Gowans
- Venus de Milo
- Da Vinci
- Van Gogh
- Van Gogh
- Sir Henry Raeburn
- Franz Kline
I feel like this should be a motto for life, not just art. The world would be a nicer place.
Earlier this year we posted about a 25% off sale that Moo was holding on all of its printed items. I decided to take the chance to see what all of the fuss was about, and ordered some of their basic business cards! They arrived ages ago, but I’ve finally gotten the chance to sit down a do a proper review!
Long story short: These cards are fantastic!
They arrive packaged inside a convenient cardboard business card holder with organising tabs for ‘mine’ and ‘theirs’, letting you keep track of other artist’s cards really easily. The box is super sturdy and seems like it could stand up to a lot of use!
The cards themselves are lovely. They show crisp printing and take vibrant colours very well! The gloss coating is very pretty, however it is EXTREMELY glossy (you can see your face in one of these cards in the right lighting) and makes fingerprints on the cards really visible. I think I’m going to place my next order matte and see which one I prefer. (I’ll be certain to update when I do!)
The paper these cards are printed on is THICK and feels really nice in-hand. I’ve tested out the cards with a few friends, and tactile experience of thick paper seems to make a really good impression!
Of course, cons can get…..messy, so I had to check how the cards stand up to a bit of abuse!
I bent the card into a u shape and held it that way for a while, to get an idea of how it’d handle being tossed carelessly into a bag or backpack. Within a minute or so of release, it had straightened out into this:
Pretty impressive! That’s some stubborn paper right there. But I’m not one to be sassed at by a piece of paper, so I did a thorough fold down the middle to see how it held up.
Once the paper gets to the point of being directly folded, it holds that fold about as stubbornly as it held its previous shape. The good news it that the surface actually takes the fold pretty well! There’s a small amount of wrinkling, which is to be expected on a card like this, and minimal tearing. MUCH better than vistaprint in that regard.
Something I found just through casual handling of the cards while doing these stress tests is that the corners start to ding and peel very easily, which is unfortunate.
As a final part of the stress-test, I tackled the ‘some jerk just spilled their drink all over half of my table’ scenario: How do the cards stand up to water? I put a card on a waterproof surface, and poured water on top it:
The water just sort of ran right of the card, to be honest. Most of it had tricked away by the time I even got a picture! Even so, I wiped of the remining water and checked for damage.
Nothing! The gloss coating on the cards is apparently waterproof, so you don’y really have to worry about anything but the edges of your cards getting stained. I was feeling a little bit frustrated at this point (trashing a card is my favourite part of doing this sort of review), so just for the fun of it I tossed the card into a glass half full of water, put my hand over the top and shook vigorously for a minute or two. Took the card out, wiped it off, and….
Well, I guess it’s starting to show a *little* wear. I honestly imagine these could go through the laundry and come out still looking fairly nice, based on all of this.
What it all boils down to is: Moo cards are really nice and I’m very impressed with them! They offer a few really neat varieties, such as the Luxe cards with a coloured stripe through them (I’ve never ordered these, but I’ve been given them before and they’re swanky as hell), cards with rounded corners, and Minicards. The extra cool bit? You can get every card in your order printed with a different design at no extra fee. This makes them a great way to showcase some of your work - art on one side, contact info on the other!
The major downside of Moo business cards is that they’re definitely outside of the price range of someone just getting started in the artist’s alley. If you want to use Moo but can’t afford it for all of your cards, I’d suggest using Moo’s cards as super-nice cards with extra contact info to give to industry contacts and the like, while ordering from a slightly cheaper place for cards that sit on the corner of your table.
If you have a friend who already orders from Moo, talk to them about a referral! You can get 10% off of your first order if you’re referred by an existing user. If you don’t have a friend who already orders from Moo, feel free to use My Referral Link so you can still get that 10% off.
Just because we are called “Freelancers”doesn’t mean we work for free.
Creative freelancers should just be called art mercenaries
Hey, don’t touch. That tablet’s older than you are. I call her Jessie, that’s my lucky charm. More men have been drawn with that stylus than in the Skyllian Blitz.
make this happen
Hemingway makes your writing bold and clear.
Basically the coolest little tool to have as a writer.
This is awesome!!!
Hmm! I will try this later.
Beautiful Origami Art, Sipho Mabona
Sipho Mabona is a professional origami artist based in Lucerne, Switzerland who was born with a natural gift. At the young age of five, he folded his first paper airplane. In 2000, after having folded planes for fifteen years, destiny called. Mabona ran out of paper airplane designs so he turned to origami in hopes that it would inspire him to come up with something more original.
Oscar nominees Best Animated Feature 2014
Earlier today this article was brought to my attention, in which it becomes clear that some of the Academy voters have little to no respect for the animation industry. They openly admit not having watched the nominated films and/or claiming that animated films are for kids, so they didn’t vote. Even the ones shown in the article that did vote barely motivated their choice.
I find this extremely disrespectful of the animators who poured their heart and soul into making these movies, only to have their work be pushed aside without a second glance by the judges of one of the most prominent and well known film awards out there. As an aspiring animator, I am deeply insulted.
Please note that in this post I am expressing no opinion on whether Frozen should have won or not. I think it’s a wonderful film, just as all the other nominees. I am simply saying that we deserve better.
What they did is disrespectful to the creators of every single one of these films, even Frozen. By barely motivating their choice, they make it look like they voted for Frozen simply because of Disney’s status in the industry. Because it’s Disney, and it made a lot of money, so it had to be at least somewhat good. To me it seems like some of the voters just defaulted to voting for the Disney film, and nobody likes to win by default.
Don’t get me wrong, I too have been guilty of loving Disney simply because it’s Disney, but there is so much more beautiful animation out there and it deserves to be taken into consideration. And if Frozen won, it should have won because the majority of the voters thought it was the best film, not because part of the voters was too lazy to even watch the nominated films.
Especially when he takes up the responsibility of laying out an art project.
we went to the science museum in London yesterday and there’s a floor titled “who am I?” and they had a really cool section on sex and gender and BMO from adventure time was in one of the displays which I thought was p cool