One of my favourite books from my childhood has become a film to premier… Ender’s Game by Orson Scott, and can wait to see the movie!
Awesome experience, and really happy to be part of it. Thanks John and Matthew!!
The movie poster.
The common adage that a picture can tell the story of a thousand words is certainly true in the case of artist Juan Osborne, as his work so ably demonstrates, but it also draws us towards the interesting relationship between written language and image. After all, words become an image that we can read or â€˜viewâ€™ with our eyes. Originally, we evolved the use of language as an aural form of communication; with the way a phrase is said contributing a huge amount to how we understand it. Does language change then, when we read it? Is anything lost, and perhaps more interestingly, what is gained or altered when language becomes image?
The Written Word
One avenue of approach that is of interest is the contrast between the Western form of written language and the Eastern form of it. Western language centers on the use of letters that combine into words, which combine to form sentences, and so on. All these small parts then come together to convey a meaning to the receiver or reader. On its own, an individual letter doesnâ€™t really hold much meaning to us â€“ we simply understand it as a piece, a malleable cog that can be made to fit a variety of more complex machines. We can perhaps find exception to this in the letter â€˜Iâ€™, as this almost instantly conveys an image of the self. Conversely, Chinese and Japanese traditional text is almost entirely different. Chinese characters for example, are in fact descended from the image of what they refer to, in order to present an instant meaning to the reader. Simply looking at this reference chartÂ that shows the development of Chinese characters over the ages, we can instantly recognise the inspiration for the character of â€˜humanâ€™ and â€˜mountainâ€™, for example, are based on a visual representation. It is perhaps no surprise then that calligraphy was, and still is, held in such high regard as a form of art that effectively blurs the boundaries between image and text.
Words as Art and Expression
The close relationship between image and word is not entirely alien to the Western world of course. Many poets for example, have explored how the text is presented on the page, and how this can impact the reader emotionally by breaking standard reading patterns. One of the most common forms of this is â€˜concreteâ€™ poetry, where the subject of the poem becomes not only the focus of the words, but reflected as an image by them. Perhaps one of the most famous examples of this is John Hollanders â€˜Swan and Shadowâ€™, that constructs the image of a swan and its reflection on the water through poetry. How important is it then that we play and experiment with new ways of interpreting and presenting the text as image? There are of course, a number of reasons that range from philosophical to conceptual, but perhaps one of the most intriguing is that of how expression can affect our state of mind. There is a growing area of research that suggests writing in general, whether poetry, prose, or simply thoughts, as well as drawing can have a very positive effect on how we feel. This is of particular interest to practitioners of art therapy, ad especially when it comes to helping to treat patients with illnesses such as bipolar and depression. Learning how to cope with bipolar, for example, can be a long and difficult road, but therapists have often found that encouraging sufferers to express themselves as creatively as possible through the use of words and pictures can go a long way toward controlling the condition in addition to the standard medical approach. However we look at it, there is something inherently valuable in the relationship between image and language, even more so when we explore it ourselves at a personal level.
We can, perhaps, glean an insight into this relationship between words and image by briefly examining how we understand the world around us. One philosophical point of view, often championed by Frederick Nietzsche, for example, was that ultimately we can never gain any true insight into the world around us through and form of conception, because we cannot avoid generalising in language. If for example, we say â€˜treeâ€™, what really comes to mind? Do we really have anything more than a general, vague image of a tree in our mind? When we go out and examine a tree however, we will find an enormous level of intricacy that is utterly unique to that one tree alone â€“ can this really ever be fully communicated? If we accept this account, then we might say that in fact images as art are fundamental, because they are a more honest account of the world around us, in the sense that they are the personal representation of the artist, and when it comes down to it, that is all we have â€“ a personal representation of the world. Of course, there are many country arguments to this point of view, but ultimately we cannot deny the importance and inter-relation that image and written language holds, and by exploring the combination of the two, perhaps we are in fact pursuing a form of representational truth.
“Great Idea , Petite Typeface” is the name of the book in which some of my illustrations share place alongside other great artists works. It’s a wonderful book with more than 300 full coloured pages, and I love to be part of it.
You can take a look and buy the book here: www.designerbooks.com.cn/Product/7510.html
No commission here!
I’m really proud of this one. Few months ago I had the opportunity to work for California Institute of Technology, one of the best universities in the world, by creating summer issue cover for their E&S magazine. What can I said… more than a pleasure it was an honour, be related to Caltech is a dream come true.
Finally I did three illustrations you will find along the magazine. The seed for the cover is Thinker of Rodin and the words are current questions around science. You can navigate it on-line through this link.
I love science and technology, and I truly believe science people makes the world go around. I think we have to learn a lot from science world, how they share and how they criticize and grow. Forget politics, bankers or whoever… science people, like these studying at Caltech, will make your life better.
They send me some hard copies that, nicely, arrived yesterday, so it was a great name day gift! BTW I jumped across a bonfire as I used to do when I was young (another crazy spanish tradition!).
Thanks Jenny for thinking of me for this!
Una de mis ilustraciones sobre la obra de Federico GarcÃa Lorca ha sido portada de la prestigiosa revista latina de Nueva York Pie Derecho http://www.piederecho.com/, en cuya ediciÃ³n se habla sobre el evento ‘Back Tomorrow: Federico GarcÃa Lorca/Poet in New York’ un homenaje al poeta andaluz y en particular a su obra “Poeta en Nueva York”.
En el post en el que publicaba esta imagen podÃ©is encontrar los detalles sobre la misma. Esta compuesta por las palabras mÃ¡s utilizadas en sus poemas, sin duda una preciosa lista que empieza por: niÃ±os (215), muerte (210), amor (199), agua (194), corazÃ³n (193), noche (180), cielo (156), canto (146), blanco (136), estrellas (130), oh (130), rosa (128), ojos (126), ay (118), luz (118), quiero (117), sangre (117), viento (116), mar (111)…
Ha sido todo un honor formar parte de esto, gracias Norberto!.
He tenido la suerte de participar en un concepto creativo para la celebraciÃ³n de los 20 aÃ±os de carrera profesional del cantante Victor Manuelle. Utilizando los nombres de los Ã¡lbumes de su extensÃsima discografÃa compuse un retrato que se ha utilizado como imagen principal para la campaÃ±a.
Si os dais un paseo por su webÂ http://www.victormanuelleonline.com/ podrÃ©is como se ha utilizado, de manera muy creativa, esta imagen en vÃdeos y otros medios.
Gracias Lina y Jaime por la oportunidad.
Este es uno de esos mosÃ¡icos que ponen mis tÃ©cnicas al lÃmite, inicialmente pensado para servir de fondo en la estupenda tienda de ropa que pulpea.es tiene en Vielha, muy cerca de Baqueira.
Partiendo del logo generÃ© una figura en 3D de manera que al renderizarla diera cierta sensanciÃ³n de volumen. Con el renderizado en BW propague unas 2.000 fotografÃas con las que el equipo de Pulpea querÃa rendir homenaje a sus seguidores y amigos.
El resultado lo podeis apreciar con detalle a travÃ©s de la pÃ¡gina de Zoom.it en este enlace.
One of the greatest things of running this website is the people Iâ€™m meeting and the friends I’m making. One of those is Marco Marabotto, a great Italian graphic designer. We worked together in a project (hope I could show it to you soon) and shared our skills in a exciting collaborative experience.
At the end Marco come to me with a gift. He built my portrait using the letters of my name. I was petrified… with only a few letters he did something so minimal and awesome that I’m going to use it as my new logo. It was some kind of lesson… seeing this I feel I hide my lack of talent under complexity.
You can contact Marco through his website: http://www.marcomarabotto.it/
Marco, Thank you very much!!!
I’m very proud of one of my recent works and I want to show it to you. People at StateStreet hired me to work for their last recruitment campaign, and I shared with their design team great moments of fun and hard work. I created only rough illustrations and animations, and the awesome people at StateStreet convert it to something really great.
You can check the final result in the StateStreet recruitment site: http://www.statestreet.com/reachhigher/ There are a dozen text illustrations with landscapes of different cities around the world serving as background of the site. Just hit reload to see a new one.
Also you can take a look at one of my first 3d text animations, you will find it in the beginning of the Welcome video.
Patrick, thank you for thinking on me for this!
Eva Bravo es una estupenda artista, ademÃ¡s de una buena amiga, con la que tengo pendiente un proyecto conjunto que permita combinar nuestras habilidades creando algo realmente diferente.
Su estilo, tremendamente personal, mezcla la lÃnea clara con un hiperrealismo que te cautiva por la fuerza de la imagen. Sus retratos son obras Ãºnicas hechas a mano. Para un artista digital, como yo, parecen trabajos titÃ¡nicos inasumibles para los que erramos permanentemente.
PodÃ©is ver sus trabajos en su web http://www.evabf.com/ donde ademÃ¡s tiene disponible una tienda online desde la que podÃ©is hacer pedidos http://www.evabf.com/es/tienda/producto/13-my-monday-s-shirt-1.html
AlgÃºn dÃa espero que veÃ¡is por aquÃ el resultado de mezclar nuestras dispares tÃ©cnicas.
Mucha suerte Eva!
I guess you know I expend a lot of time working with words… Throughout time I’ve coded apps that help me deal with tons of words, but a week ago I was testing one of my illustration and needed to sort words by their length. I realised that option wasn’t in my current tools.
My experience with C# is growing from the last January and I really love it. I’m using C# mainly to create tools for Revit,Â but I though it was time to give it a try with one of my crazy needs.
It is incredible how fast you can create a simple app like this. In about a half hour I ended with something ugly, probably buggy but working tool to sort lines by line length.
Yes I know there must be a lot of tools around there that can do the same thing, but in case you find it useful you can download, distribute and use it for free. But remember, no guarantees!.
Windows version. No installation, just a single exe.Â Download, unzip and run.
Ha pasado casi un aÃ±o desde que decidÃ que todas las donaciones recibidas las destinarÃa a aquellos que estÃ¡n ayudando a los niÃ±os. Y ha llegado la hora de contaros a quien he decidido mandar vuestro dinero.
Las donaciones no han sido muchas, por eso quiero agradecer enormemente a aquellos que con su generosidad contribuido a esta pequeÃ±a causa. AsÃ que Borja, Brian, Kathleen, Geoffrey, Victor, Jamela y Henrikâ€¦ GRACIAS!
Por mi parte no se me ocurre nada que me satisfaga mÃ¡s que sumarme a vosotros para que el total de la donaciÃ³n llegue a los 300$.
Para mÃ era importante que esta donaciÃ³n no se convirtiese en algo impersonal, no querÃa que fuese una mera transferencia a una cuenta bancaria sino algo entre personas. Vosotros me disteis vuestro dinero y yo quiero contaros a quien se lo estamos dando y saber algo mÃ¡s de Ã©l.
AsÃ que esto es lo que ocurriÃ³â€¦
Pablo me parÃ³ en la calle cuando volvÃaÂ a casa de trabajar, con una gran sonrisa y una enorme amabilidad me hablo de la ONG a la que pertenecÃa y de lo mucho que ayudarÃa a los niÃ±os una pequeÃ±a cantidad de dinero anual.
Me convenciÃ³, pero a cambio le pedÃ que nos contase algo sobre Ã©l. Y estas son sus palabras.
Â¿Puedes contarnos algo sobre ti?, Â¿QuiÃ©n eres?
Soy Pablo MartÃn, soy un chico de 24 aÃ±os que estÃ¡ estudiando ingenierÃa informÃ¡tica de sistemas, y que trabaja a media jornada en las campaÃ±as de calle de Plan EspaÃ±a. TambiÃ©n he trabajado de voluntario sobre todo con ancianos y vendiendo productos de comercio justo, que invito a que comprÃ©is.
Actualmente estoy apadrinando a dos niÃ±os, y colaborando con una ONG de comercio justo.
Â¿QuÃ© te llevÃ³ a ayudar a otros?
Supongo que desde pequeÃ±o me han enseÃ±ado a valorar mucho las cosas que tengo, asÃ que cuando me di cuenta de que habÃa mucha gente que no tenÃa ni siquiera para comer, me pregunte Â¿quÃ© puedo hacer yo? Las respuesta fue “haciendo trabajo de voluntario y colaborando con varias ONG’s “
Desde que tenÃa 12 aÃ±os he estado apadrinando un niÃ±o, en bachillerato unos cuantos compaÃ±eros y yo nos animamos a hacer un periÃ³dico, para con los beneficios, apadrinar un niÃ±o.
Â¿CÃ³mo te sientes?, Â¿Que aÃ±ade eso a tu vida?
Apadrinar me hace sentir que estoy devolviendo una parte de lo que se me ha regalado a la gente mÃ¡s necesitada, tambiÃ©n me hace crecer como persona. Cada vez mÃ¡s pienso que nos preocupamos demasiado por el tener y demasiado poco por el ser, y dejamos de lado a las personas.
Un amigo que es cooperante me contaba, que cuando estuvo en PerÃº, le hizo un aviÃ³n de papel a un niÃ±o. El niÃ±o jugaba todos los dÃas con ese aviÃ³n y lo cuidaba mucho, y siempre le ponÃa una sonrisa en la cara, sin embargo nosotros (yo el primero) muchas veces no valoramos lo que tenemos y siempre queremos mÃ¡s. El apoyar a esta gente me hace darme cuenta de lo que realmente es importante, las personas.
Â¿QuÃ© le dirÃas a tu mejor amigo para que ayudase?
Dime una sola cosa mejor en la que puedas invertir el dinero, que tanto te cuesta ganar, que en darle un futuro y una vida digna a una persona.
Muchas gracias por tu tiempo y tu amabilidad Pablo.
Mil gracias a todos.
I recently receive an email from one of my readers, Okan Akildane who run a advertising company called Ceres in Istambul.
He sent me some photos and one video showing how they are using some of my illustrations. And I think it’s a good opportunity to show you what people do with my stuff.
The nice thing of my vector files is they are fully scalable. No matter the big you print it you will always have smooth curves.
And with big sizes there is a beautiful effect from closer views because the whole image almost disappear, and people will probably have a surprise when they get distance and discover the image behind the words.
Today goes on sale Bo Burnham’s latest work, “Words, Words, Words”. As you can see I have been involved in the CD/DVD cover with one of my illustrations.
You can also find Words, Words, Words in iTunes.
My Leonardo Da VinciÂ image was featured at Siggraph Digital Arts Community. Thank you very much!.
My Kurt Cobain portrait has been selected as part of the “20 of the Best Typographical Portraits Found on the Web”, along with a lot of amazing works,Â by the website DesignJuices.
You can take a look at the article here.
Thank you so much!
The program takes a bunch of images and generate a composition using a (random) growing pattern algoritm. If you dont like the composition you just have to click and the program will generate a new random composition… till the one you like.
The nice thing is that you can have a mask layer. The black parts of the mask image will be areas forbidden for the algoritm.
As an example I used more than 200 photos from one of my last architectural project, a retail centre in Lorca (Spain). Click to enlarge view or download PDF version.
I’m really happy because 1designperday.com is a must visit for designers with a lot of fun and inspiring works. It’s an honor just to be there.
Thank you guys!… I appreciate it so much.
Add dimension in autocad is one of the most boring task… To avoid it, and because I’m lazy, I made an autolisp application that add dimension to lines. I called it “idim” and I want to share it with you because it is very usefull.
Some considerations: The dimension will be in the current layer with the current dimension style. It will add dimensions only to line entities. It will try to detect ‘holes’ and addÂ a dimension to it.
Instructions: appload idim.vlx, type idim… select lines… go!
It’s on beta stage. In future versions it will let you choose offset and other variables.
Free for personal and commercial use (if you use it commercialy consider donation).
RPC objects are great for 3D rendering. They render fast and it is easy to setup.
But sometimes you just don’t need photorealistic trees or people. For example in an architectural competition,Â in order to show the building scale, people inserts only human transparent silhouettes.
Here you have my little own colection. Based in ex colleagues photos. (hi BM!)
Download JO-PersonasOpacas-BM (230kb)
Files in the ZIP:
Free for personal and commercial use.