Wednesday, April 30, 2008

McBess 3D and 2D Talent

His illustrative work may seem to give off a slightly vintage whiff, but I think he puts just enough contemporary elements to make you feel like it's a completely new style.

His 3D animation is damn fine and looks 100% professional too making this one of my new fave all-rounded artists from the last couple years.

Apparently, he also has some music which will be released in a couple months and I'm really looking forward to that.

Visit his entertaining website HERE.

The video is definitely worth a watch. A 2 minute visual portfolio of his 3D work...stunning!

You can read an interview with him HERE.

Mike Rea Wooden Constructions

Mike Rea makes things out of wood. Pretty frikkin awesome things actually. From fish tanks, to space-age war tanks, to Mecha-suits for Stephen Hawking. This guy has a wild imagination and his design realisation skills are second to none.

The artist's statement:
"The intent of my work is to create something short of its outcome. My goal is to create the idea of an object that remains a dream. The objects I create are based on fictions, rather than realities. I have always been interested in the ephemeral worlds established in film, or even in popular culture.

Fictions or established hearsay allow for a flawed interpretation, which leads to a flawed result. The sublime is unattainable, and not an option."


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Banksy Art Show At Schoeni Gallery

ESPV's and UKAdapta's super good friend Nicole Schoeni of the famous Schoeni Gallery is helping to host the Banksy show in HKG with a few extra days to view the art at her gallery.

The Banksy exhibition will be a continuation of the Love Art show, which took place at the Hong Kong Arts Centre from 23-28 April, highlighting Banksy's rare and previously unseen in Hong Kong originals. The showing at Schoeni Art Gallery will then be enhanced by additional unique examples of his work, such as his famous policemen with iconic smiley faces of the acid house music, rats with drills, monkeys carrying written messages and weapons of mass destruction.

All artworks exhibited at the Banksy exhibition are secondary market originals and prints.

Vernissage: 6:30pm - 8:30pm, 29 April 2008 (Thats tonight, so get on down there!)
Exhibition: 30 April - 13 May 2008
Venue: Main Gallery 21-31 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong

For more info, visit the Schoeni Gallery's website HERE.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Fake Street Signs For Sale

Found this interesting post on Grafik Warfare regarding a certain person who is selling genuine "street-signs" and doctoring them to make them look like they are priceless works of art. According to Grafik Warfare;"

"This sign for instance I know from the bottom of my road in Brighton, so it’s not from London. also that D*Face stencil was never on there. The whole thing is bullshit."

If this is true, then the person who just bought this for £4,000 GBP has been seriously duped and I feel sorry for them. It's unbelievable how far people will go to make a quick buck in this age of streetart/graffiti mania. To make fake stencils of others work is appalling.

See more of the fake signage HERE.

Tokyoplastic Koguma X MPH Labs

Tokyoplastic have done it again at NYCC and made another seriously beautiful toy which will drop very shortly for those lucky enough to get their hands on it. I present to you Koguma. A visual treat.


UKAdapta Effect Festival Tees Available

Just wanted to inform you that UKAdapta have just teamed up with amazing designer George Barron to create some commemorative Tee designs for the upcoming Effect Music Festival in Kagoshima, Japan.

Design A

Design B

This is the back of the Tee.

Hi and sorry for the lack of updates. I have just moved house and being in the primitive city they call London, my internet connection won't be up and running for a bit. So posts will be sporadic.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Pixeloo The Art of Untoon

"Untoon". A new word I learnt this Sunday afternoon. To make a cartoon more realistic and to take the toon out out of it. Pixeloo is a relatively new artist on the blogging scene but has been secretly developing his skills for many years. His Photoshop skills are excellent and his choice of skin textures, hair etc is great.

There must be a million different untoon requests you could come up with. I mean, who wouldn't want to see an untooned She-Ra!

Check out his blog HERE.

Urwerk Turbine Watch

Haven't been inspired by too many watches since those steampunk ones I posted HERE last year. However, Urwerk UR-202 is a piece of class. It has a self-winding kinetic motor, telescopic minute hands, orbiting and revolving hour satellites, and fancy, mechanical turbines that look great, but fuck knows if they actually have any specific purpose!


Fullmetal Alchemist: fullmetal fun

Fullmetal Alchemist started out as a manga series created by Hiromu Arakawa (and is still going). Studio Bones adapted the manga into 51 episodes for the anime; which was directed by Seiji Mizushema. Fullmetal Alchemist first aired on Japanese TV on October 2, 2003 and ended on October 2, 2004. A one-hour OAV Fullmetal Alchemist: Reflections was released in 2005, and in March 2006 a DVD with 3 new OAVs was released in Japan, (so we only have to wait a few more years for those to come over here). This series has been very popular in both Japan and North America, and has also won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize in 2003. The 2005 TV Asahi web poll saw Fullmetal Alchemist voted the most popular anime prize in 2003. The of all time in Japan. But unfortunately the anime series has finished and there are no more plans to continue it.

At the start of the anime we see the main characters Edward (the older brother) and Alphones Elric try to bring their dead mother back to life using alchemy. Their attempt fails and results in Edward losing his left leg and Alphonse losing his whole body. In a desperate attempt to save his brother Edward sacrifices his right arm in exchange for Alphonse’s sole and attaches it to a suit of armour. After this ordeal Edward is fitted with automail to replace his lost limbs (this is an advance for of prosthetics).

Edward decides to join the state alchemists’ in order to gain access to the vase library’s they have; in an attempt to find a way to get their bodies back. Edward is the youngest person to ever be accepted into the state alchemists’. He is very short for his age and is very touchy about his height. This leads to him flying off the handle whenever anyone comments on how short he is or mistakes Alphonse for him. When the brothers learn about the philosopher’s stone they decide to set out and find it. The brother’s quest leads them into some very funny as well as some very dark situations.
(the ending in this AMV is not the ending in the series I'm not that cruel)

Fullmetal Alchemist is not your average anime. The plot has many layers and unfolds throughout the series smoothly with a climatic bang at the end. The main characters grow throughout the series at the start the brothers are very naïve. As the series progresses and the brothers’ encounter new people and are put into more and more dangerous situations their out look on life and the world around them is changed. This anime had me rolling around the floor with laughter and misty eyed in other parts. Fullmetal Alchemist will not let you down and will leave you wishing Studio Bones would continue the series.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

PS3 Modded into a Laptop

Holy Shit, Ben Heckendorn is truly the master of console modding. He has already made an XBox 360 and Wii laptop which were amazing and revolutionary but his newest PS3 custom laptop just takes the cake! It looks like a factory standard model, not something that was actually made in a geek's garage!!!

Original backwards compatible 60GB model
17-inch LCD HDTV screen: 720p
HDMI-DVI connection (same as last Xbox 360 laptop)
Built-in keyboard, USB ports, stereo speakers, headphone jack
Size: 17 x 13.75 x 3-inches
Weight: 16 pounds!

The machine is being auctioned off for charity on Ebay and last time I checked it was going for $17,100 USD!!!!


Joseph OMalley New Website

A very old Fotolog friend contacted me this morning with news of his new website. Joseph O'Malley is an artist, designer, illustrator and copyrighter who's work deserves a mention on the ESPV blog.

Long Live the Germ!

Check more of his work HERE.

Take G Wooden Mecha Toys

This Japanese designer is going back to the old-school with his toy designs. Last Millenium, toys were being made in wood and Take-g is trying to make it into a revival. I would love to get my hands one of his hand-crafter mecha-walkers.

See more of his incredible toys HERE.


Thursday, April 17, 2008

China Rush Hour Squeeze

WTF?! I would get a home-based job.....there is no way you'd see me in this train!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Inkfetish Website Update

Inkfetish, an extremely talented British illustrator/designer/aerosol head has just put some new touches to his website and is well worth a look.

Check out the talent of Inkfetish HERE.

Mysterious Al X Volvo

My very good friend Mysterious Al has just done a collab with Volvo for their new C-30 R Design car. Major props mate!

Photos [VIA]

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Duster 132 Update

More fresh work from Duster132 in Paris. I know that I said last week that Ramak was the mecha-king, but Duster132 is definitely the mecha-king of streetart/graffiti robots! (It's interesting that they are both French creatives....)

See my original post on Duster132 HERE.
See more of Duster's work HERE.

Melbourne Art: Part 3

PHilfy has been busy doing allot of recon in Melbourne recently and checking out the local streetart and graffiti scene. And there’s plenty of it. There’s art in the shopping malls, art in train stations, art in skate parks, art along the streets, in the CBD and in outer suburb areas – and all of it is pretty good stuff.
(CBD area)

(Shopping mall)

(Inner suburb train station)

(Skate park)

One cool area that many of yall would have heard of is Brunswick Street. This funky area in Melbourne is not too different to East London’s Brick Lane and Shoreditch areas. On Brunswick there are allot of cool cafes and shops and places to chill and have a beer outside. Within the side streets there is allot of great art, both graffiti and streetart.

Rose Street, off Brunswick, is a cool street to checkout and every Sunday (I think) has a cool market (Rose Street Market) that sells some cool art and other things.. which, is where I met Dirtfish. Dirtfish is a local artist ( who had his own stall selling wicked artwork and was a friendly bloke who I got chatting to and hope to do some collaborative work with in the future (stay tuned!).

Stay tuned for more cool photos in Melbourne Art: Part 4, coming soon!

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