Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Shawn Colvin is, and always will be, one of my favorite music artists. Not only do I love the emotional depth and earthy mood of her tunes, but the fact that her album covers always feature incredible artwork makes me an even bigger fan. The amazing work of Julie Speed graced the cover of her hit album A Few Small Repairs, and was the inspiration behind the famous "Sunny Came Home" song. Colvin, herself, has said that the art serves as a starting point for her sometimes, and I love how she incorporates the artwork as a theme in her promo photos and music videos. Her latest album These Four Walls, features an artist that I never knew about until I looked her up today. . .WHOA!!! The artist's name is Maggie Taylor, and her work is some of the coolest digital collage work I have EVER seen. She uses historical photos and found objects, scans them and then, in Photoshop, creates these illusionary wonders. According to her website, she's going to be having a new book out soon. Really inspiring stuff:
Friday, April 18, 2008
The CMYK #40 Spring Issue containing the winners of the "Call for Aspiring Creatives" competition is finally out, folks! I just received my copy in the mail this week! Remember when I said it would really hit me, once I'd see it printed? (for those who missed my previous post explaining all this click here.) Well, I literally screamed when I opened to the page with my piece on it. Again, I am deeply honored to be showcased among the country's top up-and-coming illustration and design creatives; there's a wealth of inspiration and talent in these pages, and it's mind-blowing to be a part of it all. Make sure you go and pick up your copy, available where magazines are sold. You can also order one from their super cool website, http://www.cmykmag.com/.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Finally got around to photographing some of my latest work. Here's the finished illustration for Longfellow's Song of Hiawatha that I spoke of earlier (see my previous post). I have to admit that the execution of this one was more challenging than usual - giving me a profound appreciation for landscape painters! Colorwise, it can get tricky if the scenery is complex, but I'm satisfied with the results. I've been wanting to do something like this for some time, so it was cool to finally undertake it.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Quick update: All three reviews are complete and can now be seen on the Art & Critique website:
* "Andrea Kowch: Magical Realism & Real Problems"
* "Andrea Kowch: Book Covers - The Crucible; Sleepy Hollow"
* "Andrea Kowch: Landscapes and Outdoor Scenes - A Descent Into Memory"
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
It always seems when I don't have the time to actually sit down and fully enjoy televison, there's something amazing on. I've been glued to HBO Films' miniseries, John Adams. Not only due to the fact that I love the period of Colonial America, but the way the movie is presented is simply phenomenal. The film, which is supposed to be the most historically accurate film on the subject to date, is real eye candy in terms of production. In the "Making Of" segment, it was mind-blowing to find out that nearly all of the scenes were matte painted; the attention to historical detail; the set designs; costumes. . .WOW. The visuals and music during the opening credits is mesmerizing, and, not to forget, the film's content in itself, is presented beautifully. It's the most entertaining history lesson you can get. Learning so much as I watch this, I can't help but wonder (and the filmmakers brought this up, too) what sort of country would the U.S. have become if we didn't have men like John Adams, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson alive together at the same time as they were? The era truly marked what I view as the American Renaissance. God Bless America. I can't wait to see the last few episodes.
John Adams Theme Song (HBO Intro)John Adams: Making Of (HBO)