Jennybird Alcantara

July 27, 2010 | by admin in art

I have admired the work of Jennybird Alcantara since I first stumbled across her website in 2005. Even then, her enigmatic and thought-provoking paintings and sketches explored the darker realms of human nature. It’s hard not to mistake the artist when encountering one of her many provocative works set in subversive, mythological worlds. I would love to step inside the fantastic world of Jennybird’s visualizations of curious creatures, animals and hybrids—so beautiful, so mysterious, so strange. One can only imagine the amount of time and effort that goes into creating the succession of fantastic scenarios.

Jennybird’s fondness for the world of the imagination led to a serious interest in art, and she went on to study at the San Francisco Art Institute, receiving a BFA degree in 1995. She describes her art as inspired by “fairytales and fables, mythology, the flora and fauna of the natural world and freaks of nature, melancholy and classical music, Victorian customs, folk art, costuming, creepy religious statues and paintings, symbolism, carnivals, trips down memory lane, broken dolls and objects out of place. As well as all the beautiful and sad things that could not exist one without the other, life and death and the veil in between.”

Key takeaway: Jennybird is one of a kind and we need more like her!

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Philip Straub

July 25, 2010 | by admin in art

Philip Straub is a well-known fine artist and digital illustrator who creates breathtaking, magical masterpieces. His luminous and meticulously detailed digital and traditional oil paintings have classical influences but are purely based on the fantastic. Philip focuses on invoking an emotional response from his images through composition, color, light and subject matter. Although a conceptual illustrator at heart, his ability to successfully execute a variety of styles has allowed him to work with an array of clients producing imagery ranging from the dark and fantastic to the playful and charming. Philip’s use of traditional media with 3D and 2D software to create his illustrations, has garnered him international acclaim among a variety of artistic circles.

He is the author and creator of the award-winning illustrated novel, Utherworlds and co-author of D’artiste Digital Painting. The journal-style pages of Utherworlds are covered in paintings and illustrations that feature ornate parchments and detailed trinkets that draw you into the story and carry meaning that you might only find on the second or third reading. In fact, the fantasical materpiece of Utherworlds won the grand prize for design in 2010 at the indie/small press book awards.

Philip’s work has appeared in over 30 children’s books and on a variety of products such as Gelskins, books, games, puzzles, lenticular prints, wall murals, scrap booking, gift, stationery and textiles. In the entertainment industry he has worked with many clients including; Mattel, Fisher Price, Disney, Universal studios, Warner Brothers, DC Comics, and Knowledge Adventure. He is also a founding member of the CGSociety. He also art directed the Lord of The Rings: War in the North game and community site.

Check out the interview with him on the upcoming Warner Brothers release of Lord of The Rings: War in the North.

Follow @philstraub on Twitter. And check out his gallery on deviantART.

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Featured on WPin

July 25, 2010 | by admin in press

WPin is a community resource for users new to WordPress. I’m honored that the Website Bakery was included in the “100+ Beautiful WordPress Blog Headers” article. It’s wonderful to be listed alongside the other excellent and inspirational WordPress website header artwork.

While all of the headers listed had very lovely designs, not all of them had clearly defined calls-to-action, taglines or messaging that focused on the visitors’ needs that would lead users to take action. I’d love to see a follow-up post that focuses on the strategy of how these headers work for the whole of the site’s user experience as compared to just the quality of their artwork. After all, a website’s header is the first impression you’ll get in the customer-creation play.


Ëlodie

July 24, 2010 | by admin in illustration

Ëlodie is a French illustrator specializing in fashion illustration and portraiture. With a fascination for 60′ graphic design and fashion, she plays with different kinds of traditional and hand drawn techniques such as pigment liner, watercolor and pencil. Then, they are digitally enriched with typography and other graphical elements to produce a vintage style.

Follow @Elodie_feed on Twitter.

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Yoav Kotik

July 21, 2010 | by admin in jewelry

Yoav Kotik, the designer of the “precious metal” jewelry line, gives new life to scrap objects that have terminated their original purpose. Collecting mostly metal items, caps and cans, he polishes them from the dust of the road to fulfill their vast potential, revealing layers and exposing emotions from their “past life”. He bends, folds, cuts, presses and molds the recycled material and transforms them into one-of-a-kind–chandeliers, jewelry and sculptures. All pieces evoke a fresh and exciting new experience.

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drfranken

July 19, 2010 | by admin in illustration

Patswerk

July 16, 2010 | by admin in design

All the best from the Netherlands… Patswerk, a graphic design agency, was founded in 2008 by long time friends Ramon Avelino, Rogier Mulder and Lex van Tol. Their shared love for graffiti, drawing and graphic design is what binds them. Even though each of the Patswerk members has his own graphic style, they always try to combine work and make each piece a team effort. They all have enough confidence in each other, that they are comfortable enough to step aside and let someone else have a go at the design. In almost all of their work, they try to incorporate something hand-drawn. Drawing and illustration is a huge part of their identity. Normally a design starts as a sketch in a notebook, and is later scanned for final digital coloring and layout.

Follow @patswerk on Twitter.


Old Savannah Tours

July 14, 2010 | by admin in web design

Old Savannah tours is the only locally owned and operated Trolley Tour Company in Savannah. When I first started living there in the 80′s, I took a tour through more than two and a half centuries of history so I could get to know the city. It’s fascinating to see Savannah as the early colonists saw it by riding along cobblestone paved streets beneath moss-draped oaks.

The website design and build was done by Gauge Interactive web design and development company based in Savannah, GA. It’s a well-designed Magento site with balance, organization, focus and an enjoyable user experience. Since the site launch, they have had over a 50% increase in online sales.

Ah! What I wouldn’t give to move back to the “Old South”.


LouLou & Tummie

July 9, 2010 | by admin in illustration

Venture into the glorious world of color with LouLou & Tummie, a Dutch illustration duo who spend their days building an ever expanding empire of candy-coated graphics and cute, happy characters. Led by their craving for toys, happiness and all things cute or robot-like, they abuse their computers to spit out designs that can be found in magazines, books, advertisements, plush, papertoys, on walls and interiours, t-shirts and shoes around the galaxy.

Laurens (Loulou) and Chantal (Tummie) met each other at Art Academy and now work and live together in Tilburg, Netherlands. They originally started out working on their own projects and clients as two illustrators going by the names ‘LouLou Illustration’ and ‘Tummie Design’. After a few years of living and working together, their styles slowly grew and blended and they officially join forces to work under one name… Loulou & Tummie.

So how does their individual styles differ from each other? Since everything she touches turns into cuteness, Tummie will most likely pick up jobs with lots of flowers and cute critters. And while Loulou tinkers with robots and monsters, he also tends more towards graphic shapes and layouts.

Their plush, toy and accessory line is called Tummie Friends. The friends have their own stories and live in their own ultra cute little empire called Sugarhill world between Chocovalley and Bittercity.

LouLou on Flickr.
Tummie on Flickr.

Follow @louloutummie on Twitter.

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Ludovic Jacqz

July 5, 2010 | by admin in art

Ludovic Jacqz is a French artist living in Bordeaux with an affinity towards portraying melancholy young females with gemstone eye details in dreamlike atmospheres. Influenced by Japanese animation and works in watercolor, markers, paints, crayons and Bic, Photoshop and Illustrator.

Follow @BeyondtheChuch on Twitter.

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Martin Romero

July 3, 2010 | by admin in art

Martin Romero is a Visual Effects Artist and 3D generalist currently teaching online fx classes at the Academy of Art University where he is also pursuing a masters in visual effects. He specializes in the creation of visual effects and also photo realistic texturing and lighting using tools such as Maya, 3Ds Max, Photoshop, After Effects and Fusion as well as plug-ins like FumeFx, Afterburn, Mental Ray, Vray, and RayFire. He has worked on several projects including shorts, a 3D TV series, and game cinematics. He worked as a visual effects and 3d artist for Cinematico on the Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 cinematics. And also created the visual effects for Xavier: Renegade Angel Season 2.

Check out the demo reels and his blog.

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Website Bakery is an exhibition and inspiration showcase gallery that aggregates art, design, web design, illustration, handmade, products, etc. Curated by Kimberly Coles, Creative Director, Illustrator and Web Designer.

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