A great video piece highlighting the art of handlettering:
Speaking of which, here's a write up of an old hero of mine. An vet graffiti writer from Amsterdam named SHOE, who's taken some caligraphy up on his own.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and somthing else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.
- Chuck Close
- Chuck Close
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
While we're on the subject of album artwork. One of my favorites, and probably most unusual, was the cover art for Van Halens' 'Fair Warning'. The cover consisted of details from William Kurelek 'The Maze'. As a young man, he spent time in a psychiatric hospital. The Maze was the result, with the painting depicting his fears and torments: