Check out this article paying homage to the life and work of a great concept artist, Adam Adamowicz. I'm glad all of his hard work is coming to light and larger audiences. :-)
I'm really excited to report this since I have been meaning to give the site a severe update. I've actually done quite a lot so far, but there is still a lot more to add. However, it is an irresponsible time to be awake with things to do tomorrow, so I will take up the torch again this weekend. In the meantime, please take a look at a brand new section on the site: the Sketchbooks!
I'd love to hear from you guys about what you think - don't be shy!
I told you I'd get to the coffee thing. Disclaimer though. I can't divulge too much now because it's for a movie that is currently in production, but I'll divulge later once it's out and we all go frolicking to the theater, holding hands, to see it. What I can tell you is that I have researched the hell out of coffee logos to get to something that I found successful on the grounds of content and form for some recent graphic design work needed in a project called "Coffee Town." It's really exciting stuff! Go see it when it comes out!!! Here's some links below for more info.
Alrighty, on to January. All the things in between were the awesome typical - Christmas, presents, baking, everything Holidayish, the New Year, my birthday, some time to breathe - but more importantly, some time to sleep...all the while working on my book for The Sketchbook Project, promoted by Art House Co-op. http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject
Please note their description, "it's like a road trip, but with sketchbooks." I've never been on a road trip myself, but it dam well warms my heart to near incineration to think that my drawings will precede me in this life experience. haha Basically, the way it works is that you pay a fee to participate and they send you a little brown sketchbook to fill up and postmark by a certain time before it tours. For every book that you "purchase", a free book is sent to a charity organization, school, etc. I sent my book to an Arts High School in Los Angeles, CA. So somewhere across the country, an aspiring young artist got to participate the same way that I did for free. If I was a kid in High School, the sheer concept of this sketchbook tour would have threw me into a complete euphoria. I never really kept a traditional sketchbook until my last year of high school, and that was only because someone who was reviewing my portfolio at Cooper Union told me to. It just never dawned on me to keep a book for the express purpose of drawing. I used to just draw on whatever was around. And I mean anything. I used to draw on paper plates in pizza shops in Brooklyn when I was done eating. I mean, why not, right?
Anyways, the other fun part about this is that you get to pick a theme for your sketchbook. This is not meant to be a strict form that you adhere to, but more a jump off point. I chose to let the theme dictate my sketchbook a little more strongly - mainly because I have become very interested in the topic, due to my daily commute to work on the MTA. I chose the theme "Encyclopedia of". And my encyclopedia covers the Train Riders of NYC. As an artist who doesn't get that much access any more to live nude models, let me tell you, the next best thing is certainly commuters. And my commute is an hour long. So I have two opportunities everyday to draw all the people who are sitting perfectly still - sleeping, reading, playing on their iPhones, iPads, etc. It's a sketchbook gold mine.
Even COOLER? The sketchbooks that are submitted become permanent items in the Brooklyn Library Art Collection. My sketchbook came with a bar code. You can actually check it out like a library book. I think this concept is amazing because sketchbooks are meant to be intimate objects and experiences. To physically hold a sketchbook in your hands that is secretly brimming with artwork is such a unique experience - and often more interesting than viewing "complete" works. Could you imagine getting your hands on Da Vinci's physical sketchbook? And holding it in your HANDS? Turning the pages he turned??? *Salivation.*
The tour is going to start on April 14th in New York. I can't wait to go see all the sketchbooks. They'll be touring through the following cities: Brooklyn, NY, Chicago, IL, Portland, OR, Vancouver, Canada, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco Bay Area, CA, Greater Boston Area, MA, Portland, ME, Toronto, Canada, Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA and Austin, TX. London and Melbourne will be participating as well. For the full list of locations and dates, here is the tour schedule: http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject2012
In the mean time, if you're in NYC between April 14th - 30th, I'd really appreciate it if you paid my sketchbook a visit! It will be waiting at:
Brooklyn Art Library
103A N. 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
For a preview of some of my sketchbook work, here are a few excerpts from my personal sketchbook. (These are not from the book I submitted to the tour).
Well, it's been an eternity again. But a lot of interesting stuff has been happening and I'm happy to finally have the chance to report it all. I'm enjoying the lovely company of a chai tea at a - you guessed it - Starbucks in Manhattan. I find this slightly ironic since I have been obsessing over logo designs involving coffee for the past week. I'm serious, it was like a trance / borderline mental illness. And I'll explain all of that in a little bit. I don't want to write one huge overwhelming post, so I'm probably just going to split the topics up into separate ones. The coffee explanation is about 2 posts from now. Let's work in chronological order, so.... we'll revisit 101 Batmen.
This past December, I had the lovely surprise of running into the person who 101 Batmen was commissioned for - John Mayer. (It was his birthday present, actually). He's a huge Batman fan and though I was told through the grapevine that he loved it, it means a whole lot more to actually hear it from him in the flesh. Thank you John! Very cool!!
(You can scroll down to an earlier post from me in October to see more close-up pictures of detail in 101 Batmen.)
Noelle Raffaele - artist