Monday, 26 March 2012

Google: Alex Varanese

Alex Varanese is a digital image maker from San Francisco. An extensive use of 3D in his work enables Alex to create lifelike depictions of architecture, product design and urban landscapes from scratch, without photography. He has a large following of enthusiasts and an equally healthy client base, many of whom are high profile companies like Google.
This latest project (click here to see animation) was to give Google's targeted, metrics-driven advertising technology a memorable introduction to the world of TV, director/writer David Bryant wanted to contrast the profound evolution that television has undergone in the last half century with the sluggish pace at which TV advertising has advanced. As such, the first half of the animated piece is a tour of the televisions themselves, from the clunky wooden boxes of the 40's and 50's to the sleek flat panels of today. Along the way brief motion graphics pieces capture the essence of each era, starting with the infamous indian head test card, then on to the colourful but ham-fisted world of animation in the 60's and 70's, moving through the laser grids and neon pink script of the 80's, and finally settling on the obnoxious excess of modern-day cable news packaging. We then zoom out to reveal a patchwork of televisions arranged as a single video wall, at which point narration and animation info-graphics take over.

Friday, 23 March 2012

JBR New Signing: Debbie Smyth

Debbie Smyth's playful, yet sophisticated folio is created by stretching a network of threads between accurately plotted pins. Her work beautifully blurs the boundaries between fine art drawings and textile art, flat and 3D work, illustration and embroidery. The execution of her line literally lifts the image off the page, in a series of "pin and thread" clusters. As well as creating a number of installations, from public spaces to window displays, Debbie's style lends itself well to printed commissions and has proven most popular across the board. You can see more of Debbie's work here:

JBR New Signing: Candykiller

Dundee based Candykiller began his creative career in the graphic design and advertising world. After a number of years he made the decision of becoming a full time illustrator and hasn't looked back. Influenced by childhood imagery varying from vintage comics to Pop Art, he set about putting together a portfolio of work, executing his style through both painting and digital means. With a number of toys, prints and merchandise items being sold and constantly created Candykiller has a large following of enthusiasts worldwide. You can see more of his work here: