A friend showed me this guy last night and I havent stopped looking at his website since! His amazing fan art was featured on the Chive, check these out:
I am a pantone fanatic and love the collections they put out. Each year they name the Color of the Year and this year the color is . . . .
Marsala ooh ahh
This color is perfect for fall (my fave season!) Yes, I realize it's basically burgundy and you can call it that. This color is always a favorite of mine for the fall as well as olive, navy, and deep plum.
After the art post I did a few weeks ago I have been non-stop looking at different sites to find cool, inexpensive art. I decided since I am moving into a new place and getting to re-do another room that I want more art and less photos of friends and family... sorry guys. I have hung a few items, ones that I was sure I wanted to display in my room. I have three pieces of art that i have done that I actually love. These are truly the only things I have created that I really enjoy. They are all from the same art class I took in college: 2-d design. It dealt with making collages and I just figured since I loved what I made then, I should try it again! I have been looking through old magazines I have hoarded cutting out images to compile a large collection for when I begin collaging. Here are some super cool collage prints I have found and want to share, hopefully you feel the same way I do!
*All of these were taken from Society6 check out each artists page!
It's about that time already where you start planning or thinking about your room/dorm for next year! Many of you are probably reading this thinking "um..no, it's only July are you crazy?" The answer is yes. I love, love, love, decorating my room I and I do it throughout the year. Over my past four year in college I have learned a lot... not from academics, but about where to find good, cheap items, knowing what is necessary or just slightly ridiculous. Remember this is not your 'first home' this is not an HGTV remodel. More than likely you're in a pretty sh!tty apartment and have very limited space.
Art is my number one priority when it comes to decorating. For me, the more the merrier. This is the one time you can crowd the walls with framed or unframed art, post cards, pictures, etc. You're a college student, not a homeowner. Society 6 is my favorite place for art prints. I have found (and sold!) some amazing prints there and the prices are not bad. Why not help a struggling artist out? Unframed art can look really cool especially if you're in college, I'm particularly referring to that dorm room in 22 Jump Street:
When I was a freshman/sophomore Pinterest was HUGE, DIY canvases were even bigger. However, most of the time they suck, lets be honest. Try fooling around with photoshop or illustrator -free trials available- to see what you come up with. Not all of us are painters, especially me!
The best art is the ones you have collected, I taped up all my post cards from studying abroad, and framed a lot of cool art prints I found on the street. But if you don't have a fabulous life like me (major joke), buying is the first way to go,
unfortunately. I have got to say the best purchase from Society 6 I have made was when my roommate and I were not necessarily sober, and purchased this beauty which hung over our living room for 2 years.
Society 6 art is amazing and you can find the perfect pieces for your room on this website, I am serious theres some crazy stuff on here.
Rifle Paper Company is another one of my favorites. A little more on the expensive side, but you really don't need to fill up your shopping cart like I do every time I am on their website. This is my favorite piece that I own, they have tons of cities and are great ways to add color to your room.
I mean come on, how cute are these?!
So recently I have been having some issues realizing that I may not have chosen the right major. I am a Media Arts and Design major and I think I should have gone the graphic design route. I know you probably think those are the exact same thing but they are so different. Instead of freaking out, I decided to really teach myself. I consider myself an intermediate/expert on adobe products but I know there is SO much more I can learn. I have therefore taken it upon myself to learn the amazing online tutorials they have out there. So far I have done two, all posters to be printed for my bf's lame "game room/man cave." He wanted an Iron Man poster, which I was the opposite of thrilled about, but I sucked it up and did my best. This guy is amazing, he did the whole tutorial from scratch, makes me mad at how amazingly talented people are. Try it for yourself, Iron Man in Illustrator Tutorial. Pretty proud of myself for doing this, it was pretty difficult and you definitely have to understand the basics of illustrator to complete this.
Next up: Batman. At least I have seen these movies! Here is the simple illustrator final of Batman, which will be vamped up in photoshop obviously. I just decided to wing this one and not do a tutorial.
Now finally, this is more my speed. Trent didn't request this one, this is just one of the tutorials I have been dying to try. This was by FAR the easiest to complete and I recommend you try it! The designer took a few extra steps that I found necessary and skipped but here is the final product:
Every once in a while I get sick of looking at the same thing, therefore I love making little changes to my website, blog, etc. I simplified my title and made some new social media icons!
The images are courtesy of AlexanderMcQueen.com and are special designs for exclusive scarves done my Damien Hirst.
Check them out!
Just pulled social media icon png's and created a clipping mask in photoshop!
It is finally time I write a blog post about my time abroad in my favorite city in the whole wide world.
I posted a while back about the amazing weekend trips I took abroad in Barcelona, Paris, Edinburgh, and Bath. However, I couldn't get myself to write about my time in London because I missed it so much I honestly might get emotional ... I know. I wish all my pictures and videos could accurately describe my time in London but it doesn't come close. It was honestly the most amazing experience for me. Being somewhat alone in a foreign city for two months. It was my first time out of the US (not counting my trip to Atlantis in HS). It was so scary (especially that 7 hour flight over the ocean) but I, without getting too cheesy here, grew so much as a person and after only two months I now know myself better and have become so much more independent.
I met the greatest people in London and was so fortunate to have experience this trip with 25 other amazing people. We are all so different and probably would never have become friends if it was not for this trip, but I am so glad we did. I know these people better than I do most of my friends that I have known since elementary school.
Enough sentimental time.
Our trip consisted of navigating London, finding the best shops, museums, restaurants, markets, and pubs, drinking cider (all day every day), a little bit of class, and a whole lot of pub crawls.
My favorite memories actually are the days I had to myself. Trying to make my way around the busy city without a working phone was definitely interesting. But, I made it and stumbled upon some amazing things (Tour de France, and a tattoo museum- cool!)
I don't think I could write just one post about London, it would be 100 pages long. Therefore I will start with my favorite part. The Art.
I was so excited to go to London knowing they are a huge city full of famous street art. I couldn't wait to explore and every time I stumbled upon something it just made me fall more and more in love with the city.
Most of the Museums I went to, I went by myself which I enjoyed more than having tour guide. I like to spend my own time there and not worry about taking too long and certain exhibits. Most of the museums unfortunately did not allow photography. Occasionally I would get a sneaky pic (and often got into trouble) but I do have some pictures of my favorite places!
This is the one museum I had been dying to go to because I did a presentation in my graphic design class on the man who created the logo!
I went by myself and this was by far my favorite day in London.
It was so stunning, they had sculptures and tapestries from countries around the world, they had a history of fashion exhibit, and the Glamour of Italian fashion. A huge room filled with jewelry, a photography exhibit, Wedding dresses, stain glass, graphic design, and theatre costumes and sets. It was honestly the coolest place I had ever been.
I have very mixed feelings about this museum. First, it smells weird. Second, I really don't enjoy modern art, half of the art exhibits looked like shit. Actual shit (see below). However, overall it's a really cool place regardless of your taste in art.
My last free day I went and spent 20 pounds on the Henri Matisse cutout exhibit, it was amazing!
I realize that's a stupid title.
I love Instagram probably too much! It is my favorite app and I want to use it everyday! I love finding new people to follow so I can be jealous of their lives, photography skills, and creativity.
Here are my Insta favs that you should follow!
Photographers, artists, designers, and explorers. I love them all!
Like I posted in the post below, we talk a lot about street art because it is such an important topic here in London. One of my favorite Graphic Designers, Shepard Fairey. Known for his street art, his clothing line OBEY, and the Obama poster. I became obsessed with this guy after someone in my art class told me about him last year.
In my Culture by Design class today we learned about street art. The art scene here in London is so unbelievable there is too much to post about! We went to Leake street today (my second time) the tunnel that Banksy started as a legal graffiti area for artists. I learned so much today about London street art and the war between Banksy and local artist, King Robbo. Personally I like Banksys stuff better, even though he did seem to get a lot of ideas from French artist, Blek. However, King Robbo seems to be a nicer guy than Banksy
heres an example of their turf war:
So far I have seen 2 Banksys, one on a Tour in Notting Hill and one I happened to stumble upon on, on a random road on the way to a pub to watch the USA Ghana game!
Today I saw a Robbo which is cool because they don't really exist anymore, they were all painted illegally and are considered vandalism, not street art. Also, Robbo disappeared and no one knows if he is dead or alive.
The Documentary we watched also featured an artist named Ben Eine who has been arrested over 20 times for vandalism, but now gets commissioned for doing street art. I didn't even realize it but I saw one of his art pieces during my first week here.