Michelle Clark Graphic Design


Big Time Watching

Without a doubt this is one of my favorite commericals of all time. This is a spot on Adult Swim that I’ve been seeing for the last few weeks. I love the simple yet artistic and rendition of 1970’s television. So good it’s almost creepy.



Annalema Magazine
Cover image courtesy Annalema

Cover image courtesy Annalema

I may very well have a newly found love for this magazine entitled Annalema. It’s a twice yearly publication of short stories, artwork, and photographs. I found this post on BOOOOOOOM earlier this week that shows several spreads of the inside of the magazine. As a perpetual right-brainer, I was instantly attracted to spread after spread of nothing but photos, and each layout is unique yet nicely uniform. At only $15 a year for both publications to boot. I’ve made it a goal for myself to read more magazines, specifically, more affordable, attractive, literary and art magazines (the best kind) and I think this fits the bill. What kind of magazines do you read? Right now I haven’t done much recreational reading and don’t expect to until next month, but for very good reason. Check out the website if you’re interested. They’ve got information about the magazine as well as options to either get an annual subscription (twice yearly) or you can buy issues separately. They also have their own blog.



100 Remarkable CD Covers
May 14, 2009, 6:30 am
Filed under: Art, Design, Inspiration, Music, Packaging | Tags: , , , , ,

Image courtesy of Smashing Magazine

Image courtesy of Smashing Magazine

I was overjoyed to find this post on Smashing Magazine this morning outlining 100 Obscure and Remarkable CD Covers. CD and book cover design are two of my top interests in the Graphic Design field and ultimately what led me to further my education in said field. This post features 100 fabuluous album designs (a few of which have been featured on my Albums of the Week posts) as well as an introduction into the concept of CD design and how the best album art doesn’t simply showcase top notch photography (not to mention photo editing) of band members, but captures the interest of the buyer as well as hold true to the essence and mood of the music. I couldn’t agree more.



Local Artist: Sarah Cosman
Image credit Sarah Cosman

Image credit Sarah Cosman

I first saw Sarah Cosman’s work just this last Thursday during the First Thursday art walk in the Pearl District here in Portland. I’ve mentioned Last Thursday, and First Thursday is very similar in theory, except that instead of having streets lined with art and community canvases, you get to walk inside a myriad of more prestigious art galleries downtown and partake in some wine and cheese tasting (yum!).

This artist’s work caught my attention right away. Her art is heavily influenced by celestial subject matter, form, and color. Her cosmos paintings swirl and twirl in some of my favorite hues of blue, purple, and green. She also does portraits of a more surreal, exaggerated reality or dream state style, and some abstract works as well. Her abstract paintings are very beautiful and methodical, as if each color, line, and shape was placed with a purpose. Check out the work she has posted on her website. Some of the gallery links don’t work, but you can see her famous Cosmos paintings as well as her abstract work. If you get a chance, check her out every first Thursday of the month at 634 NW Flanders #238.



Local Artist: Red Parasol Productions
"Hollow Mask" by Tricia Beck

"Hollow Mask" by Tricia Beck

Red Parasol Productions is the art of Portland native Tricia Beck. I first saw her work at the Saturday Market and have been mesmerized ever since. January 2009 marks her third year as a working artist and street vendor. You can also see her work at Last Thursdays on Alberta. The colors and textures she achieves in her paintings are beyond words. Being from the Northwest, she’s constantly inspired by the natural beauty she sees. She retains a very realistic feel with her natural subjects but always with her own special twist. When asked to define her style, she simply states, “glorified reality.” She hopes that her work can inspire others and portray that being alone doesn’t have to mean loneliness. She works with acrylic (my favorite medium) and uses a heavy-bodied gel to texturize her paintings. Here’s what some people have quoted about Tricia and her work:

“There’s an illustrative, surreal quality to Tricia Beck’s paintings that make me think of both Salvador Dali and paper animation pioneer, Lotte Reiniger. Her interpretation of the natural world–clouds, trees, nests–has an edge to it that defies the pretty landscapes. A bit twisted, and beautiful.”
Rachael Taylor Brown, singer/songwriter, & proud owner of a Beck original pastel painting entitled, “Fire In The Hills”.

“Tricia captures the spontaneity of nature with a vivid poetic sense.”
James Faretheewell, singer/songwriter & proud owner of a Beck original print entitled, “Just Before Noon”.

Check out Tricia’s collection at the Red Parasol Productions website.




I Could Live Here

Image courtesy of Design*Sponge

Dan

Dan

I almost wanted to crawl back into bed once I spotted this cozy, inspired living quarters of artist Dan Funderburgh of Brooklyn, New York. I felt instantly comfortable when browsing through photos of his pad. He has such a wide variety of tastes that he integrates into his home decor. Notice the abundance of books present in every single photograph. I thought to myself, how many books does he own?! and, is this heaven? Having lived with a few artist-types myself I’ve shared space with both the extremely neat and tidy Interior Designer as well as a more cluttered and disheveled illustrator, but this space looks like a happy medium. I especially like how he uses the colander to hold knick-knacks. Images are courtesy of Design*Sponge and Dan Funderburgh. Check him out. He has some neat pattern-based artwork.



Speaking of Writing…
Photo credit: Touch the Sky

Photo credit: Touch the Sky

Why not have a cool place to put it all? I love and collect notebooks of any kind, notebooks meaning paper bound with a coil. They can be sketch books or journals or notepads. I have some I’ve never used, and they are a constant inspiration for me and someday I hope to be doing more of my own. I’d still like to get my hands on one of these though. I found this local artist through another artist’s website. Called Touch the Sky, Karen Saro Troeger creates these custom journals and notebooks using marbeled papers, Japanese and Italian papers, or her own hand painted paste papers. I lke the hand painted ones the best, but she also has a collection of leather jounral designs that are handsewn the historical linestich style, are accented with natural mineral and stone beads, and contain 140 recycled sheets of paper. There are so many designs to choose from, and her hand painted journals are very affordable at only $16 apiece. She also makes window books and unique photo books  that fold in all sorts of funky ways as well as hand weaved and tin jewelery.