• Posted on February 28, 2013 by cmykuser

    CMYK Discovers - Christopher Scott (CMYK 54)

    Inside CMYK Magazine #54 we feature a sampling of the portfolio of rising-star poster designer Christopher Scott. Check out CMYK 54 to see more of Christopher's work. We hope you enjoy. http://christopherscottdesigner.com/

    DESIGNER CHRISTOPHER SCOTT.

    Christopher Scott is only 26 years old and he is already an internationally recognized social awareness poster designer. Born in Northern Ireland, he received both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Design and Communication from the University of Ulster, Magee. The concepts of his posters are paramount to the visuals, and his work communicates strong and meaningful messages with humanity at the core of his designs. Scott has been recognized by many organizations such as Good50x70, Posterfortomorrow, Design vs. Poverty, and the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, and he received a silver medal in the International Design Awards. His work has been exhibited in Italy, Peru, Korea, the United States, and many more countries worldwide, including the Louvre in Paris, France. He has been a member of multiple international juries and has collaborated with legends in the field such as Reza Abedini, Yossi Lemel, and Woody Pirtle.

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  • Posted on December 17, 2012 by cmykuser

    CMYK 54 On-Sale Everywhere Today

    Featuring 100 award-winning works in art direction, copywriting, graphic design, illustration and photography from some of the most talented artists on the scene today. http://tinyurl.com/a98xeso

    Da Vinci Code muse acclaimed typographer John Langdon designs our cover and outlines the process behind his amazing ambigram work for the City of Philadelphia. Plus, Modern Dog’s copyright battle in their own words; instructor advice on what makes a star design student; meet the next great young designer; CMYK Facebook Poll; over 100 works in our Student and Professional Creative Showcases.

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  • Posted on November 19, 2012 by cmykuser

    "Hopeless in the Mist"

    Sarah Lee has a penchant for ancient folklore, rituals, and mythology from around the world. Her illustrations reinterpret these narratives through a whole new lens. We were inspired by Sarah’s art after her illustration “Hopeless in the Mist” was published in CMYK’S Pro Showcase in CMYK Vol. 53 (Summer 2012).

    Sarah is a San Fran based artist and recent Art Center College of Design alumni. She is currently working on new art for her show at Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles this January. She received her BFA in Illustration, but we are also excited to share her sculpture series of animals covered and made of eggshells. We got in touch with Sarah while she was traveling in Korea to discuss her style and inspirations:

    Hi Sarah, I’m glad we could get in touch while you’ve been traveling Asia. Where have you been and where are chatting with us from?

    Hello. I’ve been traveling through Mongolia, China, and currently in Korea.

    "The Meeting"

    How have your travels influenced your illustrations?

    While taking my final term in Art Center College of Design, a teacher told me that traveling around the world would stimulate new ideas and creativity from your brain’s pocket, and here I am.

    My pieces all have a story rooted from different folktales, legends, myths, and moral stories from different cultures. While traveling these three countries, I’ve learned a lot about various cultures. Observing how the people live, and some insight into their religions. I’ve visited many shrines, read many stories about their gods, and saw many ancient artifacts. New ideas that will later translate into my illustrations.

    "To Manhood"

    What’s your background?

    I am Korean, born in San Francisco and raised in different parts of the bay area. I grew up watching a lot of Animal planet, Discovery channel, and the History channel. I have a love for animals and ancient history, which later combined became my current illustrations. I am also raised in a Christian home, so the Bible became an important resource for my paintings. What’s also neat is that my mom used to be a traditional painter, so DNA happened and I was destined to become an artist.

    "Who did it?"

    Your illustrations evoke distinct narratives. What is the narrative of the “Air Pirates” series?

    If you flip to the History channel and watch long enough, you will without a doubt come across a war documentary. I love watching war movies or any action movies with a battle scene whether it’s an ancient Roman war, modern war, Star Wars or kung fu war. Almost all war movies are the same, it’s a power game. The opposing sides both want to gain more power than the other side. So in the series “Air Pirates,” I’ve decided to make my own war between two opposing tribes. I’ve created these two tribes from dissecting myths and legends from different existing countries. With these creatures I’ve decided they should meet as rivals in an inventive battle scene in hot air balloons. I wanted to do a fusion of traditional tribal war mixed with the modern day era.

    "Air Pirates" (Series of 3)

    What type of media are we looking at? What’s your favorite to use?

    Everything is usually some sort of mixed media. I generally use whatever I can find and it depends on the time allowed for each piece.  Acrylics and inks are definitely a favorite.

    The detail and texture in your illustrations are immaculate.  How did you develop such an eye for detail?

    I just become obsessed with mark making. The same pattern of mark making becomes a form of meditation and it relaxes me. After constantly researching and sketching rough sketches; the details then becomes the fun part and once you start, you don’t want to stop.

    "Batify" (Series of 3)

    Where do you find inspiration for such epic narratives?

    Roman myths and legends, the Bible, different folklore and moral stories from around the world. Books on different tribes and how they lived and what they believed in, different religious beliefs and rituals, the third world countries, and traveling.

    "Nunsins"

    Do you remember the first artist that profoundly influenced you? Do you have any current muses?

    I admire Henry Darger’s work.

    What is your typical process from initial idea to completion?

    I would usually doodle a character, and then place him in a story inspired by my own experiences or from my gained knowledge of different cultures. After setting up a story, I would start sketching in a rough sketch. I usually then scan in my rough drafts and move them around in photoshop to the right composition, and then get tighter with my drawings from there till the ideal finish.

    (Ink on paper from Sarah's sketchbook)

    What’s the story behind your 12 piece series titled “Broken Home?”

    At first, I wanted to create all the zodiac characters, but then I started to drift off and painted other animal fused humans that weren’t included in the zodiac circle. The zodiac signs were said to be god’s chosen animals and they were designated a specific year, so each year is a different zodiac animal to be celebrated. It seemed a little unfair for the rest of the animals that weren’t chosen in the zodiac circle, so I painted them as royals. They deserve some attention too, and I plan to add more to the royal circle later in the future.

    "Broken Home" (Series of 12)

    I see you also experiment with sculpture. What’s the story behind your series of animal sculptures?

    These sculptures on the surface are covered and made of eggshells. I've used white and brown chicken eggshells, quail eggshells, and duck eggshells. I've used all the eggshells I could get my hands on. I've wanted to juxtapose the idea of animals that are typically born from hard armored shells with that of more fragile eggshells. In a way the eggshells also ask the view the age old question of. "what came first the egg or the animal?"

    I wanted the animal to be made out of their origin, the egg. The eggshell of the egg is very weak and fragile, but it still shields and acts as armor for the yolk inside. Same goes for the animals I’ve sculpted. The crocodile, the armadillo, and the snake are all animals born with protective skin and armor. The armadillo is a weak animal to start with, and the snake is only dangerous when it grows to an uncontrollable size, but crocodiles are born strong.

    The twist on the crocodile was that I made it with two heads. I’m fascinated by mutated and deformed animals. These animals appear to look strong on the outside, but are actually weak and short-lived.  I’ve made my twin attached crocodiles appear strong, when in fact two headed crocodiles may never exist. Even if they did somehow survive, they can never grow that big.

    What is your advice to young artists?

    • Don’t be afraid of failures because sometime you can create happy accidents.
    • Make sure you enjoy what you’re doing, or it’ll just become work.
    • Tell your story in your art. Let me hear what it has to say.

    Interview by: Jacqueline Bon

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  • Posted on August 25, 2012 by CMYK Magazine

    CMYK ASPIRING CREATIVES PORTFOLIO CONTEST: 8/27/12

    Here's a sample of the work being submitted by today's most enterprising art school students and graduates into CMYK's Top 100 New Creatives Contest. Deadline for designers, illustrators, photographers, art directors and illustrators: MONDAY, AUG. 27.

    Charles and Jazz Play the Blues submitted by Virginia Patterson, Illustrator from Auburn University

    Segway print ad entered by copywriting student Dhruv Nanda from the Miami Ad School, SF

    Singer songwriter poster submitted by Piet Aukeman at the Savannah College of Art & Design.

    "Brittan" submitted by photographer Anastasiia Sapon from the Academy of Art University

    Calling emerging and aspiring all Art Directors, Copywriters, Illustrators, Graphic Designers and Photographers

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  • Posted on August 23, 2012 by cmykuser

    Suharu Ogawa is a Toronto based illustrator and student attending the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD). As a contest entrant into CMYK’S Top 100 New Creatives, Suharu's illustration, Tightrope, was selected for publication in CMYK Vol. 53 (Spring 2012). We wanted to share more from the artist behind the unpredictable half-human half-animal illustrations. As it turns out, Suharu is as multifaceted as her illustrations. She recalls her love for illustration as early as kindergarten, after being kicked out of calligraphy class for refusing to convert to right-handedness. At age 18, she moved from Japan to Kentucky (to obtain a degree in art history and anthropology) and then California to work as a resource librarian. Now she’s happily pursuing her true passion for illustration with her left hand. We talked to her about her journey and distinct style:

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