We have found another nice competition for all you talented video artists.
Entry to MishMash will give you access to a wealth of video content from the likes of Universal Studios and Warner Brothers Film, as well as quirkier video libraries such as Barcroft.
The competition brief can be found here.
For more detailed information please visit the competition site, here.
Monday 16th January, today is supposedly the most depressing day of the year…
But fear not, the wonderful people over at The Church of London have been busy creating a free newspaper aptly titled ‘The Good Times’. The edition is filled with people and organisations who are brightening up the troubled times we live in. Covering everything from politics, technology, sport, art and the environment to name but a few.
The paper is being distributed today around London and tonight The Church of London crew are heading down to The White Horse in Hoxton to show this day exactly what they think of it. Everyone is free to join in the fun.
Hopefully see some of you down there!!!
The Good Times online edition can be found here.
Here’s a list of the London stockists.
The White Horse
153 Hoxton Street,
N1 6PJ London
Following on from the Creative Spotlight earlier this week, Yuko Shimizu kindly agreed to answer a few questions for We Fancy It. If you didn’t catch the post, it can still be found here.
1) The story of your rise to prominence within the field of illustration is an inspiring one, is there any advice you would give to any aspiring creatives?
Whether it is illustration or anything else, I believe the key is to really want it, have high ambition, and really work hard toward that without giving up. It sounds simple, but from almost ten years of teaching as illustration instructor at School of Visual Arts (SVA, an art college in New York), I found it is not that often you see a young artist who has all of them going. It is almost that initial talent does not matter. Often what I see is a young artist who didn’t have that ‘gift’, but worked harder than anyone else, and become successful at the end. I love that.
Also, whatever you need to do to survive (i.e. day job) only makes you stronger. As an illustrator, I don’t just draw pictures, I have to negotiate with clients, and keep track of my paperwork, as well as promoting my work. All of that, I worked during my 11 years of corporate life. When I started out way later than most of other artists, I felt like I had wasted my time, but soon I realized I was just spending those 11 years to be fully ready. I don’t think I would have survived ten years of illustration life without that 11 years.
2) Was there ever a moment when you thought that you wouldn’t make it?
I actually love it when someone asks me this question. Because the answer is: all the time, and I still do. Everyone has doubt. I am sure even Beyonce or Woody Allen would have doubt. It is just human nature. And, it would probably help aspiring creatives to know that the doubt never goes away and it is OK. Of course, the kind of doubt changes according to the state you are in. I used to worry about not passing classes, or may not be able to get a visa to stay in the US, or have enough money for grocery shopping next week. I don’t worry about those anymore. But I have doubt that I may get work because the clients don’t realize how bad an artist I am. Or, job will stop coming in, when my phone does not ring for a week. I would be worried if I stopped doubting myself. If I stop doubting myself, that means I am full of myself. When you are full of yourself, you are over.
3) Your style is visually very powerful, who or what would you say have been major influences in your work?
I have lived long enough I have years and years of different influences from different artists or influences accumulated in me. I sort of stopped mentioning names of those who had influenced me in past, because most of them don’t have any relevance to me at this moment although there are definitely inerasable trace of them in my work. At this point, I believe that everyday life and experiences are the most influential to what I do and who I am.
4) I understand you currently teach at BFA level, is there anyone you would recommend keeping an eye on for the future?
Going back to 1, really, it is up to them. They may be talented, but they are young and they may end up focusing on something else in the future. Or, those who are not the best in the class end up working the hardest. I ended up never pursuing what I majored in college, so nothing wrong with that. Really, it is all up to them.
5) Aside from illustration, what are your other passions in life?
Drawing has been my hobby for most of my life sans last ten years when it became my occupation. So, really, it is hard to think what my hobby is now. It changes. I love traveling, I love cooking and eating good food, and long walks in the parks…
Last night I was trawling through the world wide web and discovered this gem of an artist. His name… Kim Cogan.
This Korean born artist has such a great ability at capturing detail in modern ‘landscapes’ and then when combined with his rich colour pallete, create some powerful photo-realistic pieces.
The Literary Platform is hosting an international competition inviting creatives to produce an animation that illustrates a rare and prophetic audio recording of Douglas Adams talking in 1993 about the Evolution of the Book.
Stephen Fry, Bob Stein (SocialBook, Inc), Ranjit Dhaliwal (The Guardian)
and Merlin Nation / Chris Angelkov (Atyp).
Closing date for entries is April 15th, so if you think you have what it takes hop over here to check out the brief.
The creative spotlight this week is being shone upon the Japanese illustrator Yuko Shimizu. Yuko’s journey to where she is now is an inspiring one, originally she studied advertising and marketing and got herself a good PR position for a big corporation in Tokyo by the age of 22, but it never really made her happy.
She persevered with her PR position for the next 11 years until she knew what she wanted to do and had saved up enough money to go back to school full time. She studied at the School of Visual Arts (New York) and left with an MFA in Illustration and has been illustrating since. She now also teaches the Illustration BFA at the School of Visual Arts.
Yuko’s illustrative style is very powerful, combining traditional Japanese art with modern styles and imagery.