Conglomerfont: The Community Font

Bittbox.com has just set up a community driven font creation project which is underway as I’m writing this. The Conglomerfont project calls out to all those who are creative and would like to take part in a massive, possibly worldwide, font creation project. There are already several people working on it and you’re free to join if you choose.

I think the alphabet that comes out of this is going to be awesome, so head on over to the Bittbox site and pick a letter, get your design juices flowing and help the creation grow. I’m actually not very creative, but I’m still thinking about creating a letter for the project. I think this could be a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to use the font once the project is complete.

A Trip to the Denver Art Museum

Michelle and I took a little trip to the Denver Art Museum this past Saturday and we had a great time. I took a few pictures of the some of the interesting things I found in the museum while we there and thought you might like to see them. I don’t remember the stories behind most of these pieces, so you’ll just have to enjoy looking at ’em. I’ll make sure next time to note the history and the artists though.

I didn’t get to take as many pictures as I had hoped but several of the rooms didn’t allow photography, so it was a bit limited. There were some really great ones though. I was so tempted to go back and sneak some pictures, but I thought it would be best to leave the building on my own free will and not of the security guards.

Anyway, Enjoy!

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Tequila Tequila!

Yes, I too flip through a magazine while in the bathroom. And in doing so, I stumbled upon a little tequila contest, called Tequila 1800. If you’re a creative person who loves the now and again (or now, now, now, again, and later) shot of tequila, this is certainly a contest that you can thrive for.

Register online here, and create a few pieces of art. With each entry, your design is entered into the contest with the chance to win $10,000 and your work showcased in an ad campaign. Be sure to read the rules; I’m sure when you enter your design, it then belongs to the company, so read the fine print (Though I didn’t. …Should probably take a look at that!)

If you want to create a design for the tequila contest, but aren’t sure exactly where to start, here are some tips to get your ideas off the ground.

1. Focus on one theme. – The tequila bottle is quite small, so you don’t want to clutter it with a lot of unnecessary details. Maybe a woman, a motorcycle, a toy to name a few examples.

2. Get your Photoshop and Illustrator up and running. -Using both programs gives you the best of both worlds. If you haven’t forked over (I’ll assumed that you paid for the creative suite…) the couple hundred for the programs, you can use a free alternative here.

3. If you can’t draw very well, find an image online and manipulate it using one or both of the programs listed above. Add a filter or filters to it, vectorize it, saturate it- play with it until you get the results you want.

4. Play with color. – Playing with two or three colors that contrast one another gives a more interesting look than using seven or eight different colors.

5. Look at some different artwork to inspire you- here is a good site.

Behind every picture…

…lies an interesting story.

It may not be captioned or monologued there where you can read it; but many times the most interesting story are the ones left to your imagination and wonder.

Not my absolute favorite kind of photography, though I still think it’s note worthy. Joe Wigdahl’s work is more photojournalism than fine art photography. Pictures of people, locations and things make up this pretty compelling portfolio. Take a look for yourself. Enjoy!

Remove the Dirt for Art

Reverse Graffiti

I just came across this story on Digg, and if you’re a big meme (Digg, Reddit, etc.) user, you’ve probably already seen it, but if not, this post is for you. Environmental Graffiti has put together a post of the 35 greatest works of reverse graffiti and it’s really freakin’ awesome.

If you don’t know what reverse graffiti is, it’s basically the task removing dust/dirt from areas and creating something beautiful in it’s place. Kinda like when you draw in the mirror after taking a hot shower. Anyway, there’s some fantastic stuff here, so you should definitely take a look.

Waste About 17 Seconds Today…

Zefrank Spin Draw
Todays fun little tool is really basic, but it’s a lot of fun. Well, a lot of fun to someone as simple as I am I guess. If you go to Zefrank.com, you can mess around with this very non-complex program, where all you do is click on the screen, move your mouse around into some kind of design, and you’re done. The program will start to spin your design into something more 3D and you’re artistic minute for the day is complete! By the way, that’s my fantastic creation above this post.

From way far away…

It looks like a mix of rusted paint and metal, pastels, and acrylic, but to our surprise, it’s the beautiful work of NASA.

Take a look here for some incredible abstract art taken from outer space.

Wonderland

Parents, aunts, uncles, older siblings- you know best; the praise a child looks for when they show you their precious art in finger paints and crayon. “Ohhhhh, how beautiful!” you’ll say with the biggest smile on your face and the biggest look of confusion trying to decipher the green water, purple clouds, and flowers towering over your two story home. It’s all in a day’s work, right moms and dads?

Well, the furthest you may go to displaying your child’s work is hanging it up on the fridge. Yeondoo Jung has gone much further than that…

Imagine a world through your child’s art. That’s just what Mr. Jung has done. Completed with 10 foot flowers, orange polka dot dresses, sparkles and magic, Jung as photographed his favorite collected drawings from kids between the ages of 5 and 7 making a sort of Wonderland for us all. I don’t know about you, but that makes for a pretty scary place… enjoy!

Sticky, Smelly Art

Gum Blondes

Do you remember that weird Starburst commercial where the kid made a bust of a girl he liked, entirely out of the awesomely delicious candy (I love Starburst) and then he started making out with it. Well, Jason Kronenwald has done something similar except without all the weirdness

Jason makes portraits out of chewed bubble gum which is placed on plywood backing and has dubbed his artwork as Gum Blondes. According to his bio, he has a whole team of gum chewers to create the substance of his masterpieces. There are a whole bunch of different pictures he’s created already, so go visit the site and enjoy some fun, creative art.

One Movie, One Image

Vertigo

Brendan Dawes has come up with an awesome, and nerdy, idea. By creating a Java program using the programming language called Processing, he has taken several movies apart and at every second of the film, it outputs an image. See, I told you it was nerdy, but the results are really cool.

Each line represents one minute of the film and viewing the whole thing as one image shows some pretty interesting things, like how in the last 1/4 of the movie Vertigo(pictured above) has two lines that don’t match colors with the rest of the movie, purple and red. Or when you compare the image of The French Connection with the other movies, you can see it has a more bluish theme.

I definitely recommend you check out his exhibition, called Cinema Redux. It seems that he actually did this way back in 2004, but it’s never too late to appreciate art, right?