Our heart skips a beat every time we see exceptional contemporary work using the most traditional techniques like carving and print making. No wonder we got excited when we’ve seen the work of Hannah Jensen, a young multidisciplinary artists on the Media Design School blog.
The New Zealand artist’s signature style is achieved through applying layers of paint to the board before using print making techniques such as intaglio, etching and carving to create thematic content. The results speak for themselves.
Make sure to read this great interview with her on the Media Design School blog to explore more details about her technique.
Also, if you are in Auckland make sure to check out her exhibition at the Allpress Gallery between November 24 and December 7.
We are bringing you a fascinating student story from Media Design School today. Mathew Monro is sharing his journey of transitioning from a traditional visual artist in to a digital 3D artist. He is providing some excellent insights in to the differences and similarities to these disciplines and what is the best way to gain skills as a digital artist.
This is a story of success and achievement as his beautifully crafted 3D still (see above) has been chosen as one of the best at the Animago Awards in Berlin. CLICK here to read about it all here!
Okay, this is a BIG opportunity. If you’ve always wanted to visit New Zealand AND hone your digital design skills then keep reading as we have the perfect Frontier scholarship waiting for you!
New Zealanders think outside the box and eagerly adopt new technology – that’s why they are leading the world in digital design. Now, Frontier is teaming up with the award-winning Media Design School to get you in on the action.
We are offering a post-graduate scholarship for an exceptional graduate or working creative who wants to push the boundaries of their creativity with advanced study in Advanced 3D Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, Interactive Design or Graphic Design.
Frontier is offering a scholarship that covers 50% of the total course costs on Graduate Certificates within the study areas of Advanced 3D Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, Interactive Design or Graphic Design starting in February 2014.
How to enter
All you have to do is to make sure your Frontier portfolio page is looking flaming hot! Then apply for the scholarship by filling out the application form. It is extremely important to ensure you are eligible, so please see more details here. The deadline to apply is October 4, 2013.
Wow, another life-changing opportunity. Get in there and take it!
Im not a massive graffiti fan to be honest. I’m not sure what it is but the aesthetic usually doesn’t grab me. However, for the past year, each time I stepped out of my front door I was confronted with a graffiti work adorning the shop window of Arcade, a skate shop in central Auckland. This work… well, it grew on me. The colours, the billowing masses, the comic illustration reference, it just all seemed to work. Somehow it reminded me of Krang from The Teenage Ninja Turtles! So I was excited to find out that the creator of this window was New Zealand graffiti artist Askew One, and that last week he was speaking at Media Design Schools Soul Food.
Soul Food is a fantastic initiative set up by Media Design School where Maori and Pacific artists speak about their work, share their stories and discuss how culture and contemporary art and design can work together.
Askew One is not classically trained, and so the outcome is an aesthetic that sometimes touches on realism, while at the same time extends into an almost Marvel comic aesthetic. It’s an interesting mix. My personal favorites are his brain studies, which I think may have influenced the Arcade window front! His prints are interesting in their abstract nature, and are the subject of his latest exhibition that opens this week.
Have a look around Askew Ones website, he’s been apart of some interesting collaborations around the world. And if you’re in Auckland, make sure see his show and keep up to date with Soul Food at Media Design School here and here, it’s always an interesting night.
We are back with Portfolio Features on Frontier! In 2013 we want to start regularly showcasing some of the very best work that is on the Frontier site. After all, that’s what we are all about, new ideas and fabulous imagery. So, to kick-start us off we have some delectable illustrative design from Anna Tokareva who recently graduated from the Media Design School in Auckland.
Books need a good cover, and I think that Anna hits all the right notes in her design for the book Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys by Francesca Lia Block. The hand-drawn font and creature channels the illustrative genius of Spike Milligan or Quentin Blake (famous for his handiwork in the Roald Dahl novels). The inky blacks compliment the simplicity of the cover design and work well with the collaged feather wings. Balance and composition is a really successful element in all of the graphic design work above. I’m loving the moody feel of the LP, the imagery summons to mind the powerful music of Stavinsky’s The Rite of Spring. It’s an alluring little package, and one I could imagine being convinced into buying if it was on the shelf!
There is heaps more cool stuff on Anna’s portfolio page, it’s worth a look. Great work Anna, we’ll send a little something out to you for your efforts.
To all you other Frontier artists out there – get busy uploading new work as we want to see what you’re up to. Maybe you’ll be our next Frontier feature. We hope so!