- FREAK OF THE WEEK
- HAPPY FRIDAY
- MULGAS ZOMBIE ZOO
- INSIDE THOUGHTS OF NOW
- IMAGINARY FRIENDS
- CREATURES FROM THE URBAN JUNGLE
- CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
- BARKING MAD
- GODS AND MONSTERS
- ANCIENT RULERS OF BRITAIN
- 5W+1H = ARTIST INTERVIEWS
- 1 MINUTE CREATURES
- GETLIFFE – BUNNY STRIPS
- ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
- AROUND THE WORLD
- WHO’S THAT CREATURE?
- SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND
CREATURE EDITIONS (2006-09)
BROWSE THE ARCHIVES
A gallery of all of last month’s Creatures in one place, for your enjoyment!
Artist: Marc M Gusta
Important: Please click here to enlarge the image and see this artwork in its true glory.
Marc M Gusta is a long time Creature contributor, famous for his stunning labyrinths and exquisite corpse collaborations. We welcome him back to our pages for an exclusive appearance, to display his mind boggling new creation “Help fred to make a masterpiece“.
Can you conquer the labyrinth, avoiding the creative pitfalls and guide fred to his artistic destiny? Get going!
We hope to see more new Labyrinths from this wonderful Spanish artist in the coming months – in the meantime check out his previous Creature contributions.
Artist: Daria Hlazatova – Ukraine
This week creature received the first edition of Nosorog zine, a magical little journey into the creative mind of Daria Hlazatova.
Resembling something you might discover in the magazine rack at Gandalf’s house, this zine includes such quirky features as: An interview with Mozart’s wig, Holiday’s in Mordor, personal ads from fairytale creatures, a self penned horoscopes section. Not to mention a selection of short stories, all written by Daria and accompanied by her elegant decorative illustrations.
With a mysterious black cover and yellowing pages adding to its fairytale charm, this zine displays a conscious blurring of the boundaries between art, illustration, creative writing and self publication, with influences from theatre and performance art in there too.
As with all of Daria’s work Nosorog is the product of an overactive imagination and showcases her keen creative instinct. She adopts a combination of creative influences and inspirations and stirs them with her own blend of inward exploration to transport the reader towards a window of insight into her imaginative processes.
Its greatest charm is that you can tell she really enjoyed making it; brimming with love, care and creativity. We hope issue 2 is on its way.
Get your copy here: http://dariasgallery.blogspot.co.uk/p/shop.html
Project: Rhymes for swines
Creature was recently made aware of an exciting new illustration / poetry project coming out of Scotland. Mark Grossi, an animation graduate from Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee, and part of the brains behind this project, fills us in…
What is this all about?
Myself and a couple of friends have recently embarked upon a collaborative project called ‘Rhymes for Swines‘. The aim of it is to raise awareness of and promote new Scottish art talent.
How will the work be presented?
We’re aiming to create an illustrated hardcover book of 20 -23 rhymes written by ourselves and have a different illustrator/art student/graduate illustrate each one. Have a look at the video below to find out more.
How can we help and get involved?
1. Currently we’re trying to reach our goal of £2,000 on Pleasefund.us. The money will be used to:
- Pay the 20 illustrators
- Pay a Graphic Designer
- The 1st print run
- T-shirts and small bits of merch
We’ll be adding some of our own money towards it, too, to ensure the illustrators and graphic designer get paid a realistic and honest amount. You can make your contribution here: pleasefund.us/projects/rhymes-for-swines
2. We’ve are also hosting a series of competitions for Rhymes for Swines:
Enter the latest competition
3. We are seeking Scottish illustrators to create a series of illustrations to accompany the poems. To find out more about how to get involved, please email: email@example.com
Check out some of the poems here:
Would you like to say anything else about the project?
We think this is an excellent way to promote local talent. Our aim is to continue pushing that creativity and really show people the eclectic mix of artistic talent that Scotland can produce.
We really are depending on support not just from students, but from everyone who has an interest in independent art and literature. This would be an excellent way to generate more interest in the project and really re-enforce just how enthusiastic we are about promoting our own home-grown talent.
Artist: Tim Smith
Who are you, where you from?
My name is Tim Smith, I’m a designer and illustrator from North Wales, but have been living and working in London for around six years now.
What do you do?
I am senior designer for digital design agency AllofUs, based in London. I work on a number of really exciting projects, from augmented reality smartphone apps to online and digital branding to large scale physical interactives and beyond. Outside of my role at AllofUs, I like to flex my illustration muscles, working on projects (such as the one you see here) for the likes of Orange, Game and PlayStation amongst others.
How did you create these images?
First, I printed out a number of isometric sheets, which I used to sketch my ideas for the composition and scene onto. I scanned my favourite of these into my Mac and began putting down the foundations in Adobe Illustrator over them. From there, I created the majority of the artwork in Adobe Photoshop, as this gave me much more control over the effects I could use and the overall quality of the piece.
Can you tell us about the project, the client, how it came about?
I was approached by a marketing company who in-turn were approached by Label Expo, the world’s largest printing industry expo, this year held in China. The strategy and marketing was all planned out, all that was missing was an illustrated story that had to carry the theme of the expo itself; ‘Gremlins of the Print Industry’. I was tasked to illustrate this theme in one central illustration, with three supporting illustrations. My illustrations were used in everything from the expo’s websites and e-newsletters to newspaper adverts, stationary, posters and many other forms of marketing collateral.
Are you happy with the outcome, did you have to compromise at all?
Given the time constraints, I am happy with the outcome. The central illustration became quite processor intensive, which really slowed down my work flow, meaning a few frustrating late nights just attempting to save the work. It’s the type of illustration that you can add to and add to forever, I was up against an extremely tight deadline, which in the end was the concluding factor.
What’s your next project?
My next project involves branding, a website, app and a few more bits and pieces. I’m afraid I can’t say any more than that.
A word of support for aspiring freelancers?
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