Street art is quite possibly the most important artistic development in the last 100 years. It has effectively made art something anyone can experience and, indeed, go out of their way not to experience it, bringing it out on the streets. Street art has its roots in graffiti, which was closely connected to hip-hop culture, starting in the 1960′s and becoming truly popular at the same time as hip-hop, in the 1980′s.
Whether you agree or not with what mister Andy Rooney said, you have to admit that carefully arranged food looks really cool. A nice presentation builds appetite, and you feel as if the cook put it that little extra effort to make your meal a truly pleasant experience, and that you are getting your money’s worth. But intricately designed food is not limited to the plate. Carl Warner found a totally new way to approach the art of food presentation.
Adobe Photoshop has revolutionized the way we make art. Digital photography has allowed photographers to experiment a whole lot more, without costing them an arm and a leg to do so. Just think of how hard it must have been in the old-timey days to make a photo look the way you wanted it to look. But in our lovely modern days, we get to photoshop pictures to perfection. Well, the fact of the mater is that photo manipulation has been around for a very long time, now.
Culture is a kind of information, and in an age where information is made readily available by way of mass-media and the internet, we have seen the rise of a new kind of culture, namely pop culture. There are many definitions of pop culture, but one thing that is certain is that the term “pop culture” is derived from “popular culture”, first coined in the 19th century, and used to describe the education and level of culture of the so-called lower classes. It was, basically, the exact opposite of the “official culture” of the dominant classes.
Watercolor painting is, for most of us, the very first art form we are introduced to. It is through watercolors that people discover their passion and skill for visual arts, and that first experience with creating something totally new from nothing is the feeling that all artists chase after every time they create new works. Watercolor painting begins its history as an art medium in the 15th century, during the time of the Renaissance.
Sculpture is possibly the most visceral of all the art forms. It is a raw and physical act between man and material, and the end product is a creation in three dimensions, rather than the illusion of three dimensions, allowed in mist of the other visual art forms. Humanity has been producing sculptures since before written history, which is a testament to mankind’s desire to create and express. Western sculpture tradition can be dated back to Ancient Greece, where the great works of classical sculpture have been produced.
Steampunk is a huge cultural phenomenon, spanning books, movies and art. People love the look and “feel” of it, so much that it has sparked numerous conventions around the world. It’s easy to see why this is. The retro futuristic aesthetic is elegant and, to some extent, more easy to understand than regular science fiction premises, seeing as rather primitive technology is used to achieve great feats of engineering marvel, such as flight, time travel and deep sea exploration.
Graphic design, and, in fact, design in general, is an extremely interdisciplinary field. Designers draw their inspiration from many places and many fields, artistic and not. For one designer, their main inspiration source may be illustration and the rich tradition of painting and drawing in Western Culture, while for another design inspiration may come from architecture. To a third, the field they draw most of their creative energy from may be photography.
Ah, the landscape! For many of us, it’s the first thing we draw as children and it still holds its grip upon us when we grow up. Is it any surprise that many of the worlds’ greatest works of visual art are landscapes? Be they painted, drawn or photographed, landscapes hold a huge place in our cultural tableau. The landscape holds a certain mystique that is impossible to ignore. It’s like a calling. The same calling that once used to excite cartographers and explorers.
Art is, some might say, mankind’s most important achievement. We are one of the few creatures that can express thoughts, feelings and emotions in an abstract manner, and definitely the only one’s that can do it at such an incredible level. Even the most uncreative individual can draw a circle and a few lines to symbolize the sun, or some squiggly lines to represent a body of water.