Photography: Boogie

Serbian street photographer Boogie documents the gritty and corrupt lives of gang members and drug addicts.  Some photos are quite extreme, showing drug users taking drugs.

He travels around the world to take these amazing images.  Take a look at his website – www.artcoup.com

Your Figures in the City work needs to have some sort of narrative to it – you could look at gangs or issues facing young people today.

Set up scenes when taking your photos – this helps you get the marks you need to get the grade you want!

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Photography: Jesse Wright

 

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This amazing street photographer lives and works in New York. He has a degree in Biology and a Masters in Bacterial Genetics.

His photographs are beautiful to look at and you could really pay reference to his work to help you develop your photography skills.

Any photographer who manages to turn everyday objects or situations in to a piece of artwork that you cannot stop looking at is VERY talented.

Visit his website jessewrightphoto.com

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Geoff McFetridge

When I first saw these paintings I thought that they had been created on the computer using either Photoshop or Illustrator.  But in fact, they have been painted!

The painter looks at trivial scenes such as shadow cast on steps, humans from above, the shape of a hand behind a glass of water and creating simple patterns with the human form.

Visit his website for further information www.championdontstop.com

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Art Talks – Aardman Animations

We are very lucky to have Gavin Strange, Senior Designer from Aardman Animations (Wallace and Gromit makers) delivering the first talk in the Art Talks series. He will be ‘in’ the classroom via Skype.

Get your questions ready for Tuesday 18th March.  Don’t be late, the talk starts at 3.15pm in Ar2.

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Layout

Here is a great guide for layouts when it comes to presenting your ideas.  Its vital to have a clear layout when communicating your ideas/experiments/imagery  – it helps to keep your work in order and when it comes to marking, its shows us the path you have followed clearly.  Print it out to guide you when presenting your C.P. or Set Task work.  You could also apply this to your other subject areas too.

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Instagram

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Instagram is brilliant place to find professional and non professional artists who upload videos or pictures of artwork they have created.  Many of the artists you are introduced to in class may have an Instagram feed – try and find some of them.  Its interesting to see what they get up to on a day to day basis.

Ideally, you do need to download the app in order for you to search for people as the website version has no search option.  I think its an amazing piece of technology – seeing what people are doing around the world the same time as you and also great for photography inspiration.

Check out instagram.com/elle_wills  feed.  She is an artist from Australia who creates fantastic photorealism pieces of art of popular culture.  Make sure you look at the videos as they give you an insight on various techniques when it comes to adding tone. Note how she always has the image she is working from in front of her. If she influences you, make sure you pay reference to her in your work.  She is not the only artist on there, try and find others who can help you with your art techniques.

Also have a look at the videos of Doll Memories instagram.com/doll_memories . This feed will help you with paint or watercolour techniques.

I enjoy looking at the feed of the Photo Society.  The society is made up of contributing photographers to the National Geographic Magazine instagram.com/thephotosociety

Start to create your own feed with artwork you have created – be great to see!

ART Talks

Get ready for a series of talks to be delivered by professional creatives from the art world. This is your opportunity to ask any questions to those who are making real difference in the creative industry.

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Also, take a look at the TED Talks website (you’ll notice the inspiration for the image above!).  TED invites acclaimed professionals from the across the globe to present talks about various topics, ranging from the Arts to Science.  The talks last for 18 minutes or less and they are very interesting to watch – some categories may even help with your GCSE’s.  Visit the website for more information www.ted.com