I love cartoons. My love for cartoon stretches all the way back to my childhood days where I would glue my face to the TV for all my evening programmes without fail. Right now, this love has evolved to a more matured level where I tend to see it as a form of creative expression. Something that doesn’t really pick off here in Singapore is the freedom to create street art. Graffiti is considered vandalism and the artist would be immediately punished. How sucky can it be? Well, check out this awesome artwork on Graham Ave, Brooklyn. The artist, Jerkface gave it a really cool and refreshed artwork. After checking out his web, I must say he does have some really nice artwork. Unlike Singapore, the freedom for artist in the states to create such beautiful street artworks does helped to create a stronger identity and culture. Check out more of his artworks here.
As much as I remember, I used to collect coins back in the 80s and 90s. Those coins bore sentimental value and the fact that coins are still a form of currency with amazing intricate details on them makes them beautiful items to keep. Barcelona-based artist Paolo Curio, not only collects them, he creates artwork out of them. Also known as ‘MrThe’, he makes interesting intricate coin carvings which he calls them ‘Hobo Nickels’. Art exists everywhere, sometimes in the things we see everyday without us knowing. He uses these coins as a base from which he create his work. Paolo crafts the portraits of literary and pop culture icons onto these beautiful nickels. A lot of his works revolves around skulls with the idea of integrating the hobo theme into all his creations. See more of his work here.
I hate to say but if you haven’t had a knack for building blocks, than you are probably missing out a large chunk of the fun out there. LEGO has been making waves after waves throughout the past few years. The toy company had been very active in their marketing efforts and you would probably have witness a few memorable LEGO marketing campaigns and publicity stunts. Earlier on this year, I reported an awesome installation where LEGO installed their beautiful building blocks on the subway of London. They used their blocks to form the iconic train map of the London subway. Today, we see that imagination is limitless when it comes to a product so basic, so elementary in nature that one could almost create any possible form of invention out of it. With LEGO, we can even create art. Pure art. Italian designer, Marco Sodano created the famous masterpieces of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Lady with an Ermine, alongside Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and showcased them on his Behance page. I must say I am quite fond of his works, not forgetting he also has a certain flair for writing. The tagline for the page where he displayed the works, wrote “all the children are authentic artists”. Amazing ideas like this can be used for many creative purposes. Personally I am a big fan of LEGO, and I absolutely concurs that the toy not only stimulates creativity, it brings along happiness along with it.