17.05.16 by Jeff

Illustrator Spotlight: Maggie Chiang

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“Through the Woods” by Los Angeles-based Taiwanese-American illustrator Maggie Chiang. More images below.

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16.05.16 by Jeff

Constructive Criticism: Share Your Work

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Starting a little experiment here! Every week I get lots of emails asking for feedback on work and it’s often overwhelming and quite difficult to get through them all. The Monthly Reader Submissions posts exist for this very reason (so if you want to submit work please continue to share your work through these posts).

I wanted to try out a slightly different post here, dedicated to providing people with some constructive criticism and feedback on the things they’re making. If you’re brave enough to share an image and link of your work below I will try to provide you with some feedback but also, and more importantly (because there’s only one of me), I’d like to invite other readers to give some polite, helpful, insightful comments to those submitting as well! It’s really hard to step outside yourself and see your own work with fresh eyes, and having a bunch of different sets of eyes provide feedback may help you improve.

Ideally the feedback is honest and direct (but not mean), and people in this community can actually spur each other onto to create stronger work. I realise this is a delicate balance to strike especially on the Internet so we’ll see how it goes.

To submit work or provide feedback open up the full post (either by clicking on the post title, the image above or the link at the bottom) and scroll down to the comments section. Please read the guidelines below!

 

Guidelines:

1. If you share your own work here, please also leave some feedback for others that have posted work. It helps the community!

2. Please don’t flood the comments with a dozen images, just post 1 image that represents your best work along with 1 link.

3. Keep in mind your post may not show up right away because it has an image attached. It may need to be manually approved first so don’t freak out and post a million times, once is enough. This is not about curation, it’s the way our commenting system is setup.

4. If you are providing feedback for someone please remember: Constructive criticism is the process of offering valid and well-reasoned opinions about the work of others, usually involving both positive and negative comments, in a friendly manner rather than an oppositional one. The purpose of constructive criticism is to improve the outcome. (via)

 

SUBMIT WORK / PROVIDE FEEDBACK

 

 

16.05.16 by Staff

Artist Ugo Rondinone Builds Giant Florescent Rock Installation in the Nevada Desert

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“Seven Magic Mountains” is a massive installation by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. Located in the desert of Nevada (just South of Las Vegas), the stacks of brightly coloured boulders stand over 30 feet high and took five years to complete due in large part to the administrative hurdles required for such a large-scale project.

Thanks to the support of the Nevada Museum of Art and the Art Production Fund, the piece is now open to the public. However, you only have about two years to check this thing out before it’s taken down in 2018. See more images below!

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16.05.16 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Rohan Fraser

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Paintings by artist Rohan Fraser. More images below.

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14.05.16 by Staff

Handcrafted Miniature Worlds by Secret Wood

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Vancouver-based jeweller Secret Wood handcrafts finely detailed, snow globe-esque scenes out of wood, resin and beeswax. More images below.

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13.05.16 by Staff

Artist Rebecca Szeto Transforms Old Paintbrushes into Beautiful Portraits

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Old paintbrushes become the canvas in these creative portraits by Chinese American artist Rebecca Szeto. The ongoing series (which started back in 1999!) highlights the attention Szeto pays to the details of each individual brush, coming up with a unique character (usually with a historic bent) for each piece. Check out more of Szeto’s “Paintbrush Portraits” below!

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13.05.16 by Staff

Artist Spotlight: Mateusz Urbanowicz

Urbanowicz3Selection of storefront illustrations by Tokyo-based artist Mateusz Urbanowicz (aka Mattō). More images below.

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12.05.16 by Jeff

Illustrator Spotlight: Hidemi Ito

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Drawings by Japanese illustrator Hidemi Ito. She currently lives and works in Tokyo. More images below.

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12.05.16 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: William Monk

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A selection of paintings by artist William Monk. More images below.

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