18.05.15 by Staff

V&A Illustration Awards 2015 Shortlist


Entries for this year’s V&A Illustration Awards have been narrowed down to three artists per category (Book illustration, Cover design, Editorial illustration), plus five student illustrators competing for Student Illustrator of the Year.

The winners will be announced today. The winners’ work will also be on display at the V&A Illustration Awards Gallery (London) from May 19th until August 2nd. See a selection of work by the finalists below.

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18.05.15 by Staff

Bruce Brubaker on Philip Glass


In this video by Mitch Moore, Iowa-born pianist Bruce Brubaker performs Philip Glass’s “Metamorphosis 2” and talks about the significance Glass’s work. Having played and studied Glass’s music for over 20 years, Brubaker stresses Glass’s belief that art isn’t the sole property of the person who creates it but is, rather, completed by the people who take it in. See the video below.

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15.05.15 by Staff

Henrietta Harris


New Zealand artist Henrietta Harris creates some amazing and slightly surreal portraits using watercolour. Enjoy more of Harris’ work below.

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14.05.15 by Kimi Hamada

Review: Earthling by Aisha Franz


There’s a short story by Madeleine Thien called “A Map of the City.” In that story the narrator talks about a furniture shop her father owned when she was growing up. She loved going there so much she used to pretend to be sick in order to stay home from school and be taken to the store instead. She would lounge on a plastic lawn chair in a doorless storage closet with a little curtain pulled closed for privacy. During one of those times a customer stumbles upon her:

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12.05.15 by Jeff

Instagram of the Day: @ChillWildlife


Today I’m headed to Costa Rica for a little vacation, and so as a sort of “vacation project” I’ve started a new Instagram account @chillwildlife for my true passion, chill photos of animals. Follow it if you want at least one laugh per day (and if that’s all you want you’re setting the bar quite low, my friend).

Now I’m feeling weird about featuring my own account – actually, no I’m not. I’ve only been working on @chillwildlife for two days and it’s already my favourite thing to work on. I laughed pretty hard all day yesterday just thinking about it. If you want to submit funny images to it please @ me or use #chillwildlife but please for the love of God no meme pics with text on them. Thanks!

There will continue to be new posts on Booooooom while I’m away, and I’ll be back in a week or so.

12.05.15 by Jeff

Vancouver-Based People Footwear

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Just want to congratulate my friends here in Vancouver who recently launched their new brand, People Footwear. You can watch their little promo video below!

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08.05.15 by Jeff

Never Hide Films: “Saturday Night Cosmic Breakdown”


Our friends over at Yours Truly were recently tapped by Ray-Ban to curate a group of rising composers and filmmakers to produce a series of music driven, narrative shorts for their Never Hide Films channel. Booooooom was brought on board to help curate the film posters for the series, and this beautiful piece above was created by the first artist we contacted, the talented Andrea Wan.

The series kicks off next week with this film by UK Director Danny Sangra, scored by west coast producer, Kendrick Lamar collaborator, Terrace Martin. “Saturday Night Cosmic Breakdown” is a trippy little short about the end of the world. Keep an eye out for it!

08.05.15 by Jeff

Craftsy: Drawing The Human Body


This week our sponsor is Craftsy, a learning resource for aspiring artists. If you are interested in brushing up on the basics of life drawing, they’re currently offering a free downloadable eGuide on “Drawing the Human Body”.

This eGuide gives you an overview of things like proportioning the body using the head as measurement, sizing hands properly, and basic anatomy. If this interests you: Download the eGuide for free.