You walk into a place and someone takes a Polaroid of you. You write down your name, your Instagram handle, and your hidden talent down on a card. Then you pick an envelope out of a drawer and inside it is a Polaroid of a stranger along with the same card you filled out, but with their information. Polaroid in hand, you head to an art table fully stocked with everything you could need—markers, pencils, crayons, scissors—and you start drawing the stranger. When you finish up, your art and the polaroid are displayed together on a wall amongst dozens of other portraits. Eventually, you will come back and see that someone else has drawn you and placed your potrtait in the gallery.
This was the basis of "Strangers Drawing Strangers," an interactive art installation held by Airbnb and Ivan Cash. The idea sprung from another project by Cash called "Selfless Portraits", in which he invites strangers from around the world to draw each other’s facebook profile pictures and exchange them online.
In the video you see art ranging from childish drawings in crayon (drawn by an actual toddler) to beautifully detailed illustrations by practiced artists. I love the ones that added extra flourishes to their portraits, little details that weren’t in the polaroid such as putting the person in a funny pose or adding in a prop (like the guy with the microphone). If you’ve ever been to a big film festival you know how hectic the schedule is, with non-stop screenings and events being held at the same time across many locations. The fact that the event took place at this year’s Sundance Film Festival gives a special connotation to the portraits because it adds the implication that a stranger paused what they were doing, possibly re-arranged their schedule a bit, just so they could take the time to draw you.
La Guarimba is a festival in the South of Italy that primarily exists to showcase short films and bring lots of great people together over the course of a few days, during the late Summer month of August.
Last year, illustrator (and DA friend) Sara Fratini teamed up with some dedicated folks to repair and reopen an outdoor movie theater. That was the start of La Guarimba.
This year, it looks as though the gathering will more than triple in size and possibly carry twice as many films as it did last year.
Somehow along the way a monkey became their mascot and to help promote the event, Sara asked 30 illustrators to design a poster (in their regions language) to be exhibited during the event. I'm happy to be included as one of the invited artists and really just love the way we each interpreted the poster in our own unique style.
Above is a glimpse into a few of my favorites, but you can catch the entire gallery (and their respective credits) on their Facebook page.
Here's Meera explaining more about her show... "As I tend to do when a certain piece of music or art strikes my interest, I listened to the album exclusively while creating these works, replaying it about thirty times. These works are infused with Newsom's unusual understanding of the world and my desire to find beauty in everything around me -- in sadness, nature, among complicated and messy terrains."
The show will be hanging in Brooklyn until the end of November. The original pieces can be purchased by emailing Meera direct, and she'll have prints for sale in her Etsy shop.
hellohead was an exhibition held at Cargo London for one night only. 60 top illustrators and designers were randomly paired up to create portraits of each other, and as you can see the results were amazing!
The work was all put on show for the night and a silent auction was held in aid of the National Autistic Society. It looks like it was a great success as they raised over £2,000 for the charity.
The day after the show Zeena Shah and Bread Collective hosted a screen printing and mask-making workshop for children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome. I love seeing art used for such positive means, and there's some great photos of the workshop on Bread Collective's website.
My buddy Paul Roberts is curating the 100 Houses exhibition, which brings together 100 image-makers, from illustrators to street artists, in support of housing and homelessness charity: Shelter. Each artist is given a 10-inch square and the theme "house" to come up with an original piece of art.
The results will be on show in Bristol's Tobacco Factory from November 16th-30th. All of the pieces will be for sale, and hopefully we can raise a significant contribution to the ongoing work of the charity Shelter, which helps people to find and keep a decent home.
I've been getting really into comics lately, and that's probably one of the reasons that Jack Teagle is quickly becoming one of my favourite artists.
I'm told that envy and jealousy are terrible and pointless feelings, so I try my best to lock them away when I look at Jack's work. It would be easy to envy the way everything he does is awesome, or be jealous that he completely nails that elusive combination of a simplistic style and bold colours, or cry that it all seems so effortless (although I'm sure it's not). But I've found the best thing to do is let the awesome insanity of his work whisk you away into his little world for a while, and just be glad that it exists.
Jack seems to churn out work at a crazy pace, and he's been updating his tumblr this week with these new paintings. They're part of a show called Lost Plot at Here Gallery in Bristol, UK. The show opens on September 7th and runs right through to October 6th.
Hey everyone! It is the last day of the month, and that means this is my last post as guest contributor for August!
It has been a lot of fun writing about comics, drawings, painted books, and more. It has also been great interacting with the DA community at large, and will be something I continue in the future. So, look around for me!
Before I go, I wanted to share with you a couple pictures of my work, all in progress stuff. I work with collage and embroidery, and really love interior scenes (remember how I mentioned "slice of life" in my last post?). So, here’s a sneak peak of a series I will be launching in a few weeks with the site Buy Some Damn Art. Check it out - Kate Singleton curates lovely shows with original art you can afford.