Creative inspiration is often best found in areas that succeed in taking you outside of your comfort zone. By seeing something that blows our mind and which is far beyond our own capabilities in a specific area, we are then able to connect the dots back to innovation in our own field.
This illustration was done by Feng Zhu, an extremely talented and experienced creative artist. He boasts a very impressive list of past and present clients, ranging from illustrious Hollywood directors to some of the biggest game companies in the world. And with work like that, it’s no surprise. In 2009 he founded Feng Zhu Design, a school created to impart Feng Zhu’s skills (and the talents of others) to the next generation of gifted entertainment artists.
I love this piece in particular because of the great hope I feel it embodies. While a large number of his works have a distinctly dystopian feel, I find this example portrays a lovelier, very technologically advanced, future.
Illustration is very much outside of my realm of expertise, and therefore I find these works all-the-more astounding.
For more illustrations visit the Feng Zhu Image Gallery.
Mark Ryden is a great American painter and his work was important in my life. I was a huge fan of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers when I was teenager, and one day I bought their album called One Hot Minute. At that time, music was consumed as Compact Discs, and it was so much fun to buy albums because they would come with a booklet that contained artwork and lyrics.
When I saw the album’s artwork for the first time, I was impressed with the illustration. So I researched more and I learned about Mark Ryden. His work shows innocence (through his color palette and constant use of children’s themes) while at the same time also showing turbulence (through some surreal and macabre characters). To me, this contrast in his works showed exactly what a teenaged girl like myself was feeling: the transition from the childhood to the adult life.
A Year of Sun with Mr. Persol is arguably the one piece that inspired my interest in motion design. This video, directed by Kevin Dart and Stephane Coedel of Yuki7, is a narrative advertisement for Persol sunglasses. The illustrative and textural quality of the lines and shapes and the fast-paced editing give it a feeling of a summer that goes by too fast.
The quote: “We avoid risks in life… so we can make it safely to death” seems to be gaining a lot of public interest lately, due to it’s reappearance in modern art. I don’t know who wrote it: it seems quite ancient, but it’s a powerful message provoking contemplation about risk and life, and this image illustrates it nicely.
VFS Digital Design Alumnus Mark Miller and his Dark Igloo partner Dave Franzese have had a busy spring so far, what with their branding for the 2012 Bonnaroo and Googamooga festivals, but this one has got to of been a lot of fun. They did the illustrations for a 450-foot-long vinyl mural attached to scaffolding that wraps around Google’s New York headquarters at 111 Eighth Avenue.