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Han Solo’s Blaster Drawn in Microsoft Paint

Can you believe FuggedabouditNL was able to do this in Microsoft Paint? I could barely draw a circle with the official circle-drawing tool. Guess it’s not about the tool, after all. He puts Photoshop artists to shame!

As you probably know, MS Paint is free software! This video once again proves that one doesn’t need expensive programs like Photoshop to create some nice 3D images!

This drawing was done in only five hours. Can you even believe he did this? Seriously? I’d like to see YOU try it!

Music Credit – Epic Demo by Cesc Vilà.

Two More Justin Hillgrove Original Paintings

I don’t know why, but I’ve liked this artist from the very first time I met him (which happened to be the very first time I ever saw his artwork).

Seems that every other time I walk into @TwilightArt (in West Seattle), I see something of Justin’s. Last night, I became the proud owner of “Transplant” and “Beast of Burden.”

Justin Hillgrove's Paintings

I’m not the kind of guy who buys original art, mind you – I’m usually just fine with whatever’s in front of me. Justin changed all that.

Every Event Needs WeirdoCulture Art

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While strolling around Seattle tonight for Fashion’s Night Out, we came across some weird art – @weirdoculture art, to be specific. This stuff is seriously cool, and I’m trying to figure out how to get it home without anyone noticing.

I think it would look great near the front door. He could greet guests as they walk in! What do you think?

Let Sand Garden for the iPad Relax Your Mind

Sand Garden for the iPad is a fantastic way to zone out and relax for a little while. I have a small sand garden in my living room and I’m telling you – it truly does help you just chill and let your mind stop running a million miles per hour.

The app may seem to be simple to many of you, but it has several pretty cool features. You can change the type of lines drawn in your sand as well as adding rocks into the overall landscape. Change the size, color and shape of your rocks, and see how truly 3D they are on the iPad’s interface.

You can change the color of your sand to suit your personal style. Additionally, you can change the settings when it comes to how light or dark your picture appears. Once you are finished with
your creation, you can take a snapshot of it to save to your Photo Library.

Favorite Seattle Artist – Justin Hillgrove

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My favorite artist of all time is Justin Hillgrove – and he happens to be right here in Seattle. The first time I saw his work was during the Seattle Folklife Festival back in December. I fell in love with the original artwork on display, and knew I had to have some of it in my own home. Unfortunately, the originals were a bit out of my budget. However, Justin has prints and even postcard books available for people like me who wish to have something created by him.

Justin spent several years as a freelance designer and illustrator, but suffered from a huge case of burnout. He stopped painting for several years – until he inherited old canvases and art supplies from his grandfather. He received a lot of encouragement from his good friend (and fellow artist) Mike Capp, and began to paint once again. He had so much fun creating “Love the Sinner” that he couldn’t stop. Today, his artwork is found hanging in galleries all over Seattle, and he has had showings across the United States.

Justin’s artwork is fun, which is why I love it. Each piece is whimsical, and many of them bring back memories of our childhood. Not only can you buy prints and original paintings – Justin also creates designs for tshirts, books and more!

If you know of other fun artists that I might enjoy getting to know, send me a link to what they’re doing. I’m always interested in discovering something different and new.

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Monsters and Imps: Geeky Art for All

This is a guest blog post written by Imei Hsu.

No matter where you go in the world, whether staying in a four-star hotel in a world-class city, or accepting the invitation of the owner of a hut in the poorest of towns in a third-world country, the soul of humanity expresses itself in art. That art can be found in antique, handwoven tapestries, or mass-produced “kitty plates” replete with flashing Christmas lights. Nonetheless, it beautifies, and changes the feeling of the space in which it lives.

When first-year college students prepare to move out of their parent’s home, they not only go through the process of collecting what they need for their college dorm rooms, they are decorating that room for form as well as function. Granted, some do it with a bit more elegance or taste than others, but whether the wall poster is a print of Michelangelo, Warhol,or Betty Boop, the person tacking it up on the wall is declaring to the viewer what speaks to him or her.

Classes on art appreciation are useful in helping non-artists learn more about the world of artists and their messages in their mediums. But when befuddled people say, “I don’t get this piece of art,” I ask them, “What do you feel when you look at it?” This is almost always going to be a subjective process, but so is the determination of what one wants to surround herself with. Art is, in the end, what we make of it.

Ever since I heard the song, “ Darkness” by Peter Gabriel (Up, 2002), I’ve had a renewed fascination with monsters. I’ve never enjoyed movies about zombies, nor have I gone out of my way to see horror movies. There are enough things in real life to make the hairs on the back of neck stand up! But a reprise in the lyrics of this song put me on a search for representations in art that would make the feeling accessible, if not almost tactile:

walking through the undergrowth, to the house in the woods
the deeper i go, the darker it gets
i peer through the window
knock at the door
and the monster i was
so afraid of
lies curled up on the floor
is curled up on the floor just like a baby boy

The monsters we are scared of are not always “out there”. Sometimes, they are “in here”, and other times they are among us, facing circumstances of which we are all too familiar.

Last year, I bought a felted monster toy for my friend Chris Pirillo at Christmas from a store in West Seattle called Twilight. Twilight features hand-crafted art and original works from Northwest artists, and the owner appears to like geeky art in particular.

Through this store, Chris later found the work of Justin Hillgrove of ImpsAndMonsters. I recently ran into Justin and his painting pal, Mike Capp, who he credits for encouraging him to return to painting after being burned out in the world of design.

Filmed and published with permission by Imei Hsu.

Chris has his own reasons for enjoying Hillgrove’s work, but mine isn’t tethered to the nostalgia of recognizable childhood images; those images are more likely to be those of “Hello Kitty” and the characters of Japanese anime show, “Starblazers” for this Asian American kid. Instead, I love how Hillgrove allows us glimpses into the less loveable parts of life — skeletons, death, predators, monsters with teeth and claws — and invites us to own them as we see ourselves in their vulnerable and awkward life situations. Even a monster-avoidant person like me finds amusement in the world of HIllgrove’s creatures and cartoons. it makes his work a kind of geeky monster art for all.

I bought the print, “Empathy” for my psychotherapy office. To me, it represents both the ability for monsters to identify with others, and for the monster within us to to see our need for love, connection, and even — oh no! — a cuddly moment. It’s a reminder to me that our inner monsters can and do freely roam the earth. Some of them are simply waiting for us to notice… and smile.

Do you think humans can resist the appeal to make and surround themselves with art and artful design? What’s your favorite art?

B. Imei Hsu, RN, MAC, LMHC, is a nurse psychotherapist, Yoga instructor, professional dance artist, and occasional guest blogger for Lockergnome. She is the founder of HipsForHire.com, matching performance and visual artists with people who want to hire them and raise money for good social causes and charities. She’s also a musician, and is currently learning how to yoddle her cat, Charles-Monet. Imei lives in Seattle, WA. You can find her on her blog, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

Social Media Battles Childhood Cancer

The first time I wrote about my friend Drew Olanoff, he was speaking at Gnomedex about his battle against cancer. Drew was given the all-clear not long after that, thankfully. However, he vowed to continue the fight against cancer and uses social media to help spread his message. He has a lot of creative ideas that don’t always get to see the light of day. His newest venture, however, made its debut tonight.

Drew and his friend @Natasha (yes, THAT Natasha) put their heads together to create @LightLeague. The charity venture brings together their love of social media, fundraising for charities – and kicking the shit out of cancer. LightLeague’s plan is simple yet powerful: “Shining Light on Charities through the Power of Community and Art.”

Drew and Natasha did just that tonight during their first live event. Drew recently moved into a new home on the beach. Natasha is, of course, a fantastic artist. They both love Twitter and the little bird. Drew loves the color orange. Both of them support Alex’s Lemonade. Natasha created an amazing piece of artwork for Drew and they opened up donations to the charity. Their goal for tonight was $999.00. They succeeded that by a few hundred dollars at last count. Every person who donated had their name painted into the picture at the end of the night.

The fight isn’t over for any of us. Cancer touches us all in ways we hoped to never have to deal with. Alex’s Lemonade strives to help fight cancer in children by raising awareness and money. Even though the art festivities have ended, you can still contribute to this fabulous cause if you choose. Every dollar – and every prayer – counts in this war on cancer.

You can create your own LightLeague event. Natasha is willing to travel to other locations to paint while helping to raise money for a charity that touches your heart. Together, we can make a difference.

Turn Photos Into Art with the iPad

Photo Brush is a very cool app that’s been available for the iPhone and iPod Touch for a while now. The app allows you to easily apply sharp text and fun, bold brush designs in unique combinations. Once you have done that, you can save your work of art or upload it to your favorite social networking site.

The app has been modified for the iPad, and will be released this weekend with the name of Foto Brush Pro. Using the larger screen of the iPad, you will be able to add even more details to your masterpiece, creating something truly unique. The app can be used to paint blank canvases or photos, add text, and otherwise enhance or create art.

Playing around with photos is something we all tend to do. Who doesn’t enjoy enhancing and changing up their pictures? Create something original and share it with the world, or just play around for fun in your spare time. This app should be released soon. Thanks to TUAW for discovering this app.

How to Create Art on the iPad

I bet you had an Etch-a-Sketch when you were a kid. Those things were epic, weren’t they? I used to sit and draw with mine for hours on end. I’d probably still play with it if I had one now as a grown-up!

This is why I’m very happy to see the Mag Canvas app for the iPad. It’s a very basic app, without much variation on what you can do with it. However, I have a feeling it was designed that way on purpose. This app may be intended to keep kids occupied, but I have a feeling many parents will sneak in some drawing time of their own. This would be a great solution for keeping kids happy during a long car ride, or when you need a few moments of peace and quiet to recharge YOUR batteries.

This app should be available right at iPad launch time. Thanks to TUAW for finding this app for us.

Are You a Hello Kitty Fan?

Cats and kittens are cute, don’t get me wrong. I just don’t “get” the whole Hello Kitty phenomenon, though. Is it because I’m a man? I understand that Hello Kitty is a wildly popular little cartoon creature. I get that little girls everywhere demand merchandise of every shape and size with the cuddly little darling emblazoned across the front. I cannot imagine having something like that in my house, though. No way, no how. It’s just not happening.

This version is something I CAN get behind. To my narrow manly mind, this is a work of art.

How Well Can You Draw?

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Chris is an extremely talented artist. His claim is that he can draw anyone – and he proved it in this video. The way I see it is that if he can draw yours truly this well, he can draw anything.

Are you an artist? Leave a comment here in this post, and show us your work! You never know when something may strike my fancy and end up here in my blog for the world to see.

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Home Decor Ideas

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You already know I’m a gadget freak. You also know I like really cool and unusual things. Probably the most awesome things that I have bought recently all came from Etsy, from a user named ForkedUpArt. I thought the iPhone holder, I picked up some of the other pieces, as well!

The artist has created some really neat artwork using forks and spoons, including phone holders, business card holders, and salt-and-pepper shaker holders. You’ll even find a whimsical fork and spoon “Will You Marry Me?” set. I’m pretty sure I’ll be staying far away from THAT particular set for the next long while. However, if you’re into that sort of thing, they are pretty nifty.

I made a bold proclamation the other day when I bought this ForkedUp art. I was browsing around on Etsy, looking at everything they had for sale. I think that Etsy is going to give stores like Crate N Barrel and Pier 1 a run for their money. Each of these pieces are really unique, and the artists can only make so many of them. This makes them a collectors item… and those are worth more than anything you will normally find in a brick and mortar store.

People will always ask about art objects like these, and they’ll assume you paid a lot of money. You don’t necessarily have to correct them unless you really want to. Whenever someone exclaims over the art in my home, it makes me feel like I’m worth millions of dollars. We don’t need to let them know most of it comes from places such as Etsy. Right?

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