Julian Frost

I think we’ve all viewed the infamous Dumb Ways to Die video online, if not youtube that right now, but Julian was the man behind it. You wouldn’t have guessed how different the rest of his work would have been though, far darker than the cute and cuddly characters in that videos and style wise not even close!

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Eirian Chapman

Some lovely editorial spots for Toronto Life Stylebook, very graphic and simplistic but produced at an incredibly high standard.

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Emma Leonard

One of those rare moments I would like to email an artist and ask them what they are doing with their style! I remember Emma’s work from last year when the agency I was working at were looking for a fashion illustrator, Emma came up and she’s nice enough but I wouldn’t call her elite. These water colour pieces I’ve never seen before and they really stand out from the rest of her work and others, no ones doing this but it’s just an experimentation. Why aren’t you doing more?!

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Andrew Archer

I’m a little bit split on Andrew’s work, can’t quite decide if I like it or not. It’s good don’t get me wrong but will he improve, yes. Do all artists improve, of course but with him it looks like he’s on the very cusp of being great but it’s just not quite there yet which leaves a slightly sour taste to the mouth.

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Menteurmenteur

Going by the alias Menteurmenteur is a young fine artist based in Melbourne who I’ve spoken to in a fair amount of detail about her work over the past couple of weeks. I think that its fair to say theres a great deal of potential within her work, only aged twenty I suspect that by twenty six at the latest she should have fully established herself within the fine art world online. Certain qualities within her work remind me of Yong Sung Heo and another Korean artist whose name eludes me.

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Eddie Diamandi

Good stories and great storytellers - Stanley Kubrick, Charlie Chaplin and The Beatles to name a few – is at the heart of the works of Melbourne-based filmmaker Eddie Diamandi. Russian-born and son of the famous Russian clown Sasha Diamandi, his works are reminiscent of classic film-noirs but borders more into the style of progressive Australian-independent filmmaking. Already making a name for himself in the Melbourne film scene, Diamandi’s future works are definitely some to look out for. Check out his bold and aesthetically crafted music video
Let Go, view it here.

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Tess Copeland

" An A5 sized quarterly publication designed to make post-structuralist theory more accessible to the everyday intellectual by introducing small excerpts of seminal texts. Coptic bound, the signatures of the book and pink paper stock are used to designate chapters. The design makes use of the visual language of computers, removed from it’s context in print. I intentionally selected the default settings of desktop publishing programs Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Word, with the use of Times New Roman, default underline settings, RGB red and gradients and images rendered in diffusion dither."

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Eunice Yip

Designed for the Design Society in Singapore, Eunice has created a really aesthetically pleasing book, full of bold modern typography balanced off with plenty of white space and brilliant imagery to match.

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James Money

A bit more raw than what we usual post but I certainly think James’s raw style does lend itself perfectly to raw emotions. One case only guess at what a middle-aged man with a tight neat tie is really thinking about as he stares into the abyss and the viewer. Incredibly powerful stuff, glad I came across it.

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Guy Shield

Guy Shield’s imaginative illustrations are ones that are well-crafted and thought of. The process begins with a draft then Shield continues the process through layering different mediums on top of each other – starting with pencil, continuing with ink and ultimately finishing with tools in Photoshop. It may not certainly be a unique process but his work is full of promise, which obviously delivers, and what he produces has a quirky, street-art feel about it - not to mention his fine choice of colour, composition and narrative.

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Tom Blachford

Starting us off is the Melbourne photographer who actually delves into various forms of photography but the one that caught my eye was his Aerial Industry series. Maybe it’s the Sim City fan in me, no not the crap new one look into the early 00’s, but there’s something very peaceful about them. The patterns, shapes and lack of humanity, maybe it’s that these huge objects almost look fragile at such height.

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Good Morning Melbourne

Must admit it wasn’t an easy choice because few a of those cities are less explored in an artistic context but we’ve got to show some love to our guys and girls in Melbourne! Grown a bit of a following over there and a small team of writers over the years so it’s only fair for us to showcase the work from that part of the world. For those who submitted their choices, it won’t be in vein, I’ll be taking a look back at that list next month but for now lets celebrate the city by the bay.

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Licking my lips over cities people have been suggesting to us some really interesting choices, not made my choice yet but will do tomorrow! Here are the suggestions in full :

Cape Town, Asunción, London, Toronto, Detroit, Tartu, Munich, Sydney, Melbourne, Istanbul, Cagliari 

First week of each month I’ll try and focus on artists from a single city

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What should be our first destination?

Studio Ghibli / 1985 - 2014

Though not fully confirmed as some are saying the Japanese to English translation could have been misinterpreted, indications so far lead us to believe this unique and legendary animation studio may be shutting down. Dark news indeed…

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