Friday, October 29, 2010



Sao Paulo based artist Alexandre Orion developed a method of creating art by capturing the soot from car exhaust pipes to produce an image on canvas…


For more on Alexandre Orion, check out his site here.

(Found via Wooster Collective)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Animation: Gary

This is not a new video. It’s two years old, so maybe you’ve seen it before, but I liked it tremendously, so I couldn’t resist posting it anyway…


Gary from Gary on Vimeo.

Directed by Clément Soulmagnon, Yann Benedi, Sébastien Eballard & Quentin Chaillet

(Found via Motion Addicted)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010





This 65 meters long and 2.5 meters high wall piece was made by Ludivine Lechat and Tom De Smedt for IMEC (European Institute for Nanotechnology) using NodeBox software (and Adobe Illustrator).




NodeBox is Open Source software, developed by Frederik De Blesser and Tom De Smedt from the Experimental Media Group of the St. Lucas School of Arts in Antwerp, Belgium.

The NodeBox-site says:

NodeBox is a Mac OS X application that lets you create 2D visuals (static, animated or interactive) using Python programming code and export them as a PDF or a QuickTime movie.


NodeBox is free and well-documented.NodeBox allows you to create visual output with programming code. The application targets an audience of designers, with an easy set of state commands that is both intuitive and creative. It is essentially a learning environment and an automation tool.

If you want to know more about NodeBox, go check out the site...

There is also a NodeBox2 for Windows, but this is still in beta. Look for it here.

To learn more about the Nanophysical project, visit the NodeBox gallery here. It is all very complicated (read: I don’t understand a word of it), but it does result in nice pictures. Some more examples…









Monday, October 25, 2010

S+G(5): ReactableMobile






Do you remember our post on the Reactable from a while ago? A big table with lights and graphical symbols and objects to make music with… Sure you do! You remember how you thought “I want one!”, don’t you? Well, that was difficult then. It was huge and it was expensive. Bjork had one. The Icelandic brat…

But now, life just got better: ReactableMobile is here. It plays on your Ipad. Yeej!

Check it out…


More info? Visit the Reactable-site.


(Found via PixelSumo)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Animation: Giant

This is the second short animation film in a series about giants and their interaction with humans, made by Celine & Yann. Each episode will have a different giant. Check out more of their work on their blog. (You can find the first one there too. I just thought this one was funnier…)


Giant Episode 2 Sun from Celine&Yann on Vimeo.

(Found via Everything Visual)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Strange Arrangements

The moving sculptures in this video by “weareseventeen” (4 people from London) are inspired by the great surrealists like Dali and in particular his “lobster telephone”.

Intriguing stuff…


Strange Arrangements from weare17 on Vimeo.


Check out their website or vimeo-pages for more…

IRC dance movement

Music video by Shueti for a Dutch breakdance collective called Illusionary Rockaz. Nice photography and subtle graphics…


IRC dance movement from . on Vimeo.

(Found via Eleblog)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Animation: Trois petits points

A brilliant short animation film by students from the Gobelins (l'école de l'image).



(Found via R1cardo)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Motion Graphics: Yohsukechiai

Lately, I’m enjoying stuff like this quite a lot. I wasn’t able to find out a lot about Yohsukechiai other then he is from Japan. Look for some more videos on his Vimeo-pages.


AMaison / 2Logica#02 from yohsukechiai on Vimeo.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Studio Visit (16): Quentin Blake

I am sure Quentin Blake does not need any introduction. He is one of the most famous and well-loved children’s books illustrators around. You’ve seen his lively drawings in books by Roald Dahl, perhaps. Or in the books he has written himself…

Today, a selection of videos in which Blake talks about drawing and illustration and, better yet, shows us how he does it.



In the first one, Quentin Blake talks about the definition of the word “illustration”…


The second one is a visit to his studio.


The last one focuses on his drawing technique and method.


If you haven’t got enough of Quentin Blake, watch him draw the readers at a book festival here or check out this really nice interview at the Quentin Blake website.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Carll Cneut

Once again a spotlight on a Flemish illustrator of children’s books.

Carll Cneut (°1969) studied graphic design at the Saint-Lucas Arts School  in Ghent (the city where he still lives today). At first, he worked as an art director at a publicity agency. His 1996 debut illustrating children’s books was called “Varkentjes van Marsepein” (Piglets of Marsepain), a collaboration with writer Geert De Kockere. They went on to make six more picture books together. In 2002 Cneut made his writing debut with “The Amazing Love Story of Mr Morf”.

His distinctive style is achieved through the use of a combination of acrylics, pastels, pencil and ink. Some examples…



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un secret pour grandir 

For more, go here. Cneut has a lot of his work published abroad or translated. The site can be read in English and French.

Also, here, you can find a more extensive article on Carll Cneut, in English.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Mike & Katie Mignola

Katie Mignola is the 7 year old daughter of comic artists Mike Mignola.

Mike Mignola is the king of composition. Forget the Kriegaffe. It’s not about the Kriegaffe. It’s the composition…

This is a story they made together: “The Magician and the Snake”.








(Found via From Heroes to Icons)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Animation: Glens Gloves

Michael Please (apparently that is his real name!) is a freelance animator/illustrator/filmmaker from London. Check out his Vimeo-pages for more of his work…


Glens Gloves from Michael Please on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Say what?


Graffiti Markup Language (.gml) is a universal, XML based, open file format designed to store graffiti motion data (x and y coordinates and time). The format is designed to maximize readability and ease of implementation, even for hobbyist programmers, artists and graffiti writers. Popular applications currently implementing GML include Graffiti Analysis and EyeWriter. Beyond storing data, a main goal of GML is to spark interest surrounding the importance (and fun) of open data and introduce open source collaborations to new communities. GML is intended to be a simple bridge between ink and code, promoting collaborations between graffiti writers and hackers. GML is today’s new digital standard for tomorrow’s vandals.


Yeah, I know…. You need some visuals with that… (Trailer) from Evan Roth on Vimeo.


For more info and videos, check out

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Comics: Blast by Larcenet

Manu Larcenet is one of my favorite comic-artists from France. He has a new book out, the first 200-page part of 5, called Blast.




Happy, happy, I found a book trailer (below) and a nice article in English on The Comics Journal.



For more Larcenet, check out his blog.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Chip Kidd

Mr. Chip Kidd is an author, editor and graphic designer, best known for his innovative book covers and his love for Batman.

And yes, I do know the out-of-focus figurine below probably isn’t Batman.

Check out the video for an introduction…


CHIP KIDD from gary nadeau on Vimeo.


As a bonus: a small selection of his book covers…


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the_unconsoled.large the_abomination.large


birthday.large men_of_tomorrow_1.large

winter_sleep.large a_wolf_at_the_table.large

More info here.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Some YoYo Stuff

Don Van Vliet aka captain Beefheart. A short film by Dutch photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn.



(More paintings and info can be found here)

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Gutenberg Variations

Why, Oh why, didn’t I think of this?

Books (I love books). Color (I love color). Textures (I love textures).

It’s simple, it’s beautiful, it’s….


I should have thought of this…

But someone called Stanford Kay did.



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(Found via The Casual Optimist)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Street Art: Nunca

As you probably know by now, I’m interested in street art, as long as it manages to look “different” somehow. And this one does. Nunca from Brazil. Lovely work which looks totally contemporary, but has an ancient vibe to it.


MANIFESTO Profile: Nunca from on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

David A Smith: Sign Artist

Hand crafted reverse glass signs, decorative silvered and gilded mirrors,… A unique behind-the-scenes look into the working methods and techniques of one of the few remaining traditional glass artists…


David A Smith - Sign Artist from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.


 (Found via The Donut Project)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sound+Graphics(4): Seaquence

My apologies to the regular readers of Monsieur Bandit. It’s been a while since my last conf… ahum…post. Life got in the way. Nasty thing, life. You know…

Today Monsieur Bandit is back with a fourth installment in the sound + graphics series. You might remember the last one (check it out here), the “Tonematrix”, a virtual sequencer, something resembling a monome, and lots of fun to play with.

This one is quite similar, but more elaborate. And again, it looks like a great thing for people like me, who know absolutely zip-all about music but still would like to play.(I’ve got a very sad story about how my musical aptitude got crushed in kindergarten. Remind me to tell it one day…),

The “Seaquence” adopts a biological metaphor: it allows you to create musical life-forms in a virtual petri-dish, and combine them into pretty convincing compositions. It is hopeless to try and explain it with words, so please check out this video for an introduction and then head over to where you can play with the actual thing!

Try and get not too addicted…


Seaquence Demo from Daniel Massey on Vimeo.


(Found via Co.Design)

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