Music. Everyone has their own tastes. Whether it is the casual music listener who uses the medium as a travelling companion, or the die-hard audio visual connoisseur who can tell you everything there is to know about their favourite band, we all share one thing. We all enjoy the pleasures listening to a tune or score can bring. Now myself, well I am more a film buff, but even I can see the importance that music has in our everyday lives. Iconic film scenes are made that way in some cases, by the musical score that surrounds them. So even with my limited music knowledge I can spot an iconic album cover or to. What artist Uwe De Witt has done has used this knowledge to create a pop culture spin on the cover art we know and love (much like artist Butcher Billy) into his own unique style of artwork.
Now as I have previously stated, I am no expert when it comes to album covers. So the examples you can see below have not been labelled with the album cover source. But you Cult Collective readers are a damn sight more intelligent than I am, so I know you will be able to piece all of the information together yourselves. I do recognise the variations on Iron Maiden cover albums though, all of which look great.
It is great to see how naturally the fandom characters intersperse into the album cover designs. Gambit and Constantine make a bang up Bowie, and Judge Death seems like he was tailored made to be a replacement for Eddie from Iron Maiden. It is testament to Uwe superb artistic skills that he can mimic each album cover, while adding his own spin on it. His keen knowledge of fandom and music artists means he can expertly place each character into the right album sleeve, making each one a whole heap of fun to look at. The little in jokes help to (check out the Batman Phil Collins mash up to see what I mean).
This is only a taster of the covers he has done and for a complete list you should check out his Deviant Art page. While you are at it do not forget to check out his other pieces of art on his official website and his Face Book page as well as the work he has done for the website Spacelord. It is going to be interesting to see what else Uwe has up his sleeve in the months leading up to 2015 and if nothing else my interest in music has greatly increased because of his work on show here today.
Dioramas may not be the first port of call when it comes to collectors displaying their figures, but even the die-hard fan have to admit that they certainly add character to what would be an otherwise uninspiring work top or glass cabinet display. At the end of the day, as much as I like my action figures boxed and hanging on my wall, they were made for the most part to be played with.
Whether it be for a small child or a childish adult, we can all get a little buzz out of checking out the latest figures points of articulation. Marvel and other companies certainly think so and have contributed to this field in the past, putting toy lines out that came with their own little mini diorama (the Punisher action figure with arcade smashed diorama had a thug with a grenade in his mouth!). For the most part though they never looked quite like these creations by Louise Townend of Craft Geek Dioramas.
The name seems to have sprung out of nowhere. A few weeks ago I had never heard of Matthew Therrien, but now it seems he is all over the place. With an EC inspired comic inspired Kickstarter in the works, a Manborg comic book under his belt and producing artwork for the upcoming horror documentary Why Horror? it seems to be a really great time to be Matthew. It is also a great time for art fans, especially if you are of the horror movie variety.
You see Matthew really likes his horror movies and being a horror fan myself I can relate to that. Alas I do not possess the awesome artistic skills that Matthew has in sharing his love of horror to the world via his art. Here is a brief example of his work, but do not worry there is much more to come.
Since the creation of sites such as Storenvy and Etsy , interest in the homemade art market has exploded with people clambering over themselves to get one of a kind pieces from non main stream artists . There have always been artists ready to create and share their pieces of art, but never has it been so easy to display and sell this art to the general public. Now Cult Collective is all about the art, so I thought it high time I focus on some of these homemade heroes and heroines that ply their trade through the virtual world of the web and through conventions.
When I was a child growing up watching movies, I started out with the British classics like Hammer Horror, but soon enough I turned to more American styled movies. It seems Aaron Moreno watched a fair few of these movies too as his artistic creations showcase some mainstream and not so main stream movies. But what does Aaron make? Well through Retroband he creates action figures with a retro flair and style. Remember the old Star Wars figures from the 70s? Well imagine those, only modeled after characters from movies like Creepshow, Silent Night, Deadly Night and Halloween 3. In fact don’t imagine them at all, just look at the incredible selection of images below to see what I mean.
Based in York, England, artist and designer Benedict Woodhead describes himself as being driven to produce work which cures his consuming and obsessive passion to redesign images from popular culture. From both his movie posters and his portraits you get the sense that Benedict’s imagination allows him to accomplish this quite easily.
For his poster designs, Benedict uses clever ideas utilising iconology from the movie he is depicting to deliver a minimal, yet effective representation of the movie. His portraits again utilise the same iconic imagery and ideas but also showcase his talent as an artist.
Working from hand drawn pencil sketches, Gav layers his images up with some great filters and textures, to great effect. His Big piece reminds me of one of a picture you could create with one of those felt kits you got as a kid while his Iron Man has a graffiti aesthetic. Take a look at a few of his other pieces below!
With Marvel celebrating their 75th Anniversary this year and Daredevil scheduled to hit our screens via Netflix, Doaly has produced two cleverly stylised pieces dedicated to ‘The Man Without Fear’ himself.
In case you didn’t know, Daredevil was created in 1964 by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett, not without a little input from comics legend Jack Kirby. He has enjoyed a long history of well written storylines, often with a much grittier edge.
Here is what Doaly had to say about his pieces:
“The basic concept for my pieces was to play with traditional eye tests as part of the new Daredevil series marketing as Daredevil/Matt Murdock is blind himself, so I thought this would be a clever nod to his unique gifts.”
Bjorn Hurri is a pretty blooming busy bloke. When he is not knocking up some great looking artwork for games such as Bioshock Infinite, Dead Space 2 and Infamous 2 he is working on his own projects, equally as cool as the ones you will have seen in the aforementioned games. Now I am not really up to speed on latest game releases, being more of a film fan myself. I find any game dalliance is purely of the retro variety. But I do recognise good art and Bjorn certainly delivers in this department. To find out a little more about this artists influences we can look here at his official bio page.
As a child I loved the Transformers kids t.v series. Do not get me wrong, I dabbled in Thundercats, The Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles and certainly saw my fair share of Jayce And The Wheeled Warriors. But there was something about Transformers that really got me involved. I mean, transforming robots is something pretty much every child is going to dig, and the odd man children as well. Although my love of the Transformers has certainly waned in adulthood (helped in no small part by those god awful movies by Michael Bay), it has certainly not gone away. The theme tune when played today will get me singing along like crazy!
So it’s a pretty good day when you find someone who not only shares your love of the Autobot’s and Decepticon’s, but has managed to take it to the next level. Now Darren Rowlings collection of transforming robots is definitely something I would watch if it was ever transformed into a movie. Darren’s art collection is called “If They Could Transform” and looks at a wide range of fandom based vehicles and basically turns them into Transformers. This Canadian artist has created his own studio called THINKMORE, which is an outlet for numerous forms of artwork and he still manages to make these awesome pieces of art.
Below is a collection of some of my favourites from the series but you can see the full run of them here.
Is the wait for the new Star Wars movies just too hard to take? Did you try and audition for a part in the new movies and get knocked back? Or if you live in the UK like myself, is the hot summer weather just burning you up so much you don’t care about anything either way? Well this selection of artwork by Alex Griedling may be just the ticket to cure your woes.
Artist Alex Griendling covers a wide array of different topics on his website. These can be ranging from retro graphic styled art right down to superhero shirt designs. But it is his Star Wars “Hunters” art that first caught our eye!