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.
Last week Cult Collective were not the only ones to launch a brand new website. The Poster Posse launched their own dedicated website alongside their latest project, and official collaboration with Disney to celebrate their upcoming animation Big Hero 6.
Inspired by the Marvel Comics series created by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau in the late 90’s, Big Hero 6 follows in the footsteps of Disney and Marvel’s other recent super hero team movie, Guardians Of The Galaxy as another example of how the mouse house are putting faith into lesser known Marvel characters.
Check out some of the great posters that the Poster Posse have created!
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.
Joss Whedon is the king of cult t.v. His shows have trailblazed their way across genres and demographics, creating characters you can identify with despite their fantastical situations and environments. Not to do the bloke a disservice, his movies have been bloody great, too!
This is something that those pop culture art pioneers at Gallery 1988 obviously understand as their latest show is dedicated solely to the work by the great man himself. “A Joss Whedon Art Tribute” opens this Friday, September the 5th, at G1988 (West), 7-10 PM. Read on for more info and a few previews!
If you regularly visit us here at Cult Collective then you will be aware that we are huge fans of Matt Ferguson. Not only is he a great bloke, he is a top notch artist to boot. Matt was recently tapped up by Marvel to produce some official character posters and a free giveaway poster for their latest offering, Guardians of the Galaxy. The poster, which you can see below, is available when you book tickets for a 3D screening of the movie at Vue Cinemas in the U.K, which you can do here.
Simply put, Guardians of the Galaxy looks amazing and Matt did a fantastic job of putting these posters together and kindly took some time to share his thoughts on this experience and what he would like to work with Marvel on in the future.
Tomorrow is going to be one hell of a day for Phantom City Creative. EW have just revealed their poster for the Agents of SHIELD season finale, “Beginning of the end” and Phantom City Creative, the Toronto based art studio run by Paige Reynolds and Justin Erickson, have also revealed the details of the artist proof sale of their Mondo “Harlequinade” poster.
“Beginning of the end” will go on sale as a limited edition high quality lithograph print, limited to 100 copies, exclusively through MarvelStore.com starting at 1 a.m. PST tomorrow, Friday the 9th of May.
Also tomorrow between 2-3pm EST Phantom City will be releasing their AP copies of Mondo’s “Harlequinade” posters from the Batman: The Animated Series episode. They will be available at http://phantomcitycreative.bigcartel.com/
18″ x 24″ Signed and numbered AP limited edition of 50 (separate of Mondo’s sold out edition).
Printed by D&L Screen Printing. $70
18″ x 24″ Signed and numbered AP limited edition of 35 (separate of Mondo’s sold out edition).
Printed by D&L Screen Printing. $100
I love these Batman pieces that Phantom City have been creating for Mondo and I am truly gutted to have missed the original drop. Their Batman: Mask of the Phantasm currently adorns the office wall! To keep up to date with Phantom City Creative’s wonderful work, make sure you follow them on Twitter.
Recently it seems there have been a ton of Disney related mash ups appearing in the art world and on the Internet. People like James Hance have been doing this kind of thing for years, mashing up favourite pieces of fandom into Disney styled pieces. When Disney bought the Marvel brand however, artists far and wide could hardly contain them-selves, knocking out tons of different Disney/ Marvel related pieces.
However with Fernando Mendonca’s work, I saw something different. With his pieces it looks like you are actually looking at an animation cell, like a slice of the film has been taken off the reel and put directly in front of you. Now I know most film is digital now so the description does not entirely work, but you get the idea. His work is animated is the point I am making!
What Fernando has done is taken core characters from fandom and re-created them in a new and exciting way. The Game of Thrones pieces are spot on (and hopefully more of them will arrive on the internet in the future), but his take on things like Scooby Doo and Jack Sparrow are also hugely entertaining. Below is a selection of his work from his Deviant Art page. Below is a selection of some of my favourites from his Deviant Art page. At this present time I could not find any sites that sold his prints. If, however you dear reader find some links for them, then please feel free to post them in the replies section below so we can all check them out.
Fernando has his own Twitter feed, but alas it is not in English making it difficult for me to see what he has in the works. Still feel free to check it out, I will keep popping on just in the hope that he finishes off those incredible Game of Thrones pieces!
Artist and epic beard owner Mike Mitchell is renowned for his fantastic ‘Portraits’ and ‘Just Like Us’ series and last year even held his own gallery show based on the series over at the Mondo Gallery in Austin. Following on from the success of that gallery and the popularity of those pieces Mondo and Mike Mitchell have again teamed up for a new gallery, this one dedicated to the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe!
“Mike Mitchell x Marvel x Mondo” kicks off 7pm this Friday at 4115 Guadalupe St. in Austin, TX and will run from April 25 through May 17. Marvel ran a great interview with Mike and Mondo Creative Director Justin Ishmael over at their Website today. Check it out.
Most of the previews so far have centered around Mike’s ‘Portraits’ series, but today the Austin Chronicle previewed some of his excellent ‘JLU’ pieces. With over 50 pieces in total, Mike has been busy pulling all of this together and so far it looks as if he has done an amazing job!
To make the event extra special, if it wasn’t enough already, Mondo will also be hosting a cosplay contest during the opening night reception of the show (Friday, April 25th from 7PM – 10PM) with prizes being awarded to the winners. Who doesn’t love a good cosplay? Mondo have even dressed the gallery up to celebrate the occasion!
Don’t you just hate it when one of your favourite artists takes months between releasing new prints? Well thankfully that isn’t the case with Matt Ferguson, easily the U.K’s most productive pop culture artist!
Matt’s latest screen print, “You’re Welcome”, focuses on the Galaxy’s biggest A-Holes and measures in at a wall pleasing 24″x36″. This 4 colour screen print is on sale as a timed edition until 10pm of Sunday the 13th of April, so be quick and head on over to Matt’s online store now!
In a market dominated by screenprinted art and giclee’s, it’s great to see an artist go to the extra mile to produce truly hand made, individual and original pieces of art. Known for his trademark hand painted and hand sprayed dedications to some of comics most popular characters, Michael Latimer has two new additions inspired by The Punisher and Watchmen’s Rorschach, now available on his Website
Costing just £80 with free international shipping, this piece is sized at 56cm x 76cm (22 x 30 inches), is a hand painted and hand sprayed original on heavyweight luxury watercolour paper using acrylics and spraypaint. This is a limited run of 20, signed and numbered.
Sized at 15 x 22 inch, hand painted, hand sprayed original on heavyweight luxury300gsm watercolour paper with acrylics and spray paint. This run of 20 comes signed and numbered at only £58 plus free international shipping.
You just have to look at these detailed shots to see the intricate detail, care and individuality of each piece. I’m a great fan of Michael’s artwork and can’t wait to see what other characters he adds to his repotoire. Personally, I would kill to see him tackle Judge Dredd!
So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to Lowercase Industry now to pick up these and more fantastic pieces of art.