Apr 30, 2009

Inspiration: Custom Sneaker Art


Posted by Sherrie Thai of Shaire Productions.

SneakArt is another means of DIY promotion and expression with a street vibe. You could create a custom pattern, upload to their site, and perhaps get a sticker/skin for your shoes. Not sure how long it would last with normal wear and tear, but it's a cool concept.

Apr 29, 2009

Photo: Koi

Koi Kite Design
Originally uploaded by shaire productions
This is an image of a Japanese kite design. Would make a great robe or even a wallpaper, eh?

Apr 27, 2009

Inspiration: Paper Toys and Mail Art

Custom Paper Toys

Posted by Sherrie Thai of Shaire Productions.

Matt Hawkins' blog site Custom Paper Toys is a great collection of constructed characters. Paper toys are an emerging, affordable method of art promotion through DIY methods.

Mail Me Art

Mail Me Art by Darren Di Lieto (Illustration News Portal) is an interesting project where artists submit art through the postal system. You could check out the book for the initial project here.

Inspiration: Art and Technology, The Eye Graffiti Tags

Tempt Laser Tag

All Eyes on TEMPT from james powderly on Vimeo.

Posted by Sherrie Thai of Shaire Productions.

Tempt One (Tony Quan) was a L.A. Graffiti Writer who has been suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease (ASL), where he has become a quadriplegic for the past six years. The Ebeling Group and Graffiti Research Lab teamed up to create the technology for Tempt to create art once again--through eye movements (ocular-recognition technology) and lasers! View the full article on Creativity here.

Apr 25, 2009

Artwork: Mythos Dragon and the Peterborough Young Carers Art Charity Exhibition

Mythos Dragon Art

Mythos Dragon Framed

Mythos is a mixed media piece by Sherrie Thai of Shaire Productions. A digital print with gold accents has been donated to the Peterborough Young Carer Art Charity Exhibition, organized by Kaine Kulczak, aka Korp.

The Peterborough Young Carer Charity is a great project as it provides educational, emotional and financial support for "children and young people under the age of 18 whose lives are in some way restricted because of the need to take responsibility for the care of a person. This person may be ill, have a disability, be experiencing mental distress or affected by substance abuse or HIV/AIDS" [taken from their site]. Ultimately, Young Carers provides the means for a childhood--a most worthy cause.

This is Sherrie's first art show participation!! There will be two exhibitions: Key Theatre and Coca-Cola Lounge in Peterborough. Will post the dates when more info is received.

Photo: Self-Portrait

Originally uploaded by shaire productions
Abstract selection with the use of a remote and tripod.

Sketchbook: Abstract Skulls

This is an exploration of intricate patterns and skulls from Sherrie Thai's sketchbook. Decor galore!

Apr 24, 2009

Photo: Urban Beauty

Corporate offices never looked so cool.

Apr 22, 2009

Inspiration: Happy Earth Day!

Happy Happy Earth Day! Relax to the beauty of Typolution (Kalomnie Design with music by Ratatat).

Go Green Shirt

Don't forget to support Greendom with this shirt from Sherrie Thai of Shaire Productions on Zazzle.

Apr 21, 2009

Free Music Download: Talcum (Vintage) R&B and Soul DJ Compilation

Talcum CD 2

Take a trip back into time. . .

The J-Boogie Inferno Video from last year was inspired by the old funky gems from the 50s-70s, much like Talcum's collection of rare soul. Download the happy vibes here.

Apr 20, 2009

Photo: Japantown Landmark

© Photo by Sherrie Thai of ShaireProductions.

This photo was taken from the seldom-seen interior of the pagoda landmark in San Francisco's Japantown. I love the urban ruggedness amidst the strong geometric shapes.

Photo: Dancing Feet

Dancing Feet
Originally uploaded by shaire productions
Another image from the Cherry Blossom Festival. Kimonos have amazing graphical qualities.

Photo by Sherrie Thai of Shaire Productions.

Photo: Geisha

Originally uploaded by shaire productions
She was waiting offstage to perform at the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Apr 17, 2009

Artwork: Gaia, Earth Goddess

Gaia: Earth Goddess Image

Gaia: Earth Goddess is a mixed-media piece inspired by the mythologies of ancient Greece. She was believed to appear in courtyards and bore several mutant offspring, including Cyclops. This was created in pen/ink and colored in Photoshop. Artwork by Sherrie Thai of Shaire Productions.

Apr 15, 2009

Inspiration: Dr. Woohoo's "In the Mod" Color Extractor

Dr. Woohoo's Color Extractor

In the Mod is a nifty tool by Dr. Woohoo which extracts colors from images into usable palettes for Photoshop and/or Illustrator. Dr. Woohoo is a very engaging artist who uses algorithms to produce amazing digital art. You could see his creations on Flickr.

Inspiration: Direct Mail Comeback

Brandweek Header

Direct Mail as "cutting edge" promotion? Brandweek posted an interesting article on how direct mail (postcards, newsletters, and other printed materials) is a hot item again since we seem to be overrun with online clutter. More here.

Apr 14, 2009

Photo: Traditional Japanese Dancer

This was taken at the 42nd Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco's Japantown.

Apr 10, 2009

Robo Bunny Design

Robo Bunny Shirt

Since the sun's out and Easter is arriving, I thought it was time for a Robo Sumo Bunny shirt. The plump character was inspired by KungFu Panda--with his clumsy awkwardness, but loveable personality.

Artwork: Face Patterns

Face Patterns

I created Face Patterns as a background for another piece, but I think it's rather interesting on its own. This was created in pen/ink on bristol, then scanned and digitally colored.

Photo: Albino Alligator

Albino Alligator
Originally uploaded by shaire productions
Taken at the California Academy of Sciences. Rare, menacing, and exquisite creature.

Photo: Fire Hydrant

This fire hydrant was just asking to be photographed.

Photo: Bridge

Originally uploaded by shaire productions
On the bridge towards Vallejo.

Inspiration: Blindsight Documentary

Blindsight Photo

Blindsight is a touching and inspiring documentary about several Tibetan blind children making the trek to climb 23,000 foot Lhakpa Ri near Mt. Everest. The film involves people who have incredible strength, will-power, and positivity, overcoming their lack of sight. The children were led by Erik Weihenmayer (who gained worldwide fame climbing Mt. Everest blind) and Sabriye Tenberken (blind German woman who established the school for the blind).

Tibetans believed blindness is a curse--retribution for a previous evil life. One of the most heartbreaking stories was one of a 19-year-old Tashi, who was sold to a couple, forced to beg and was tortured. He ran away, became homeless, and eventually ended up at the school for the blind. Despite everything, he had the courage to attempt the feat and move on--he now has his own massage clinic in Llasa. It was a great film to see as it's a reminder that we are not limited by others' opinions and circumstances, but only ourselves.

Apr 7, 2009

Photo: Freeway Ramp

Freeway Ramp
Originally uploaded by shaire productions
Taken while riding the bus.

Photo: Broken Wood

Broken Wood
Originally uploaded by shaire productions
There's always beauty in the smallest places. This was a macro shot of a broken frame.

Photo: Delicate Orchids

Delicate Orchids
Originally uploaded by shaire productions
Natural and organic shapes.

Inspiration: Wolverine and 7-11 Slurpee Promotion

Wolverine 7-11 Promotion

Wolverine 711 Cups

Following the successful Simpsons campaign, 7-11 launched the Wolverine Slurpee promotion for the May 1st release. In the store, you could pick up a new slurpee flavor called Mutant Berry in a customized cup, displaying one of the three mutants (Wolverine, Gambit, and Sabretooth). On the Slurpee site, fans could connect with the profile for updates and provide feedback.

A more in-depth article could be found on CNBC.

Artwork: Bird Sketchbook

Sketchbook Birds

Dabbling with figurative sketches--birds and decor. You could View Larger

Apr 3, 2009

Photo: San Francisco Scene

Postcard-esque image of the Palace of Fine Arts/ Presidio area.

Photo: Ceiling

Originally uploaded by shaire productions
Selection of urban shapes from the Moscone Convention Center.

Apr 2, 2009

Inspiration: The Watchmen Portraits Book by Clay Enos

The Watchmen Portraits

The Watchmen movie has been all the rage lately, especially with Clay Enos' coffee-table book, "The Watchmen Portraits". The black and white images are incredibly detailed, catching every wisp of hair, freckle, and glimmer. He has brought pop-culture into it own art form.

Inspiration: NEXT Street Art Documentary

NEXT image

I'm a few years late in checking this documentary out, but Next - A Primer on Urban Painting by Pablo Aravena is a great homage to modern street artists. It tells of graffiti going beyond the streets into galleries, and what's more interesting--street culture in a global context--document of visual expression, politics and history at a primal level. One segment which really stood out was an interview with a Brazilian graffiti artist and his perception that unauthorized graffiti in Brazil wasn't as persecuted as it is in the US mainly because of the social climate--how the Brazilian authorities have larger crimes to attend to. Art was a source of escape from their daily lives.

Here are a some artists:
-Scrawl Collective: http://www.scrawlcollective.co.uk/
-Pure Evil Gallery: http://www.pureevilclothing.com/
-Faile: http://www.faile.net/site/
-bo130: http://www.bo130.org/
-Fafi: http://www.fafi.net/
-Dalek: http://dalekart.com
-Delta: http://www.deltainc.nl/indexdeltainc.html
-DFace: http://www.dface.co.uk/gallery
-Doppel: http://www.doppel.to/home.html
-Hisashi: http://www3.ocn.ne.jp/~tenmyoya/

Artwork: Balloon Dog Shirt

Balloon Dog

This is a random vector illustration on the phrase "Life on the Edge". You could view the shirt here.