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Detailed linework from South African illustrator Gerhard Human

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By Darren Cools in New Illustration on Friday 11 October 2013

Gerhard Human has got to be one of my favorite illustrators ever. Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, his very unique and detailed linework takes on an effortless, rounded, highly-stylized life of it’s own. Beautiful angles and unusual points of view, minimal color usage, and edgy subject-matter all add to the intrigue. He includes a […]

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Rot: a beautifully filmed stop-motion video

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By Darren Cools in Video on Thursday 10 October 2013

Here’s a little stop-motion creepiness to get you in the mood for Halloween. Beautifully filmed and paced with the perfect audio elements, there is a distinct Dia De Los Muertos vibe as well, which is a huge bonus. Yes, simplicity can have incredible results.

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Kickstarter project inspires school children to be more creative

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By Darren Cools in New Art on Thursday 10 October 2013

As a father of three small children, the project is really inspiring. It’s called Brain Food, a project co-authored by AIGA Portland and Right Brain Initiative, and it’s a creative activity deck for kids—50 cards that combine easy-to-find materials, a school subject, and an activity. The creators of the project believe that the arts enhance […]

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Flat style illustrations by Japanese artist Kotaro Chiba

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By Darren Cools in New Illustration on Thursday 10 October 2013

Kotaro Chiba grabbed my attention the first time I ran across her on Behance. She’s from Japan, and I basically know nothing about her except that I love her simple, flat style. Her people are weirdly long and spindly, with mysterious expressions, and an air of unconcerned, even content, melancholy. Not quite Anime, but distinctly […]

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Roots Soap Co: Rainwater infused natural soaps

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By Darren Cools in New Products on Wednesday 9 October 2013

I had never really thought about soap before (I mean, soap is soap, right?), but after trying some of the natural soap from Roots Soap Co for myself, my mind was changed. It’s handmade with rainwater (seriously?!) and essential oils. My whole house smells like citrus and clove and lavender. It’s pretty amazing. If you’re […]

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