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Bennett is an illustrator and designer who spends most of his days glued to old science fiction fantasy films and Saturday morning cartoons. This fascination with the imaginatively absurd has formed a surprisingly stable connection with the way his mind imagines the constraints of the physical form, or lack thereof.

Utilizing traditional oil media on natural wooden surfaces, Bennett is heavily inspired by the sharp dualities observed in his world’s natural and cultural ecosystems. His work is partly influenced by the precise forms and soft palettes of the Baroque masters, and the bold geometric intensity of the Russian Avant-Garde and Futurism movements. This dichotomy of contrasting artistic disciplines and influences lends itself to the underlying dualities observed in his work.” 

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Above:

The Blue Milk
Oil on Wood
18” x 24”

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The Veiled Lady
Oil on Wood
14” x 18”

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The Devil’s Bolete
Oil on Wood
14” x 18”

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The Trumpet Of Death
Oil on Wood
14” x 18”

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The Bleeding Tooth
Oil on Wood
12” x 16”

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The Lemon Disco
Oil on Wood
9” x 12”

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The Death Cap
Oil on Wood
9” x 12”

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The Stinkhorn
Oil on Wood
6” x 12”

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Plums & Custard
Oil on Wood
6” x 12”

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The Professor
Oil on Wood
8” x 8”

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Overweight Glob of Grease
Oil on Wood
8” x 8”

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We Must Be Bold
Oil on Wood
18” x 24”

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I Know I’m Human
Oil on Wood
20” x 20”

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video courtesy of Hot Art Wet City 

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visit Bennett Slater’s site for more and follow him on tumblr too

Bennett Slater | painting

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Roxy Prima is a San Diego based Graphic Designer and Hand Letterer. 

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WUTANG PRINT

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"Having people in my life that support and inspire my creativity has been essential to my work. Someone in my life that has always loved and supported my work is my big brother, Kevin. Every birthday and christmas he asks me and my sister to use our skills to create something new to add to his collection of our work. He doesn’t put any limitations or guidelines on what he wants, he simply allows us freely create. Some of my favorite pieces that I have created were inspired by my brother, including my Wutang Print."

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THE BIG LEBOWSKI COASTERS

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"Every year for Christmas, I try my best to make thoughtful and personal gifts for my family members. Always pushing myself to make each years present more creative and exciting than the last. This year I decided to make a gift for my dad inspired by one of our favorite movies, The Big Lebowski. One of the most hilarious movies, with some of the most memorable lines, I knew I had to make something special to do the movie justice."

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HAND LETTERING

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"My hand lettering started as quick sketches to get ideas out of my head before creating logos and typographic imagery on a digital platform. As my sketches became more detailed, I started to enjoy them more than their digital offspring. I soon began to put more time and effort into my hand lettering: practicing and experimenting with this new medium.
I love the freedom of creating away from the computer and embrace the imperfections that come with drawing by hand. This form of expression allows me to combine my love of design and my love of art into one piece. And I must say that I have become an addict.”

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visit Roxy Prima’s site for more…

Roxy Prima | typography

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"Reynolds and Reyner our philosophy is rooted in the true power of design. We believe it is less about making high quality brand experiences and more about the process at which we engage in, to create a real relationship between our brands and their consumers." — Reynolds and Reyner

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Waldo Trommler Paints
The brightest brand of paints

Objective
In 2011 Reynolds and Reyner finished two huge projects redesigning international brands of paints. After that they were asked to develop a new visual identity for a small Finnish company which was planning to enter the U.S. market. Without the past, unlike the majority of existing brands in the segment, but believing in the future, the key to access the market was a package design. “We don’t just need - we must! stand out” - this phrase has become the basis at work on a new brand identity.

Process
How to create a brand that stands out? We need to find the design solution that hasn’t been used by any of the competitors. At the same time showing the main features of the company - friendliness, quality and innovation. WTP is not just a manufacturer of paints - it’s an assistant, always ready to help, suggest and defend from the hassles and problems. Repairs with WTP is simple, convenient and fast and this is what in it’s simple design.

Results
No doubt, WTP is the most friendly and remarkable brand of paints on the shelf now. WTP has no corporate colors - it have the corporate identity, common for each design element - from business cards to packaging. Every item is bright and memorable combination of colors and objects that all together form whole the entire brand. The next step is to prove that the product is as high quality as its outer shell. But this is another story.

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visit the Reynolds and Reyner website to see more of their projects…

Reynolds and Reyner | graphic design

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"I capture snowflakes at open balcony of my house, mostly on glass surface, lighted by LED flashlight from opposite side of glass, and sometimes in natural light, using dark woollen fabrics as background." — Alexey Kljatov 

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"This is post-processed snowflakes, cropped from full 12mp shots, mix from 2009-2013 years. Usually i add to them artificial colours, because original shots almost monochromatic and looks not appealing. Some snowflakes captured in standard macro mode, others with Helios 44 add-on" 

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"On a floor of a balcony I put the turned stool (legs up), on them - a glass plate. Previously, i shoot using Canon A650’s standard macro mode. For this, from a small plastic bottle I cut central cylindrical part in the form of a tube (height 5.5 cm). This height I picked up so that the lens of the camera, pushed in a tube, will be at distance 1 centimetre from the bottom (this is minimum focusing distance of Canon A650 in macro mode). I just put this cylinder with the camera’s lens within it over the chosen snowflake, the lens looks vertically down. For steady shots, i shoot in small series with starting delay 1-2 seconds after focusing, taking away my hands off the camera. With free hand i illuminate snowflake with flashlight from under the glass. The flashlight shines through two layers of white plastic bag for more uniform lighting. This is enough for shooting even at night with minimum ISO and short exposure time.

Recently, i built simple macro add-on for the camera. I used lens Helios 44M-5 from old USSR SLR camera Zenit (here is short description in wikipedia). At first, i attached these lens at narrow wooden board (around 30 cm long), reversed: a back lens to snowflake, front lens to camera, and drilled in a board an opening for a screw suitable to tripod nest of the camera. Then camera is put on a board so that the lens in the maximum optical zoom mode (6x) touched Helios lens and looked straight into them. I attach the camera by a screw and additionally with metallic bracket, glued to the board, it holds opposite side of camera, so it didn’t move anywhere. On Helios’s back side (which is front of whole construction) i attached three standard narrow extension rings from Zenit camera (this is needed only in case of shooting at glass surface with backlight). This holds lens at needed focusing distance from the glass with snowflakes (2,5-3 centimetres). Place of connection between internal and external lens i covered with some sort of skirt, made from black plastic bag: this protects connection point from outer light, snow, ice and water drops. All design turned out rather strong and steadily stands vertically with lenses looking down. I simply put it on glass over the chosen snowflake and shoot at maximum optical zoom instead of macro mode. Camera’s autofocus works well.”

Helios magnifying part of pen:

visit Alexey Kljato’s website for more information on this project

Alexey Kljatov | photography

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The Love Booklet

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"A few years ago I was in a band and I still absolutely love the material I wrote back then. This project has no greater pretention than to just share this song that happens to be my personal favourite. It is an unusual approach to love: It talks about being frightened by the feeling of losing control, of not knowing exactly what’s happening inside. I firstly thought about working on a single poster. However, the use of so many typographic styles wouldn’t work very well if put together on the same sheet. I also thought about making it more colourful, but again, it is meant to be very raw, so the simpler the better. However, I added some colour to some sheets when it was crucial to emphasize the message.

50 of these booklets were made, all by hand (some with a slightly different lettering) for Valentine’s day earlier this year, and they were all give-aways. After all, love ain’t love if you don’t share it.”

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Antonio Rodrigues Jr | typography [two]

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Antonio Rodrigues Jr | typography [one]

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