Early this past summer Thomas Ehretsmann was commissioned by MIT Technology Review to do an illustration for an article about the man who is gearing up to revolutionize the world of artificial intelligence...again! Check out the article to read an insight piece and get a glimpse of Thomas's beautiful illustration!
Before Pope Francis made his big U.S visit, Maria Corte Maidagan was commissioned to illustrate a piece for an article about the shrinking world of nuns of the Catholic Church. The article follows on young nun, Sister Rachel, and breaks down her journey from the decision process to present day. A very interesting view in to a world that so many of us know so very little about. Check out the entire article here!
"There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose getnly awful stirrings seems to speak of some hidden soul beneath..."
-Herman Melville, Moby -Dick
"I may climb perhaps to no great heights, but I will climb alone."
-Cyrano de Bergerac
"The last I saw of Count Dracula was his kissing his hand to me, with a red light of triumph in his eyes, and with a smile that Judas in hell might be proud of."
-Bram Stoker, Dracula
"Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories."
-Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Mark T Smith
"But here is an artist. He desires to paint you the dreamiest, shadiest, quiestest, most enchanting bit of romantic landscape....what is the chief element he employs?"
- Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?"
-Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
"His left leg was cut off close by the hip, and under the left shoulder he carried a crutch, which he managed with wonderful dexterity, hopping about upon it like a bird. He was very tall and strong, with a face as big as a ham-plain and pale, but intelligent and smiling."
- Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
Edward Kinsella III
"We catched fish and talked, and we took a swim now and then to keep off sleepiness. It was kind of solemn, drifting down the big, still river, laying on our backs looking up at the stars, and we didn't ever feel like talking loud, and it warn't often that we laughed-only a little kind of a low chuckle. We had mighty good weather as a general thing, and nothing ever happened to us at all-that night, nor the next, nor the next."
-Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
"Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood."
-William Golding, Lord of the Flies
Maria Corte Maidagan
"Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready."
-Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
"When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams-this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness-and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!"
- Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."
-Sidney Paget, Sherlock Holmes, A Scandal in Bohemia
"Miserable Orpheus who, turning to lose his Eurydice, beholds her for the first time as well as the last."
"She went to the baker's
To buy him some bread;
But when she cam back
The poor dog was dead.
She went to the joiner's
To buy him a coffin;
But when she came back
The poor dog was laughing..."
-Mother Goose, Old Mother Hubbard
"That inscrutable thing is chiefly what I hate; and be the white whale agent, or be the white whale principal, I will wreak that hate upon him. Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me. For could the sun do that, then could I do the other; since there is ever a sort of fair play herein, jealousy presiding over all creations. But not my master, man, is even that fair play. Who's over me? Truth hath no confines."
-Captain Ahab, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
"Al Alligator and How He Learned to Play the Banjo."
- W.J. Pat Enright
"This one isn't just any old horse. There's a nobility in his eye, a regal serenity about him. Does he not personify all that men try to be and never can be? I tell you, my friend, there’s d'vinity in a horse, and specially in a horse like this. God got it right the day he created them. And to find a horse like this in the middle of this filthy abomination of a war, is for me like finding a butterfly on a dung heap. We don't belong in the same universe as a creature like this."
-Michael Morpurgo, War Horse
"'Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!' I shrieked, upstarting-
'Get thee back in to the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken!- quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!
Quoth the Raven,'Nevermore.'"
-Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven
"But everybody knows life isn't worth living."
-Albert Camus, The Stranger
"Some men are born to good luck: all they do or try to do comes right-all that falls to them is so much gain-all their geese are swans-all their cards are trumps-toss them which way you will, they will always, like poor puss, alight upon their legs, and only move on so much the faster. The world may very likely not always think of them as they think of themselves, but what care they for the world? what can it know about the matter?"
-Jacob Grimm, The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
"The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the Living Infinite."
-Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leauges Under the Sea
"Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures."
Recently, Tyler Jacobson was commissioned by Adult Swim to create two billboards advertising their show "Black Jesus." Colossal Media in New York City hand paints murals for advertisements all over the city, Tyler's mural was painted on a wall in Williamsburg in Brooklyn ( N.11th and Wythe) for all eyes to see. It truly is impressive how good the painters of Colossal are able to mimic Tyler's style! Check out the painted piece along with Tyler's other piece that can be seen on bus stops around the city and a number of other venues across the country!
Jason Seiler made his Rolling Stone debut recently with a great portrait of Don Henley. The solo artist, once known for multi-talented participation in The Eagles, has come out with his first solo album in 15 years, CASS COUNTRY. Check out more on Rolling Stone's website!
Mark Summers was commissioned by Interbrand in Mexico to help them with the rebranding of Topo Chico mineral water, "Mexico's best kept secret". The historic brand is expanding further than it's home origin in Mexico and is becoming known as an international product. Mark was given the task of illustration a native princess drinking from Topo Chico's natural spring. Mark's beautiful piece was then used for a massive packaging and advertising campaign along with being vectorized and made into the image for the new logo for Topo Chico's products.
"Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic."
"In prehistoric times, Homosapiens was deeply endangered. Early humans were less fleet of foot, with fewer natural weapons and less well-honed senses than all the predators that threatened them. Moreover, they were hampered in their movements by the need to protect their uniquely immature young - juicy meals for any hungry beast. "
"Explorations of the world are simultaneously explorations of the human body and being, charting the range of sensory experiences possible in the world and the values that can be attached to such experiences."
-Chris Gosden, "Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction"
"Egypt gave birth to what later would become known as 'Western Civilization,' long before the greatness of Greece and Rome. "
-John Henrik Clarke
"In world mythology, there are countless examples of tragic characters whose greatest strength is also the source of their undoing. But the ancient Greeks and Romans also held the view that acceptance is the beginning of wisdom. "
-Simon Van Booy
"A lost world. Yet its foundations and edges were permanent-the ruins of Pompeii, the glorious remnants or the Forum. A world that endured, even as it retreated into the past. A world visited, imagined, ever waiting, yet asleep."
"There is something dark and wintry about the atmosphere of the later Middle Ages."
- Lytton Strachey
"The institution of chivalry forms one of the most remarkable features in the history of the Middle Ages."
"Not much was really invented during the Renaissance, if you don't count modern civilization. "
"The Renaissance is studded by the names of the artists and architects, with their creations recorded as great historical events."
"Lives in previous centuries for women are largely a matter of class. It would have been fun to have been a rich, privileged woman in the 18th century, but no fun at all to be her maid."
"The negative cost of Lewis and Clark entering the Garden of Eden is that later expeditions regardless of what they were intended to do, later expeditions did not deal with the native peoples with the intelligence with the almost kindly resolve that Lewis and Clark did. "
-William Least Heat-Moon
Edward Kinsella III
"The nineteenth century was completely lacking in logic, it had cosmic terms and hopes, and aspirations, and discoveries, and ideals but it had no logic. "
"The nineteenth century will ever be known as the one in which the influences of science were first fully realised in civilised communities; the scientific progress was so gigantic that it seems rash to predict that any of its successors can be more important in the life of any nation."
"I think every age has a medium that talks to it more eloquently than the others. In the 19th century it was symphonic music and the novel. For various technical and artistic reasons, film became that eloquent medium for the 20th century. "
- Walter Murch
Maria Corte Maidagan
"The Roaring Twenties were the period of that Great American Prosperity which was built on shaky foundations. "
-J. Paul Getty
"Where there is age there is evolution, where there is life there is growth."
"Men and women whose early youth was shaped in the ordeal of the Great Depression showed the values formed in that crucible when tyranny threatened a world. "
"One of the great things about the Fifties is there are so many secrets - people who've come back from the war and done these terrible things that they don't want to think about, or can't say what they did because they signed the Official Secrets Act. "
"The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn't the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility."
"There was a clarity to the Nineties. It was pre-9/11, before that anxiety kicked in that exists right now about the financial crisis or terrorism. We were all just going to move forward into the millennium and everything was always going to get better. Then, whoops, that didn't happen."
"People are naming it the Third Wave, the Information Age, etc. but I would say those are basically technological descriptions, and this next shift is not about technology - although obviously it will be influenced and in some cases expressed by technologies."
"We aren't in an information age, we are in an entertainment age."
"Evolution never looks to the future."
"I think the human race doesn't have a future if it doesn't go into space."
"Even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now."
"This future is ours to embrace. Whether we, the established generations, choose to accept that is in our court. "