My Friday Five | 3

Yet again, another week has flown in and its that time again where I round some of the interesting things I have come across this week.

Monge Quentin

Monge Quentin is an Illustrator living and working in Paris. When he is not having fun cutting papers he also work as an art director for . His mixed media work combines minimalist cut-out shapes, bright colours, and figurative characters. Monge has the amazing ability of creating a journey in each of his pieces that you can easily relate to if its though his quirky characters or the beautiful colour combinations.

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Future With Bright Lights

A beautiful soft and subtle video by Japanese infrastructure company Kandenko. “Future with Bright Lights” follows the line of a silver ink circuit pen (developed by AgIC Inc.) as it brings tiny handmade structures and cityscapes to life.

Be a Great Storyteller

In this insightful and very helpful article,  Jacqueline Lara talks about how important it is for visual artists to also be a great storyteller. "So you’re a visual artist and you rely on the visual element of your work to sell it and captivate viewers in a single glance. But while art does indeed speak for itself, it only tells part of your story."

Read the full article here


Jacopo Rosati

To say Jacob Rosati is a personal inspiration is an understatement. The Italian Illustrator is a master of the craft. Rosati who is widely known for his cutout felt illustrations. His use of primary colours perfectly combined with characters that we can all relate to, really make Rosati one of the best. 

Rosati has recently published a new project where he worked with an Italian magazine called Vita. He creates some beautiful illustrated stories and even threw in some animation for some extra measure.

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Appetizing Lego Food Art by Tary

Who doesn't love Lego and who doesn't love food? Nobody is the answer. Japan has a tradition in artificial food, because restaurants regularly recreate their dishes in an artificial manner to get their customers mouth watering and the displays last longer than the real displays. 

Artist Tary creates these mouth watering pieces of art from lego.

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I have been meaning to write this piece for quite some time. The subject is a very touchy subject amongst the creativity industry as a whole. Nobody wants to pour their heart, should and creative talent into a piece of work in order for another person to completely plagiarise it. 

Only recently, I was notified one morning on Instagram that a particular user had recently published a piece of my work to their account. That user thought it was cool to add a beard to my character and then add their name/signature to the piece and then take full credit for it. Personally, this really irks me. I think what bothers me most is just how lazy some people are. Yeah in the creative industries Ideas/colour palettes/compositions/styles etc etc are stolen on a daily basis, maybe a nicer world would be borrowed. Thats how we all learn, we look at others work, we get inspired and we take certain aspects of that inspiration and translate it in to our own individual language. In this case, my work wasn’t interpreted, my work was blatantly stolen. I’m very lucky that I have fantastic followers that notified me of this. 


On discovering my stolen work, I noticed she not only plagiarised my work but also she stole other Illustrators work. Once as the other illustrator got in touch with me to see what was going on, he said this so well. “ Fair enough stealing my work, but I really hope they didn’t get some work from that particular piece of work”. This is so true and worries me that there could be so many more of my pieces of artwork out there.

Though having said all of this, there are certain measure we can go about in order to protect our work. Watermarks, signatures etc! In my opinion, I hate watermarks, they cheapen that work you’ve created. Signatures can be easily removed with Photoshops. I generally try keep my work at a low quality and 72dpi so if anyone does steal it then it can’t be scaled up anymore. Its only a small measure that gives me piece of mind. There more I have thought about this since it happened the more I realise that any creative sharing their work online is a gamble. A gamble that hopefully the positives outweigh the negative. Social media and an on line presence is a crucial aspect of any creatives career. We can build fantastic networks online and its a platform for us to push our work and to get it out there. The negatives are what I have witnessed. On conclusion, I personally think the gamble is worth it. I can say I get more positive feedback and new connections from publishing my work online than I do negativity and plagiarism. Well, that I know of anyway!

Whats your opinion on this? Have you too witnessed something similar. I always love connecting with any like minded people!

Aquent / Vitamin T Calendar

 Aquent, a global leader in marketing and design staffing, launched a new division several years back called, Vitamin T. Vitamin T match the best creative talent with the best creative companies across the Australian, UK and American markets.

Every year Aquent and Vitamin T release a talent Calendar which gets delivered to the desks of their clients worldwide. In 2015 my artwork was chosen to be showcased in the 2016 Talent calendar.

The brief for the artwork was open, so I chose something bright, colourful and which had some imagination in it too. Its great to be showcased right beside the other 12 featured artists. They even featured me on my birthday month, June.

I have taken some photos of my artwork and included them below.


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