Monday, June 28, 2010

A little something we cooked up for SmART Car...

Cool Surface was among a number of talented illustrators (including our good friends Stephen Chan from ThunderChunky and Ben The Illustrator) that were asked to design something for SmART car to hopefully go into The Smart Festival 2010. Here was what Sarah and I came up with.

Have fun,

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Cool Surface joins "The Memories Project"

When old friend of Cool Surface, Garrick Webster, approached us to join the Memories project we didn't hesitate to say yes. We're going to be creating an image for the Memories book, which will be sold to benefit Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres. This image will accompany the story Drying Paint by Antony Kitson.  
Cancer is such a pervasive killer these days that few of us go through life untouched by the disease. We’ve decided to do something about it by launching the Memories project and the outcome will be a beautiful art book. Proceeds from the sales of Memories will go to the charity Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.
Memories will look at the thoughts and experiences of individuals who have survived cancer, as well as those of people who have lost loved ones. There will be ten stories inside, each looking at one person’s recollection of a particular day in the struggle against cancer. For each of these ‘memories’ a dozen leading artists, illustrators and designers will be creating their own visual response. Two further stories will go ‘open brief’ and we’ll be inviting creatives worldwide to make their own images to accompany the text. The best submissions will go into the book.
That makes for 12 touching stories, and 144 smashing pieces of artwork
The project is being launched this summer by Designers Against Human Rights Abuse (DAHRA), Subism, OneTenEleven Media and editor Garrick Webster. Along with a number of writers and, of course, all the image contributors, they’ll be volunteering their time and skills to the project. We expect it will take a year to complete, culminating in the launch of Memories and an exhibition.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Skull Fluff - for Steve Rack's "Toe Fluff" exhibition

This is our submission for Steve Rack's "Toe Fluff" exhibition, where numerous artists have taken Steve's Toe Fluff template and created their own unique version. 

The 'Toe Fluff' exhibition will run from the 27th July to the 11th August at the Post Modern Art Gallery in Swindon, UK. The private viewing will take place on the 30th July from 7:30pm until late. Swindon based producer, The Transitionist, has compiled a selection of tracks especially to accompany the show. Profits from the show will be donated to The Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity. The show is being sponsored by Ripe Digital.For more details you can visit the Toe Fluff website.

Have fun,

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Happy Little Trees: A Photoshop CS5 painting tutorial for Advanced Photoshop magazine

You may have guessed by now that we're huge fans of Adobe Photoshop CS5 since we got to play around with the beta version, so we were more than happy when Advanced Photoshop magazine asked us to provide a tutorial to highlight how the new CS5 painting brushes work.

You can see the "Happy Little Trees" tutorial in Advanced Photoshop issue 70.

Have fun,