Chungkong’s Minimalist Geek Art Posters

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. At my day job I’m a creative director for an ad agency. At nights I’m designing my own stuff.
How long have you been making art?
Since I can hold a pencil. Off course it wasn’t art then, but drawing and making my thoughts visual was allways my thing.
Where do you get the inspiration for all of your art?
I never about inspiration. For me being creative is a craft, it isn’t about being inspired. Just starting and making things. It is like Yoda told Luke: “Do or do not, there is no try”. Inspiration has nothing to do with making art.
Frame950-No144-My-AKIRA-minimal-movie-posterHow would you describe your artistic style?
When I started out designing, I strongly belied that “Less is bore”. Ironically, these days the majority of my work is about minimalism. So less is more, but I could not do it without that little devil on my shoulder telling me again and again: “Less is bore”, “Less is bore”. It keeps me sharp.
Favorite artists?
These day’s: Thierry Guetta aka Mr. Brainwash. Confusing and controversial, how much artist can you handle.
Do you have plans for any upcoming series?
They come as the go. Whenever I feel the need to make some.
Which film, book, game or show would you want to live in for one month?
One month, no more, as a vacation. Middle earth. I kind of like living where I’am right now.
If you were on a deserted island what would video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring? 
Just some crayons and whitepaper. Nice low-tech stuff.
Where can we find you in the web?

Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway: NH Vinyls

Love my prints!

Nick’s Etsy shop NH Vynals is a great example of how less can be more. I have two of his minimalistic prints and a hand painted vinyl piece and they are all great quality. Read more about Nick, his shop and how to win a print!

Interview with Nick of NH Vinyls Etsy Shop:

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Nick: My name is Nick, and ever since I was little I have always been to cars and the art world. The one thing I aspire to in life is to be happy, as I believe everything falls in place when your happy. When I am working on cars or drawing new designs, I feel happy, and doing something you love is the best feeling in the world.

Where do you get the inspiration for all of your designs?

Nick: Recently I have been watching a lot of old cartoons on Netflix. I think that’s how I was first inspired to start my poster art collection. It reminded of the days of my younger years where the most important thing was Saturday morning cartoons.

How would you describe your artistic style?

Nick: At the moment I have become obsessed with Minimalist Art. But I see myself adding more and more detail to my new collections. So I guess it depends on how I wake up that morning.

If you were a mutant, what would your name and power be? 

Nick: I would have to be Ironed Claws or something like that. It would be a mix of Iron Man and Wolverine. I love the science and technology behind the Iron Man suits, and Wolverine is just unstoppable practically. With self-healing and a iron suit, you can’t go wrong.

If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring? 

  • Video Game: Grand Theft Auto
  • Comic Book: Iron Man Collection
  • Movie: Transformers, Avengers, Fast and the Furious and this list could go on forever =)
  • TV: The bigger the better
  • And a sofa of course.

Where can we find you on the?

Three (3) Lucky Readers will win a poster from NH Vinyls!

  • 1. Shout out your favorite print from NH Vinyl’s Etsy Shop in the comments section below
  • 2. Like Facebook.com/pages/NH-Vinyls/192519464134463 (if applicable)
  • 3. Follow @NHVinyls (if applicable)
  • * Contest ends Wednesday, Oct. 10th

Fan Art: An Explosion Of Creativity

“Humans have a need to share information and ideas: anything we like, anything that’s important to us, we have to let people know about it.” – Jonah Block

When geeks love, we love hard, and we want to share our love for our favorite fandoms in any way possible. One of those ways is fan art.

Fan art is nothing new, but thanks to the internet we have unlimited access to beautiful renditions of our favorite obsessions. Whether it’s a mashup, realism, minimalism; just give us a search bar and we’ll find some truly amazing fan art by talented artists. Because of the fandoms and fan art popularity, we can do more than just have the artwork as our computer wallpaper; you can buy fan art on clothing and other items through sites like Teefury, Redbubble, Threadless (to name a few).

Off Book is a web series from PBS that explores leading art and the artists that make it and the fans that share it online.

The fan art community is one of the most creative and active online. Taking pop culture stories and icons as its starting point, the fan community extends those characters into new adventures, unexpected relationships, bizarre remixes, and even as the source material for beautiful art. Limited only by the imagination of the artist, the fan art world is full of surprises and brilliance.

This Off Book episode dives deeper into a world most of us are already immersed in and gives some interesting insight to the online world of fan art. It features interviews from artists like Fred Seibert from Adventure Time, Sam SprattAdam JureskoJonah Block who I’ve featured on my blog and more.

Etsy Crush of the Week- Artist Scott Christian Sava

When I saw the painting of Ruby Rhod from The Fifth Element by Scott Christian Sava I began crushing hard on his Etsy shop. And to think I hadn’t even seen the David Tennant watercolor! Scott is an artist who has worked on the Casper movies, Power Rangers and even conquered his dream on being the artist for Spider-Man!

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Girl Gone Geek Interview with Scott Christian Sava

Can you tell us a little about yourself? 

Scott: I’ve been drawing all of my life. My biggest dream was to be the artist on the Spider-Man comic book. I graduated from the Academy of Art in San Francisco with a major in Illustration in 1991. I got into video games early on in my career and worked on several big titles. Married in 1993 and a year later, we moved to Los Angeles where I got into film. After working on the Casper movies, Power Rangers, and the like, I finally got my chance to fulfill a childhood dream…I was the artist on Spider-Man in 2002. Since then, I started my own comic book, The Dreamland Chronicles, and my wife and I (along with our twin boys) moved to Franklin, TN (just south of Nashville). I’ve taken up painting again. Trying watercolors. It’s been fun to “get my hands dirty” again.

What made you decide to start selling your artwork on Etsy?

Scott: Friends had recommended Etsy. I was selling my work on Ebay…but the 7 day limit was too…limiting.
I wanted a store of sorts…and Etsy works perfectly for that.

How would you describe your artistic style?

Scott: Well, this style is still in its infancy. I guess it’s a combination of loose watercolors with the inkwork of comic books. I’m going to keep pushing myself to see where it goes…but I’m not really using anything as a template.

Favorite artists?

Scott: So many. I love Drew Struzan’s poster work. I’m a huge J.C. Leyendecker fan. Maxfield Parrish. Norman Rockwell. N.C. Wyeth. In comics, it’s John Buscema, Winsor McKay, Steve Ditko, Alex Ross. The list could go on and on…

What artist living or dead would you want to create your portrait? 

Scott: That’s a really tough one. I’ll cheat and give some options… Frank Frazetta. I could see me, sword drawn, fighting a Thark on Mars with a beautiful half-naked woman behind me. Ha ha Maxfield Parrish would have me and my family with a gorgeous landscape behind us. Norman Rockwell would tell a story of a moment of my life…all in one image. Any of these would be amazing.

What else are you a fanboy for?

Scott: I grew up on games. I love them. Still play them. Comic books are my passion. Though I can’t say I read much these days. I have lots of toys from my childhood adorning my office. I love Micronauts and Mego action figures. Hot Wheels and the like. I’m a kid. I’ll always be a kid. My 9 year old boys love that about me. My wife…well…I think she tolerates it. :)

If you were on a deserted island what would video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?

Scott: Assuming I didn’t WANT to get off the island… Modern Warfare and my PS3. The Dreamland Chronicles (my own comic series) just so I could finish the darn thing. The Princess Bride. I could never be tired of that movie (though Zoolander might be a close second). Law and Order for my television show. I just keep that running all day while I work. What a great show (though I truly loved The West Wing as well).

Where do you live on the internet?

Scott:

 

Congrats to The Modern Stylographer winners!

Thanks everyone for entering the contest! A huge congratulations to Victoria, Laura and Monique! They all win a poster of their choice from talented The Modern Stylographer. Now the hard part is trying to figure out which one to pick!  Check out their responses to their favorite fandoms below.

Winners please email me at girlgonegeekblog[at]gmail[dot]com. And of course a huge thanks to Chris Petersen to sponsoring this contest with his art.

Victoria Weinell 

“My favorite fandom, is actually something I didn’t see mentioned on this lovely artist’s list. Stargate has been my fandom of choice nearly my entire life. The film came out when I was two, SG1 not too many years later. I grew up on it; it’s what introduced me to science fiction and fantasy. Not only was the show exciting and fantastic, but it was fairly family friendly and a great bonding experience to have with my father. I’d love to see some Gate art from this artist. I’d be a regular customer, without a doubt.”

Laura Harbron  

“My favorite fandom is anything in the Whedonverse. Firefly especially. I’ve found these fans to be extremely friendly, creative, and fun. Nothing brings fans closer together than a prematurely-canceled amazing television show.”

Monique

“My favorite fandom is Harry Potter, I named a child after a character in the series, awaited book debuts and lamented over many, many movies. BUT, if I won, I would have to choose the epic Storm poster.”

Etsy Crush of the Week and Contest- The Modern Stylographer

I kept coming across Chris’ Etsy shop The Modern Stylographer and knew it was a sign from the Blog Gods that he must be featured as my Etsy Crush of the Week.

You will lose yourself in his Etsy shop filled with nearly 200 gorgeous minimalistic and modern designs showcasing your favorite fandoms across the galaxies. He’s got everything from Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, X-Men, Harry Potter and so much more.

And the best part is, three lucky readers will get a chance to win a print from The Modern Stylographer! The only hard part is deciding on which one to get! Details on the contest below. Check out my interview with the artist Chris Petersen, owner of The Modern Stylographer below. (It’s one of my favorite interviews!)

Interview with Chris Petersen of The Modern Stylographer:

Girl Gone Geek: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Chris Petersen: Simply stated, I’m a yankee in a foreign land with sorted thoughts and a childlike wonder about the universe. The rest is much more complicated. I began my professional career in education as a Computer Science major at a small college in NY, there I proceeded to major in Informations Systems, Marketing, and then General Art Studies. I didn’t really find myself as an artist, or person for that matter, until I went to a retrospective on Jackson Pollock at the MOMA in NYC. To this day I have no idea why his work affected me so strongly. So I ended up at art school three years into my college career. I had been pretty spectacular as a code monkey, but as an artist and designer, I was practically illiterate. It took me two more years to truly feel like I knew what I was doing. I think the turning point for me was when a friend told me that I wasn’t an artist, I was a designer. Things clicked for me then. I was meant to be a designer, I was destined to bathe in structure and rules of good design. I may never have a “moment” like other fine artists, but that doesn’t matter to me. Balance and color and composition, font and leading, crop marks and Pantones are my guides and how I apply them to my life gives me satisfaction.

GGG: How long have you been designing?

CP: I’ve been in the design field professionally for six years now and running my own second design business for about three. I graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006 with degrees in Graphic Design and Advertising Design and have been doing my best to escape the crushing pressure of my student loans. Debts aside, my true passion is creating art that is exciting, recognizable, and feels like it’s part of the future.

GGG: Where do you get the inspiration for all of your designs?

CP: To be honest, most of the time I get an image in my head of a word or a shape or color and need to get it down on paper or on the computer as soon as possible. Many of my more object and nature based series’ are born that way. There will however be the occasion when a franchise or movie will pop into my head and I will have to create a design on the spot so I carry notebooks with me at all times. I’m not doing anything revolutionary, I know that. But what I am trying to do is create a connection with other people through art the best way I know how… with the stuff fanboys’ and fangirls’ dreams are made of. I know I’m doing something right when I’m selling posters about how to deal with Zombie Unicorns.

GGG: How would you describe your artistic style?

CP: I hope I can use keywords… I’m a little bit Mod, Minimalist, Victorian, Steampunk, Futurism, with some Constructivism and a tiny bit of Post Modernism. That’s my best attempt to describe a dark, simple, clean aesthetic as if I were an intellectual.

GGG: Favorite artists (fine art, pop art, comic book, designers, etc.)?

CP: It’s a motley crew to be sure… Pollock of course was my first favorite and remains at the top of my list. Other artists I’ve added are Piet Mondrian, Picasso, Kazimir Malevich, graphic designer Neville Brody, famed type designer Erik Speakerman, and industrial designer for Apple, Jonathan Ive.

GGG: Since you’re a fellow Whovian I’ve got to ask, who is your favorite doctor and favorite companion?

CP: I’ll be sticking to contemporary Who in my work, although I would be remiss if I didn’t at least mention Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen, AKA the fourth doctor and Sarah Jane Smith. I have to say that for me, the strongest companion/doctor team would be David Tennant and Catherine Tate. I think that their off-screen friendship and creative endeavors have really fed my love for their character’s chemistry.

GGG: What else are you a fanboy for?

CP: Is it not obvious? Well ok, here’s the list chronologically… Voltron, Tron, (shamefully) the Ewok Adventure, Thundercats, ’80s fantasy and adventure films like the Goonies, The Princess Bride, Neverending Story, etc… Star Trek, Star Wars, The Matrix, Alien movies, Torchwood, Fringe, Primevil, Harry Potter, X-men and most anything Marvel related, post apocalyptic films like Mad Max, Terminator, and Planet of the Apes.

GGG: If you were on a deserted island what would video game, book, movie, TV show would you bring?

CP: Is it solar? That won’t change my answers, I just like details. I would have to say for video game, Final Fantasy VII but with faster loading times. I know I’m not 12, but I would sew all seven Harry Potter books together into one massive “book” to read over and over and over again. Honestly, Clue is one of my all-time favorite movies and I think that I would need to have that with me. Finally, the one television show would be Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I’m not sure why, but I need to have the slayer on that island.

GGG: Where can we find you in the internets?

CP: I’m everywhere!! Check out my links.

 

 

Contest Rules to win an art poster from The Modern Stylographer!


The Modern Stylographer Featured Art Gallery (click images to enlarge)


Picture of the Week-The Women Firefly Nouveau Posters

Megan Lara is an aspiring illustrator and a “huge nerd” who claims to, ” …draw way too much nouveau, but that’s okay because nouveau is awesome.” And I definitely agree, on the awesome part. You’ve probably seen her nouveau work before whether it was Nintendo Nouveau or Marvel Nouveau. I’m slightly obsessed with her work and have had several brain melts trying to decide on which of her many gorgeous designs to get. 

This weeks Pictures of the Week Megan blesses us with some shiny and gorgeous Firefly art nouveau posters featuring our favorite women from the series. 

Megan Lara Links:

Five Art Nouveau Beauties Grace The Verse 

[Source:  Visit Quantum Mechanix for the set of four, and for Saffron here]