Friday, December 17, 2010

Top 10 Dec 17

Dear readers,
Welcome to this years season finale of List By Jon, 'tis indeed the season to be jolly.
Will be back after the New Year with a bang, just like Bobby Ewing raised from the dead in Dallas.

But if you need a list fix to get you through the Holidays, I recommend you to check out Pitchfork best albums of 2010 List.

Happy Hollidays
Mr. J

1. Mikey Burton

It’s one thing to make art and quite another to make art that matters; Mikey Burton’s works fall into the latter category. This illustrator and graphic designer imparts sage advice and life lessons in minimalist and quirky ways.

Born and raised in Ohio, Mikey Burton is now based in Philadelphia. Describing his work as ‘Midwesterny,’ he studied Visual Communication Design at Kent State University. Now an award-winning designer, he counts the New York Times, Wired and Facebook as his clients.

See More work by Mikey HERE

2. Stop Motion from Dreamhack Winter 10 (Insert Coin)

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3. Matthew Woodson

Matthew Woodson's illustration style doesn't exactly break new ground, but it's his rotoscoping-like technique we like most. Overriding themes include half-nude woman, tattoos, skeletons, violence and mystery, all of which we like and seek out. Check out more of his work on his website: ghostco

4. Adrian Johnson

Over the years, Liverpool born Adrian Johnson has developed a unique and strongly identifiable body of work. His trademark economical, highly crafted, graphic work is constantly evolving, whilst always maintaining a healthy distance from current trends and passing fashions. Adrian's work has already led to a prolific working career and a client list which includes Paul Smith, Adidas, Stüssy, Monocle, The New York Times and Unicef. Attention to detail, humour and a simple timeless sophistication mark him out as one of the leading illustrators currently practicing.

Adrian Johnson has exhibited work in London, New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo.

See more work by Adrian HERE

5. Sour Mirror

Japanese band creates browser-based music vid fuelled by social media
Following up on the viral succes of their 2009 song 'Hibi no neiro', Japanese band Sour have created a browser-based music video fuelled by the viewer's social media feeds.

The band's new song 'Mirror' is showcased through a site (ideally viewed in Chrome or Safari) which first asks visitors to connect using Twitter, Facebook or their webcam.  Once connected, the site pulls in content from the visitor's accounts to create a bespoke music video popped into life by an array of browser windows.

The site was created by Wieden+Kennedy's New York's creative director, Masashi Kawamura, who shared directing credits with Qanta Shimizu and Saqoosha, but the video was financed independently by $5k worth of donations through funding-platform website Kickstarter.

Although clearly reminiscent of Arcade Fire's The Wilderness Downtown, the $5k price tag has already earned Sour thousands of mentions on social media and news sites around the world - undoubtedly a greater reach than the average video for a Japanese-language pop song.

6. Sarah Mick

Sarah on Sarah:
Hey there! I'm Sarah Mick, and I'm a graphic designer currently chillin' in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  I consider myself a jack of all trades when it comes to design. I focus on print and web design, but I have a growing interest in mobile technology and UX.  I'm super into typography, and I spend almost all of my time on my laptop. I die for letterpress and reading design blogs. Oh yeah, and I'm a clown and cat enthusiast, which you may find creepy and adorable, respectively.

See more work by Sarah HERE

7. Ruben Ireland

Ruben Ireland mixes some digital with traditional methods to produce his imagery and the results yielded make for some delectable eye candy. He’s not afraid to experiment and mix it up either which could make for some more interesting work in the future.

See more work by Ruben HERE

8. Felix Lammers

See more work by Felix HERE

9. C86 aka Matt Lyon

Matt on Matt:

Hello! My name is Matt Lyon and C86 showcases my work as a UK-based graphic artist. My inspirations are varied, ranging from folk art, fine art and illustration. Current work explores line, colour, pattern and shape... often using reoccurring motifs, themes and anything else I can think of...

See more work by  Matt Lyon HERE

10. Iain Macarthur

Iain Macarthur  born in 1986 in england swindon.iv became a fanatic of art at the age of eight inwhich i was introduced in art through watching alot of cartoon shows and comic books. first ever comic i looked at was the batman series. since then iv been obsessed with drawing odd fantasy drawings and anime characters. when i got older i diverted from anime drawings to realistic figures and faces, always striving to make them more detailed and photorealistic, i always do one or two drawings ever since, i also carry a sketch book around all the time on my travels drawing on the bus or in a coffee shop, i enjoy doing it and helps me improve drawing people more better, which shows how motivated and inspired i am in art. 

I’v looked at alot of artist’s and illustrators throughout the years, all with different styles and different medias. my favourite artists that influences me in my work is alphonse mucha, klimt, lucian freud, jenny saville, james jean, david choong lee, sergio toppi and ashley wood. i also gain knowledge and inspiration through cartoons still as well as lighting, peoples face expressions , eyes, different forms of patterns and shapes. 

in 2008 i graduated from swindon college in HND illustration and maybe hopfully will progress in studying in BA illustration somtime in the future. I have done a few exhibition last year and this year such as the swindon college exhibition for illustration and graphic design students, D/AD new blood exhibition at earls court london and a solo internet exhibtion on 

my work is described as surreal and unique in its own way.Using mostly pencil,watercolours and pigment pens i create portraits of ordinally people but create them in a unusual way by embelishing patterns and watercolour effects into the portrait to give a vivid explosion effect. making there faces from somthing plain to somthing entirly bizzare and wonderful at the same time.

See more work by Iain HERE