Friday, 30 October 2009

Happy Halloween from the Pocko Family!

A very scary interview with monster creator Ben Newman

Think of the scariest monster possible.... What does it look like?

I decided to talk to my friend and Bento Bestiary collaborator, Scott James Donaldson, about just how scary the scariest monster would be and this is the most terrifying thing we could think of. Seasoned with a healthy dose of Scott’s wizardry words and starting from the feet up this hideous beast looks as follows;

A foot comes into focus. But something is wrong. The toes are backward. Twisted. Dirty. Try the other foot. This is worse. A pigeon’s stub-leg replaces a conventional human foot. Urgh.
Above, skin-slit legs expose shiny shins, leading upward, to a pair of incredibly overdeveloped thighs. These behemoths collide betwixt a miniscule pair of damp, flannel swimming under-trunks.

The flaccid upper torso is comprised solely of reclaimed cows udders, stitched together with bass-guitar strings and rosebushes. Flanking this nightmare, a pair of Tyrannosaurus Rex arms, incapable of a firm handshake.

Perching astride two rugged shoulders, we are greeted with a terrible visage. Twin crystal meth diamonds scowl in our direction. An enormous, warty beak honks at us, revealing a lone, rotten peg-tooth.

This unlucky dip of features nestles beneath a blanketed veil of silken, wonderful, candyfloss hair. Its crowning glory: a 1980’s vintage black and white yin/yang bandana, blazing proudly across its clammy forehead. He has, on several occasions, been mistaken for acting powerhouse, Steven Segal.

Monsters seem to be a running theme in your work, is there a reason for this?

Since I was a child, I’ve found monsters to be endlessly fascinating and I think this because of the unhealthy amount of cartoons and comic books I watched/read. I’ve always found myself more aesthetically drawn to the villains because they appear as an imperfection of the hero, similar to looking in a circus mirror. You can cover them in hair, enlarge their brains, sharpen their claws, cross their eyes and I don’t think I could get bored of making them look as stupid or as terrifying as possible.

Tell us something scary

When I was nine, I was told that someone once went to eat a Topic chocolate bar and when they took the first bite it was really crunchy. Curiously, they looked down and saw a bloody, severed mouse’s head nested in the chocolaty fruit and nut centre. I believed this story for so long that I didn’t eat a Topic bar until my twenties, turns out their pretty good and now I buy them when I’m feeling dangerous.

What are you dressing up as this Halloween?

I own an all in one Spiderman suit from Hong Kong so it acts as my default fancy dress costume when I don’t have time to be very imaginative at Halloween. The problem I have with the costume is that once zipped up it pulls the lycra very tightly over the crotch, leaving very little to the imagination. The sight of my shiny, vacuum packed, lycra covered nether regions offend my Dad so much that he draped an apron over my neck to cover up my indecency. As you can tell it’s a very scary costume so I’ll probably be dressing up in that again this year, if not then I’ll dress up as the monster described above.

Trick or Treat?

I’d have to go for trick as I’ve usually eaten all the sweets by the time someone knocks at the door.

See more of Ben's work, here.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

James Braithwaite Animation, I Met the Walrus

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrator James Braithwaite have collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack. A spellbinding vessel for Lennon's boundless wit and timeless message, I Met the Walrus was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Shor. Watch the whole animation here.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Judith Erwes and Paul Bower for CAPRICIOUS Magazine

Friends With You

New Friends with You products, including keychains, CD's and so many others, available on their website, and while your there play some fun games. (You could play the Hide-n-Find game for hours) Check out their website here.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

New Work by Lesjeanclode

Check out the rest of their new work here.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Mike x VIPP Artist Series Trash Can

Mike Perry was commissioned to create this cool trash can!!!

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Xavier Veilhan Exhibition at Versailles

Until December 13th, the main courtyard at Versailles, Artist Xavie Veilhan has taken over! Check it out here.

Upcoming Art Fair

The Frieze Art Fair coming to Regent's Park. 15-18 of October. An impressive list of Exhibitors that includes some familiar faces as well as many new ones. Check there site out here.

Norman Rockwells "Stolen" Painting

Norman Rockwells "Russian School Room" has two apparent owners, one of which is Steven Spielberg. The paintings history could easily be a hollywood movie. Read the whole article here.

Buy Back Your Garbage

Artist creates new way to give back by convincing consumers to buy back their rubbish. Check it out here.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

James Dawe Interview

James Dawe, Pocko Illustrator, revealed that he used to be a pretty good guitarist and his favorite sense is taste in this in depth article you can find here.

Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland, March 5th

Tim Burton's version of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland comes out in March. Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Mia Wasikowska as Alice. The costumes are amazing and sets look like as if they are straight from Lewis Carroll's imagination. March 5th could not come soon enough. Watch the movie trailer here.

Attention Monty Python Fans! Reunion planned in New York

The Five remaining Pythons are reuniting in New York on 15th of October at Ziegfeld Theater, followed by a week of Python, Flying Circus, and movies on the Independent film channel. After all of that, if you still have not had enough, a six hour documentary will also be airing. Check out the article giving full description of what each Python is still up too these days here!


Tabas realised a 4 visuals serie on spaycans geometric theme.
The titles are french playwords.
La bombe s'écoule / ça fait bling bling / Le mur ses frites / Le graffiti c'est mon rayon.
This is lambda photo numeric print and handmade paint & varnish Format 120x120 cm

Le graffiti s'écoule
Le graffiti s'écoule

Le graffiti c'est mon rayon
Le graffiti c'est mon rayon

Le mur, ses frites
Le mur, ses frites

La bombe c'est blingbling
La bombe, c'est blingbling

Monday, 5 October 2009

Forget about your iPhone! Work from Mars.

The Communication Link enables
two users to swap minds from across great
distances (think light years, not miles). It’s the
next best thing to physical travel and takes
mere seconds. Want to chat with old friends?
Switch minds with their neighbors. Car broken
down in the middle of nowhere? Let a mechanic
get in your head. The fidelity is pristine, the
visuals unmatched, and best of all, there’s no
monthly fee.

Digital 3D illustration for Syfy channel and Wired Magazine by Pocko artist Coherent Images.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Incredible Origami Creatures

Sipho Mabona makes amazingly intricate origami creatures from single sheet of paper. He also has beautiful installations and lighting. Check out his website here!