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NEWScreenshot of paths of an illustration I created for Bilfinger developing McDonald’s restaurants as fast as Ronald eats burgers. See the final illustration at jotopia.de. More details here. Moreover see some updates in the publications-area.

BILFINGER AND McDONALDS BEHIND THE PATHS

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Stefan Glerum lives and works in Amsterdam. He also worked as an assistant to one of the country’s most celebrated comic artists, Joost Swarte. Stefan Glerum’s style is like a melting pot of illustration heritage. While its subconscious familiarity has universal appeal, his work is also a study point for those with knowledge of graphic design history. His work is inspired by early 20th Century movements such as Art Deco, Bauhaus, Italian Futurism and Russian Constructivism, which he combines with popular themes, executed in a style reminiscent of the clear line. His clients include such as Adidas, Bayerische Staatsoper and Obey Clothing just to mention a few.

Stefan Glerum – Weiner Twins Free Parking 2048

Stefan Glerum – Weiner Twins Free Parking 2048

Question And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
STEFAN I’m an illustrator and graphic designer from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It’s important for me to have a handdrawn quality to what I make. I’m influenced by the clear line way of drawing, Japanese eighties animation, early 20th century avant garde art and psychedelic posters from the sixties. I love to draw sportscars and lonely young men in varsity jackets holding various types of firearms. 

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
STEFAN My latest travel has been to Swiss, close to Interlaken. It was a summer vacation together with family.

COB? For business or for holiday?
STEFAN Basicly relaxing combined with the occational walk/bike ride through the mountains to justify the consumption of a large amount of good sausages and cold beer.

COB? What will be your next destination?

STEFAN GLERUM FROM AMSTERDAM

Stefan Glerum – photography by Menno Mans

STEFAN The next destination I’ll be travelling to is London. I’m doing an exhibtion there at Kemistry gallery in February.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
STEFAN I don’t really draw inspiration out of travelling. I generally draw inspiration out of images, film or music. Or inspiration comes when I get asked for a project and I have to work with boundaries or guidelines. That usually triggers a process wanting to do something either funny or personal that pushes those boundaries a bit.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
STEFAN I like beef a lot. I’m pretty good at cooking a steak. But when a stewardess would ask me ‘chicken or beef’ I would go with chicken. Because I would prefer dry chicken over chewy beef if we’re talking airplane food.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
STEFAN -pen and paper. Because however fed up I am with drawing sometimes, It’s the thing I always come back to.
- An anatomy book. This would be an excellent opportunity to study some more on drawing stuff more anatomically correct.
- A drum sampler. I used to make music/beats a few years back but I never took the time again to revisit that hobby. This would be a perfect time.
- A cello and sheet music. On the music tip, I would eventually get bored with the drum sampler because you would have to work with sampled sounds that don’t give you the dynamic range of an actual instrument. I used to play the cello when I was young, but quit in my teens. I can remember how great it was to master a difficult piece of music.
-photo’s of my friends and family.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
STEFAN You should ask my friend Raymond Lemstra. He’s a terrific artist with exceptional technical skills. Once every while he makes something that makes me either want to quit, or push the envelope.  

COB? Thanks a lot Stefan!

Left: Stefan Glerum – Premierenplakat Frau ohne Schatten, right: Ow Snap

Left: Stefan Glerum – Premierenplakat Frau ohne Schatten, right: Ow Snap

Happily taken from Obey Clothing Vimeo Channel

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Born in UK Jon Fox lives and works as an artist in Mirepoix, France now. As he states, his incredibly detailed and colorful paintings and drawings follow on from his recent body of work, continuing the exploration of internal battles of thought and emotion set within the arena of a dream space.

Dark Retreat – oil on canvas – 160 x 150 cm

Dark Retreat – oil on canvas – 160 x 150 cm

Jon Fox profileQuestion And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
JON Tired but stoked / tiring but exhilarating / damp and cold but perfect. 

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
JON Lyon.

COB? For business or for holiday?
JON Business. (The opening of my current solo show at Spacejunk Art Centers)

COB? What will be your next destination?
JON Copenhagen .. or San Francisco ..

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
JON I always get inspired when I’m traveling, more so the actual traveling part than the arriving part. For me its a natural time to daydream, to let your mind wander and formulate ideas and connections.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
JON Chicken ..

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
JON Girlfriend / music (I-pod) / sketchbook (+ good pens) / tea / surfboard.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
JON Either Stefan Glerum / Raymond Lemstra / Wayne Horse .. or all of ‘em :-) 

COB? Thanks a lot Jon!

Left: Gridshock – pen on paper – 50 x 70 cm, right: Faith In Shapes – oil on canvas – 85 x 120 cm

Left: Gridshock – pen on paper – 50 x 70 cm, right: Faith In Shapes – oil on canvas – 85 x 120 cm

So Shall It Be... – oil on canvas – 100 x 140 cm

So Shall It Be... – oil on canvas – 100 x 140 cm

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Had mad fun on a workshop about “Experimental Typography” initiated by local poster matador Götz Gramlich! See one of the final results on JOTOPIA. Another one will be used for a very special occasion. More about this soon. Thanks a lot Götz!

EXPERIMENTAL TYPOGRAPHY

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Nicolas Le Borgne is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Bayonne, France. Bright colors, obsessive details and psychedelic shapes characterize his work as well as a wide range of media such as ballpoint pens, archival ink, watercolor, indian ink, graphite or coffee.

THE ART BY NICOLAS LE BORGNE

Question And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
NICOLAS I work a lot, in the same time i’m a perfectionist, my studio is organised like my drawings and paintings, i love the details.

Photography by Julien Maz

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
NICOLAS Barcelona

COB? For business or for holiday?
NICOLAS Holiday

COB? What will be your next destination?
NICOLAS Berlin or London

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
NICOLAS This is not really an inspiration, rather an escape from the work in the studio. Catch the color and the vibes of the country.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
NICOLAS Beef.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
NICOLAS Girlfriend, a lot of ballpoint pens and paper, music, good food, and wine.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
NICOLAS Jon Fox!!

COB? Thanks a lot Nicolas!

Nicolas Le Borgne

Left: Lizzard Queen, right: Psycho Bob

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A brilliant synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera. Bot & Dolly produced this work to serve as both an artistic statement and technical demonstration. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering.

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Searching for reality in the unconscious, broadening the human logic with absurdity, following a philosophy based on irrationality – French artist Benjamin JeanJean draws inspiration for his great work from the surrealist movement. Deeply rooted in the surf and skateboard culture, he likes traveling to exotic surf destinations such as the Congo, or experimenting with retro shapes. His art is the result of a constant search for an open mind.

ARTIST BENJAMIN JEAN JEAN

Artist Benjamin Jean Jean

Photography by Marie Guyot Photography

Question And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
BENJAMIN A tiny simple desk/brain surrounded by a lot of mess/tunes/pictures/collage and every day shits!

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
BENJAMIN Australia

COB? For business or for holiday?
BENJAMIN Both, i did some group shows in melbourne and byron bay organized by RVCA with some really cool artists.

COB? What will be your next destination?
BENJAMIN Next one will be a little Europe tour, Milan Berlin London for some tattoo shows.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
BENJAMIN Yes, it’s almost like visual shopping. it’s always good to change from your local area!

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
BENJAMIN Beef.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
BENJAMIN family, tunes, cigarettes, paper/pen, whisky.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
BENJAMIN My good friend Odo (Nicolas Leborgne) from France !

COB? Thanks a lot Benjamin!

Artist Benjamin Jean Jean

Take a look inside: RVCA Europe Advocate Benjamin JeanJean

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Spent the last days in Roma and Pisa/Italy eating pizza and pasta … and drawing.

Chicken Or Pasta? – Jotopia in Roma

Chicken Or Pasta? – Jotopia in Pisa

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Forgot to post about this: Jobots on the rocks @ Jökulsarlon/Iceland. Jökulsarlon is one of Iceland’s most famous glacial lakes and film set for movies such as James Bond and Tomb Raider. Pictures from our trip to Iceland this way.

JOBOTS ON THE ROCKS

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Mark_Alsweiler_wildwood_install3Full of duality, Mark Alsweiler’s acrylic paintings and wooden sculptures are both rudimentary and developed, blending raw painted areas with minuscule details. Born 1983 in the mountainous South Island of New Zealand, Alsweiler now resides in Sydney, Australia. The imagery from his home country is very much evident in his often character-based work which explores man’s essential relationship with the natural world, alongside a celebration of human creativity. His work has been shown in galleries throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Mark Alsweiler – Across the Plains, Installation

Mark Alsweiler – Across the Plains, Installation

Question And Answer

Mark_Alsweiler_Exhibition

Mark Alsweiler – Wildwood, part of an installation

CHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
MARK Relaxed / Stressed, Controlled / Loose , Organised / Messy

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
MARK Paris / London

COB? For business or for holiday?
MARK Holiday

COB? What will be your next destination?
MARK Copenhagen.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
MARK Definitely new sights and experiences always bring out new ideas, probably more so than anything else for me.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
MARK Chicken

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
MARK Tunes.
Guitar.
Camera.
Pad and Pencils.
Books.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
MARK Benjamin JeanJean from France

COB? Thanks a lot Mark!

Mark Alsweiler Portrait

Happily taken from Everyday Humans

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