Thursday, August 28, 2008

Anne Hathaway - Becoming Princess

Free Image Hosting At ImageCows.NetWith long haired, rounded eyes and expressive, also great talent, Anne Hathaway be gossip since her first debut acting in Fox television drama series, Get Real (1999-2000). Looking her beauty and sweet, you maybe surprize knowing that the daughter from couple lawyer and actress, she was a tomboy girl and because of that she often get broken bone.

Born in Brooklyn at November 12nd, 1982 and raised in New Jersey, Anne developing her acting talent as a child actress on theater shows. Such as, in her shows Gigi and Jane Eyre at Paper Mill Playhouse which very famous. Anne called as first and the only teenage (until now) who accepted in acting class The Barrow Group in Manhattan.

Although often she tried to play in Broadway, but body and age always be the problems. Because of that, she macthing for television and film until then goes to Get Real and get positive respon from criticuss. With the matery she got, soon Anne goes to wide screen and play in independent film based from true story, The Other Side Of Heaven (2001).

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"Quite frankly I didn't become an actor to become a movie star, I have never dreamed about being the most famous person on the planet. I just want to do really good work."

Many people know her newly when she act as Mia, a teenager from San Francisco who learn to be princess from imperial in comedy The Princess Diaries (2001). Because of her nice act and funny, that Anne more raised and the movie sold, so made the sequel in year 2004, The Princess Diaries 2 : Royal Engagement. That looks like the carier of student from New York University still have a long story just like her hairs. Just this year, there 5 movie she cast in, such Devil Wears Prada together with Meryl Streep also alongside two handsome people Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in a touchful drama, Brokeback Mountain.

Saturday, August 23, 2008


I love this picture from an old reference book about birds.

The anonymous artist could have presented the same basic information a thousand different ways, but he chose to emphasize the design. When you look at the shape, the colors, the negative space, you know right away: this was an artist who understood the language of forms.

In previous posts about the enduring importance of design, I have shown pictures from the Museum of Modern Art or recent graphic novels that are not as concerned with design or other aesthetic qualities. For example, one famous graphic novelist wrote, "if one tries to look at my strips as 'good' drawings... they're not, but ... I'm able to write with pictures without worrying about how I'm drawing something."

I always thought it was the job of an artist to be "worrying about how I'm drawing something," but my narrow minded attitude has only provoked scorn from readers who believe that "good," well designed pictures are no longer as important, especially for sequential art. Samples of their feedback:

Art Spiegelman and Chris Ware are geniuses and should not be judged by old fashioned standards for drawing.

The drawings in Panter's comics... are not meant to be studied like... paintings..., they are meant to tell a story.

You are completely on crack. I have never seen such a misguided discussion in my life.... the art world is horrifically driven by vacant aetheticisms...

I think you are mistaking the sequential storytelling of comics with illustration.... If the focus of your blog is ILLUSTRATION ART, perhaps you should stick to that and not try to include Chris Ware in a category he does not belong.

A couple of suggestions for you Dave; grow up & wise up.

Sorry, David, but you have no idea what you're talking about. Go back to reading batman; you're totally out of your depth in trying to understand why Ware is a great artist

These artists make images that could be called bad drawings by someone looking for something pretty, but in actuality have great ideas behind them... Maybe because the drawings are essentially "bad drawings", it is hard to distinguish what is actually good from what is bad.

But good design doesn't limit an artist to pretty or ugly, detailed or simple, realistic or abstract, fast or slow. Any of these approaches can be either well designed or poorly designed. Ever since art began, the challenge for the artist has been to marry content with "good" pictures, not to surrender one for the other.

The map maker who drew this 15th century map of the world could have displayed accurate information without worrying about composition, style or color. Yet, he obviously felt that a visual medium demanded attention to aesthetics as well as content:

The same could be said about this Tibetan image explaining the "wheel of law." The artist could easily have ignored considerations of form and resorted solely to a technical diagram. He did not.

Egyptian wall paintings tell complex religious and historical narratives. Yet, after overcoming dozens of obstacles not faced by artists today, the artist made sure that his images were also beautifully designed, right down to the smallest little figure in the corner:

Artists who can speak the language of forms are sensitive to the balance, the rhythm, the harmony and aesthetic designs of nature, and are capable of employing those magical powers in images. The artist who drew that bird understood he was in the presence of sacred things.

Artists are of course free to grant themselves exemptions from any standard or challenge. There is no law preventing an artist from saying, "I don't care about making good pictures because I have other priorities and I can't handle both at once." But 30,000 years of art history proves that good content is not incompatible with good form. Artists who lack this ability, or who lack the drive to do things with this ability, will always be second rate to me.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008



Lace Fence is a product developed by the Dutch designer house Demakersvan. (And when one is not using it as a political statement, it is adorable)

Sunday, August 10, 2008


During World War II, the illustrator William A. Smith was sent by the OSS to China, where he spent time behind enemy lines working on the propaganda war. It was an eye-opening experience for a boy from Ohio, and he drew everything he saw.

He drew soldiers on a bumpy flight in the back of a C-47 aircraft. He drew Chinese children playing in the street. He drew vanquished japanese prisoners in camps. You can see his thirst for knowledge in these wonderful drawings.

I find it uplifting that, in the midst of war, an artist retained such curiosity about the world around him and such sensitivity for his subjects. There is a lot of humanity in these drawings.

It is especially interesting to contrast Smith's personal drawings with the propaganda drawings he was doing at the same time (caution: some of these are a little raw).

Smith's personal drawings were clearly an educational process. He learned a lot from keeping his eyes open. On the other hand, his propaganda drawings demonstrate none of the same effort. Great art enriches us by exposing us to the complexity and nuance of life, but in times of war complexity and nuance can be a hindrance.

These twin sets of drawings are a good example of why William Butler Yeats said, "We make rhetoric out of arguments with others but we make poetry out of our arguments with ourselves."

Friday, August 1, 2008

AvE Ensemble with a one-two punch

Dual EP releases from the Arts vs Entertainment Ensemble kick off the suffocating, steam-breathing weeks of a midwestern August. AvEE gets (half) digital on Gig Guides Don't Grow on Trees pluggin' in plugins of disorientation. Of Chicago chronicles the analog sounds of slow motion violent electrocution on the streets of the jewel of Lake Michigan. Now download the soundtrack to your back to school shopping.

Arts vs Entertainment Ensemble - Gig Guides Don't Grow on Trees
Arts vs Entertainment Ensemble - Of Chicago