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GIANT ARTISTS’ SUMMER INTERN – INTERVIEW – DAVID CALDERLEY

Another Giant Artists’ interview from our summer intern, Sarah Wasko:

An early interest in comics has led Giant’s David Calderley to his career in illustration and design. In the second installment of my quickie interviews, we learn a little about David’s inspirations, aspirations, and unfortunate hair-spirations.

Why are you drawn to illustration and design?

I used to love illustration and design work as a kid, firstly with British comics then got hooked on line illustration and typography to complete the picture. Then moving on to make my own cassette tape artworks and fake movie posters!?… Six years in art schools made it personal.

What is your favorite/most memorable illustration of yours and/or of somebody else’s?

Alan Aldridge: Chelsea Girls. Love the collage, mixed media and the overall idea together with killer type.

What did you think you were going to be when you “grew up”?

Astronaut… who liked to draw.

One piece of advice you would give to somebody getting into the biz?

Try to be always tolerant, the true test of your mettle.

Worst haircut you’ve ever had?

A very unfortunate ‘Hitler’esque doo.

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July 22nd, 2014 at 2:26 pm

LAUREN DUKOFF – VANITY FAIR – MANISH DAYAL

We can’t get enough of seeing Lauren Dukoff’s images on the pages of Vanity Fair. Check out August’s Spotlight section to see her latest with Manish Dayal!

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July 21st, 2014 at 5:01 pm

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GIANT ARTISTS’ SUMMER INTERN – INTERVIEW – DALLAS CLAYTON

More from our summer intern, Sarah Wasko:

I asked the Giant Artists roster to answer a few questions to allow everyone to get to know them a little better. One of the first to reply was Dallas Clayton whose cheeky answers, although short and sweet, are full of intrigue and wisdom.

Why are you drawn to illustration and design? 

I like to draw things and write things that make people happy. 

What is your favorite/most memorable illustration of yours and/or of somebody else’s?

I try not to choose favorites in life and in art. Every drawing has the potential to be someone’s favorite.

What did you think you were going to be when you “grew up”? 

I’m still trying to figure it out. 

One piece of advice you would give to somebody getting into the biz?

Make what makes you feel good and probably don’t use the term “biz”.

Worst haircut you’ve ever had?

All of them between ages 11 and 23. 


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July 18th, 2014 at 2:35 pm

JUSTIN FANTL – PERSONAL SERIES – PAPER V

Justin Fantl adds more cool graphic geometric configurations to his personal paper series with the latest grouping titled, Paper V. To see more from this series – head over to the “inside” section of Justin’s website.

 

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July 17th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

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GIANT ARTISTS’ SUMMER INTERN – SARAH WASKO

Today we invited Giant’s fabulous summer intern, Sarah Wasko, a rising senior at Elon University, to take over the blog and write, well, whatever she wanted!  Here, a rogue run-in with an ex sparks a connection to an inspiring street photographer.  As an agency, we also find inspiration in fresh perspectives and happenstance.  Thanks, Sarah, for the great read!

I haven’t done much sightseeing since moving to L.A. for the summer, but this past weekend, my little 6’7” brother came to visit me, and we packed an unnatural number of things into the three and a half days that he was here. Though science would argue otherwise, I’m pretty sure I got a sunburn on the left half of my body from all the driving. The only person more violently laid back than me is my brother Joe, so we had a pretty great time or whatever.

We spent a day in San Diego and, true to form, we stopped in Balboa Park and then headed to Seaport Village. To my knowledge, I only know one person in San Diego; a guy who I had a pseudo relationship with for about a month and a half. Short story shorter, it started weird and it ended weird. He moved to San Diego after graduation, and the chances of me seeing him were quite literally one in a million. Naturally, I saw him walking down the side of the road just feet from my car, and we made really uncomfortable, prolonged eye contact. This will probably remain the biggest coincidence of my life for years to come.

Photography that captures coincidence or visual pun has always interested me. It is an ingenious way to approach the art. Though it would require a little backstory to understand the breadth of the moment, it would have been great to have my weird San Diego run-in captured in a photograph.

Maciej Dakowicz is a Polish street photographer based in Mumbai who has captured a superhuman number of photographs of real life happenstance. What makes these photos great, in contrast to my awkward staring contest, is the understated nature of the moments. They are constantly occurring but often go unnoticed. These photos showcase Dakowicz’s eye for miraculous instances of visual coincidence in his home of India as well as Tunisia, Yemen, Bangladesh, Malawi, and an impressive host of other nations.

Sarah

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July 16th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

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TODD COLE – LUCKY MAGAZINE – SOLANGE KNOWLES

Check out another stellar cover by Todd Cole for the latest issue of Lucky Magazine featuring the lovely Solange Knowles!

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July 15th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

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EMILY SHUR – THE WALL STREET JOURNAL – MELISSA MCCARTHY

Emily Shur recently photographed funny lady, Melissa McCarthy, for the The Wall Street Journal. This is the moment her husband walked into the room – too cute!

 

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July 11th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

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DJUNA BEL – NEW PROJECT – ALL SUMMER IN A DAY

Djuna Bel showcases her versatility as a stylist in her kid-friendly collaboration with Elizabeth Weinberg, “All Summer in a Day.” Loosely based on Ray Bradbury’s short, the photographs tell the story of children who essentially live in L.A.’s antithesis, a futuristic planet where the sun only shines for two hours every seven years. This is their two hours before a dark, steady rainfall (and their probable vitamin D deficiency…) begins again.

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July 9th, 2014 at 6:16 pm

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WEIRD DAYS – PURE VISION ART’S GROUP EXHIBITION – ANY COLOUR YOU LIKE

If you’re in New York this week, please join Weird Days at their studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Thursday, July 10th for the opening celebration of Pure Vision Art’s group exhibition, Any Colour You Like, co-curated by Makiko Wholey and Anna Schechter. Art by Nicole Appel, Susan Brown, Chase Ferguson, Walter Mika and Simone Steinberg will be exhibited and for sale with wine and hors d’oeuvres starting at 6pm. A good time is sure to be had! Full details below…

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July 8th, 2014 at 4:43 pm

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LAUREN DUKOFF – VANITY FAIR FRANCE – HAMILTON LEITHAUSER

Spotted in Vanity Fair France – an image of Hamilton Leithauser that Lauren Dukoff photographed earlier this year for his debut album, Black Hours. The Walkmen ex-frontman strikes out on his own with an album steeped in the traditions of Frank Sinatra and a new-found freedom. C’est magnifique!

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July 7th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

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