In April UNIQLO did this cool manga promotion in their Soho store. The display was an inspired graphic assault filling up the 2 story staircase in the back of the store. Different artists and era's of Japanese manga were represented on the walls and tee shirts. Individual pages and panels were enlarged, rotated and applied to the walls and floors. Smart choice to go with black & white - it created this beautiful texture of huge comic elements: brushstrokes, halftone dots and hand done lettering.
I wanted to highlight two separate shorts made respectively by my friends Todd James & Adam Weissman promoting Nike's Windrunner Jacket. Featured on Nike's Sportwear site, these impressive shorts are full of original ideas, style and comedy.
Todd James' Windrunner mascot (pictured above) hits the streets to catch fame as a street artist, take on some trendy fashion victims and spread the word about the meaning of real speed. The wise and scrappy Windrunner mascot is played by the one and only Max Cohen. Favorite sequence: the Windrunner, as an extension of his wheat pasting street art activities performs a solo interpretive modern dance.
See Todd's shorts here.
Adam Weissman's shorts are set in the 1970's, and tell the story of controversial running coach Rick Hoffman who claims that wearing the Windrunner jacket adds speed to his team. This claim is publicly challenged by consumer advocate Barry Beeves on his show "I Call Foul". In a final showdown, Rick Hoffman is vindicated on the track as his star runner (wearing the Windrunner jacket) outruns a tiger.
Through casting, costumes, music, graphics and his treatment of the film quality-(looks like old worn videotape), Weissman's films do a great job of recreating 70's era TV. I'm blown away by consumer advocate "Barry Beeves"---this guys performance is hilarious.
See Adam's shorts here.
More stills from the shorts:
First 6 from Todd James, next 6 from Adam Weissman
This inspiring blog called highschoolart is done by an art teacher from Los Altos, California and features art + video projects done by his students. Each post is based on a project he's given the class. There's a multitude of great work to see here.
The first 2 images below are from a post titled: "Expressive Line and Shape Abstract Family Portrait High School Art". The caption for the post reads:
"The sophomores in Art Theory 1 had to draw in marker an abstract family portrait using only line, shape, and color. It took a little explaining to communicate exactly what they were doing, but once they got the hang of it, it came natural to them. My mother who is also an art educator had great success with this assignment when she taught Saturday art classes at juvenile hall. So I thought I would borrow it."
here's a few more images from the site: