Monday, May 28, 2012

Edvard Munch and the Google Art Project

The Google Art Project has spread out onto Youtube, as many of you may already know, and seems to be targeting just about every art student/ collector/ professor/ practitioner on the internet. Surely the search engine giant and co are planning something a little bigger than just these two projects.

Here's the first video that came up under Edvard Munch:

Edvard Munch (1863 - 1944),  Norwegian artist best known for the scream, entered a competition in 1909 to decorate murals for the Festical Hall at the Oslo University. His nine fifteen feet high canvases were selected among the other contestants, and he gives his thoughts on them here.

Now the first thing that shows up under this famous artist are "specifics", meaning mainly videos promoting exhibits. There is no actual presentation of who he is, nor do they supply the viewer with very many videos. (On a side note, the back button does not function on the channel.) One would assume that the project is intended for those with a minimum amount of historical/ artistic knowledge. Only, when searching for Oskar Kokoschka for example, nothing shows up. The database is still being constructed, so all of this is understandable, but there must be some way Google can further enhance their project. Any suggestions for them? Do you have an idea for additional features or ways they could improve? What art project do you think this is building up to?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Replenishing tea

If you're feeling stressed and your hands are sore from typing/ drawing, try this quick beverage instead of coffee. It will help calm your nerves and take you away from work for a minute.
  • Beetroot skin
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • Pre-cut mint leaves (can be found in spice section, or just dice fresh ones)
Boil water and add ingredients.


The Editor

Shopping for art supplies in Paris

Two main stores come to mind when searching for quality art supplies in Paris: "Passage Clouté" and "Graphigro".

Graphigro has a discount for art students and a particularly large selection of material especially when it comes to illustrative articles (excellent markers and pens). It is recommended that you visit the Graphigro on boulevard Voltaire (adress below) as it is larger and more heavily stocked. On the other hand, Passage Clouté offers just about the same articles for cheaper although they do not offer a student discount. Canvases, paper, POSCAs, paintbrushes, art bags...etc are best bought there. They're also a little slower when it comes to stocking up, but you still save a substantial amount of pennies if you're not a student or don't have a big shopping list.

Where to find Graphigro:

157/159 rue Lecourbe
75015 PARIS
Tel: 01 42 50 45 49

207, boulevard Voltaire
75011 PARIS
Tel: 01 43 48 23 57 

13/15 boulevard des Filles du Calvaire
75003 PARIS
Tel: 01 44 54 81 00

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Easy Morning breakfast

Before hopping off for a regular art supplies run, you might want to get some breakfast. Here's a quick recipe for fruit salad and green tea that will get you through the day.

Get your hands on:

  • 1/2 a grapefruit
  • 1/2 and apple
  • banana chips of any kind (although Trader Joe's vacuum fried banana chips work best due to their extra crisp)
  • nutmeg
  • green tea (in a bag)
  • a pain au chocolat is served here, but toast, english muffins or blinis work just fine.
Begin scooping out grapefruit flesh into a bowl without removing too much juice.

Dice apples, then mix them into bowl with grapefruit..

Crush bananas and add them to fruit: do not mix them in.
Sprinkle a small amount of nutmeg on fruit.

Squeeze the remaining juice out of the grapefruit half into a glass, then place green tea and let sit for 2-3 minutes.
And voilà. Just add the pain au chocolat or bread of your choice and you're set!


The Editor

Friday, May 11, 2012

Energy food

Keeping up with the daily hype and finding enough motivation to work can be difficult! As an artist it's important to eat and exercise regularly. Here's a sample lunch:

- Carrot salad with eggs and vinaigrette
- 4 thin slices of organic tofu
- one apple
- a square of 90% dark chocolate
- a fresh glass of water

I ate it at 12:45 PM and felt  pretty good throughout the rest of the day. What it needed: whole grain bread, wheat or some sort of starch. What I needed: more sleep during the week.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Recommended reading

Will you believe it? The second article on today's stickazine is business related. Well, as matter of fact business is essential to anyone who wants to not only attain an economic standard of 'success', but also publish their ideas to the world. If whatever you create happens to expand, that knowledge will have to proportionately increase. Jim Collins' "Good to Great", considered a prequel to "Built To Last",  expresses why some mediocre companies have come so far and, most importantly, how.

Purchase Good to Great on:
Barnes & Noble


The Editor

The online art zine

As many of you may have noticed Stick Men Creation has been a little inactive. Due to recent changes the site is being completely rebuilt and will be back in the next several months or so. Meanwhile, please take the time to enjoy our new "Stickazine", an online paper providing you with art related news, information and tips! Sounds familiar doesn't it? Harboring features similar to those on the site, the Stickazine hosts critique events, contests and debates. Think of it as staying at the "Stick Men hotel" while the site's campus is undergoing renovations.

More on the Stickazine.