San Diego artist Kelsey Brookes produces some in-your-face paintings that are sure to stimulate the eyes. Animals, skulls and cotton candy-colored shapes and swirls come across more gritty and urban than one would think. Take a look…

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Ever wonder who designs the jacket covers for the Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse series? We’ll tell you. Her name is Lisa Desimini.

Lisa Desimini graduating from School of Visual Arts in 1986 and went on to both write and  illustrate over 30 children books, and is a winner of the New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year award. Her artwork has graced the covers of many book covers including the John Nicholas Trilogy “Walk Two Moons“, along with Charlaine’s Southern Vampire Series and others.

She works with oils, acrylics, collage, photography and sculpture. She sometimes combines these techniques on the computer and scans in anything she can get her hands on that will lend to the design, such as fresh fruit, fabric, dish towels and wigs.

Desimini has also designed the jacket covers for Charlaine’s book “Three Bedrooms, One Corpse” and “The Sookie Stackhouse Companion“.

If you’re a follower of the Southern Vampire Series you will know that each of Desimini’s covers gives a hint on the major players (ie: the main love interest) and story in each novel. “Dead Reckoning” is the latest jacket cover for Book 11 in the series which hits stores in May 2011. This is the only other cover beside “Living Dead in Dallas” in which Sookie appears alone.

Jacket covers from Lisa Desmini’s website.

Explore the world of sound in TRON: LEGACY, a high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever seen or heard.

In this exclusive sound for film profile by SoundsWorks Collection, find out what Sound Re-Recording Mixer Gary Rizzo, Supervising Sound Editor Gwen Yates Whittle, and Sound Designer Steve Boeddeker have to say about the film.

The ZeroFriends Print show featuring works from Alex Pardee is currently running now through January 28, 2011, at the Upper Playground Shop in Portland. All prints are printed with Archival Inks on Acid Free Velvet Cotton Rag paper. Here are some samples…

The Piggyback

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‘Skins’ is an exhibition of artists including Hwan Jahng, Sam Moyer, Reto Pulfer, Mariah Robertson, David Scanavino, Ryan Sullivan, Josh Tonsfeldt, Ned Vena and Andrea Longacre-White, whose approach to media looks beneath and beyond the surface.

Ryan Sullivan, October 25, 2009 – April 1, 2010 (detail), Oil and enamel on Canvas

The title of this group show refers to the culture of tattoos, presumed by anthropologists as “messages fraught with spiritual and moral significance… not only to imprint a drawing onto the flesh but also to stamp onto the mind all the traditions and philosophy of the group,” as methods of establishing communities, ascending or descending social ranks.

Today, when tattoos are ubiquitous and body modification cannot be conflated with progress, we look nostalgically to a time when simple marks or punctures communicated participation in a community.

Skins‘ runs through January 8, 2011 at OHWOW in Miami.

A look at Chris Burden’s kinetic sculpture in progress, filmed in 2009 at the artist’s studio in Topanga, CA. (Video courtesy of CB Studio).

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How awesome is this?

How much has packaging design changed? Let’s take a trip back in time and look at 1950′s and 60′s vintage packing to find out.

These 50′s and 60′s packaging designs are from RoadsidepicturesVintage Advertising‘ Flickr set. A fabulous collection and great for inspiration.

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