This is an identity and branding project that really pushed us to develop some next level imagery and really get back to our illustration roots. it was an amazing journey and we couldn’t have done the work for a better band. Makeshift Prodigy is a 5 member idie/rock band out of Chicago.
Alright kiddies, here she is… my new online store Mingadigm. fully functional and awaiting to be ravaged by viewers much like yourself. have a look and help put the mingadigm store on the map. thanks for the continue support.
An illustrated type treatment done for my alias as Black Minga. the idea for this piece was sparked by a gallery show i put on in Milwaukee at Di Carlo salon. it was a fashion forward show and the space there was amazing, really inspirational. I wanted to have something that spoke volumes of my style and techniques and thus here it is.
I haven’t updated my site in a while and fancied a change from flash to html along with a visual update and new work, so keep your eye on destill.net soon! Above in a preview of something new…
This colourful set of photographs reveals the beauty of two models, the American Guinevere van Seenus and the Russian Elena Sudakova. The shoot was made for Vogue UK.
I just wanted to say a quick hello to my comrades in the KDU
across the world.
Born in 1981, living and working in Katowice, Poland. Self-taught and full-time freelance artist with five years of experience in print and webdesign. Valp has established himself as a creative digital artist – after years of experimenting and playing with imagination he has build his own style with high attention to details, colours and textures. Graphic design for Valp always was something more than just a profession.
During last two years of his full-time freelance work he was commissioned by Back Row Productions, Platige Image, Weinsten Company, Warner Music Poland, Armada Skis to name a few. Valp designed illustrations for such a great musical Pricilla – Queen of the Desert; he was also a judge for iStockphoto’s Battle Royale and his work has been widely published.
Valp is also a member of Keystone Design Union and Depthcore digital arts community.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Vogue Russia, magazine decided to perfect famous Russian Matryoshka doll. They took a traditional wooden doll shape and turned it into a carved female body. The new shape became slimmer and taller and lost a sense of untouchable traditions so the designers untied their arms and work without any regrets.
Then they called famous fashion designers to create Haute Couture outfits. Later 31 dolls were painted following designers artworks.
The new Matryoshkas took a part in fashion photoshoot and where exhibited on Vogue pages along with charity auction. Each piece costs 5000 Euros.
During the period I had the great-good fortune to work with (and learn from) the Visvim crew there was a guy there named Naoki Ei. Together with Nakamura-San, Naoki developed Visvim’s unbelievably refined packaging and branding elements including the first several iterations of their now famous seasonal collection Dissertations.
My experience collaborating with Naoki included the opportunity for my wife and I to host him at our studio in Amsterdam. The impression he had already begun to make during my Tokyo visits solidified completely while he was here with us. A unique mix of quiet modestly combined with very particular standards of taste and quality. A slow burn. Taste and quality being subjects about which he was slightly less quiet. He revealed himself as a character who was reluctant to compromise look, touch or feel.
But it turns out look, touch and feel weren’t even his first love. It had been sound all along. It’s been a few years but I finally heard from Naoki again last week. I knew he had been pursuing his audio passion. He was excited about the launch of his Audio Arts Recordings and seeking to confirm my address so he could share his current activity in a more tangible way. I’m out of the loop with respect to music packaging. Between Spotify and I-Tunes I haven’t handled music’s physical dimension since I bought Tool’s last boxed CD (3d glasses and a book of corresponding artwork, like the golden age of Alice Cooper novelty albums). So it was a treat to see what Naoki has been up to since I know him as somebody committed to these sorts of details.
But we’re talking about music. After coveting the velvet flocked packaging and the pair of integrated lapel pins I put the CDs in the player. Enough to say they’ve been in rotation all day today but I won’t attempt to describe the tracks themselves here except to say we’re liking the sound a whole lot. Look for more from Naoki Ei here.
Live from Brazil land…
A few months back NYC legend Dante Ross reached out to me and asked if I would like to contribute to his blog. Since then I have been steady posting that SPACEKNUCKLE madness. Check out my set up here
The BREED brand is members only streetwear and lifestyle project. I’ll write more about the ethos and motivations behind the project here soon. In the meantime, if you’re interested in being part of the project, you can sign-up here.
I got a call from paul mittleman from stussy in 06, he asked me to produce a series of ads based on my collage art work that i was doing at the time(i couldn’t use a computer)-I was asked to produce a sereis of ads for their upcoming campaign. I was asked to produce ten pieces of artwork in a time span of 2 months (this was all starting from blank).
The whole set of images was based on my bike ride thro east new york and over the williamsburg bridge into town. Using white space i dropped my images onto the paper-overlapping textures ,etc ,finally after 2 solid months i had 10 pieces made -the images made are now resting in folders under my bed waiting to be hung in a gallery.It would be quite refreshing to see by hand work in a gallery in these days of computer heavy images. Producing this type of work is so basic and raw ,but at the same time the images produced are timeless-To make collages ,you will need a travel pass,kinkos card,books from the strand book shop or where ever else you can find them and imagination. The medium used is collage .