An Adventurous Line + Free Figure Drawing Classes Info (London)

Happy Tuesday!

Firstly I thought I’d share a little video from the director/animator KAZUHIKO OKUSHITA:

It’s an animation using the simplicity of a red line to create contour figures and shapes. The film has excellent fluidity, movement, and visual design… it’s definitely one of my favourite independent short animations! It reminds me of one of my favourite quotes:

“A line is a dot that went for a walk.” – Paul Klee

Secondly, I went to a figure drawing class tonight at the Vintage Emporium and Tea Rooms (14 Bacon Street, London, E1 6LF). The nude figure drawing classes are free and held every Tuesday from 7 – 9 PM. Absolutely not my best work, but I’m slowly getting back into the techniques! Here are some examples to hopefully inspire you to go to your local life drawing classes:

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What’s your definition of Home?

What's your definition of Home?

Let’s face it…. coffee shops are like a third home for me. I use the word ‘ home’ pretty liberally in terms of locations and countries. But after three years, I really do feel like London is my home. And no place more than The Fleet Street Press – a coffee shop near the Strand Campus of King’s College London and the Maughan Library on Chancery Lane. That coffee shop has seen multiple essays develop; it has kept so many secrets; it has fed me brownies and chickpea spinach soup. I even knew this coffee shop when it was called Get Coffee (Let’s go to ‘get coffee’ … clever right?) and the same Italian barista that has worked there for the past 3 years. A bleak Tuesday, three years ago, I saw this small coffee shop offering a ‘Monkey Mocha’. I was intrigued by the name and discovered a chocolate/banana/orange creation in this perfect house of wifi and bathroom access. Since that day, I have never looked back. It will always be one of my FAVOURITE coffee shops in London.

Check out their website: http://www.thefleetstreetpress.com

They also have a twitter with their daily clever coffee-board sayings!

Actors answer: What movie made you cry?

Featured Actors:
Annette Bening
James Franco
Natalie Portman
Michael Douglas
Mila Kunis
Mark Ruffalo
Helena Bonham Carter
Justin Timberlake
Dakota Fanning
Andrew Garfield
Nicole Kidman
Javier Bardem
Melissa Leo
Vincent Cassel
Julianne Moore
Robert Duvall
Jesse Eisenberg
Elle Fanning
Colin Firth

I love the art direction and the editing of this clip for W – made in 2011. I must agree with Justin Timberlake in that the first film to make me cry was Lion King. It got me literally every single time… that is the power of Disney. The most recent film that made me cry was another animated film – the opening sequence of Up. The beautiful montage of Ellie and Carl overlaid with the music of Michael Ginacchino is in my opinion one of the most beautiful and touching moments in cinema. Voila, my love of animation shone through again!

Thank you, Ludovico Einaudi. @Sochi2014 @ProcterGamble @Thankyoumom #advertising

Yet another uplifting P&G ad within the Thank You, Mom campaign which has been running for a couple Olympic Games. This one is part of the lead up to the 2014 Sochi games to open Friday, February 7th. This ad was released a month in advance and builds anticipation to the Winter Games this year. I have already posted about the ‘Thank You, Mom’ campaign as one of my favourite campaign ideas of all times, but I just had to post this advert because it also uses my favourite contemporary composer – Ludovico Einaudi. This man is a genius. As are the Olympic athletes and the communities that support them to greatness. There is something so hopeful in this advert…. Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore, we’re in Sochi. Bring on the cold, our athletes and moms can take it!