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Newspaper as art? Why not?

HERE’S A LOOK at how some creative minds use newspapers as art.

Nothing ground breaking here, but the video on newspaper-as-nails gets me to thinking. How about newspaper-as-pen? Or newspaper-as-mug? Or newspaper-as…well, you get the idea.

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Art as people as flowers

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME you looked at a photo, exhaled slowly, and said: “wow?” Not a loud “wow,” but a deep, lingering I’ve-never-seen-anything-like-that-before “wow?”

Get ready for that “wow.”

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Video: Improving cover design

AT NEWSPAPERS, we really don’t do cover pages, do we? Or…do we?

How about that football tab?

Or the special advertising section for Memorial Day?

Or that feature front on New Year’s Day?

OK…yes…we do cover design.

So, here’s a piece—using the front of a photo magazine—on how you can do it better.

I like the way this video breaks down the steps in the process. And one of the things it stresses has long been a principle I teach others: You create a better design by what you take away…not what you add.

Watch. Learn. Enjoy.

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Video: I gotta hand it to ya

HERE’S A FUN LOOK at some handy drawings.

Amazing what a creative mind can do with just four fingers and a thumb—oh…and the rest of the hand, too!

Take a look here...and enjoy!

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Eye don’t believe it!

FOR SOME YEARS, John Pugh has been a master of trompe l’oeil, an art form used to trick the eyes into perceiving painted detail as a three-dimensional object.

My lovely bride, Julia, shared these photos of Pugh’s paintings with me a few weeks ago—and I have finally found time to share them with you. Enjoy!

Main Street, Los Gatos, CA. Even the woman peering into the ruin is part of the mural.

Taylor Hall, California State University, Chico, CA. The Doric-style columns are actually nothing but paint.

This mural in Honolulu took two months of studio work to plan and another six months to execute with the help
of 11 other artists. Featured are Queen Liliuokalani, the last monarch of the Hawaiian Islands,
and Duke Kahanamoku, the ultimate father of surfing.

This mural at the Cafe Trompe L’oeil, San Jose, CA , is entitled “Art Imitating Life Imitating Art Imitating Life.”
This customer doesn’t leave at closing time—she’s part of the painting.

Twenty-nine Palms, CA. ” Valentine ” the bull and a patient buzzard are waiting for the artist to awake.
Again, they are all part of the art!

‘Bay in a Bottle,’ Santa Cruz, CA. The passer-by is part of the mural.

“Slowin’ Down to Take a Look” in Winslow, Arizona. Included, of course, is “a girl, my Lord,

in a flat bed Ford, slowin’ down to take a look at me.”

John Pugh at work.

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