Musketon – Dropping 11/16 @ 3:30 PM PT
Musketon is a visual artist from Belgium with the main focus on vector graphics and an extreme eye for details. His artwork often explores social themes through a bright, bold and distinct style – They are embedded with various details, big and small, and viewers are recommended to zoom in as close as possible to get the full story.
His artworks are often times centered around pop culture and its impact on the human experience. They are poignant and powerful; sometimes satirical, sometimes nostalgic but always fun, full of vibrant color and thoughtful detail.
A self made artist, Musketon has been honing his craft for over a decade and although he is focused on his personal work, he’s also worked with brands such as Mazda, Nike, The Chainsmokers, Coca-Cola, MTV, Nike.
Musketon illustrates the origins and implications of our current social dilemma in Antisocial – A collection equally bold in color and rich in symbolism. Laced with the perfect amount of satire to stop you mid scroll… Set your notifications.
Frank Frazetta Art Museum- Dropping 11/17 @ 3:30 PM PT
Frank Frazetta was an American fantasy and science fiction artist, noted for his artwork on media including book covers, fine art paintings, posters, and vinyl album covers. He is often referred to as the “Godfather” of fantasy art, and one of the most renowned illustrators of the 20th century. His work is characterized by its hyper-sexualized, stark depictions of people and animals in fantastical settings, often rendered in high-contrast, stylized realism.
Frank Frazetta’s art has influenced and inspired generations of artists, fans, designers, and movie directors for over 60 years. His career started in the early 1940s, from drawing the Famous Funnies comics, considered to be the first true American comic book, to book covers for Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan, Pellucidar, and John Carter of Mars. Some of the most famous Frazetta covers were for Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian series, one of the largest and most successful franchises in the world today.
Famous actors such as Clint Eastwood and Sylvester Stallone are just a few stars who visited Frank Frazetta’s estate in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. In 1978, George Lucas also visited the estate and told Frazetta that his early Buck Rogers covers in Famous Funnies inspired the Star Wars Franchise. The United States Department of Defense at Fort Hood, Texas, commissioned a 14-foot bronze statue of the iconic character, The Death Dealer. The sculpture, which stands proudly at the entrance of the army base, is used as a morale booster and symbol of invincibility for their troops.
Frazetta was inducted into the comic book industry’s Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1995, the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1998, the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1999, the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2014, the Album Cover Hall of Fame in 2016, and was awarded a Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Convention in 2001. He died on May 10, 2010 in Fort Myers, Florida, at the age of 82.
The Frazetta Art Museum, located in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania on the original 67-acre Frank Frazetta estate, was reopened to the public by Frank Frazetta Jr. in 2013. The museum is the largest collection of Frank Frazetta original works and houses 37 original oil pieces and countless pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor works.
The Heroines of Frazetta
This collection highlights the unique ways Frank Frazetta painted women. His work transcended the pinup girl archetypes of Alberto Vargas and Gil Elvgren. Frazetta opted to depict women as strong, powerful, and beautiful heroes in their own mysterious ways that went beyond the superficial prettiness. As Frank Frazetta once said:
“I don’t want to paint just another woman. A painting, it’s something important; you want to look at it, maybe forever. Who wants to look at just an ordinary hero forever? You want the ultimate, you pull out the stops and do everything in extremes. The extreme in beauty, if it fits; the extreme in ugliness if it fits; the extreme in terror if this is what’s required. You know, I think this is one reason that so many people enjoy my stuff, because all of these extremes are jammed into it.”
Cat Girl, which is the most iconic of the series, features a woman that stands confident and nude in a jungle surrounded by wild leopards. The posture of the voluptuous figure, highlighted in the intimate lighting, creates a sense of poise, confidence and elegance. Meanwhile, Beauty and the Beast depicts a muscular woman confronting and attacking a monster head-on. Again, emphasizing the strength of the women in his work, which perhaps serves as a reminder of how Frazetta viewed the women in his life. Finally, Dawn Attack, in contrast to the others in the collection, is based in a futuristic setting. It was used on the cover of L. Ron Hubbard’s paperback Writers of the Future Volume 7. The female protagonist, juxtaposed with the robotic warriors, is shown as the leader standing strong despite the enemy attack.
The three works for this collection: Cat Girl, Beauty and the Beast, and Dawn Attack, each exemplify the versatility of women that have become famous throughout Frazetta’s works.
Javier Arrés x MARCA – Dropping 11/18 @ 3:30 PM PT
Javier Arrés is a world-renowned motion / GIF artist and a 2019 London Art Biennale winner based in Motril, Spain. Arrés finds inspiration within the sweeping views from his childhood home overlooking his hometown and the beautiful architecture within it.
He is known for his manically detailed illustrations of fantastical scenery highlighting cities, architecture and machines. He brings these worlds to life through what he calls “Visual Toys”. Through these Visual Toys, Arrés invites the viewer into a fantastical world, inspiring the viewer to simply play with their imaginations. These “Visual Toys” are highly sought after and sell at record speeds and prices.
Arrés’ undeniably distinct artwork style sets him apart in the seemingly saturated world of digital art. It is unlike most have ever seen or imagined, and ignites our inner child, or perhaps engineer.
Marca is the leading sports media outlet in Spain. With 82 years of history, Marca has lived through and told the historical moments and events, the anecdotes and feats of the best athletes in history. From Muhammad Ali to Leo Messi, through Michael Jordan, Rafa Nadal, Pau Gasol, Valentino Rossi and Usain Bolt, MARCA’s covers have shown the exciting world of sport in the most creative way possible.
The principles of MARCA have always been associated with innovation, bringing to its audience such innovative products as fantasy football, one of the first sports websites in the world when the Internet came into our lives or a radio dedicated 24 hours to the world of sports. Now it’s up to the world of NFTs
Yes, we are the Champions!
In Yes, we are the Champions!, Javier Arrés draws inspiration from the historic sports moments of his youth, bringing the world of Spanish sports — as told by iconic MARCA moments— into his cyberpunk, retro-future blockchain fantasy world.
“Marca is one of the most widely read newspapers in the Spanish world. It is part of the popular culture of Spain, you can find it in any bar and its covers have been, and are, very special in sports culture.
For me, a Spanish artist, having the opportunity to revert and honor the cover that many of us thought we would never see, that of the victory in the world cup, is something very special. It also allows me to be part of that great moment, of that historic and unique cover.
In my work there is a lot of retro futurism— I like it and I incorporate it through my artworks. For example, for one visual toy in this series, I imagine a retro Marca cover inside an iPad which exists in a parallel universe or another moment in time… A time in which our devices are so full of mechanics that less elegant design would be needed. This cyberpunk device invites you to imagine who in this parallel world of Spanish sports will be the lucky one to have this cover in their hands.”
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