Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tytiana's Pattern Goes Urban Chic

Tytiana's original pattern was colorful and bright. She toned the colors down to give it a more urban feel and used it as a background for her self-portraits. It looks like she's standing in front of a huge wall of graffiti. You can see how many variations she achieved, and how much mileage she's getting from this one pattern.


DAMARQUS @ Overtown Y

Damarqus played with layering different effects to compose these digital collages, all centering on the theme of altered space.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Another free building software

In Brick x Brick, we take advantage of free software Sketchup by Google. It's a 3D drafting program anyone with a computer can download from the internet and use. Tutorials come with it to show you how.

Another one we love is Lego Digital Designer. It's free, and lets us get creative with Lego building blocks like we used to do on the living room floor - but in a digital environment. Download it here.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

AMAZING transformation of the urban landscape

Muto. An animation painted on public walls in Buenos Aires and Baden. Animation and editing by BLU Assistant - Sibe Music by Andrea Martignoni Produced by Mercurio Film

Public Intervention Project in South Africa

this is some of what we're going to be talking about in the next few weeks:
how can we bring new ideas into our communities through the use of art, design & propaganda?

Sherianne's Roller Coaster Ride

This will make a cool animation! Maybe we could use it for a billboard...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Little Havana Institute rocks the PhotoBooth

Lucelly, Kathryn and Daisy experimented with self-portraits using PhotoBooth and paying special attention to identifying (or creating) specific locations within the imagery. In one case they used their own imagery as background to layer the portraits over one another and produce some cool effects. As usual with PhotoBooth, it turned out to be a wild and crazy session that produced lots of great work!

Katy's self-portrait, done on the scanner...

and a collaborative scanner piece with a touch of Photoshop by Daisy, Katy and Lulu

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

MeMi's Towers

Welcome to MeMi'S ToWeRs. I came up with the idea for the colors from the way my personality stands out. And the characters are from this book that had diffrent kinds of weird shape. If anybody knows me they know that i like to be original and i like my work to stand out.


I thought about my two favorite colors, then I thought about lines  and just started experimenting  with lots of different patterns until I came up with swirl. After my creation... I thought I was finished creating my masterpiece. No not really... I was then introduced to this AMAZING program called Photo Booth, which allowed me to upload my pictures to the computer and use my creation as a background on anything I want. 

Monday, February 9, 2009

Vitamin K

Girl Power in the House!!!

Overtown Y checks out PhotoBooth

New work from Barnyard @ Coconut Grove

And check out this use of Lego to make pictures of a "city"

see more at I LEGO NY.

and for those of you who remember the sugar cube construction from last year's BxB

check this out!  

"Sweet Dreams" from Kirsten Lepore on Vimeo.

Public art in the slums of Kenya

Just like our Brick by Brick "face/facade" project in which we covered the surfaces of sketchup building models with our own photographic self-portraits, artist JR has covered rooftops with faces of women of Kibera. Water-resistant, the photos actually protect the rooves from rain. This work can be seen from space and from Google Earth!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Y gets into it

The group at the YWCA gathered around their giant green table and got busy tracing their patterns and painting them in to create fields of shapes and symbols.

The next step will be to transfer those works to large paper using an overhead projector - imaging whole walls filled with these patterns!