Zac Shavrick- Artist and Amazing Iron Sculpturer!

This month i had the pleasure of doing a short interview with Zac Shaverick, a new/york based Artist of truly remarkable Sculpters. Have a Look below and enjoy!  There are links to his website, where much more of his work is being displayed and Zac is available for contact.

Zac Shavrick was born in 1987 and raised primarily by his father, Barry. Fascinated by his father’s work, Zac would join him in his metal shop where they welded together. By age five, Zac was welding on his own, by seven, he was fabricating entire sculptures. As he developed, his work was influenced by his world of games, fantasy novels and movies, including Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.

´´In a world gone Mad, it is Madness to be Sane´´

 

1. Can you tell me a little bit about how you start working on a sculpture? As in, do you get inspired first or do you just start somewhere and go along and see how it evolves or maybe you work it out on computer first….

(I have tried and love to sculpt in stone but i reckon it is different from how you work because you build and mold while sculpting in stone is cutting away… Could you do a sculpture from stone too? Or do you think that is a complete other proces to work out…)

Zac-

Well… there is no exact way which I go about starting a project; either an idea has been festering in my head and I’m able to allot the time to getting it into sculptural form or I’ll just go into the shop and start working and see what comes of it. Either way the inspiration is ever-present and  It’s all a very natural and free flowing process, one which constantly  evolves  as I’m working.  Commission work, however, is a whole different story; often requiring intense preliminary drawings or small scale moquettes.  

As far as stone goes, I haven’t actually done direct stone carving. I’ve carved some plaster, which follows the same principals, and had a real good time with it. I think it all translates pretty well, but my skill set is focused on metal so i generally stick to that medium. The process of fabricating steel is indeed, primarily,  building up little by little, however, I often employ a torch to carve away at the works, especially in the later stages.  But hey, If I get my hands on the right tools and a huge block of nice stone… well lets just say I’d have my work cut out for me. 

2. You and your work are known also by a few celebrities as Ozzy etc…what was your nicest experience with that or how did you go about it?

Zac-

The whole celebrity thing was a lot of fun for me. Selling to Ozzy was very exciting, but I was never a huge Ozzy Fan… John Rzeznick of the Goo Goo Dolls is a real great dude and having sold work to him on a few occasions was pretty excellent, but I’d have to say being backstage at the Up In Smoke tour and hanging out with Snoop Dogg and X-Zibit (who was an incredibly nice dude) and the rest of those dudes was the best. 

3. Who are your biggest inspirations and examples?

Zac-

When I was a little kid just growing up I was always enamored by the works of pop-artist Kenny Scharf ( I still am), then when I was about 8 years old I met up with a metal sculptor named J.J. Veronis who became a resounding inspiration (again, still is) and also a very prominent mentor of mine. In the last four or five years the works of Greg “Craola” Simpkins and Alex Pardee have served as tremendous sources of inspiration as have many of the other current low-brow phenomenons. Oh and of course I can’t forget Robert Williams  who has been a wealth of inspiration throughout… 

4. Can you tell me about the MalEvolution sculpture, how you came to that? and who/what inspired you to do this?(It is btw a marvelous piece!)

Zac-

The evolution sculpture… Malevolution as I’ve called it… what can I say about this piece… well for one thing it’s still evolving.  I just added a sculpture to it’s epic procession ( Big Bernie who was recently posted at http://zacmax.blogspot.com)  and I plan on continuing to revisit it. It’s a fun piece to continually work on because it offers a lot of room to play around, the concept of evolution being one that is inherently open ended. I guess Darwin would have to be cited as the primary inspiration, he is credited as the concepts founding father.  I could go into greater detail, but I like to leave the interpretations up to the viewer, that way it continues to evolve. 

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Zac, i wish you a whole Bunch of succes with your Art and thanks for this lovely interview!

For more about Zac Shaverick and contact, go here-

http://www.zacmax.com/portfolio.php?c=1

and his for his Blog go here-

http://zacmax.blogspot.com/

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80+ Swirly, Curly & Floral Vector Resources

Yes, it´s that time again…via spyre studios, i came across 80~plus free vector sources that are worth a visit and if you like them, for use!

Tiny Swirls

Neon Star

Swirls, Curls and Flowers are often linked together in the design world, and are extremely popular. There are hundreds of resources out there for those of you that like to use floral elements in your design work and illustrations.

In this post we have rounded up a huge collection of the very best swirly/curly/floral-based design elements, including vector elements, vector and pixel-based patterns, and Photoshop brushes.

Vector Elements

Vector elements can be used in your illustrations in Adobe Illustrator. They can be scaled from the size of an ant, to the size of King Kong. They can also be imported into Photoshop as “Smart Objects” (allowing them to still be scaled) or as pixels.

 

For more, head over here –>http://spyrestudios.com/80-swirly-curly-floral-vector-resources/

YouTube Brings Easy Video Editing to the Masses

Want proof that anything that can be done on the desktop can be done in your web browser?

YouTube has just announced its brand-spanking new online video editor–allowing anyone to make simple edits and improvements to their uploaded videos.

You’ll find it located inside of TestTube–how cute–because it’s a little rough around the edges, but the functionality includes:

  • Combine multiple videos you’ve uploaded to create a new longer video
  • Trim the beginning and/or ending of your videos
  • Add soundtracks from our AudioSwap library of tens of thousands of songs
  • Create new videos without worrying about file formats and publish them to YouTube with one click — no upload necessary

OK, so maybe not quite as sophisticated as Adobe Premier or iMovie, but I suspect the above features represent about 80% of most video editing needs.

read more via http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2010/06/youtube-brings-easy-video-editing-to-the-masses.html

YEE Has Been Designed To Make Your Dream Of A Flying Car Come True

I have no idea in what stage the development of this car is….buuut i kinda like it!

 

Designer : Pan Jiazhi, Zhu Wenxi, and Lai Zexin

 

Starting from mass people who can barely manage to buy a car, even worse can hire a taxi to multimillionaire who can easily buy a plane definitely dreams for such a car that can fly. To make this dream come true, the YEE car has been designed with the ability to instantly become a flying machine and taking-off without the need of a runway. This concept will give relief from the hectic city traffic, as well as provide quick commuting alternative with the excitement of an enjoyable flight. This super cool car can quickly switch to flying mode by upturning the front wheels sideways and rear wheels to the outside back. Therefore, the rear wheels were specially designed to serve the purpose of a propeller. Aside from solar charging through the panels spread over the ceiling, this flying car can be charged when docked at the flying station that acts as a transit depot too for the car.

 

Designer : Pan Jiazhi, Zhu Wenxi, and Lai Zexin

Read more via http://www.tuvie.com/yee-has-been-designed-to-make-your-dream-of-a-flying-car-come-true/

Beautiful Examples of Sunrise Photography

Sadly, the most beautiful part of the day occurs before many people wake up, but thank goodness there are those early rising photographers. They’re willing to set the alarm clock a bit early in order to capture the beauty of a sunrise so others can see. In this post, we’ve rounded up 33 beautiful examples of sunrise photography. The lighting produced by a sunrise can be quite magical. Hopefully, these photographs will help inspire you.

Barbara Reed

                                                         http://1x.com/photos/member/27303/27609/

 

Dough Roane

                                                         http://1x.com/photos/member/10590/18964/

Christolakis

                                          http://www.flickr.com/photos/43052603@N00/2485992852/

Christolakis

                                        http://www.flickr.com/photos/43052603@N00/2485992852/

Edy Santosa

                                                         http://1x.com/photos/member/13488/28284/

Jes Eriksen

                                                        http://1x.com/photos/member/8928/28794/

Tom Ole Sundberg

                                                        http://1x.com/photos/member/472/1484/

 

 

For more stunning Sunrise Photographs 

 http://webdesignledger.com/inspiration/33-beautiful-examples-of-sunrise-photography

 

Make Your Own 3D Glasses in 10 Seconds

You’ll need a pair of 3D glasses with red and blue (to be more precise, cyan) lenses to watch any of the 3D videos that are available on YouTube or this pool of 3D images (anaglyphs) that’s on Flickr.

For instance, here’s a 3D clip from the popular Avatar movie that you’ll only enjoy if you have the right colored glasses.

Create 3-D Glasses at Home!

The basic 3D glasses are available for around 99¢ on eBay but if you want them right now, you can build your own using a spare CD jewel case and some permanent marker pens.

Just scribble the transparent side of the jewel case with red and blue marker pens* large enough to cover the width of your eyes. The blue (or cyan) color lens is for the right eye while the red color will cover the left eye.

photo via labnol.org

read more:  http://www.labnol.org/home/make-3d-glasses/13776/

Used Tires: Recycled Tire Rubber Art and Design

I was looking for topics on “Recycling and Inspiration” and came via weburbanist across this article about Tires and the re-use of it. Simply great examples can be found and even better works of Art. You decide:

(Images via mo_metalart, thememagazine, artnet, nymag)

Animal sculptures made out of tire are surprisingly fluid and realistic. The natural texture of tire rubber lends itself to such designs, and can replicate cords of muscle when shaped by a skilled hand. 

 

Tires are boring. Except for the occasional horror experienced when one bursts or hits a nail, they’re simply an additional expense f or your car. It’s amazing then, to see how many uses, both functional and aesthetic, that hard rubber can be bent toward. Here are some of the most innovative and artistic recycled tires you’ve ever seen:

(Images via ps1, uberreview, found shit, housewife splinder)

 

Read more: http://weburbanist.com/2010/06/08/used-tires-recycled-tire-rubber-art-and-design/