Art #2. Into The Unknown

Art #2. Into The Unknown [Artwork]

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“To me art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take the risks.” _Mark Rothko

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Mark Rothko’s quote inspired my initial post ‘Art‘ and also this artwork. I created this artwork ‘Into The Unknown’ as an abstract representation of the conscious, subconscious, and the unconscious mind. The eye denoting the conscious, the subconscious represented by the abstract layers and patterns of type and forms floating in space and the unconscious are the ‘blacks’ found in every existing space.

There is a complexity about the subconscious and the unconscious mind, and human behaviour is influenced by the abstract nature of this complexity. The floating layers of information in the subconscious are a culmination of things seen, heard or experienced. In the unconscious mind lays a deep tunnel of things the conscious mind cannot conceive or comprehend. In it lays a wealth of uncharted knowledge, strength, weaknesses, potential, goals, wisdom, vulnerability, power, you name it.

Like Mark Rothko’s quote, exploring that space of our subconscious and our unconscious mind can help unravel our inner stardom and realizing our full potential. Being the hero of our story lay in how deep we are willing to dive, how deep we are willing to look from within to make our story a best seller.

Lest I forget, I created this artwork exploring with torn pieces of papers, sketch and ‘scanography’. I tried something different and the result is this digital collage. Let’s take an adventure into the unknown (our inner self) and see how we become a beautiful piece of art.

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Design, Art/Creative direction, Post
By Philip Abang

Change is Good

Design. Change is Good _Ina Saltz. #1

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Great advice from one of my favourite typography tutors on Lynda.com. Ever thought about a change in career or life in general? Well, it may seem extremely difficult in most cases especially when faced with fear of the unknown. I like the fact that Ina Saltz highlights that change in your career path (even life itself) can pay off in happiness, balance, and quality of your life. What is that thing, job or position that needs changing from your perspective? Ever thought about that?!!

Having to listen more has change the way I gather or dissect information. Taking a leap of faith in doing a graphic design course completely changed the way I viewed the world around me. My interpretation of colours, things and their meaning definitely changed. Needless to say that my problem solving skills have gone up a notch.

I was listening to a radio show called The Rich Dad Radio Show by Robert and Kim Kiyosaki on Find out How to find your Purpose in Life featuring Steven Pressfield, and I wrote these lines that Steven Pressfield had said about what stands in the way of change (if you put it that way) and finding purpose in life, thus;

It’s kind of the rule of life that anything that is really positive for the evolution of the soul is very freaking hard to do and you feel an enormous resistance to doing it. — Capital ‘R’ resistance from something as simple as going to the gym to facing your true destiny whatever that is, there’s going to be an enormous wall of resistance.

The above relates to making that change that will impact your happiness, balance and quality of life that Ina Saltz had stated.

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Thank you Ina Saltz, and thanks to your Typography tutorials on Lynda.com. I have benefited immensely from these including your book Typography Essentials: 100 Principles for Working with Type (Design Essentials) which I have in my mini library.

Design, Art direction, Post
By Philip Abang

Bon anniversaire Le Prof Wenger

Hello ZedTears, Bon anniversaire Le Prof Wenger
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I believe one of the best things about managing people is that we can influence lives in a positive way. That’s basically what a manager is about. When I can do that, I am very happy. _Arsene Wenger

I want to cease this opportunity to wish Arsene Wenger a happy birthday. You have been one of the greatest managers the English Premier League has ever seen. You helped change it’s history and arguably the way modern football is perceived and played. You are one of the greatest Arsenal manager of all time, and many will agree that you are the greatest. You made history going an entire season with a team that was unbeaten thus garnering worldwide recognition and tagged The Invincibles.

I have been a huge admirer of your works, your ethos, and how you exude class. Your quotes are gold especially for me being a sucker for one. How about this for a start…

“A football team is like a beautiful woman. When you do not tell her, she forgets she is beautiful.”

Your sense of humour is epic. There is no denying that the English media miss all that you brought to the table, your constant battle zipping your elongated and oversized coat at most match days thus giving the viewers a bucket full of laughter, montages of gold footage, your press conferences, your banter with other rival managers but above all your incredible intelligence of the ‘beautiful game’ and life itself.

Thank you for inspiring this sketch

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Let me once again thank you for inspiring my third post ‘Confidence’ on the ZedTears platform…

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Thanks for inspiring this project Football and Tech. You’ve been an advocate for sport science and VAR from the cradle.

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Football is an art, like dancing is an art – but only when it’s well done does it become an art. _Arsene Wenger

Happy birthday Arsene Wenger.

#genius #great #class

Find some of Arsene Wenger’s amazing quote here.

Design, Art/Creative direction, Illustration
By Philip Abang

 

 

 

 

Lighten up

Dear ZedTears, Lighten up

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“Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.” _Kenneth Branagh

Is there a better way to live? I very much doubt so. : )

Design, Art direction, Post
By Philip Abang
Artwork: Rene Abang

Not Just a Pretty Face

Dear ZedTears, Not Just a Pretty Face #2 By Tambu Geeray

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There he stood, looking at her
In ways she’s never been looked at
There was a lot to say
To give peace to her troubled soul
But the words wouldn’t come out

He feared the outcome of his eventual outpouring may spell doom
“Hold your tongue man,” he said to himself.
Still he held her so tight and gently placed his lips
On her left ear
Like he had found that perfect diction
Again, the words failed to come to fruition.

In his frustration, he reluctantly took another deep look in her eyes
As dark clouds gathered therein
In a whisper, slowly he said her name
Then hesitantly walked away
Doing all he could to stifle the tears from trickling down
Denying her the luxury of his weakness.

She didn’t want him to leave
But made no effort at holding him back
She had felt his heartbeat the whole time in that bitter-sweet embrace
Wishing he said something, anything
Even a true lie wouldn’t hurt now
But suffice beautifully

The spasmodic rhythm on his chest was too much to bear
There was more to this than mere words
Of that she was sure
She knew him so well to understand that right there
That heartbeat was that of a bird
Like Big bird in sesame street
In dire need to flap her wings and touch the sky.

With sad eyes she let him leave
She watched him close the door
And with parted lips, she knew he loved her
But something was missing.

Check out Not Just A Pretty Face #1 in case you missed Tambu Geeray’s beautifully written piece.

Design, Art direction, Illustration, Cover design Mock up
By Philip Abang
Credit: Tambu Geeray - Not Just A Pretty Face

Be the verb not the noun

Dear ZedTears, Be the verb not the noun

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I came across a talk ‘Perception is the root of all evil by Deji Akingbaje on TEDxMHK. He used the term ‘be the verb, not the noun’ which segued to the point he was making. This led me to another of his talk with the title ‘Be the Verb, Not the Noun. In this talk he clearly stated why ‘Be the verb, not the noun’ formulates his strong philosophy. We become imprisoned by the nouns we choose to define ourselves, and as a result, limiting ourselves and our creativity by this association. Be the verb, not the noun applies to race, nationality, gender, age, religion, social statues, career specialization, etc.

In terms of career specialization, I identify myself as a graphic designer. By so doing, I have come to the realization that, not only do I feel a sense of entrapment, I feel like it limits my innate gift to perform, to paint, draw, act, podcast, take photos, write and so on. These things I have mentioned are also labelled as nouns in career specialization, how ironic. Think about it, a painter, an artist, an illustrator, a photographer, a writer, — you get the point.

The message is to break out from ‘the shackles of human expression’ as Deji puts it. I feel more emboldened when I say ‘hey! I paint, draw, design, rap (maybe), act, podcast, blog, etc’, without using ‘hierarchical nouns’ in this context as described by Deji.  There is no limit to what we can do. We become more proactive when we begin to see ourselves as verbs. We feel miserable to some extend doing the things we have limited ourselves to over and over again. We fall short of realizing our full potential by labelling ourselves as common nouns. Being the verb allows us the power to harness our innate ability to experiment, explore, create, express of geniuses guided by the actions of our instincts, our essence and passion.

I will leave you with this quote from Deji on his view on ‘be the verb’.

“If common sense tells us now that living with passion is the key to leading a successful life, why are so many of us still miserable? Why do we still struggle to live out loud as inventors and pioneers of our creative process? Why do hierarchies, racism and hate even still exist? — what I discovered on my journey is what I now believe to be ‘the shackles of human expression’. For as long as we continue to define ourselves as nouns, — race, nationality, gender, age, religion, career specialization, social statues, — we will never live to our fullest potential.”

Design, Art direction, Post 
By Philip Abang

Focus your time on what is most important

Dear ZedTears. Focus your time on what is most important

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It’s been over a month since I last designed a quote and posted on my site. My apologies to those who have always tuned in and to the numerous blogs I haven’t read during this period. My time have been occupied by certain events, although, I have been seldom active on Instagram if I must confess.

I still listen to talks, lectures and watch some insightful videos which is beneficial to acquiring new knowledge and eliciting growth. I thought I’d share a few lines below from a lecture Get enough time for the important things by Chris Croft, author of Success Habits on Lynda.com.

“Successful people are careful about how they use their time — because if you think about it, all you can put into an enterprise is your money and your time — as you become more successful your time becomes more valuable, not less. And the options for what to do with it usually become more complicated — So the key is to focus your time on what is most important.

We have to deal with the urgent stuff in order to keep everyone else happy. But finding time for the important things, that’s the key.

And anything that takes you towards your goals is important. If it doesn’t contribute to either enjoyment or achievement of a goal, then it’s not important.

— Successful people — They make time by being a little bit more ruthless than other people on the unimportant stuff.

I often question if I use my time wisely. Lectures like that of Chris Croft’s have been very helpful in keeping me focused and channeling my attention towards my goals and growth.

Design, Art direction, Post 
By Philip Abang

A good teacher can inspire hope

Dear ZedTears, A good teacher can inspire hope

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“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” _Brad Henry

Design, Art direction, Post 
By Philip Abang