Category Archives: Art

Zain and The Beast – The Musical

For the third year in a row, Zain has produced a musical during Eid. And every year, they have a preview for bloggers and two days ago they had one for their new musical about Beauty and the Beast. I went to the one last year, which was about Aladdin and it was really good. They actually cared about lighting, costumes and props. This year, however; I wasn’t able to make it, so my friend, my sister, my nephew all went and they loved it. They have been to last year’s performance and they noticed a great improvement in their special effects and lighting. They enjoyed the musical and they kept on saying how the place was packed! They were sitting in the back, and a lot of noisy kids were sitting around them, so their experience wasn’t as relaxed as last years. We were sitting in really good seats and the kids weren’t annoying. Overall, they loved the play, so reserve your seats before it’s too late.

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عيدكم مبارك وكل عام وانتم بخير

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The Yard’s Designer Collaborative Project

I’m so excited about the new project from The Yard. They’re going to make planners for 2014 with covers designed by any Arab designer. The top 12 designs will be published. So, wish me luck because I’m participating! I’m still working on a few ideas and sketches. I’m not setting high hopes for this, but I’m still giving it a shot.

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For more information visit The Yard’s blog.

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Painting or Photograph

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Photograph by Frans Lanting
This has not been photoshoped.

“While on assignment in Namibia for National Geographic magazine, Frans Lanting captured this surreal landscape image in a location called Dead Vlei. Due to the nature of the lighting in the frame, the photograph appears almost like a painting. It was taken at dawn when the warm light of the morning sun was illuminating a huge red sand dune dotted with white grasses while the white floor of the clay pan was still in shade. It looks blue because it reflects the color of the sky above. Because of the contrast between the shady foreground and the sunlit background Lanting used a two-stop graduated filter, which reduced the contrast.

The perfect moment came when the sun reached all the way down to the bottom of the sand dune just before it reached the desert floor. Lanting used a long telephoto lens and stopped it all the way down to compress the perspective. The colors in the final printed image were true to the scene —the only technical adjustment made was the use of the graduated filter, which only reduces contrast but does not affect the colors of the scene.

This photo looks like a painting to so many people because of the intensity of the sunlight falling only on the dune in the distance, while the foreground is still in early morning shadow, so the trees are almost in silhouette. The dune, called Big Daddy, is almost 1,200 feet tall, and is an intense reddish-orange color, so it creates a mysterious backdrop.”

To read the full article and interview check out National Geographic.

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Smile!

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I spotted this sticker next to Burger Hub and it actually made me smile. I have been noticing a lot of street/sticker art emerging in Kuwait. The best part is that they hold meaningful messages that truly has an effect on people passing by. I really respect the fact that whoever is doing this is not ruining any new buildings or walls. They are placing them on ruined places or on walls that already contain art. This sticker has truly conveyed a positive message, it translates into “smile and the world will smile back”. There should be more of this around Kuwait!

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Design Concept: Instaglasses

Instaglasses: filters for real life.

By instaglasses.com

 

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The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe – The Show

Following the hit production of Peter Pan, threesixty returns to Kensington Gardens to create another enchanting theatrical experience.Open the door to The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, and enter a spectacular world with Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy as they journey through the magical land of Narnia.This major new production  has been created by an award-winning team. C S Lewis’ classic story has been adapted for the stage by Rupert Goold, and the show is co-directed by Goold and Michael Fentiman.

The first instalment in C S Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series, the show combines live theatre and breath-taking special effects performed in a state-of-the art theatre tent.Set against the backdrop of Kensington Palace, this exquisite event promises to be the ultimate summer experience in the park.

I love going to shows in London and I’m thinking of going to this one!

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For3 – Why Are We So Lost

A couple of days ago I posted about For3 (a Kuwaiti rap crew that recently came out). For those of you who missed their song on the FM, this is your chance to listen to it. Their first single is currently available on 4shared.com! It only takes a few seconds to download the song.

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ILoveDoodle

ILoveDoodle is the home studio of illustrator and graphic designer Lim Heng Swee. He has been working as an illustrator since 2003. His clients include Dell, Nike, Gap, and Readers Digest. His work is truly amazing and it puts a smile on my face every time I see it.

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Amy Hildebrand – Blind Photographer

Cincinnati native Amy Hildebrand was born completely blind due to albinism, a disorder in which the body is unable to produce melanin (the pigment that gives color to hair, skin, and eyes). After receiving a special surgery as a teen that drastically improved her eyesight, Hildebrand fell in love with photography and went on to study it in college. While in college, Amy started a project that centered on the early stages of life, where she remembered a lot of vivid colors and shapes. She only chose this subject matter because it was easy for her to work with.

“My style is probably a mix of photojournalism and fantasy photography. Like I said, I try to incorporate my early vision into my work today, so this includes lots of light, shadows and vibrate blurry images. It’s like a dream that has traces of reality, but seen through a certain type of glass.”

She is now a successful commercial photographer and is nearly finished with an ambitious “1000 photos in 1000 days” project she started in 2009. Her mother says that Amy’s albinism is actually an advantage in her photography.

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