Inspiration

Very Interesting Guitars by Ben Simon

Sometimes I like to be Old School and go to a library to check out magazines and books randomly. Last week in my magazine research I stumbled upon a very interesting photo of a guitar designed and built by Ben Simon. So I E-mailed him and asked for more info and permission to share his works in 4Dfrog.com. So this is what he wrote me back. Thank you Ben Simon and good luck with your creative and interesting Guitars.

“I learned woodworking in a furniture shop in North Carolina. I started building guitars in ’06 and in ’07 my band, “Get the People” (myspace.com/getthepeople) went to Europe twice with guitars and basses that I built. I now live in Brooklyn and am a member of 3rd Ward (3rdward.com), where I have full access to a wood shop. I have recently got my first commission – an all old growth heart pine electric guitar with built in casio keyboard and sound effects machine!

The first guitar came from experimenting with all different kinds of wood. I was making a lot of cutting boards at that time, some that were kind of out there… An electric guitar body is basically a cutting board. Nothing is missing from those you can buy. My stuff is just generally angular and weird and above all they are so fun to make! My great teacher, David Tronzo told me that the natives – the tribesmen built their instruments around themselves, what sounds that particular individual was drawn to make… He told me this a long time ago, and I guess that every musician does this without thinking about it. I’m kinda like a special needs kid in this way.

Standard woodworking tools is what I use. The router is important.

I was trained in general woodworking by these great men – burchcompanywoodstudio.com. Of course I look online, but the main thing I did was take apart an electric guitar and copy the individual parts. “

myspace.com/getthepeople

flickr.com/bensimonmusic


Guitar Design-Ben Simon
Guitar Design-Ben Simon
Guitar Design-Ben Simon
Guitar Design-Ben Simon
Guitar Design-Ben Simon
Guitar Design-Ben Simon
Guitar Design-Ben Simon
Guitar Design-Ben Simon
Guitar Design-Ben Simon
Guitar Design-Ben Simon
Guitar Design-Ben Simon

Crossroads of Humanity by Doze Green in Las Vegas!

This is a beautiful work from Doze Green (American, b.1964) in Aria Tram Station City Center, Las Vegas, NV.
15 Feet x 26 Feet inches.
Photographed by myself yesterday.

Doze Green Speaks in a unique creative voice from the collective consciousness-applying a symbolist approach to metaphysical concepts. Often compared to Basquiat, his urban background and involvement in the early hip-hop graffiti movement of NYC in the late 70’s, early 80’s, led him to transition from creating art in the streets and subways into the gallery setting. Green’s signature aesthetic combines stylized letterform and figurative abstraction.

Using an art of mediums such as link, gouache, and metallic pigments with an evolved, organic cubist quality to his high-contrast fluid line work. The artist’s genealogy inspires many of the themes explored therein, influenced by ancient civilizations and indigenous cultures, including his own Afro-Caribbean roots. The totem-lke human and animal figures are conceptually based on various polytheistic deities. There divinities represent sentinels guardians of universal truths, immortal warriors warning mankind of the dangers contemporary society has manifested, looming on the horizon and threatening to destroy us.

Vintage Toy Robot Series-Great Inspiration for Toy Designers

I stumbled upon these robots yesterday online. I like vintage toys. We designers always need inspiration to stay update and sometimes even very old stuff could be a great inspiration tool. Sometimes even with some minor modification you can create completely new looking product. think about how you can give them a new life.

Also since there are different views of each robot, it is great for those who are practicing 3D modeling. Robots are always good subject for 3D modeling and usually the outcome is interesting. If this inspired you and you’ve created something nice based on these robots, do not forget to share it with us. Just leave a comment with your link, and special thanks to Seeman, who took these pictures and morguefile.com

Vintage Toy Robot
Vintage Toy Robot
Vintage Toy Robot
Vintage Toy Robot
Vintage Toy Robot
Vintage Toy Robot
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Vintage Toy Robot
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Vintage Toy Robot
Vintage Toy Robot
Vintage Toy Robot

Transformers Web Collection

I’m a gadget lover, real gadget and to me nothing is cooler than transformer toys. Transformers in entertainment industry are completely different from toy industry. Basically in entertainment industry concept designer will come up with so many cool ideas that they could live in the movie, but the fun really begins when product designer and engineers trying to make a toy out of those transformers. Here is a small web collection of some transformer concepts and toys that I found in different sites. I hope you like this.
























Mirror-Bearer Mexico or Guatemala; Maya 6th century-4 Views

To me, always ancient arts are very inspiring. They are so pure. This sculpture is in Metropolitan Museum NYC. And below is the museum description. Hope you like it.

“Royal in its posture, this beautifully dressed figure probably once displayed a mirror between its knees and raised arms. The mirror would have been made of sections of iron pyrite polishes to a dark sheen. When set a wood or stone frame, the pyrite sections provided a reflective surface, the chief use of which was divinatory. Mirror were precious objects, and one big enough and elegant enough to be held by this imposing figure was as significant as its holder. The mirror bearer would have presented the mirror only to powerful Maya personages for its auguries. The mirror-bearer is sumptuously dressed in a kilt, or hip clot, with a patterned band and fringe along the bottom. The kilt is kept in place by a wide belt of a different pattern, carefully tied at the waist. A long sash of similar decoration is worn across the shoulders and tied at each side. The jewelry consists of grand ears ornaments that begin with spools in the ears and cascade down to the shoulders, ending in long-nosed profile heads. On the chest a small mask like ornament is held aloft by the mirror-bearer’s joined hands.

Maya Sculpture-Mexico or Guatemala-6th Century

Maya Sculpture-Mexico or Guatemala-6th Century


Maya Sculpture-Mexico or Guatemala-6th Century

Maya Sculpture-Mexico or Guatemala-6th Century-Metropolitan Museum of Art-NYC


Maya Sculpture-Mexico or Guatemala-6th Century

Maya Sculpture-Mexico or Guatemala-6th Century-Metropolitan Museum of Art-NYC


Maya Sculpture-Mexico or Guatemala-6th Century

Maya Sculpture-Mexico or Guatemala-6th Century-Metropolitan Museum of Art-NYC

Some Inspiration-American Museum of Natural History-NYC

Going to museum is nice. I think it can give any artist lots of inspiration. if you ever go to New York, do not miss it.
www.amnh.org
79 Street And Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 769-5100

Toy’s R US- Time Square-NYC -2010

Just a little trip to Toy’s R Us, Time Square. I love all the big models there, specially Big Transformer.

Ron Arad- No Discipline-MOMA-NYC-2009

These are my own photos of Ron Arad Exibition in MOMA last summer. I love the chair.

Star Fruit

This is Just beautiful. I wish I had a chance to try it as as kid, I would probably enjoy it 135 times more, but still I enjoy it as well.  I love nature and for me it is the best source of inspiration.

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