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Simon Vanderveen
Nashville
I'm an introvert and expression is something I'm learning.
Interests: music, video games., satire, looking at others' art, intelligent discussion
Recent Activity
Okay, so if you haven't seen last week's question, I've been debating switching blogging platforms for money and design reasons. I've decided to switch platforms to Wordpress, not a legitimate hosted blog, but a .wordpress blog. I think it will suffice at least for now. So, if you're still following this, be sure to add the feed for my new site in your readers or regularly visit my new site. It can be found here: http://uncoolshoes.wordpress.com/ Note: I'll be deleting this page within a week, so don't expect anything new. Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2010 at Uncool Shoes
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"Maxwell Loren Holyoke-Hirsch is an illustrator living in San francisco, California. He is always interested in a good challenge and thoroughly enjoys solving problems visually." says his website. Maxwell's artwork is very unique in the sense of accurate emotional transition through visual representation. He's done plenty of work for multiple sources including The Submarines album art, The Washington Post, The New York Times, among many others. Be sure to check Maxwell's site for more artwork and contact information. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2010 at Uncool Shoes
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I have little information on these due to my source not being in English. These cards have exaggerated artwork displaying the evils of early 1900's leaders. Babs71 (and pg. 2) via: BiblOdyssey's tweet. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2010 at Uncool Shoes
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I love Jim Bradshaw's artwork, mainly becuase I love cartoons and animation and this brings memories and simultaneous wishes for/of a cartoon of this sort. I love the variation of his artwork and should be seen by you as well, be sure to check out his Flickr and Blog. Thanks to Doodlers Anonymous for the awesome find. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2010 at Uncool Shoes
I have somewhat of a personal conundrum on my hands. Would you like to hear my issue? Oh, well you're reading it anyway. I started writing/blogging on this Typepad for two reasons, first of which would be for personal enjoyment, I love finding artwork and such on the internet and showing people who are willing to look. Secondly, for experience in which I would day work for a bigger site (e.g. Drawn!) or evolving my personal site. I've thoroughly enjoyed seeing the small comments of feedback and the two (yes, TWO!) people who have me subscribed as RSS. But, it's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2010 at Uncool Shoes
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Can you recognize these figures? In order they're: the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, a "Wild Thing" from Where The Wild Things Are, and finally "Bone Claw" Wolverine of the X-Men. They're made by a sculptor who goes by the name "Sid". He custom designs 'Mighty Muggs' to a character of your choice. Be sure to check out more of his "Mugging" and illustrative work. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2010 at Uncool Shoes
The preceding video is a teaser for an indie mobile game entitled 'Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery'. I took note of this due to the great artwork and score in the trailer. 'S:S&S' is an IGF finalist for achievement in art and personally, well worth the praise. Be sure to find out more about the game and the developer on their site. Via Attract Mo.de Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2010 at Uncool Shoes
You seem surprised? And yes, very charming.
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These illustrations come from a Swedish songbook dubbed "Våra Visor" or "Our Songs" in English. If you look through the Flickr set full of artwork from this book you may find some recognizable nursery rhymes, which was neat for me to find that a lot of things will transcend location. I really dig the art, originally drawn by Ylva Källström-Eklund. I have no where to link to for this illustrator because of her sad passing in 1988, but there's a blog showcasing more of her work here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2010 at Uncool Shoes
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Jan 28, 2010
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Photographers superimposing photos from the past over present day scenery. It's really amazing how well the photos fit within the current scenery. Be sure to find more of these photos and information about the great photographers on This Blog Rules. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2010 at Uncool Shoes
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Canabalt, my favorite iPhone game tied Doodle Jump (iTunes link), now has a purchasable soundtrack. First off, if you haven't heard of Canabalt it's great iPhone game that's very worthy of your purchase. It's in the style of endurance/never ending genres of iPhone gaming and like other games must be played to be fully explained. One of it's essential factors was it's amazing soundtrack. Destructoid reports, that the five-song soundtrack is available here for a modest $3 or more if you like. Both the soundtrack and the game are definitely worth checking out - find Canabalt on the iTunes App... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2010 at Uncool Shoes
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Yes, that's a confused Larry David. The lame title of this post is due to the shear indescribable nature of Matthew Gubler's art. It's all hand drawn and as evidenced on his "webpage" sometimes drawn on somewhat unconventional materials. Some may find his artwork a bit scary or repulsive but I enjoy it and find it notable. Be sure to check Matthew's interactive website for more artwork and other media information. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2010 at Uncool Shoes
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Jan 25, 2010
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Don Kenn's art work reminds me a bit of Maurice Sendak's work in the famed book Where The Wild Things Are. Most of his artwork found on his blog contains a lot of ghosts and ghouls, but his illustrative styling really brings a sense of wonder and uniqueness of a childrens picture book. Awesome. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2010 at Uncool Shoes
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(A summation of me) A bug and a mug, snug in a rug. Luke Pearson's artwork has a real retro-cuteness to it and invokes a joy within me of Saturday morning cartoons. Be sure to follow Luke on Twitter and check up on his Blog, Flickr, and Deviant Art profile. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2010 at Uncool Shoes
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Jan 23, 2010
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Jan 23, 2010
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Matthew Lyons' series of fictional movie posters really amaze me. My personal favorite being "The Light-Fingered Raw Material Fiddler." There's definitley more to see of his work and inspiration over on his blog, Flickr, and Tumblr. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2010 at Uncool Shoes
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This album art was made for a band named mewithoutYou. I'd say they're a variation of indie-rock, playing well orchestrated songs of hope and shared ideals in an unforced manner. The illustrations are in order of age (youngest is first) and each hold a special place in my heart because of repeated listens to each record. I hope you enjoy both the art and the music. mewithoutYou's Amazon and Lala links. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2010 at Uncool Shoes
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Possibly my favorite Flickr group ever, The League of the Empty Chair is a collection of photos including only "misplaced" chairs. From the odd placings to the seemingly "normal" settings of chairs of all sorts. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2010 at Uncool Shoes
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Jan 22, 2010
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Everyone's played it. Some would argue it's the greatest game of all-time. Whether you play it casually on your cellphone or have an arcade machine in your dimly-lit basement, everyone who's played Tetris should agree that it is at least one of the best puzzle video games ever made. EA had announced today that the mobile version of the much-loved puzzler has been purchased and downloaded 100 million times since 2005. This is staggering. Including the rampant iPhone and other smartphone piracy should make it even more crazy. This is only the mobile platform, not including the Desktop and console... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2010 at Uncool Shoes
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In a series by Marty Coleman, so aptly titled 'The Napkin Drawings', is simply beautiful. Each napkin seems to have a neat quote relating to each drawing. I may not be the only person to buy custom napkins of these sort. Find napkin drawings more on his Flickr and his personal blog-The Napkin Dad Daily. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2010 at Uncool Shoes
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Jan 20, 2010