Laurelle Armet

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Ever heard of the saying, to wear many hats? As strange as it sounds it is often the case with creative beings– individuals who dabble in more than one creative pot. Artists may tinker with music, filmmakers with acting, while performers and musicians may indulge themselves with words and all the pleasures of writing. I personally, have my hands sunk deep into several pots: visual art, graphic design, creative writing, film and surprisingly– music, in the most unconventional way. 

I am an introvert at heart, shy by nature and picky when it comes to words. My opinions, ideas and arguments are strategically thought out and delivered with confidence. I'm not one to react on impulse but rather on careful evaluation of a situation. Writing comes easily to me and I often find my emotions are better expressed and interpreted through writing. This is why I believe I have such a strong connection to music and have the ability to gather inspiration from it. Lyrics carefully crafted and put together to instruments that tell a story that I may not have been able to express myself. Drum beats that put a bounce in my step, ideas sparked by other's encouraging guitar riffs. 

2014 was a wonderful year. I graduated university with my degree, travelled to Europe and nailed my first major contracting job. Each moment had a theme, and a song to go with it. Each life event marked by the lyrics, emotions and sounds of artists that just seemed to get me. In 2014 I began to challenge myself more consistently as a designer and an artist. I designed and launched this website and blog and I stepped into the real world of graphic design. With their relatable lyrics, catchy beats, and intricate instrumentals and these artists were my cheerleaders, my inspiration, motivation and my soundtrack to success.

Timeflies - After Hours
Ed Sheeran - X
Maroon 5 - V
Taylor Swift - 1989
Hoodie Allen - People Keep Talking

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Nailed It

 
Human Resources

Human Resources

Spanish artist, Luis Quiles, also known as Gunsmithcat on DeviantArt.com portrays the uglier sides of our society in his latest project. In this series Quiles challenges a range of controversial issues varying from censorship, corruption, sexism, homophobia, vanity and violence. His edgy and bold style, relatable subjects, paired with his artistic talents and daring nerve make you question our modern world.

Below are just a few exerts from his expansive series. Whether it's force feeding our youth with cheap fast food, the social media craze, financial money sharks, or the inability to voice ones opinion without consequence, each one targets a specific theme within society. The messages can't be ignored and each is raw, honest and scandalous.

It's hard to look at each illustration and not reflect on our current society. It's even harder to not become inspired and motivated to not contributes to these themes within society through one's own art and design. Why add to the garbage that floats around this world. Why tell our children that it's okay to pay $1.50 for deep fried crap? Why should we tell girls to use their bodies to get what they want? Why would I want future generations to be attached to their mobile devices and their reflections?

I don't.

Luis Quiles' project is a nice, fresh breath of honest air. We all know these problems and themes exist but it's refreshing when someone slaps you in the face with the cold truth, forcing your eyes open to the darker sides of humankind.

I think he #NAILEDIT

Fast Food Initiation

Fast Food Initiation

Censure Killed The Meaning Of Art

Censure Killed The Meaning Of Art

The I-Phonekkake

The I-Phonekkake

The Exhibitionist

The Exhibitionist

Kid Soldier

Kid Soldier

Big Fish

Big Fish

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

 

I was simply having a wonderful Christmas time as I conquered my latest Christmas themed goal! Greetings cards. For quite some time I have wanted to make cards. But like many other things, birthdays and holidays come and they went. Again and again I found myself at Walmart or Halmark picking out cards. Why? I asked myself. I am a creative person. I have the tools and knowledge to create some fun designs. Why haven't I attempted this yet?

For one, quickly zipping to the store and grabbing an already made card is a lot quicker than conceptualizing a design, getting it printed and them delivering it to the recipient. This year, regardless of the time it took to get it done, I was determined. And succeed.

I'm very happy with how they turned out and am even inspired to keep the ball rolling and make my own birthday cards! It may be cheaper to get store bought cards. But I think its the thought and effort that counts with homemade cards. Stay tuned for more cards and have yourself a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!