Friday, August 31, 2012


I've been looking through movie art posters alot lately. There are some amazing artist who do these often. But in my opinion there is also a bunch who are ruining the movement. Some art is just well... bad, overdone, or simply uninspired.

With that being said... there is a only but a handful of artist who know how to do it. This Total Recall poster I recently found by luck looks amazing. I am a fan of the first movie, but I havent seen the reboot yet. If the movie looks and attracts as much as this poster , you can count me in.

You can purchase it here.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

FORGOTTEN ART- W. 7th and Carondelet St. Los Angeles

This moved me. I had to post this. I will definitely be going here soon. I am currently working on a project that is in need of stockcard paper... but I need recycled paper. And he mentioned it on the video, therefore this works perfectly for me.

Aarvark Letterpress -

McManus & Morgan Paper-

Saturday, July 9, 2011

1 More Shot

I will try this again... its been almost 2 years? since I really placed effort or posted here. There where so many ideas and projects that where to come from Ricecandy....but it was never completed.

I want to give this 1 more shot... even if its just posting here and exposing others creative work.

Thank you all who stopped by in the past... and thank you in advance to all the new viewers.

Sycamores & Cedars


It's isolation alone is calming pause. The day could be longer then usual.

The feel of the images here are as if- there is no rush...we can take all the time in the world to observe... there's no stop sign, or red traffic light in sight. We can create a few minutes of commercials for our visuals if we wish. Nothing but our own advertising to disconnect for a few moments.

Yes...this is what I was looking for tonight since I can't sleep. Something light and almost weightless, but heavy enough to get my attention. Thanks Sycamores & Cedars for the simple yet delightful gallery.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Henry Waltz

I am not guessing in what the direction the movie will be heading into...or anything about the story, but it does not matter. I am sold purely on the imaginative appearance of the animated teaser.

I am loving the broken straight lines and the circular accents all around. I hope the full length film expands the visual concept and leads away from the usual.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Hell Yeah!

Nick Schmidtz just send me over his latest poster design, and I am cycling the display for all of you to see. This is another amazing poster by Nick that seems to follow once again the colors of the season, by bringing reminiscence of a color in a- holiday color palette.

The last post from Nick's work that was presented here on back in February was the "I'm pretty sure I like you a lot" design- that made quite a buzz around the interwebs (yes I did type "interwebs" there's a reason for that), after making its debut here on Ricecandy. Hopefully once again people will appreciate this one as well as before. This is a true testament that Nick has a the right formula to create a stylish cool typography design good enough to print as a poster.

This means: I hope to see one of these posters on my wall to accompany that winning streak moment with a visual affirmation. Hell Yeah!

PS- This poster is screen-printed on French Paper's Pop-tone Hot Fudge (I like the sound of that!, this makes it ever-so-more-exquisite)

"Hell Yeah!" available for purchase at:

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Greno "The Dream"

The Dream is an amazing piece by the artist that goes by the name of Greno (first picture from the top, click to enlarge! ). There is so much for me to say about just this single piece, but after looking through all of his art, I found more important evidences to confirm that Greno really has something going on with his style (as far unique and captivating)

The Dream carries a lot of textures and tones of blue which makes me think of various finishes and weights of denim fabric. All the decorations and dotted touches are in the right places. The square and checkered details add a false sense of dimension but still keep it fun visually. Last but not least, I adore the contrast of all the colors focused in one hand, as if there was a transition ready-to-happen from blue tones- to a full mix of colors about to spread all over her body.

In conclusion... sometimes you need a dysfunctional and messy display in order to regroup and make sense of things. It brings a better focus to what's more interesting or important. Greco’s art presents a good combination of- somewhat messy visuals, incorporated inside a basic portrait drawing. But one can enjoy the more organized details or the less complicated, depending on your taste, but this is what makes it interesting and a joy to look at.

Monday, August 10, 2009

travel photo montages.

since making my own photo montage of my trip through japan (see one post down) i have noticed a trend in this method of recording a journey. by no means am i saying that i pioneered this, as most of the videos i have found since making my own were actually made before my own video, but i just find it interesting that i had never really though about it till now.

anyway, i have 2 amazing photo montage videos to share today. the first one, is called "The Longest Way" and documents Christopher Rehage's 1 year walk across china. i love how much his face changes over that time.

next up, Chris Boardman's daily commute through london is documented in an awesome interactive flash video, which adds a nice three dimensionality to the oft photographed london bridge.

i cant embed this one, so head on over to to check it out.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

hello, people.

hey guys.

i would like to say hello. my name is qwux and i have been asked to be an occasional guest poster here on Rice Candy, and it's probably a good idea to introduce myself so you can all get a feel of where i am coming from.

so the brief history of qwux is as follows. i hate capitals, i just think they are ugly. i am currently studying visual arts at sydney college of the arts, majoring in printmedia. i am addicted to screenprinting, inks and paper. i run a little site called if forever exists (at i love stars and have 3 tattooed on my arm.

here is some of my recent work, if you like it, there is plenty more around!

first up, my major work from last semester - this poster sucks.
by day, i minimalistic typographical poster, by night, something much, much radder. i never knew photographing glow in the dark was so hard. (all glow images are 10 sec exp. for those who want to know.)

next up, the rad squid deck.

this is a short run (5 only) hand screenprinted deck with my character (sqwux the squid) printed on it.

i also dabble in photography, but i am not calling myself a photographer. i recently spent 2 weeks in japan, and here are all the photos i took put into 1 video.

the song is m83's lower your eyelids to die with the sun.

so thats me in a nutshell! i will be posting up a couple of times in the near future, so i hope you enjoi what i share.



ps - feel free to follow me on twitter @qwux

Monday, July 13, 2009

Khristian Mendoza

An obvious representation of photographic work that is steering into a new course from the usual- is the pleasantly distracting “Transparency” set by Khristian Mendoza.

It seems in our current time, what you can-and-can’t-do with photography is non-existent. The restrictions are coming close to a full mute level, and creativity is KING right now. This fantastic set by Khristian Mendoza combines cleverness with illusion, and in other ways then- visually, it literally represents a portal of creativity.

For any of you letting your guard down in creative-photography, there is always someone with an upper-cut of imagination like Khristian Mendoza, ready to wake you up, and stimulate your own work. Though the photographs are simple with the: concept, shots, and materials, they undeniably pack-a-heavy-punch of imagination!

A good decision in the set was the use of a universal language, which were the stencils of well known basic shapes, rather then creating a busy overdone detailed design (which could have easily lost the viewer’s perception)

I can already see it… I can see the legions of imitators… sprouting left-and-right. But before that happens, maybe Khristian can give me a few hints to the recipe of- Transperancy.

(1)Can you tell me about the root that started this idea, and what prompted you to use it with photography?

KM-This wasn’t a well thought idea to begin with, so there was no decision making involved at all. Just one day I brought out the cam and started shooting, and within that time this idea kind of arose, rather than the idea beforehand. I know that’s not so professional but I find that most projects, and more specifically self initiated projects come about from nowhere.

(2)What do you think is more important in photography: originality, style, or well executed results?

KM-Don’t get me wrong, I love photography but I am no expert in it nor am I a photographer. Here and there I come across awesome photo folios that inspire me in what I enjoy. Photography is a whole new dimension to me, because in most cases they are not restricted to a brief and I find most successful photographers have this ability to express themselves through their photography.

(3)To me these photographs are a good transcending example of imagination. What are some of your own personal ethics that are essential to your creations?

KM-I always try to create things that make me happy. If it doesn’t, well then, make it work. That is why I am slightly afraid of entering the industry, concerned that commercial viability will not be my friend.

Khristian Mendoza- 21 years old
Equipment: Everything
Currently living in Melbourne, Australia


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

7 Favorites F.T.M #3

The other entry I was prepared to post is not completed till I receive further notice. But for now... here are some of my favorites I have come across this month.

I will also be including a series of posts under the title of "Dissecting", which will basically describe and break-down the aesthetics, composition, and perspectives of a SINGLE piece in each post. In the post I will explain WHY the image was chosen, and why it's a good example of inspiration. I want this to be more of a- conversation piece, with more interaction, which will compliment the overall opinion of each particular piece in each series.

Basically I want to know and explain why this image works so well and how it translates to us visually. Rather then focusing on a whole collection of a particular artist/creator/photographer, we can focus on a single composition. I will also include notes from the creator/artist/photographer of the image which will aid the examination and opinion.

RICE CANDY will return to its regular schedule posting in the next entry.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009


As liquid pearls descent swiftly -giving into gravity. Your mind is already lip-syncing the “drip” that follows after. But just before that conclusion, Charlotte visually shares a short-story of the drops that where.

In my attempt to bring different styles and techniques to control the variety. I have noticed that sometimes the main attraction can also be the subject and more importantly- what you can create with it (example: the matches/ match boxes used in the Laika video post). In this post Charlotte shares her creative photography captures, which include: timing, color gels, coins, Milk, and paints- that create a colorful display... before, during, and after the splash.

Each shot has its own character. Some droplets play follow-the-leader to a larger drop, while time creates a distance from each other. And in other shots, the arrangements of the drops are somewhat reminiscent of a system in outer space. I can’t help not-be-drawn to these images, as they are quite calming, but at the same time they inspire possibilities in my own creative experiments.

I believe 3 questions are now in order.

(1) I would like to learn a bit about your set-up, equipment and the HiViz quit. And also how all of this comes together to capture these great shots. (I have no idea about any of this nor about the HiViz quit and it would be a great insight for others who don’t either)

C- The basis behind these shots is that you can use the flash pulse to freeze the motion you are trying to capture. A flash can pulse at 1/10,000th of a second or even faster depending on the strength of the flash. This is much fast that most normal shutter speeds. To capture the motion in the manner, you first set-up your equipment (to be described in a moment), turn out the lights, open the shutter, perform whatever action that you are trying to capture and make sure your flash fires while you do it, close the shutter, and see what you have captured. This can be done without much fancy equipment, provided you have enough timing and coordination to try to (if you are going to water drop shots) manually fire the flash at the exact moment the drop hits the surface or pool of liquid. This is hard to do...I’ve tried without much success. The best way is to use some sort of kit to trigger the flash. I use kits from The one I used here is the light activated trigger kit. Basically, you receive a breadboard and a bag of resistors, capacitors, potentiometers, phototransistors, etc...Everything you need to build a circuit that will trigger your flash based on whatever criteria’s you are looking for. There is also a delay built into the circuit so that a drop falling will trigger the circuit, but the flash wont fire until the drop actually hits. As I said, I used the Light Activated circuit, meaning that when light strikes the phototransistor (provided in the kit) the flash is triggered. I have actually done this the hard way, I should have used a photogate trigger, but I couldn't get it to work at the time...fairly certain I fried either the LED or the receiver when I first plugged it in... So, I had to make due for the time being the light activated trigger. To make this work, I took a Laser pen and aimed it directly at the Phototransistor. The flash fires when the light first hits it, but if you leave the laser light pointed at the receiver, it will not fire again until the light is removed and shot at the receiver again. Then, I set up a turkey baster filled with milk, positioned such that any drops that fell would fall through the beam, causing the flash to trigger. The issues I had were that I could not get the droplets to break the beam long enough such that the capacitor had time to recharge (essentially, they weren't breaking the beam long enough to trigger the flash). So I would have to squirt a big stream of milk out of the turkey baster to get the flash to trigger. I was able to get this to work however, at least to an extent, and I eventually was able to be pretty consistent in getting the flash to trigger when I wanted it to. Once the setup was good to go, it was just a matter of picking out food coloring and trying not to make a huge mess. To get the drops to pick up the food coloring, I would just put a drop of two of whatever color(s) I was going for right where I thought the drop from the baster would hit. The surface I was dropping onto was a reflective piece of poster board. At the end of the set containing the high speed shots there are some setup shots with some explanatory notes that you are welcome to use.

(2)Why photograph- drops and liquids?

C-Why not? It’s pretty what happens in such a small length of time. You can't see this reaction with the naked eye and it’s a lot of fun just to see what cool things you can capture. The bright colors and how the milk reacts with them are also very interesting. Also, I am an engineer by profession, so I love projects like this that require me to think outside of the box and figure out how to do things.

(3)The best experience through experimenting so far has been?

C-The best experience is probably going through all of the setup and work, and then sitting back and looking at the LCD screen after every shot to see what I have captured. Every shot is different, some work and some don't, but it’s always a surprise.

Charlotte-23 years old
Equipment: Nikon D60 with 18-200mm lens, SB-600 speedlight
Currently living in Florida


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Chiara Bautista

Dream-weaving via her imagination into a graphic illustration- is the work presented above by Artist/illustrator Chiara Bautista.

Although it might appear that Chiara’s work seems to root from what is meaningful to her at the moment of creation. Her unique style, references, and symbolic details are what really interested me the most.

Chiara infuses several elements with its own personality and charm that definitely changes the entire theme of the art piece. From a heart-shaped cassette, to octopi tentacles.One cannot ignore these meaningful details in her art, as they add a lot to the total value of her composition.

To know a little more about what goes behind the mechanism of Chiara's creativity, I will share with you the few thoughts I stole from her in response to my questions.

(1)How much does your personal life and emotions affect or influence
your artwork?

CB-... A fair amount, I usually add and take out pieces, or change the composition of an illustration depending on the things happening around me while I'm working.... like the songs I'm listening to, or how good or bad my day was. I think this kind of stuff happens to everybody. At the end we all put a little (or a lot) of ourselves on everything we do.

(2)What is the meaning behind the birds in your art? (I noticed 2
types, can you please tell me what they represent)

CB-The black ones, showing their skeleton, are all those doubtful thoughts that cross your mind when you're about to make a relevant decision. The white one is that thing -or person- you want the most.

(3) Which are your favorite colors of inspiration?

CB-I like black, green, blue and brown. I usually start working with a basic palette of matte colors, and then add some contrast with a bright color, and for this, my favorite is pink.

Chiara Bautista- 33 years old.
Art tools-Adobe Photoshop, Adobe illustrator, Freehand MX, Ink, Pencil, and acrylics.
Currently living in Tucson, Arizona.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Guillaume Blanchet

As photography and art continues to get amplified by the internet, great creative videos are also being hatched by the dozens every month. One of the main platforms for this immense wave of new creations being shared on the internet is due to the incubation from sites like Vimeo.

For me Vimeo is like a vitamin that jolts my creativity whenever I need it. But in the other hand, there’s also an overflow of repetitive work displayed there, which gets me a bit hesitant about hitting that play button on new videos that get uploaded constantly. But once-in-a-while I am glad to hit that “I>” button because it’s such a joy for me to find a hidden jewel amongst the many. Such a find can be quite exciting and exhilaration for me, and can quickly turn into a small addictive viewing session. One of those recently fabulous finds comes from French creator- Guillaume Blanchet, in a stop-motion animation video.

Laika- is a 3 min animation Guillaume Blanchet created using matches & match boxes; this video was produced to celebrate the 10th birthday of a famous bar in Montreal (The Laïka). For those of you who may not know- Laïka originally was the name of the first earthling ever sent to space (a female dog). This was in Russia, back in 1957. Not only did Guillaume create a fun animation video, but he also unified the meaning behind the name, plus an actual object from the bar, which then coordinated with the song perfectly.

From the very beginning of the video there’s hints of a visual fun ride. It starts with one creation- creating another, and another, which takes you step-by-step through a small voyage. Guillaume also displays various stop-motion techniques which makes him look like a magician by using basic, and hard-to-figure-out animation tricks.

Whether the internet has created a platform for a new “creative renaissance” or if this is simply the age of the “click-shoot-n-post” generation, I am glad that creativity overall is in a good positive evolving phase. It could get better; it could get boring, overdone, damaged or ruined. But I have confidence we are headed in the right direction. And someone like Guillaume is proof of this.

Now to learn a bit more about the process from Guillaume.

(1)Can you tell us the average amount of pictures and hours spent in this project?

GB- It took me about a month to run some tests, including the on-and-off time. But overall I would say it took me between 40 and 60 hours. For the record, I had the “chance” to have my tonsils removed. Therefore, I spent two weeks out of the agency, at home. As for the pictures, it is tough to estimate as well, I believe it was about 3000(The original version is a little bit longer).

(2)What was the main approach and idea behind Laika?

GB- I live above the Laïka bar. It’s like the extension of my own apartment. The owner (a friend of mine) once had those genuine match boxes sent from Japan. And since he decided to celebrate the 10th birthday of his bar, I asked him to give me ten of those boxes (one for each year). I first tried to see everything that I could do with them in a technical way. Then I followed by writing a script, and after that… it was all just patience :-)

(3)The most important perspective you strive to demonstrate people who view your work is…?

GB-This video was actually very simple and low-cost: 10 boxes, maybe 200 matches, a blue paper and a pair of scissors. I love to be impressed by things that are technically over my understanding - like 3D animation – On the other hand, I also love what comes out of simplicity: everyone understands how it’s made. Simplicity in execution has a nice sharing dimension, because people end up realizing that somehow, they could have done it too.

Guillaume Blanchet- 32 years old
Equipment- Canon Rebel XTI
Materials- Match boxes ( made in Japan!!)
Currently living in Montréal, Canada

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Steve Wilson

Some dishes are best served cold. And some photos are best served- resisting stability (or full definition). A sample-taste of this type of delicacy is today’s special, which is a colorful interpretation of- an evening at the carnival, by Steve Wilson.

During the day I take several breaks to get away from the desk and my work. I walk around, stretch and view other things completely unrelated to my work. It would be nice to have a daily break where I can just open a door (secretly, hidden in my closet) that gives me immediate access to a fun night at the carnival (especially ala Steve Wilson’s perspective).

The common quality presented across all of these photos are enticing enough to day-dream for a few minutes, at the very least. Each photo well describes the fun factor experience in a carnival. And punctuating the visuals are sprinkles-of-light, where one can measure the speed of joy.

The main appealing substance of this set was that it never lost focus of the theme. And even though that door doesn’t exist, I will settle for the visual play-escape Steve has offered in his photography.

To complete the inspiration and see it through Steve's point-of-view, he was kind enough to answer the following questions.

(1)You work creating graphic illustrations and 3D designs.
Are there any qualities in all of this that influences your

SW: I think the creative “eye” is present for both my illustrations (3D and 2D) and my photography. That being said I feel that my 3D design work (day job) actually benefits more from my photography than the other way around. Working in 3D you use a lot of virtual lighting and cameras to get the “shot”.

(2)The punch of color you expect from a carnival was
present in this set. What other elements where you attracted
to at the carnival?

SW: The lights and rides was what first attracted me to shoot at the small carnival. It was set up close to my mom’s house (a very small carnival with only a few rides) but a lot of fun to shoot. The most important thing is that it's fun. I just enjoy photography.

(3)What interests you the most about photography overall?

SW: B&W, IR and extreme color is what excites me in photography. I am drawn to images that are there, but are not something that can be seen with the naked eye.

Steve Wilson-49 years old.
Equipment- Canon 5d Mark II, Lensbaby Composer
Currently living in Fort Worth,TX and working as a 3D Graphic Illustrator.

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