Question Everything???

Question Everything
Question Everything

Simple minimalist art depicting my one rule in life that i will not break. Question Everything! Look carefully, it’s a Q and an E. By questioning everything you can avoid so many of lifes pitfalls and prevent yourself becoming just another consumerist sheep.

Below are a few of my views and how i question them (Not everyone will agree… and thats good).

NEWS/MEDIA
If you believe everything that the news tells you, you will likely become a nervous wreck. Good news does not sell. Sensationalism sells! News reports generally have an ‘angle’ that has been simplified so the (dumb) masses understand. Before you react to what you see, try to consider some of the other angles. Even the most horendous things that happen in the world have more aspects than what a reporter will tell you. Look at all the facts and make your own, considered opinion.

FASHION
Yes, it’s pretty… sometimes. But do you really need to change everything you own to keep up with trends or are you being affected by magazines, advertising and friends?

POLITICS
I don’t trust any politician, from any party. I don’t believe that they ever make any real difference. Promises are made to get into power and when in power they are almost never followed through. No long term workable plans will ever be put into practice as they are not immediately quantifiable. Goals in politics are all short term as a party may not be in power long enough to take credit for any long term successes. When a politician pushes an idea, just stop and consider why he is saying what he is saying. Is he trying to be popular, contrare to other parties, or are they just trying to improve their own personal profile?

ADVERTISING & CONSUMERISM
A big hate in my life is advertising. It is just in your face, all the time trying to make you feel bad about yoursel unless you have the latest things or look a certain way. Adverts are not entertainment, they are offensive and intrusive and only there to make you spend your hard earned.  All special offers are still heavilly weighted in favour of the seller. Buying something because its on special offer is only a bargain if you were going to buy it anyway. If you bought it because it was on special, you fell for their tricks, hook line and sinker. Pause and consider, do i really need this outfit?/CD?/game?/DVD?/go large? or am i just buying it ‘because’?

COMIC SANSQuestion why any person or establishment would use such an ugly typeface. It has no place in civilized society.

RELIGION
I have looked into religion in some depth and have not seen one shred of evidence that there is any truth in an all seeing God or gods. To follow a religion you basically have whole heartedly accept an undeniable truth of which there is no proof. Looking at facts, religion has caused more wars, destroyed more history and held back the advancement of the human race by hundreds, if not thousands of years.
Just to avoid any confusion, religion has nothing to do with morals. Morals can be taught without trying to instill fear in a person. Preaching religion as far as i can see is preaching fear. That fear is intended to control and manipulate the weak minded.

PEOPLE AND RACE
All people are equal. No one is better than anyone else. Your validity and importance in life should not come down to rank, job title, colour, education or religion. People are basically the same, where ever they are from and whatever they do. Question what you have been taught, without prejudous, and that is the only real conclusion.

Okay, i may have gone a little deep there, and I fully understand that you, as the reader, will not agree with everything i have written. That is a good thing.

Question Everything…. and make your ‘OWN’ considered opinions.

Comments welcome.

Star Wars – May the 4th be with you (22 pics)

may the 4th

As a tribute to May 4th, I’ve compiled some of my Star Wars art. I’ve also added some fun, unusual facts. Some I didn’t know until today. As a big Star Wars fan (Not the prequels – they don’t count) I like that there is still so many random things I don’t know. May the Force be with you.

Please visit my society6 store where you can purchase prints, canvases and throw cushions of these works and others. If you are from the UK visit my art shop site where you can get high quality prints quality controlled by myself at Mono Wave Art. If there are any artworks here that you don’t see available just send me a message and i’ll sort something out.

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starwars yoda
starwars yoda

Yoda Fact – Yoda was intended to be  his second name. His first name was going to be Minch. Minch Yoda – Weird.

yoda pantone swatch art
yoda pantone swatch art
boba fett pantone swatch art
boba fett pantone swatch art

Boba Fett Fact – The braided ropes Boba wears around his shoulders are made from the pelts of Wookiees that he’d killed.

starwars boba fett
starwars boba fett
stormtrooper pantone swatch art
stormtrooper pantone swatch art

Stormtrooper Fact – In the US it has been ruled that the Stormtrooper armour design is under copyright. However a 2011 UK court decision considered it to be industrial design, which is only protected for 15 years, and thus the armor is now in the public domain, but only in the UK.

starwars storm trooper
starwars stormtrooper
starwars r2d2
starwars r2d2

R2D2 Fact – In ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ R2D2 makes an unlikely cameo in the form of ancient hieroglyphics.

r2d2 pantone swatch art
r2d2 pantone swatch art
imperial guard pantone swatch art
imperial guard pantone swatch art

Emporers Guards Fact – The Imperial Red guards apparently concealed armour, more advanced than a Stormtroopers under their robes. Not too tough really as Stormtrooper armour doesn’t allow much mobility or visibility and doesn’t protect from blasters.

starwars imperial guard
starwars imperial guard
starwars han solo
starwars han solo

Han Solo Fact – Kurt Russell almost got the part of Han Solo. Nick Nolte, Billy Dee Williams, Burt Reynalds, and Chrisopher Walken also auditioned for the part. Harrison Ford was not even allowed to audition until late in the process

han solo pantone swatch art
han solo pantone swatch art
starwars death star
starwars death star

Death Star Fact – In the Italian version of Star Wars, the Death Star is called “Morte Nera”, which literally means “Black Death”.

starwars death star
starwars death star
vader pantone swatch art
vader pantone swatch art

Darth Vader Fact – Vader never says, “Luke, I am your father.”

starwars darth vader
starwars darth vader
chewbacca pantone swatch art
chewbacca pantone swatch art

Chewbacca Fact – Chewy is a Wookiee (Wookiee has two E’s, OMG, I really shoul’ve known that.)

starwars chewvacca
starwars chewvacca
c3p0 pantone swatch art
c3p0 pantone swatch art

C3P0 Fact – Although mainly gold, C3PO had a silver right leg. Never noticed this back in the 80s when I was a kid.

starwars c3p0
starwars c3p0
jabba pantone swatch art
jabba pantone swatch art

Jabba Fact – Voice actor, Larry Ward speaks Jabba’s Huttese in Return of the Jedi. He is not credited for his work.

Emporer Fact – Simply, that he frightened the crap out of me in 1983.

emporer pantone swatch art
emporer pantone swatch art – scary

‘Pantatooine’ Starwars art is created using a 40 x40 grid of 1600 (one thousand six hundred – Phew!!) swatches each. The swatch choice for each square is an average colour of that section of the photograph or scene. Close up each square is simply a Pantone (Pantatooine) swatch, From a distance, the whole image is revealed in detail.

The simple stylized minimalist illustrations are created in Adobe Illustrator. My concept was to restrain the images to a square (intended to go on cushions etc.) and use flat colours. No gradients or shading allowed.

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Prints and such available from my society6 store. (will be updating soon.)

Top quality art prints can be bought at my own art shop Mono Wave Art. UK only at the moment.

Heart String Art

heart string

Created as a single continuous vector path in Adobe illustrator. My ‘Heart String’ art has an almost knitted feel. Designed to appear as though you could unpick and unravel the line to leave nothing but the empty page.

Would be interesting to see how this image would look actually created out of stitched string. Unfornutaly i’m not fantastic with a needle. I prefer pushing pixels and bending vectors.

Please check out my older posts for more geometric illustrator art. All questions and comments are welcome. I’d love to know what people think.

Check out my sound wave art project at mono wave art. Waveform art from recorded sound can be commisioned.

Feng Shui Cube Art

feng shui compass
feng shui compass

Feng Shui is believed to use the laws of heaven and earth to improve your life. Feng Shui literally translates as “wind-water”.

Each direction on the Feng Shui compass represents certain aspects of life and can, (with a little research and knowledge – or Google) be used as a reference to construct a more harmonious life. If you want to know more, try Google 🙂

Personally, I really love the simplicity of Feng Shui and especially love the compass direction symbols and meanings.

My version of the Feng Shui compass are deriritive of my love of cubes, squares and colour.

Note: Feng Shui compass is upside down? (Weird?) South at the top? Huh?.

 

feng shui South
feng shui South

LI – South – Represents your Fame, the element fire and the colour red.

feng shui south west
feng shui south west

K’UN – South West – Represents your Relationships and marriage and the colour orange.

feng shui west
feng shui west

TUI – West – Represents Children/Creativity/Future, the element metal and the colour white.

feng shui north west
feng shui north west

CH’IEN – North West – Represents Helpful people/travel and the colour grey.

feng shui north
feng shui north

 

K’AN – North – Represents your career, the element water and the colour black.

feng shui north east
feng shui north east

KEN – North East – Represents knowledge/spirituality and the colour blue.

feng shui east
feng shui east

CHEN – East – Represents your family, the element wood and the colour green.

feng shui south east
feng shui south east   

SUN – South east – Represents your wealth, the element water and the colour purple.

Would love to live a simple, more basic life but unfortunately i seem to just gather….well…. things. I know a lot of the stuff i hang onto is really just clutter but i just cant seem to to throw the stuff out.

Recently tried to have a bit of a clear out but still have waaaaay too much random stuff. Moving flat in next few months and dreading it. Gonna be a big job.

All comments are welcome.

Please visit my personalised Sound wave art shop at Mono Wave Art or my Society6 shop for random geeky prints and cushions. Might add Feng Shui prints and cushions in the future. If you’d like anything, just ask and i’ll sort you out. Cheers. 🙂

Doctor Who Minimalist Art – 6 pics

dr who tardis
dr who tardis

Today I present to all my geeky friends my minimalist art Doctor Who series. Prints, cushions etc are available at my Society6 shop – click!!

All Dr Who pieces are designed as squares. Part of a soft furnishing project that will launch on my soundwave art website, Mono Wave Art, hopefully in the near future.

Above – The beautiful, blue and illogical Tardis. Larger on the inside, than it is on the outside. (Complete opposite to my freezer. hmmm.)

Tardis - Doctor Who Framed Art Print Tardis - Doctor Who Throw Pillow Tardis - Doctor Who iPhone Case

CYBERMAN

dr who cyberman
dr who cyberman

Possibly one of my favourite characters are the Cybermen. Not Easy the fit nicely onto a square. Some jiggery pokery took place to make it look right.

Cyberman - Doctor Who Throw Pillow Cyberman - Doctor Who Framed Art Print

DALEK – RED

dr who dalek red
dr who dalek red

The classic Dalek. Terrifying to all children, even grown up ones like me. Fortunately, I live in an upstairs flat so Daleks cant get to me-Phew!.

Dalek Red - Doctor Who Throw Pillow Dalek Red - Doctor Who Framed Art Print Dalek Red - Doctor Who iPhone Case

IMPOSSIBLE ASTRONAUT

dr who impossible spaceman
dr who impossible spaceman

The impossible spaceman is a recent character. Something about a skeleton in a spacesuit is slightly disconcerting.

Impossible Astronaut - Doctor Who Throw Pillow Impossible Astronaut - Doctor Who Framed Art Print Impossible Astronaut - Doctor Who iPhone & iPod Skin

ADIPOSE

dr who Adipose
dr who Adipose

Adipose – Unbearably cute but again terrifying ‘fat cell’ monsters. Who the hell at the BBC comes up with these things.

DALEK – GREEN

dr who dalek green
dr who dalek green

Pimp my Dalek. Also available in a sexy shade of green. Other colours available on request 🙂

Like my Doctor Who art? …. Why not buy a print from Society6 or send me a message. I’m more than happy to create or adjust artworks on request.

All my Dr Who Art was created in Adobe Illustrator and intentionally restricted to squares as part of an ongoing project.

Football (Soccer) Minimalism

england 4 germany 2 1966
england 4 germany 2 1966

Minimalist football art. I originally created art based on stats in the game such as shots, corners, fouls etc. Although interesting, they just looked a little too busy. On its most basic level the only statistic that matters is who scores the most goals. The final artworks are simple and aesthetically considered adaptations of some fantastic games of football(it’s football – not soccer).

(above) On home turf this World Cup final had everything, global rivalry, controversial decisions, six goals…. and most importantly a win for the better side. In front of a packed Wembley 98,000 people witnessed England lifting the trophy after 2 goals in extra time to make it 4-2.

Unfortunately, Germany are now a much better side than England and they have got their own back in too many major tournaments for me to mention.

germany 3 italy 4 1970
Germany 3 Italy 4 1970

The 1970 semi final between Italy and West Germany in the Estadio Azteca, Mexico City is known as the ‘Game of the Century’. Italy led from the 8th minute only for Germany to score on the 90th minute to take it into extra time (so far, so normal). Two exhausted sides battled it out for the remaining 30 minutes scoring 5 goals between them. Final score West Germany 3 – Italy 4.

liverpool 3 milan 3 2005
liverpool 3 milan 3 2005

A great night for Liverpool as they lifted the 2005 Champions League Trophy. Milan were favourites before the match and looked like they were going to coast it after taking the lead in the first minute. Two more milan goals and it was all but done as they went into the half time break 3 goals the better. Liverpool made changes to their formation and in an amazing six minute spell score 3 goals to make it level at 3 – 3. It remained a deadlock till after extra time. Liverpool then went on to win 3-2 on penalties.

liverpool 4 newcastle 3 1996
liverpool 4 newcastle 3 1996

Probably the greatest game ever in the English Premiership. (despite my team getting beat). It was the typically cavalier attitude under Kevin Keagan that made this so special. An open, attacking game from both teams led to 7 goals, the winner deep into stoppage time. The 4-3 scoreline was repeated the following year, again with a late winning goal for the reds.

munich 1 man utd 2 1999
munich 1 man utd 2 1999

Munich should have had this match wrapped up. They were completely in control and they knew it. The German side got cocky and started to showboat a little too much. A loss in concentration and 2 very late goals and the team from Manchester won the game and the cup.

newcastle 5 sunderland 1
newcastle 5 sunderland 1

Finally, one of the greatest games i was privileged enough to attend. Newcastle United thrashing our local rivals Sunderland 5 goals to 1. A great result and a fantastic day.

Art created by Alex Patterson. Any questions or if you’d like to order a print of any of my work, please get in touch.

Han Solo Minimalist Art

Han Solo Minimalist Art

Han Solo Minimalist Art by Alex Patterson

Couldn’t possibly post my Chewbacca image without posting Han Solo to go with him. Pilot of the Millenium Falcon, reckless, sarcastic and just all round ruggedly cool bloke. Clearly the manliest man in the original Star Wars universe. A universe where there seems to only be a handful of females…. and most of those are slaves/strippers in Jabba’s lair. Despite the lack of ‘the fairer sex’ … and being fairly misogynistic, he still manages to bag himself a princess. Well done Han…Well done! – Have this medal but don’t let your big pet man dog have it!

Art prints coming soon at my sound wave art website – monowaveart.co.uk

EDIT-Prints, cusions and phone cases now available on my Society6 page – CLICK HERE

Chewbacca Minimalist Art

Chewbacca Minimalist Art

Chewbacca Minimalist Art by Alex Patterson

Chewbacca Art created in Adobe Illustrator. This piece was not quite as straight forward as it looks. I wanted to capture the look and feel of Chewbacca with as little detail as possible. It would have been really easy to add too much fur and really over-work it. I feel I made the right comprimises in the end.

Although a big fan of (Original trilogy) Star Wars. I have, got  one or two questions.

Chewbacca the wookie (he never made the pwofessional grade – sorry!) was Hans engineer and co pilot is surely everyones favourite giant, dog, man creature thing. Question is… How does everyone seems to be able to understand what he says?  Han can fully converse with him despite the grunts and growls. It’s like watching Family Guy but having Brian actually just be a dog.

My other issue regarding Star Wars and Chewbacca is… Why did he not get a medal at the end of the original movie. Everyone else in the main cast gets commended except him. Just seems a bit off to me…. poor doggy!

Prints of all sorts of art available soon at my sound wave art site, mono wave art.

EDIT-Prints, cusions and phone cases now available on my Society6 page – CLICK HERE