Artist of the Week: Shaping Clouds Project by Martin Feijoo

“I look for three things in a project: 1) Compelling work; 2) fun client; 3) astronomical fees. However, to have a successful project, I really only need two out of three. For example, I’ll do great work with fun people for nothing and still feel rewarded. Or, I’ll do great work for a mean, stupid client for outrageous money. Or, I’ll do boring work with somebody I like a lot for more money than one can imagine. Anytime I’m faced with only one of the three it’s time to rethink the relationship. Actually, it’s time to move on.”

– Lowell Williams

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Artist Martin Feijoo lets his mind loose, and his goal is to reach the sky and draw on it, and I’m not even kidding. He takes photos of clouds in the sky and later he draws on them and creates fun, and awesome art – “When I was a child I was told that clouds’ shapes were created by expert balloon twister clowns who live in the sky, so that they can keep entertaining children.

On my last trip to Mexico I remembered this and started to photograph clouds on the road. The result is Shaping Clouds, a series of illustrations were I drew the first thing that came into my mind when I saw these clouds that I imagine someone made for me.” Tincho, Martin’s stage name is an Argentinian artist that works, at the moment, in Madrid, Spain for global accounts. You can follow him on behance, or stalk him on Facebook – your choice!

1. T-Rex Cloud

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I have a thing for dinosaurs. But to better understand my weird love for the extinct, you must know what a dinosaur really is. They appeared first during the Triassic period – that’s about 231.4 million years ago. They were the dominant vertebrate species that ruled the Earth, for about 130 million years. Did you know that dinosaur fossils were first mistaken to be dragon bones? Well, that’s what they thought in ancient China in 300 AD.

They even have a cool word for them – kǒnglóng. It’s basically “terrible dragon”. In ancient Asia they used to take their bones and create mystical medicine that could cure any illness, they still do it now, but you can only find it on the black market, and guess what – it doesn’t work, because they are 100 million year old bones. In Europe, they thought that the fossils were biblical, mythical creatures from a time long forgotten. They surely scared the hell out of every believer, and non-believer alike.

2. Rock The Weird Dog Cloud

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Weird dogs are my kryptonite. Actually, doggies, puppies, sweet animals are my kryptonite. This one seems to fit in my “Weird and cute so I’m going to cuddle it to death” category. What? You never had  that feeling of petting and loving something that leads to utter joy? You should try it. It can seriously relieve a ton of stress and you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

3. Darwin Cloud

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Charles Darwin, one of the men that opened our eyes and cleared the mist called ignorance from our minds. But Darwin wasn’t really acknowledged at first. In 1859 his book “On the Origin of Species” came out, but it was seen with skeptical eyes, and of course, religious people all across the world dismissed it entirely.

“Darwin published his theory of evolution with compelling evidence in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species, overcoming scientific rejection of earlier concepts of transmutation of species. By the 1870s the scientific community and much of the general public had accepted evolution as a fact. However, many favored competing explanations and it was not until the emergence of the modern evolutionary synthesis from the 1930s to the 1950s that a broad consensus developed in which natural selection was the basic mechanism of evolution. In modified form, Darwin’s scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, explaining the diversity of life.”

4. Russian Chicken Cloud

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All bow down to Mother Russia. Wait, let me rephrase that. All bow down to Mama Chicken Russia – the tormentor of worlds, the lord of eggs, the pacifier of nightmares, and any other sort of compliment you can give it. I’m not afraid of it, I’m afraid of its masters, and their warmongering politics.

5. Boxing Turtle Cloud

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“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Hopefully I’m not sounding like a big cliché when I say this but Muhammad Ali is the greatest boxer of all time. This fighting turtle seems close to the great one, but to properly compare the both, we must know something about them first. Ali had 61 fights in his entire career, and 56 wins – 37 by KO.

The Turtle? 0 fights, 0 wins, and 0 KO’s. So I would say that our legend wins by a landslide. What does this comparison actually achieve? Well absolutely nothing of course, but it’s fun to read made up stories, isn’t it?

6. V Skyfighter Cloud

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Gotta love these fan art about Star Wars. I can’t wait to see how the new movie is going to revamp the whole series, bring old characters back into the action, and how they will erase Jar Jar Binks from history. Seriously J.J Abrams – don’t include a character that even slightly resembles Jar Jar. We had enough with his stupid little jokes, his stupid little quirks, and his annoying face. Yes, I hate Jar Jar with a passion. I’m not saying the movies would have been much more awesome without them, but they would have definitely been much more less annoying.

Our little trip into Martin Feijoo’s creative mind has ended. Hope you liked it. If you have anything to add, maybe you have found some art from Martin that didn’t made our list and want to share it with us, please feel free to post in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you!

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