Thank the Maker #1 – Amazing Art and Music

If it’s true that we rise by lifting others, then I want to make sure I’m doing my part. Two artists caught my eye this week – Hobo Johnson and Jacek Pilarski – both independent makers doing amazing work in their particular genre.

Jacek Pilarski is a matte and VFX artist. He makes wonderfully realistic paintings of fantastic locations. I was particularly drawn in by his London 2033 painting:

You’ll probably dig some of his concept art, as well.

I was also struck by the energy and ferocity of a strange band called Hobo Johnson & The LoveMakers. What am I feeling? Is he friendly? Dangerous? I’m not sure. It’s like watching a young Bobcat Goldthwait suffer through a breakup:

Strange to see two very different artists in one place and yet they have one thing in common: both are people making things. Making new things. That’s important. We celebrate originality, but we need to support it, too.

The new needs friends, and I want to be one of those friends.