Posts from the ‘illustration’ category

I have a soft spot in my heart for prints that involve colored paper and black and white ink. Colored paper alone is wonderful, but somehow adding black and white to it makes a print especially crisp, clean, and sharp. I just can’t get enough.

A San Francisco- and Brooklyn-based design firm called Dirty Bandits (run by lettering/illustration extraordinaire Annica Lydenberg) has mastered the art of the simple, clever poster, with a nod to hand-painted supermarket signs of the past. Her new Love For Sale typographic paintings are playful explorations of the combination of marketing phrasing and affection “for sale.”

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The show is up  in Brooklyn at Just Another Project Space from February 5th–26th, 2015.

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If you like what you see, check out her Etsy shop as well:

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See more Dirty Bandits work.

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Woke up this morning and saw this.

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It’s awesome.

Once I looked at it for a bit, I noticed how interesting the texture on that N is, decided that I really liked how he indented the top of it, and then wait, woah, what? The entire thing is drawn by hand.

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Theeeeen it turns out there are three more of these! I don’t have to say much, the talent behind them is clear.

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For more of Tobias Hall’s work, check out his website.

 

 

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Moooore, more more illustrations from the Golden Encyclopedia!

Mammals

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Lumbering

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Hobbies

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History

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Lakes

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Man

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Pets

“Pets are animals or birds kept to be fondled or played with or admired for their beauty or song.”

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Occupations

Back in a time when “typesetter” was one of the 50 or so jobs they chose to highlight, and comedians wore top hats. Also not sure what the man on top of the flagpole is doing.

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Still more to come! Here was the first group of illustrations, in case you missed them.

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I gave a little heads up a couple weeks ago, but THIS! Is one of the best things I’ve ever bought. A few weeks ago, at the Alameda Flea, I saw it, hopped over, and for whatever reason debated if I should get this. I stood there and debated. Luckily futureKatie slapped me in the brain, because I did end up getting it, and sheesh, I would have been an idiot not to.

The Golden Encyclopedia was published in1946, so it’s not the most politically correct book to read 67 years later. Native Americans are “Indians,” the household chores are women’s work, and many other old-minded tidbits you’d do best to ignore.

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Cornelius DeWitt did a magnificent job illustrating this entire Encyclopedia. Each page is better than the next, and I’ve taken photos of too many for one post. There will many, so buckle up. I’m just going to let you look at ’em.

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Rivers

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Wonders Made by Man

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Wonders Made by Nature

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Weather
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Indians

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Trains (yep, in last week’s post but I’d like to keep it all together)
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The illustrations in this thing are unreal. Fine, totally real, but they don’t make educational children’s books like this anymore.. do they?

More next week.

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A year or so ago, I picked up an old paint set I had stowed away, grabbed a brush I’d kept from high school, sat down, and gave watercolors a shot. I hadn’t used them in many, many years, not having mastered them by any means the first time, and figured I could just see where the paint took me. Turns out I wasn’t quite skilled at layering watercolors the way they’re supposed to be layered, so I’ve turned to lettering with them. Lots of room to grow, but it’s been quite fun giving it a go.

This of course means I’m constantly looking at what other people have been creating with the same medium. Have you noticed? Watercolors have been everywhere lately. Which brings me to Jon Sterlino. Diggin’ it:

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More of his work can be found on his site.

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