Tuesday, 24 July 2012

School’s out for summer and forever, our childhood dream came true..

Some summertime blues: John Dog singing The River Corrib. You can listen to and download more John Dog songs from Raymond Butler’s Bandcamp page, including another dark summer number here.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Artblogging: ABC &c.

Mr Mule’s Typographic Showroom and Emporium: All manner of type ephemera. The above image comes from this post.

AmassBlog: Books, letterheads, and other lettering pleasures. The label above is from this post.

HandPaintedType: A project to preserve the typographic practice of street painters around India by digitising painted alphabets. Above, letters by Painter Kafeel, now available as digital type.

A few more:


Voor verbetering vatbaar: A Dutch book of suggestions on how to improve the typography of found printed matter, by Piet Schreuders.

Koch Memorial: Rudolf Koch typefaces at typOasis.

Letterpress in the UK

Louise Fili

Jessica Hische

Daniel Pelavin

Paul Shaw

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Twit Archive 11-20 May 2011

Below the fold, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan tweets.

Also concrete ships, yesterday and today.

Louis Oppenheim’s First World War German propaganda posters, and typefaces.

Pre James Bond, WW1 U-boat salvage and repair ship SMS Vulkan.

Above, art by Frank R Paul, from Golden Age Comic Book Stories.

Twit Archive - 1-10 May 2011

Lots of Libya tweets, Syria, Yemen and Egypt tweets, death of Bin Laden tweets, and one Mickey Mouse tweet linking to a review of Race to Death Valley, volume one of the Fantagraphics reprints of Floyd Gottfredson’s wonderful 1930s newspaper strips.

Revisiting the Inquisition in Mallorca, a New York Times story on the 1691 burning of 37 Jews in Gomila Plaza, Palma.

Clips from Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s film Kaos, based on Luigi Pirandelo’s stories of Sicily, music by Nicola Piovani, here and here.

Weimar Art on Magritte’s période vache.

Nina Simone, Sinnerman, and The Wailers, Sinner Man.

Tweets below the fold.

Monday, 2 July 2012

Artblogging: animation designers

One1more2time3’s Weblog: Hans Bacher’s blog features not just his own art from several decades as a production designer for animation, but also art by many of the artists he worked with, and even more by many others he admires. There’s too much great stuff there for me to single out one or two things, so if you’re unfamiliar with the site, take the time to work back through the archives. Above, pre-production art for an unrealised film of Cats.

A Sketchy Past, The Art of Peter de Sève: A mix of his book and magazine work along with animation design, There are a few nice posts on other artists as well, on Daumier, Norman Rockwell’s feet, fellow animation designer Nicolas Marlet, and fellow fine print cartoonist Edward Sorel.

Paul Lasaine: His blog has lots of colour digital paintings for animated features and live action effects films. Above, a sample from his work for Surf’s Up. The earliest post on the blog is particularly interesting, showing some of his early work as a matte painter working in oils on glass.

Extra - added 7 July 2012

Old Men With Kazoos and Beating Drums: Work by Kali Fontecchio when she’s not at work.

The Art of Kevin Nelson

John Nevarez

Unofficial Paul Felix

Jake Parker

Character Design: Artist interviews.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Artblogging: a gallery of libraries

BibliOdyssey: Beautiful old book illustrations, and then even more beautiful, even older, book illustrations, and then older and more beautiful still. This comes from a 16th Century manuscript of geometric perspective drawings.

50 Watts: Lots of great illustrations, mostly for books, and much in various styles of 20th Century modernism. The above image falls outside both these categories though, from a post on 19th Century Danish paper theatre designs. You might also like the posts on Danish children’s illustrator Egon Mathiesen, Japanese poster artist Tadanori Yokoo, and Mikhail Romadin’s children’s book Your Name? Robot.

Stopping Off Place: Lots of cool, even chilly, 20th Century book design, and then this, La Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval.

A Fuse #8 Production: On her School Library Journal blog, Elizabeth Bird of the New York Public Library has been running a poll of top 100 picture books, and another of top 100 children’s novels, some of which happily also have pictures.

Extra - added 7 July 2012:

Ptak Science Books: Eclectic antiquaria.

Curious Pages: Lane Smith and Bob’s blog of inappropriate children’s book recommendations has been dormant a while, but the archive is well worth revisiting.

Caustic Cover Critic: Pulling apart contemporary book jackets.

Kimberly Glyder Design: A portfolio of her book jackets for various US publishers, with occasional blogging about her design process at shelved books.

The Art Department: Blog of Irene Gallo, art director at science fiction and fantasy publisher Tor Books.

Excellent Kid’s books: Picture book reviews, including a very kind review of Sadie the Air Mail Pilot.

The Airship in Animal Land: A Flickr set labelled Children’s Books, but it’s mostly pages from this one pretty picture story.