Blog: Illustration

Dick Bruna Book Covers

Present & Correct have a set of 3 Dick Bruna designed books available in their online store. The graphics are great - big and bold - exactly what you would expect from Mr Bruna!

See more Dick Bruna items here and here.

The Art of Penguin Science Fiction

The Art of Penguin Science Fiction is the website of James Pardey showcasing a collection of over 150 Penguin Science Fiction covers.

James explains, "The purpose of the website is to complement a series of articles I've written for the Penguin Collector's Society on the history and cover art of science fiction published by Penguin Books from 1935 to 1977".

See the full collection here - it really is impressive to see them all together.

Images copyright Penguin books.
Via Noisy Decent Graphics.

Fri 01 May 2009

Posted under: Design , Illustration , Books


70's Hungarian Stamp

How cool is the tree illustration on this Hungarian stamp from 1975. The red and green print works really well against the neutral background and I love it when the overprint is visible.

I think the illustrator is Olah Gyorgy (bottom right on the stamp), although all I can find out about him was that he was a Hungarian, Nobel-prize winning Chemist - so maybe he isn't the illustrator??

See more of my favourite stamps here, here and here.

Thu 30 Apr 2009

Posted under: Design , Illustration , stamps


Borja Bonaque

I love these cityscapes by Spanish illustrator Borja Bonaque, there's something very Futurist about them, particularly the top one - maybe it's the darker colours.

I think it's great how simple blocks of colour create the skyscrapers and how the colour choice and texture of print work together giving the illusion of perspective.

See more of his work here.

Images copyright Borja Bonaque.
Via Sell! Sell!

Wed 29 Apr 2009

Posted under: Inspiration , Illustration


The Colour of Money

I love these colour-in one dollar bills from Atypyk - not quite making you own money, but not far off! Such a simple, fun idea.

They come in packs of 100 for 9 Euro.

Images copyright Atypyk.
Via Inspire Me Now.

Tue 28 Apr 2009

Posted under: Design , Things to buy , Illustration

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70's Posters

I came across the Montague Projects blog yesterday which is a great blog, packed full of inspiring design including this wonderful collection of 70's posters recovered from his parents basement. See the full collection here.

Images copyright Montague Projects Blog.

Fri 24 Apr 2009

Posted under: Design , Typography , Illustration


Your Portrait Drawn by Michel Gondry

Amongst the wonderful items available on Michel Gondry's website is the opportunity to have your portrait drawn and signed by the man himself.

Simply place your order, then email a pic of yourself and Gondry will personally draw your portrait and send it back to you within 6-8 weeks for only $19.95!

Via CR Blog.

Wed 22 Apr 2009

Posted under: Things to buy , Illustration


The Cloudy Collection

The Cloudy Collection: Volume 1, Edition 1 is a great set of letterpressed prints with work from illustrators, Meg Hunt, Bill Fick, John Martz, Amy Crehore, Tom Kaczynski, Steven Weissman and David Huyck, all themed on Cloudy Characters.

The edition is limited to 100. Each set contains all seven, 4 x 6" prints for only $35 + $10 shipping to the UK (free shipping to US & Canada).

Images copyright The Cloudy Collection.
Via It's Nice That.

Wed 22 Apr 2009

Posted under: Things to buy , Illustration


Fantastych Triptychs

Lord Bodner’s Octopus - taken from a copperplate engraving created by Lord Bodner in 1826

Caspari Horse - inspired by a photo of an aristocratic woman & her champion horse

Khefrie's Flamingo

Fantastych Triptychs is a range of photographs, scientific illustrations and silhouettes printed as large triptych giclée prints by Natural Curiosities, a Los Angeles based, trade-only retailer of educational prints.

These triptychs and many others will be part of a public sale on 25 April. Each one is $995 and comes with four of their beautiful Curiosity Boxes containing 14 nature themed prints

I love the contrast on the Caspari horse - definitely my favourite.

Images copyright Natural Curiosities.
Via Cool Hunting.

From the reference box #38

I love how the map graphics and colour coding have been used to create this funky cover. As you can see it's a Paris Metro & Autobus map from 1972.

Inside it has 3 maps; a metro map of the full region...

... an Autobus map of the central city...

... and a night Autobus map, again of the inner city area...

I also really like the unexpected use of the script font (used to mark the different areas within the city) it's a pleasant surprise.

All-in-all a nice little addition to the reference box. Have a delve in the box yourself here for a little Friday inspiration.

Paul Catherall Lino Prints

These architectural prints could easily be mistaken for vintage prints, but they are in fact the new works of illustrator Paul Catherall.

His prints are bold and striking and depict famous architectural structures from around the world in a very clean, precise way. His work is influenced by commercial art of the 50's and 60's which is probably why I like it so much.

"Catherall displays an expert eye for composition and colour; and great draughtsmanship, achieving ultimately a delicate balance between classic commercial design and contemporary urban landscape. His linocuts have become synonymous with Transport for London and Tate Modern."

The architectural prints are currently available at Castor + Pollux, Brighton and the London Transport posters are available here.

Images copyright Paul Catherall.

Happy Easter!

Here's a selection of our favourite 60s/70s chick and bunny graphics to get you in the Easter mood. Hope you all enjoy the long weekend - see you back here Tuesday!

Graphics from Trademarks & Symbols, Yasaburo Kuwayama and Trademarks of the 60s & 70s, Tyler Blik.

Fri 10 Apr 2009

Posted under: Design , Inspiration , Illustration


The Art of Necessity

There's an interesting article on the CR Blog about 'The Art of Necessity' - the ingenuity of Spanish printers in the early 1930's when avant-garde had spread through Europe into Spain.

The small print shops had to find ways of creating this new look with no new resources, so they imitated the style using the bullets, dingbats, rules and ornaments from their existing type trays and transformed them into new typefaces and illustrations creating the modern look of the avant-garde.

Read the full article here.

Images copyright CR Blog.

Wed 08 Apr 2009

Posted under: Design , Typography , Illustration


Vintage Ephemera on Flickr

These cool bits of ephemera are from HA! Designs Flickr group - Vintage Ephemera. A collection of items discovered whilst clearing out their Grandpa's house.

There are loads of random items; tins, adverts, playing cards, packaging, coupons, instruction booklets and greetings cards. It's interesting to see what their Grandpa thought was worth keeping for all these years.

Images copyright HA! Designs.

Golden Gems

I discovered Golden Gems quite recently and I love it! It's an inspirational blog packed full of modern & vintage illustration along with a selection of Little Golden Books.

All the books have been lovingly scanned for our pleasure. I really love the illustrations from the 1961 'Humpty Dumpty's Magazine' (above and below), especially the animals with their speech bubbles.

Check out the rest of this book and many, many more here.

Images copyright Golden Gems.

Mon 06 Apr 2009

Posted under: Design , Web , Illustration , Books



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