Posts tagged Illustration
Posts tagged Illustration
Beautiful, stunning water colorist from England I found while researching illustrators for a fashion website I’m designing.
Love this line of products by Play Clan from India. I found them quite by chance on a fashion website. They’ve created rich colorful illustrations/ pieces of embroidery etc that are very tastefully applied to a series of products. Wonderfully evocative of the bizarre, poetic, madness that we come to expect of all things Indian, and yet have the right design sensibility.
I came across this wonderful illustration that was commissioned by the MTA. by Sophie Blackall, a Brooklyn based artist. It reminded me so much of the conversations I often have about the difference between life in New York and Los Angeles. In NY, if you’re a daily subway commuter, like many of us are/ were, New York’s kaleidoscopic diversity intersects with your day all the time. On the street, on the subway… you don’t go look for art, culture, design. The subway musicians, street art, window displays, are all a part of your daily commute, your walk to the corner to pick up lunch and more. In LA on the other hand, I always feel like I have to get into my car and go look for inspiration!
(Illustration, courtesy Sophie’s blog. Click on the illustration to go to the link and see the illustration in a larger size to experience its rich details)
The poster is also on sale on the MTA website:http://www.mta.info/mta/aft/posters/artcards.html?itemnum=30390
Sophie’s blog, called Missed Connections is also worth a look. Her write up describing the blog, makes me oh-so nostalgic for the subway and its anonymity again!
‘Messages in bottles, smoke signals, letters written in the sand; the modern equivalents are the funny, sad, beautiful, hopeful, hopeless, poetic posts on Missed Connections websites. Every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I’m trying to pin a few of them down.’
Its ironic that as illustration styles off late has become more modern and ‘vectorized’ there’s also been a resurgence of the ‘materiality’ in illustrations. Taste-makers like Uppercase magazine have definitely helped influence this new aesthetic. Here’s a wonderful hand letterist/ illustrator Mary Kate Mcdevitt who does gorgeous work. I found her while leafing through my new issue of Fast Company. Oh, I love Fast Company! I’ll leave that for another post!
I am still a New Yorker at heart, my six years there were a wonderful experience. And as I resign myself to life as an Angeleno (!) I can’t help occasionally getting nostalgic about all things New York. Here is an ongoing series I’m going to start- New York things I miss… sigh!
#1 The New York Weekend Style Magazine, in print
This is a fabulous T by Sachiko Akinaga from this week’s magazine.
Nicole and Petra Kapitza: I read about these London based sisters in the magazine Upper Case a couple of months back. They run their own design studio and create picture fonts and vector illustrations that are unusual and cool. ‘Our objective for the shop is to create a source of inspiration for people as well as building up a continuously growing resource of high resolution picture fonts and illustrations for designers to use in their work.’ Nicole. http://kapitza.com
My dear friend Neves recently sent me this link to some of Christoph Neimann’s recent illustrations. He’s an illustrator who’s work ranges from the very complex scientific, to children’s books, quirky, and like this one very, very witty. He’s been inspired by the iconography and style of google maps and has created some fabulous metaphors for New York, life and many other random things. They’re all maps, for all kinds of places! Don’t miss Casablanca.
His blog on the New York times website, the best place to see what’s fresh. NY Times
More on his website-Christoph Neimann
I’ve been working on a kalamkari book for some time now…here’s a sneak peak of a portion of a page. Very painstaking and laborious! More on this, as the book progresses.