Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunday Safari - Interior invasions

Their habitats taken over by humans,
maybe it's time for wildlife to move in...

William Curtis Rolph, photo from Six Deyrolle Denizens

Chris van Allsburg, illustration from Jumanji

Maria L. Kirk, illustration from The Cuckoo Clock1914

Rafal Olbinski, Suppression of appearances

Karen KnorrChateau Chambord, The Kings Reception

Domenico Gnoli, from Bestiario Moderno
thanks to Giornale Nuovo's archives

Mikel Uribetxeberria, two photos from Animalia

Sandy SkoglundRevenge of the Goldfish, 1981

The Ladybirds Parade

Our insistent visions fly
where the human and the animal collide

Boris Bucan, The Firebird and Petruska, 1983

Gunther Kieser, Ballet Woche, 1984

Raquel Aparicio, illustration from Russian Fairy Tales

Lila de Nobili, French Vogue cover from Graphis 19, 1947
thanks to Sandiv999's fantastic vintage collection on flickr

Dorothea Tanning, costume design for Bayou, 1951

Kate Edith Gough, late 1870s photocollage

Sergei Solomko, thanks to Peacock's Garden

Emanuel Schongut, cover for Push Pin Graphic

Alberto Savinio, La fidele epouse, 1930-31
Bogdan ZwirSilence

Colette CalascioneBird Girl
Jan LenicaThe Visit movie poster, 1965

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Delicate worlds

Peter Parnall is an American artist who has written or illustrated over 80 
children's books about animals and nature. I am not yet familiar with the volumes, 
but I am quite fond of the covers' airy and delicate pen and ink cover illustrations 
and wanted to share them. I discovered these beauties at

Here is a bit of bio as told by Parnall himself in an interview on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website:

"I went to Cornell in 1954 because I wanted to be a veterinarian, but I had a little too much fun. 
Got pneumonia when I took my mid-terms in freshman year and flunked them all. After I left Cornell, 
I went out West to train horses. Came my father’s birthday, so I drew him a picture of a horse. 
He hung it on his wall and told me I should go back to school and be an artist. So I got in the car 
and went down to the Pratt Institute with the picture of the horse. They’d already given the entrance exam 
so I saw the dean of admissions and told him, “You might as well let me in because I’m coming here anyway next year. 
Why waste a year of my time?” I went there for two years. Got a little bored, so I quit. The first job 
I got was art director of a little magazine called Travel Magazine. Meanwhile, I had a freelance business
 in advertising. Advertising was fun. Great fun. My clients included Mr. Potato Head, G.I. Joe, restaurants, 
and all kinds of things. But later I got tired of convincing people they should buy stuff they don’t need."

The dog who was a cat inside

This lovely cartoon about a dog's very serious inner conflict was directed by Danish animator Siri Melchior in 2002 for the British Channel 4 Television. If you like it too, I recommend watching or downloading a higher-res version here. Siri Melchior currently works as a director at the multimedia and animation studio Trunk, which she founded with two fellow Royal College of Art students. You can read more about her and the making of the film here.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday Safari - Striking Stripes

Celestino Piatti, cover of ABC der Tiere, 1964

André François, illustration from Roland, 1958, 

Józef Wilkon, cover of Pan Tip-Top
Russian Circus poster, thanks to Ben Perry's 
fantastic USSR posters collection on flickr

Polish matchbox label, thanks to Maraid's 
wonderful matchbox labels collection on flickr

Kazumasa Nagai, Save me

Pep MontserratLa selva del lenguaje

Swiss poster by Polly Bertram and Daniel Volkart, 1990
David Klein, poster Africa-fly TWA, ca.1967

Peter ClarkStripe dreams collage

Sebastiano Ranchetti, Zebra print

Matazo Kayama, 1954


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