Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Cover illustration by Toshiyuki Fukuda
One of the few reasons I did like going to the Circus as a kid,
at the end I got to ride the baby elephant...
Elephant by Naoto Kitamura
Elephant with long trunk by Mieczyslaw Wasilewski, 1974
Skinny elephant with butterfly ears by Andrzej Pagowski, 1979
Carlsberg Elephant Beer by Kjed Nielsen, 1960
La Collina degli Elefanti book cover by Sabrina Lupacchini, 2007
Monday, December 28, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Christmastime in Italy is also Circus time (ok, here everyday is Circus time -
but that's another story). I have never been a fan of traditional circus animal acts,
but how could I escape the charm of their colorful and quirky transfiguration into
a rainbow of shapes, silhouettes and symmetries by imaginative artists across the land?
Two illustrations from the comic book Alex, Il Piccolo fantastico Giocoliere
(Alex, the Amazing Juggler) by Gianni Peg, 1981
Hooggeëerd publiek. Circus in Nederland Toneelmuseum poster,
Amsterdam, 1978, from ReclameArsenaal
Bobinski's Mouse Circus Band, drawings for Coraline by Jon Klassen, 2007
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
...thinking of Joanna Newsom, this sweet stop-motion video was produced
by Jovana Sarver in the Film and Video classroom of her high school in Harrisburg, PA.
the sight of bridges and balloons makes calm canaries irritable!
Amy Dover is a young artist from County Durham in North East England.
She studied Art and Graphic Design, and after graduating in 2008,
has been devoting her talents to art, illustration and letterpress printing.
Amy's draws inspiration from nature, folktales and ancient myths.
She loves antiques and vintage ephemera, and sometimes uses old books
and letters as a support for her graphite pencil drawings.
Amy also loves listening to music, and for her degree show she decided to illustrate
some of the animal metaphors contained in Joanna Newsom's Ys. Seeing her Ys-inspired
artworks on Behance really piqued my interest, since I am a huge Newsom fan.
In fact, after discovering Ys, I spent months obsessively listening to it and extolling
its virtues to family and friends. I think that Amy's project is a fantastic idea, since
Newsom's songs are full of poetic narratives, deep symbolism and beautiful imagery.
Dover's haunting animal pictures, much like Joanna's songs, are exquisitely
and traditionally crafted, and explore the dramatic aspects of the natural world
and its conflictual relation with our "civilized" approach to life.
Blind My Buttons with Salt. Fill My Long Ears with Bees,