Thursday, July 30, 2009

Commercial Art Tips...

I was going through some old art supply boxes and rediscovered these whimsical 'commercial art tip' cards done by Charles S. Anderson for the French Paper Company. They are one of many retro inspired promos that CSA Design has done for them over the years.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Elevator Going Up...

An amazing video made by artist Marco Brambilla for the elevators of the Standard Hotel in NYC. Heaven shows while going up, and Hell on the way back down- to the streets of New York.
As great as New York City is, sometimes it really is a 'Hell of a Town'.
Here's an amusing New York/Hell comparison by actor/comedian Roberto Benigni from New Yorker magazine.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Bad Cupid...

This is an image I did recently in between jobs. The figure was based on a cover of one of my vintage paperbacks and combining it with the bullet through the heart gave the image a nice twist (Cupid gone bad?, betrayed love?). I thought it would look good on a T-shirt, so for now I've applied it to some shirts on my Cafepress page.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Pulp Passion...

I recently came across this project by artist Richard Prince ( known for his paperback based 'nurse paintings') for the show, "Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation" at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. In a more colorful variation of a Christo work he wrapped the museum's exterior with enlarged 'After Dark' paperback covers.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Clearing the Clutter...

Back from a vacation on the Outer Banks of N. Carolina. I'm all unpacked (well almost) and am now slogging through my email.  I tried to keep up with my in-box while away, but I never quite managed to stay ahead of it. 

Above is an illustration I did a few years ago for the NY Times that is about that feeling of 'vacation email dread'.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Retro Robots

If you like robots you need to check out the Bennett Robot Works site. It's full of incredible retro inspired robot sculptures made from found objects.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Relaxed Fit...

The simple and bold graphics on hang tags are like miniature posters to me and why I started collecting them years ago. Here's a link to some of my tags. Enjoy.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Prehistoric Tools...

Remember Rubylith?, Scum-X?, Rapidographs?, Cello-Tak ? Here's a must see site featuring some of graphic art's forgotten goodies run by the one and only Lou Brooks. The playful 'french curve' and airbrush compressor manual above are a couple of my old tools of the trade that are included on the site.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Green Lights...

Add ImageWhen I see a classic old sign being taken down I like to think that someone has claimed the stately, oversized letters that spell out the company's name or make up their logo, but realize often times they just end up in the junkyard. Have a look at what this Finnish company is doing to give a new life to some salvaged signage.
(thanks Maurizio)