Wednesday, September 30, 2009
This portrait /caricature of The Raveonettes was inspired by their new cd- 'In and Out of Control'. The darkened, zig-zagging car alludes to the title and also the mood of the cd , which like their other releases has a very 'noir' quality. The Buddy Holly bobblehead, is a partial reference to the origin of their name as well as their influences.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
While visiting Saltillo, Mexico in the 1940's Edward Hopper painted these beautiful rooftop scenes of the town. Illustrator extraordinaire Federico Jordán recently posted many of them, and also included photographs of some of the sites as they exist today.
Thanks for sharing these online Federico.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Some conceptual street art from Madrid. Spy creates truly inspiring urban art that can be playful and/or political. His constructions and installations are done with a "careful attention for the context of each piece and a constructive and non-invasive attitude."
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
I was instantly drawn to the graphic images of L.A. based photographer Charlie Bidwell. His generous use of negative space sets off the iconic signs and roadside architecture he beautifully captures on film.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
New Deal art ("Paper Workers") by Douglass Crockwell at Smithsonian Gallery
My son Rust(on right)and his friend Jake in front on Nat'l Portrait Gallery with some random joker in the background trying to add 'bunny ears' to the photo.Went up to DC this past Saturday with my friend and fellow illustrator Kelly Alder for a craft show where he was selling his Pop Idiot T shirts. Also wandered around some and saw 2 good shows. One was a photography exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery and the other was paintings from the New Deal next door at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Back in Richmond that night for dinner with friends. Happy birthday Liz!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
One of the more prolific 'pin-up' illustrators of the 40's and 50's was Peter Driben. His voluptuous vixens graced the covers of many of the popular magazines of the time like Pep, Real Screen Life and New York Nights as well as book covers and advertising jobs.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Earlier this week I was doing a search for architectural blueprint references for an illustration I'm working on and saw an out of place, but intriguing silhouette image in the search results. I came back later to find out that the blue silhouette image was part of a series of super-sized photograms by artist Robert Rauschenberg that he made using large sheets of blueprint paper.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Simple and beautiful. This Paul Rand design for IBM is one of my all-time favorite graphic images. Rand did a lot of the design for IBM during the 70's - 90's. This piece was used on a poster for an in-house conference in 1991.