Having recently finished a role working in property marketing, I’ve got a newly-ignited curiosity about the city I live in, and cities in general. I’ve seen some amazing cityscapes on my travels around the, umm…Internet, so here they are! Photographer Ben Thomas uses tilt shift in his photographs to make the urban sprawl of London, New York and San Francisco look like mere children’s toys.
Patrick Vale is an architectural illustrator whose washes of colour are beautifully defined by thick black outlines. I love his combination of stylised panache and intricate detail.
Abigail Daker keeps thing simple with her monochrome line drawings of London, which are amazingly precise. She also specialises in hand-drawn maps, which she has produced for the likes of Winkworth estate agents and Viking River Cruises.
Laura Oldfield Ford‘s neon-smeared sketches aren’t so all-embracing of the city’s built environment. Her subject matter is mainly the urban squalor of council estates, or the dystopian rundown areas under threat from regeneration and new developments – which she has branded ‘yuppiedrones’.
In contrast to Oldfield Ford’s stance, Mark Lascelles Thornton‘s ‘Happiness Machines’ series focuses on the hyper futuristic London landscape that dominates The City, with more and more Manhattan-like corporate skyscrapers springing up in the financial district each year. I really like the flashes of colour in his tight pen drawings, and think that skyscrapers possess a kind of terrifying beauty.
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The Black Angels have a new album out next week, and the artwork that goes with it is all so fitting and perfect. The psychedelic line drawings evoke Wes Wilson’s classic ’60s gig posters, and the brown parcel paper texture really emphasises that beautiful hand-drawn aesthetic.I’ve tried to find out who the illustrator is, but I’ve not had any luck. If anyone knows who the work is by, please feel free to comment and let me know. Thanks!
Edit: The work is by the very talented Matt Cliff, who unfortunately doesn’t have a website. Thanks for getting in touch, Matt!
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This 1958 avant-garde film, ‘Broadway by Light’, was the first film made by acclaimed American photographer and filmmaker, William Klein. The short feature shows the dizzying lights and logos that dominate Times Square and illuminate one of New York’s most iconic locations. ‘Broadway by Light’ was declared by Orson Welles to be, “The first film I’ve seen in which colour was absolutely necessary.”
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Tagged 2013, amazing, art, arts, blogger, blogging, business cards, cool, creativity, design, exciting, hand made, idea, illustration, In Tind We Trust, ink, Leonie Cumiskey, personal brand, print, printing, promotion, psychedelic, random business cards, self-promotion, silkscreen, Tind, traditional processes, writer, writing
Well, I didn’t think I’d ever be so enthusiastic about getting some business cards made. Although, these are some pretty special business cards – they would make Patrick Bateman jealous. I found Tind‘s work over on Behance and I was really excited about it. He’s pretty much taken the Absolut Unique approach to printing business cards, meaning that you end up with crazy Hapshash-style psychedelic designs. Because of the traditional methods used, I haven’t seen anything like this before – the gradient style ones look so superior to ones that have been created digitally. The process is shown below and there are more photos on Behance and Tind’s Facebook page, too. Tind inks up the plates, often using two or three colours, and sometimes adding swirls and lines – just experimenting with strange effects, really. In later print runs he’s started to layer up different colours, which is more time-consuming but can produce some amazing effects. The card Tind uses also varies in colour, weight and texture – meaning there are even more limitless combinations. The cards are left to dry and then cut down to size.I can’t wait to see how mine turn out! I’m going to scan my favourite designs and I will post the results when they’re ready. The only problem is, I’m not sure I’ll actually want to give my business cards away to people…
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