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Tagged 1960s graphics, 2004, 2013, 20th century design, art, blogging, collage, constructivist, cool, creative, creativity, design, diagram, entertainment, Franz Ferdinand, fun, graphic design, illustration, indie, inspiration, internet, Jonas Odell, Kenneth Grange, Leonie Cumiskey, media, mid-century modern, music, music video, new music, nostalgia, Pelican books, publishing, retro, Right Action, Saul Bass, single, surreal, textbook diagrams, video, video director, vintage books, writer, writing, Youtube
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.
Posted in Art, Culture, Design, Lifestyle, Photography, Writing
Tagged 2013, Abigail Daker, architectural illustration, architecture, art, arts, Ben Thomas, Ben Thomas photographer, blogging, building, cityscapes, council estate, developments, gentrification, illustration, ink, inner city, Laura Oldfield Ford, Leonie Cumiskey, line drawing, London, Manhattan, Mark Lascelles Thornton, marketing, miniature cities, New York, Patrick Vale, photography, property, property marketing, San Francisco, skyscrapers, tilt shift, tilt shift photography, urban sprawl, work, writing, yuppiedrones
Posted in Art, Design, Film, Music, PR, Writing
Tagged 2013, animation, Arctic Monkeys, blogging, colours, cool, creativity, David Wilson, elephants, film, fun, graphic design, illustration, indie, media, music, music video, new music, opinion, pink elephants, psychedelic, psychedelic cartoon, sound, surreal, synaesthesia, Tame Impala, technicolour, trippy, video, video director, writing, Youtube
Really nice prints from TR Art Studios – and very reasonably priced, too! Buy one for yourself, or for the recovering alcoholic whose downfall you’ve been plotting or something.
Sorry…think I’ve been watching too much Dallas lately.
Posted in Art, Design, Lifestyle, Writing
Tagged 2013, alcohol, art, blogging, Bouf, cool, creative, design, dictionary print, drinks, gifts, graphic design, home, homeware, illustration, images, interiors, Leonie Cumiskey, literary prints, prints, shopping, TR Art Studios, writing
Wow. This song appears to be over a year old, but I’ve only just heard it and it’s brilliant. I was looking for the original Bauhaus version when I discovered this one and – without wanting to sound disdainful towards MGMT – I was pretty surprised at what a good job they’d done of covering it. Don’t get me wrong, I really like MGMT, but they’re not exactly the kind of band that you listen to and then think: “Yeah, I can tell they’re big fans of Bauhaus.”
Better still, this exquisite video by Ned Wenlock really complements the track and conveys the song’s melancholy lyrics.
Posted in Design, Film, Music, Writing
Tagged 2D, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, Andrew VanWyngarden, animation, Bauhaus, Ben Goldwasser, bleak, blogging, cityscape, cool, cover, cover version, creative, creativity, cute, design, digital arts, factory, factory town, goth, illustration, indie, industrial, Leonie Cumiskey, media, MGMT, motion graphics, music, music and art, music video, Peter Murphy, SAD, snow, song, sweet, typography, UK, urban landscape, video, Vimeo
AleXsandro Palombo’s blog, Humor Chic, documents the happenings in the fashion world and beyond. Palombo’s take on the fashion news is both bitchy and funny – think Perez Hilton, but without the irritating omnipresence and with added talent and relevance. His shockingly hilarious pop culture illustrations both celebrate and ridicule fashion’s major players; Hedi Slimane is portrayed digging his own grave as he takes over at Saint Laurent, Anna Wintour cosies up to Barack Obama, along with whole host of far more ludicrous scenarios too.Donatella Versace, and John Galliano shortly after he drunkenly proclaimed his love for Hitler.Creatives, musicians and celebrities feature heavily, with the occasional politician or member of the monarchy making sporadic appearances as well. It really seems like when it comes to mockery, Palombo is a man after my own heart – he likes to turn his attention to a bit of everything. Below, he has portrayed Kate Middleton as some kind of power-hungry femme fatale who beats her husband and wants to kill the Queen! I think I kind of prefer her to the real Kate Middleton, who is pretty much the definition of passive, well-behaved marriage material. So blaaah.However, not all of his portraits are derisive or mean – here is quite a sweet drawing of the late Amy Winehouse that he posted the day after her death.
Posted in Art, Beauty, Brands, Comedy, Culture, Design, Events, Fashion, Lifestyle, Music, Politics, Writing
Tagged 2013, AleXsandro Palombo, Amy Winehouse, Andy Warhol, Anna Wintour, anorexia, art, bitchy, blogging, cartoon, celebrity, Chanel, cocaine, comedy, cool, creative, death, design, Donatella Versace, fashion, fashion news, Fendi, fun, funny, Hedi Slimane, hilarious, Hitler, Humor Chic, illustration, John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld, Kate Middleton, Leonie Cumiskey, Madonna, media, news, opinion, parody, Perez Hilton, pop culture, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth, relevance, Saint Laurent, style, surreal, talent, Victoria Beckham, writing, Yves Saint Laurent
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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Tagged 60s nostalgia, 60s poster, album, album art, album promotion, arts, band tour, bands, blogging, cover art, gig poster, gig posters, gig promotion, hand-drawn, illustration, images, Indigo Meadow, Leonie Cumiskey, line drawing, media, music, music promotion, new album, new music, paper texture, psychedelia, psychedelic, psychedelic art, psychedelic rock, retro, The Black Angels, The Black Angels tour, tour poster, upcoming releases, USA, Wes Wilson, writing