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Sep
2011

favorite illustrators: jen corace

On 21, Sep 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

I’m simultaneously dreading the end of summer, and getting really excited for the fall. Not mutually exclusive! I get a bit emotional at the beginning of September, since I’m still wired to have those first day of school jitters and it’s weird to not be preparing for a new school year. Anyway, with all my nostalgia bubbling up and fall fast approaching, I can’t get enough of Jen Corace’s lovely paintings and illustrations right now.
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Aug
2011

beautiful vintage travel posters

On 01, Aug 2011 | In Design, History, Selected Posts, Travel & Life | By sue

I love it when arts and education institutions use social media to make art more accessible. The Boston Public Library has an amazing Flickr sharing highlights from their collection of books, prints, memorabilia, and other objects. Yesterday, I got really caught up looking through their set of gorgeous vintage travel posters from the early twentieth century.
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Jun
2011

favorite illustrators: johan thörnqvist

On 29, Jun 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

Swedish artist Johan Thörnqvist superimposes whimsical, dreamy illustrations of imaginary scenes and cities on real life photography. The result is fun and playful, but also feels a bit wistful—I think it’s the yearning for these fantastical worlds to be real.
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Jun
2011

favorite illustrators: edmund dulac

On 01, Jun 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

Edmund Dulac, a French illustrator, is my other favorite artist from the “Golden Age of Illustration.” His lushly detailed illustrations have a beautiful and quietly haunting magical quality.
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Jun
2011

intricate, fluid drawings by sougwen chung

On 01, Jun 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

Sougwen Chung, currently based in Stockholm, is an interdisciplinary artist: her work spans illustration, art direction, design, typography, music, and video. Her distinctive drawings feature fluid lines and intricate, organic shapes.
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Jun
2011

favorite illustrators: kay nielsen

On 01, Jun 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

The “Golden Age of Illustration”—from the late 1800s until the end of World War I—saw the rise of iconic artists including Arthur Rackham, Aubrey Beardsley, Ivan Bilibin, and Sir John Tenniel. One of my favorite artists from this period is Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen.
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Jun
2011

sci-fi illustrations by kilian eng

On 01, Jun 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

I recently came across the work of Kilian Eng, an illustrator based in Stockholm. His striking illustrations combine 80s cartoon style, classic science fiction imagery, and fantastical anime worlds (Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away comes to mind).
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Jun
2011

enchanting, sinister illustrations by james jean

On 01, Jun 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

James Jean is a giant in the world of illustration, and one of my favorite artists. He won scores of awards for his comic book art (he created stunning covers for Fables, my favorite current series) and received wide acclaim for his work with Prada.
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May
2011

animal collective noun prints by woop studios

On 01, May 2011 | In Art, Design, Selected Posts | By sue

For something fun to offset this endlessly gross weather, check out this series of animal prints by Woop Studios. Each colorful print depicts a group of animals and the appropriate collective noun used to describe them. I’m obsessed with collective nouns—my favorites include “a murder of crows,” “an exaltation of larks,” and “an aurora of polar bears”—so these really appeal to me.
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Dec
2010

1950s christmas cards from the walt disney studios

On 01, Dec 2010 | In Art, Design, History, Selected Posts, TV & Film | By sue

These Christmas cards sent by The Walt Disney Studios in the 50s were collected by Disney animator Claire Weeks, and now they’re being featured at the Hollywood Animation Archive. I love how lively the drawings are! I think the Never Never Land calendar might be my favorite.
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