Paul E. Stinson created this image in maybe 1978, when the book cover it was for came out (Pillars of Salt, by Barbara Paul). Paul: your website and LinkedIn give a dead email for you…. Laine Nooney would like to talk to you about your videogame art in the early 80s. And hey! Can you do some more of these trippy scifi things?
About 12 years ago for a class project I argued that sexism was not inherently embedded in the female nude in art (or images of women, period), but coded in the poses. Wish I’d thought of the following to make my point: The Hawkeye Initiative exposes what we’re so used to seeing that we don’t notice it any more: it shows the ludicrous and the sexploitative in comics by replacing heroines with the buff Hawkeye character in the same pose—-drawn by whoever wants to participate, with some pretty hilarious results.
Some great videos here, including one on Olaf Hajek. It’s a simple introduction to his work. Maybe in the future the publisher, Gestalten, will give us more technical studio content in such videos (and a Tumblr embedder).
Glorious multimedia work from Nayoun Kim. Seen last night at Sheridan College’s illustration programme’s grad show at the Glass Factory, Toronto. Unfortunately it appears the show was open only the one night. Hey, funding bodies at Sheridan - your illo students deserve a week-long show at least!
Howard Chandler Christy specialized in Edwardian era pretty-girl subjects painted with the sort of looseness popular with the American bourgeois classes of the late Gilded Age. He’s remembered today for the WW I poster captioned “Gee! If I were a boy I’d join the US Navy!” with a grinning girl wearing her brother’s sailor outfit. Here, such fluff is abandoned for a more serious message (without abandoning the girl as object of a salacious gaze, note). He combines a 19th C allegory with a flapper, to create this rather spooky comment on modernity and its attractions and pitfalls. Some of the technical aspects are a bit iffy - weird shadow on the chest area - but the painting, taken as a whole, is to my mind his most interesting and contains some superb passages. It will be offered Dec 10 at Illustration House's next auction; more eye candy on the site.
Maurice Sendak (Where The Wild Things Are) memoir.
I really like this vintage illustration by James Flora, for Fortune magazine in 1966. It’s part of Illustration House’s upcoming auction. (Lot 43).
I was worried about this - thought it might just be some cheesy app ripping off a letterpress look - but it’s actually more of a museum project with a smart and useful app that will help preserve the art form both in its original medium and its new digital incarnation.
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