I’m a big fan of Eleni Kalorkoti, an Irish illustrator with a distinctive vibe made up of lots of greyscale with pops of bright color. Proud to say I own a little original piece by her! Anyhow, she recently teamed up The Good Pin Club to release the pin below, a lovely little lady framed by her majestic plume of hair. It’s a sweet little pin on it’s own, but what makes it even better is that all profits go to the London Fire Relief Fund, which helps people affected by the horrific Grenfell Tower fire.
Combine one of my favorite publishers, Nieves, with one of my favorite illustrators, Tim Lahan, and you get one sweet new book called The Hot Seat. Lahan employs his signature art style (simplifying, objectifying, beautifying the mundane) but this time he’s melted everything.
The Hot Seat is made from a series of drawings that focus on the impermanence of the physical things we perceive in our reality. The destruction of these objects is motivated simultaneously by the primitive desire to see things destroyed, the resentment of existence and our inability to control the effects of nature.
PichiAvo is a pair of Spanish graffiti artists working together to create pieces that combine ancient art with urban art. These pieces are manifested as Grecian sculptures, created with spray paint, which are surrounded and embedded with tags and marks. These distinctive styles may be separated by thousands of years but PichiAvo brilliance is in making it look easy.
Yesterday, Artsy posted this great piece on Emma Allen, the semi-recently appointed humor and cartoon editor at The New Yorker. Previously the position was held by Bob Mankoff, who held the position for 20 years, and was the subject of the documentary Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists. The documentary was interesting to me because it highlighted that the world of New Yorker cartoons were primarily driven by mostly older, white men. Diverse voices didn’t seem to be a priority.
Cut to Emma Allen, a 29-year-old New York native who was a double major at Yale in English and Studio Art who ended up at The New Yorker in 2012. She took on a multitude of responsibilities, including “Cartoons, Daily Cartoons online, Shouts & Murmurs, Daily Shouts online, and humor videos and podcasts.” Such a huge feat. And now it’s clear that her goal is to bring new ideas to an older medium that stays true to it’s identity while bringing in a diverse range of voices.
The website has become a fruitful place for Allen to experiment with strategies that she hopes will keep the magazine’s humor content fresh, funny, and relevant. She sees the Daily Cartoon and forthcoming Daily Comic sections, for instance, “as a nice way to get in new voices that aren’t necessarily selling to the magazine every week and have different takes on current events.”
David Lewandowski’s time for sushi is a beautifully shot, incredibly fucked up nightmare of video and CGI that I can’t get out of my head. It’s the sequel to going to the store, an equally fucked up vision, but time for sushi was filmed in Japan, has a much larger “cast of characters” and brings more insight into this strange, naked world. It makes me think of Attack on Titan but without the giants and the people being eaten alive bit.
Raku Inoue has a fondness for nature which is highlighted in much of his work. He recently debuted Natura Insects, a series of insects that had been created from pieces of flowers. Petals and stems combined to create colorful bugs like stag beetles, butterflies, and black widows in the loveliest of colors.
I’ve always had a love for neon signs, how the light creates shapes or words, illuminated beacons in the night. This collection on Flickr has over 115k stunning examples to pour through and be inspired by. (Photo by James Nelms)
Video games can make you feel like you’re visiting far-off lands. As gaming systems get more powerful the worlds presented become more immersive and engaging, like Horizon: Zero Dawn, Watch Dogs, or even Skyrim. Designer Anna Dittmer feels this way as she’s created a physical stamp, like ones you’d get IRL to other country, to document your journeys with Pixel Passports.
The idea is based on Japanese “memorial stamps” that can be collected at historic sites and places of interest which make for wonderfully designed keepsakes. With Pixel Passports you can collect stamps from Mario, Legend of Zelda, Starfox, Dong Kong Country, and many more.