Sunday, January 30, 2011

Extreme Realism

A painstakingly realistic illustration can sometimes be too matter-of-fact. But Jenny Mortsell somehow transcends that in her delicately precise portraits, predominantly for fashion. Her drawings, which are simply the result of translating a photograph into an illustration, line by line, shade by shade, create something extremely vivid, almost hyper real. Jenny makes everything about the image seem more deliberate and conveys almost a reverence for the subject matter that may not exist in the original photograph.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Teddy Bear Kaleidoscope

At first glance I thought the works of Argentinian artist Agustina Woodgate were quilted blankets, when they're actually rugs. It doesn't matter though, because both share the same intent, which is to visually express personal histories and memories. Agustina sought to analyze this in her rugs through the use of old teddy bears. These rugs manage to remove the juvenile aspect of a teddy bear without stripping away the feeling of safety and comfort that only a favorite teddy bear can provide. Folk art has always intrigued me, and it's refreshing to see such a contemporary approach to an old practice. They look so cozy and welcoming, just like a teddy bear.

via It's Nice That

Monday, January 17, 2011

Miss Piggy, Editor-in-Chief

Something to look forward to for Fall 2011, Miss Piggy as the editor of French Vogue in the new Muppet movie. It's great how two seemingly disparate creative forces (the Muppet enterprise + the Vogue enterprise) can be combined to create such an funny and clever result!

"..less is never more. More is more." -Miss Piggy

via Refinery 29

The Colors of Winter

In the midst of all the cold and gray days that the winter season brings, it's nice to be lifted out of the dark by an unexpected seasonal fruit, citrus. It's so amazing that such a sunny, tart fruit is in season this time of year!

Photograph by Sharon Core

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Fonts In Use

Finally, an answer to the perpetual question, "what is that font?". The new blog, Fonts In Use has a lot of potential to be a great resource for graphic designers, especially for more obscure things like book covers from the 1960's.

Found via designworklife

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Looking Ahead

First day of the new year, 1.1.11, ready to leave 2010 behind. Looking out for new inspiration as "I dwell in possibility..."

Image from Jak+Jil
, quote by Emily Dickinson