A great Flickr set of classic Penguin & Pelican book covers… enjoy. (Also check out Joe Kral’s impressive archive of over 700 book covers from his personal library, as well as over 500 magazine images).
I just stumbled across these remarkable illustrations by Russian-born Boris Artzybasheff, a master of anthropomorphism, on the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive (a great resource for illustrators) here. Artzybasheff had a long career as an illustrator, beginning in the late 1920s with art deco style illustrations and extending all the way through the 1950s. Samples shown above are from the first section of Artzybasheff’s book As I See—titled ‘Neurotica’ it’s a visual depiction of extreme states of mind.
“Well maybe it does present more of a challenge this way, but I still think you should have let me wear my other hiking outfit.”
—Bill Ward, 1919-1998 (‘good girl’ cartoonist/illustrator)
Best wishes to friends and colleagues worldwide… may you find hope, happiness, and fulfillment in the coming days and new year ahead.
“The 2008 crash is probably the most serious economic crisis we have faced since the Great Depression. Stock markets from around the world fell as much as 20% in a single week, dozens of banks either failed or were rescued by government and private institutions, and companies started laying off employees as a consequence of the reduced demand. We know how we entered into the crisis, but we don’t know when or how we will be getting out of it. Considering that issue, we decided to do our little bit to help cheer everyone up by redoing the logos of some renowned companies …. after the crisis.” (original source unknown—thanks, Guy)
…and they’re written on subway walls and tenement halls, all around the world. Here’s a selection of delightfully stenciled and graffiti’d truisms—from the U.K., the USA, Colombia, Argentina, and who knows where else… enjoy. (thanks for the ‘car bad—bike good’ image Derek).