Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Their habitats taken over by humans,
maybe it's time for wildlife to move in...
Domenico Gnoli, from Bestiario Moderno
thanks to Giornale Nuovo's archives
Nicoletta Ceccoli, Angelica
Our insistent visions fly
where the human and the animal collide
Boris Bucan, The Firebird and Petruska, 1983
Gunther Kieser, Ballet Woche, 1984
Lila de Nobili, French Vogue cover from Graphis 19, 1947
Alberto Savinio, La fidele epouse, 1930-31
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Peter Parnall is an American artist who has written or illustrated over 80
children's books about animals and nature. I am not yet familiar with the volumes,
but I am quite fond of the covers' airy and delicate pen and ink cover illustrations
and wanted to share them. I discovered these beauties at www.pagebooks.net.
Here is a bit of bio as told by Parnall himself in an interview on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website:
"I went to Cornell in 1954 because I wanted to be a veterinarian, but I had a little too much fun.
Got pneumonia when I took my mid-terms in freshman year and flunked them all. After I left Cornell,
I went out West to train horses. Came my father’s birthday, so I drew him a picture of a horse.
He hung it on his wall and told me I should go back to school and be an artist. So I got in the car
and went down to the Pratt Institute with the picture of the horse. They’d already given the entrance exam
so I saw the dean of admissions and told him, “You might as well let me in because I’m coming here anyway next year.
Why waste a year of my time?” I went there for two years. Got a little bored, so I quit. The first job
I got was art director of a little magazine called Travel Magazine. Meanwhile, I had a freelance business
in advertising. Advertising was fun. Great fun. My clients included Mr. Potato Head, G.I. Joe, restaurants,
and all kinds of things. But later I got tired of convincing people they should buy stuff they don’t need."
This lovely cartoon about a dog's very serious inner conflict was directed by Danish animator Siri Melchior in 2002 for the British Channel 4 Television. If you like it too, I recommend watching or downloading a higher-res version here. Siri Melchior currently works as a director at the multimedia and animation studio Trunk, which she founded with two fellow Royal College of Art students. You can read more about her and the making of the film here.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Celestino Piatti, cover of ABC der Tiere, 1964
André François, illustration from Roland, 1958,
thanks to Le figure di libri
Józef Wilkon, cover of Pan Tip-Top
Russian Circus poster, thanks to Ben Perry's
fantastic USSR posters collection on flickr
Polish matchbox label, thanks to Maraid's
wonderful matchbox labels collection on flickr
Jacques Hnizdovsky, 1970
Kazumasa Nagai, Save me
Pep Montserrat, La selva del lenguaje
Swiss poster by Polly Bertram and Daniel Volkart, 1990
David Klein, poster Africa-fly TWA, ca.1967
Peter Clark, Stripe dreams collage
Sebastiano Ranchetti, Zebra print
Matazo Kayama, 1954