The Doré Illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy

I was a charity book fair a few months back and came across "The Doré Illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy". It is filled with gorgeous plate illustrations by, you guessed it, Gustave Doré. The attention to detail and craftsmanship is unrivaled and superbly gorgeous. Best 50 cents I ever spent.

CHIP KIDD - BATMANGA!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat-Manga!:_The_Secret_History_of_Batman_in_Japan

In 1966, during the height of the Adam West Batman and Robin television craze, a weekly Japanese manga anthology for boys, Shonen King, licensed the rights to commission its own Batman and Robin stories. A year later, the stories stopped running. They were never collected in Japan, and never translated into English. Now, in this gorgeously designed book by Chipp Kidd, hundreds of pages of Batman-manga comics more than four decades old are translated for the first time, appearing alongside amazing photographs of the world’s most comprehensive collection of vintage Japanese Batman toys. 

This is the Batman and Robin 66 as you’ve never seen them. It was written and drawn my the Manga style artist Jiro Kuwata. The edginess and style was very ahead of it's time. This was a thrilling thing to see his work republished and enjoyed 50 plus years later.

After Adam Wests passing, this reminds me of the imapct that the television show had all around the world. This was a labor of love for Chipp Kidd and I am thankful that he tackled this project.

DARK CRYSTAL RETURNS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGzVYyV_Jsg

The Dark Crystal, a 1972 movie directed by Frank Oz and Jim Henson is about another planet in the distant past, with the hero embarking on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.  This was an Art Directors dream. All the exquisite hand made effects, costumes and drawings was very ahead of it;s time. Any way, it is returning to Netlix and am super excited to see how they honor it;s creators.

ALEX ROSS COMING TO YOUTUBE!

http://www.alexrossart.com/

One of the great comic book painters of our time, Alex Ross will be launching a youtube channel very soon. I have seen videos of his process and how he goes about his illustrations. It's definitely a disciplined process that he does not sway from. It's both inspiring and enjoyable. Above is his website in where you can get some info about the page that will be launched.    

ART OF ATARI

https://www.dynamite.com/htmlfiles/viewProduct.html?PRO=C1524101036

Art of Atari is a retrospective of the company's illustrative accomplishments, spanning over forty years It ranges from illustrations, to packaging designs and classic production techniques. This is a trip down memory lane which leaves you feeling how influential this genre was and how magical it felt at the time. Great addition for your library or even just as a coffee table book.

JACOB RIIS PHOTOGRAPHY

https://www.icp.org/browse/archive/constituents/jacob-riis?all/all/all/all/0

My wife and I were watching "Fantastic Beasts" the other night and I was enjoying the art direction of the film. Especially how they nailed the feeling of the New York City tenement buildings of the early 1900's. It really made me think of the photography work of Jacob Riis. With textbook Black and White photography, his portrayal of how the poor of New York City lived was both ethereal and heartbreaking. It helped expose the life in NYC during a time that no one was comfortable talking about. Give it a visit.

STEVEN HALL - ILUSTRATOR

http://www.stevenhallart.co.uk/

Not only is Steven Hall an amazingly talented illustrator and artist, but also a resilient one. Through tough times and the best of times, he adapted his style when needed to produce amazing work. His clients such as The Guardian, Harper Collins, The Daily Telegraph etc will attest to that.  I get so excited every time I see his work and remain in awe of his range and ability.

GAIL ANDERSON - BOTTLE CAPS

http://www.gailycurl.com/Collections

An amazing typographic designer and instructor, this section of her fantastic portfolio site describes one of her obscure passions and hobbies. Collecting bottle caps. Old new, it does not matter. You can see where her love and passion for her art lies. It's quite awesome and fun.

GEORGE PRATT - MASTER CLASS

https://www.theillustrationacademy.com/media-exploration-as-a-solution

George Pratt is an award-winning artist who is holding online sessions for illustration at theillustrationacademy.com. His accomplishments rages from Eisner awards for work on "Enemy Ace: War Idyll" to Gold Medal Spectrum Award for his independent movie "See You In Hell, Blind Boy". He was one of the finest instructors I have ever had and if you have the want and desire, his master class will be totally worth it. Check it out!

17f905e5e7e170d684878a18ffc174d5.jpg