Custom Jackhammer Jill skateboard by Andreas Ekberg

I love my new Jackhammer Jill skateboard deck designed and made by Andreas Ekberg. Check out his website of beautiful creations. Read the rest

Art Forms in Nature – Eye-popping art prints from an eccentric scientist

Zoologist and artist Ernst Haeckel (1834 - 1919) had some odd ideas about the origins and evolution of life forms. That’s understandable, because at the time, scientists were just beginning to accept Darwinism. Haeckel himself was a champion of Darwinism, but he added Lamarckism and some unpleasant conjectures about race into his philosophical worldview. I’m not much interested in his religio-scientific ideas, though. It’s his drawings that fascinate me. Read the rest

Pop-Up Op-Art book is more a piece of 3D art than it is a book

Pop-Up Op-Art is more a piece of 3D art than it is a book. With each turn of the thick cardboard pages pops a bold and modern structure created by paper artist Philippe Ug (author of Funny Birds and other high-end pop-up books). Although known for more elaborate pop-up masterpieces in his earlier books, here Ug constructs streamlined cube-based op-art pops that pay homage to the “father of op-art,” Victor Vasarely. Beautiful to look at, I only wish the book was quadruple the length.

See sample pages of Pop-Up Op-Art at Wink. Read the rest

Advertising characters exhibit at the SFO International Terminal

Warren Dotz is the author of several excellent books about graphic design and advertising art. The SFO International Terminal is holding an exhibit of his collection of advertising characters. The show is called A World Of Characters and it runs until January 4.

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Smog Rings vs. Quisp Meteorite Ring

A Dutch artist plans to make a ring out of compressed Chinese smog, which is even cooler than the Quisp meteorite ring which came in boxes of the cereal in the 1960s. By Mark Frauenfelder

When artist Josh Dorman discovered Paul Klee

On the latest episode of Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, artist Josh Dorman talks about his fascinating with artist Paul Klee.

Josh Dorman is a fine artist from New York. He specializes in invented landscapes, created in a mixture of collage, drawing and painting. His images play around with the ideas of time and space to create an unusual reality.

Dorman was a sophomore in college when he discovered Paul Klee and his painting Landscape With Yellow Birds. And it really affected him -- maybe too much? He'll explain.

Dorman has a solo show up in New York right now. Read the rest

Foundations in Comic Book Art - Master the tools, techniques, and habits of cartooning

Of course, comic book artists must know how to draw well, but there’s a lot more to drawing a comic book than just knowing how to draw. Cartoonists must work according to specific guidelines on a deadline to produce lots of drawings that tell a story. Foundations in Comic Book Art, by industry veteran John Paul Lowe (DC, Marvel, Dark Horse), outlines the techniques, shortcuts, and tools that a beginning cartoonist needs to know to get started. He’s an instructor at The Savannah College of Art and Design, and the lessons in this book, which include using traditional and electronic media, were created to help cartoonists efficiently and effectively produce quality comic book art.

Foundations in Comic Book Art by John Paul Lowe

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Fantastic photos from 1969 Life book, Drugs

Nothing screams DRUGS! as much as middle-aged dudes posing next to pop art paper collages.

From DRUGS, a volume in the Life Science Library. This version 1969, originally published 1967. Background artwork by Donald Miller and Yale Joel, collaged (ie photos added) by David Gordon and Nancy Genet.

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The Art of Fred Gambino: Dark Shepherd

Fred Gambino has worked as a diverse illustrator and artist, providing sci-fi book covers for publishing houses and high-profile concept art for a wide array of television programs, films and video games.

Business Week's Dov Charney cover channels Andy Warhol

How the cover for Business Week's Dov Charney story was made. (And here's the story behind Esquire's 1969 cover.) Read the rest

I couldn't figure out this optical illusion painting until the very end

"Found at Gallery at Ice in Windsor, UK painted by Brian Weavers." Read the rest

Sculptures of condiment containers

Artist Robin Antar makes stone sculptures of everyday objects. Read the rest

Jimbo Phillips: the world's greatest snot artist

“My dad always told me not to be an artist," says Santa Cruz Skateboards artist Jimbo Phillips to Ben Marks. "He said, ‘You should be a dentist and make some real money.’"

Cartoon kittens and big-eyed puppies: how we bought into processed pet food

Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly says: "Last week, Wink published a review of Cat Food for Thought and Dog Food for Thought by Warren Dotz. Coincidentally, we had an interview with Warren in the works, which we just published, along with a few of the mid-20th-century pet-food labels from his book."

Here's a snip of Warren talking about some of the auctions he won to build up his collection:

“I found a scrapbook made by a woman who had collected all the food labels she used from 1970 to 1972,” recalls Dotz of one auction. “I also found a supermarket’s salesman's catalog that contained all the labels for its generic, store-branded products. When I bought that catalog, I was hoping I would find a fantastic pet-food label, and sure enough I did. It was for a brand of cat food called Corky — it looks almost like the Napster logo.”

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Corrupted coloring book pages

From Neatorama: "Coloring Book Corruptions is a delightful demonstration of what happens when you combine a sick mind and children’s entertainment. The anonymous artist adds his/her drawings, but invites you to submit your own."

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The Art of Ian Miller [exclusive excerpt]

Featuring over 300 pieces of artwork spanning decades of Ian's work, The Art of Ian Miller is a treat for all lovers of great fantasy art - from Lovecraft novel covers to Tolkien bestiaries to Warhammer 40,000 concept art, through a veritable trove of gothic humour, fantasy battles, dragons, beasts and a world of nightmarish visions.

What makes something ugly?

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Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly says: "Lisa Hix has just finished an interview with London-based author and design critic Stephen Bayley, who spoke with her about Ugly: The Aesthetics of Everything. In our piece, the two discuss the intensely subjective nature of the things we perceive as being beautiful or ugly."

Ugliness is also surprisingly hard to design on purpose, as Bayley discovered both teaching and speaking with architecture students. “If you give a class of architecture students a project, saying ‘Please design an ugly building,’ they actually find that difficult. It’s very difficult to create ugliness, although you wouldn’t believe it by walking around in any big city. Ugliness often is just an accident, but it’s often utterly fascinating.”

Reading Ugly, it’s not too difficult to suss out Bayley’s personal preferences: He’s all about clean lines, right angles, and functionality; he finds neutral colors and the natural tones of wood more tasteful than bright hues or shiny things. He’s got no use for elaborate glass paperweights, loathes taxidermy and all Victorian hobbies that attempt to capture and catalog nature, finds tattoos tacky, and has no patience for mid-Century kitsch relating to Elvis, Vegas, or tiki bars—things like aloha T-shirts, souvenir mugs, or velvet paintings.

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