These illustrations are from Domenico Gnoli's 1968 title Bestiario Moderno (Modern Bestiary), an "incredible collection of pen and ink illustrations that are intricately detailed and nothing short of amazing." The book appears to be out-of-print, which is a damned shame.
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This pair of striking images of teeth colonized by ambitious antiquarian architecture are part of a campaign for Maxam toothpaste from JWT Shanghai; the slogan is "Don't let germs settle down."
Civilization-Egypt / Civilization-Rome / JWT Shanghai
No idea where this Tennielesque back tattoo featuring Alice on a ladder confronting a higgeldy-piggeldy tower of books came from (do you know?) but it's magnelephant.
(via That Book Smell)
Sara O'Leary was kind enough to send me a copy of her picture-book, When I Was Small , which recounts a bedtime story told by Henry's mother to Henry. Henry asks what his mother's life was like when she was small, and she spins a series of delightful stories about her life as a child -- "When I was small, my doll and I wore the same size shoes" -- and finishes up with a kicker so sweet and unexpected that it nails me between the eyes every time I read it to my daughter: "When I was small, I couldn't wait to grow up. Because I knew one day I would have a small boy of my own...And I would tell him stories, because in stories we can be small together."
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This smashing illo, from a 1950 RCA ad for electron microscopes, is just one of many wonderful images in Man Writing Slash's Vintage Ads post, "E is for Electron."
E is for Electron
When I blogged Leslie Arwin's Skeletees in 2007, I had no idea that I'd still be wearing my Skeletee all the time, six years later. But it seems like I wear it at least once every couple weeks, despite my massive trove of shirts. She does a gorgeous muscle tee, too, and many other designs:
Medical illustrator Leslie Arwin's Skeletees feature highly detailed, stark anatomical drawings of the bones, muscles, nerves and digestive tract, printed on the front and back. I picked up a skeleton shirt today and I'm delighted with it -- it's a great, thick, high-quality tee with a nice cut and the design is wonderful.
Anatomical T-Shirts - Skeletees.com
Best part of Comic-Con is checking in with my favorite artists and seeing what they've been up to. Jason Edmiston is a regular on Boing Boing -- a virtuoso of the grotesque monster illustration, who may be best known for his brilliant Cereal Monsters. Yesterday at his booth, I was treated to a look at his Basil Wolverton-esque "Monsters of Rock" posters, which can be had in limited edition prints from Etsy at $40 per. Click on a poster to go to its Etsy page.
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Boing Boing reader Michael Hacker [website] shares his illustration work in the Boing Boing Flickr pool and says,
Chicago’s Galerie F invited eighteen artists to interpret eighteen stories of famous British author Roald Dahl for their “Fantastic Mr. Dahl” art show. My contribution is an homage to Dahl’s hilarious book “The Twits” about a horrible couple that is cruel to animals and keeps on playing mean tricks on each other. Like putting glue on a tree to catch birds and make them into “Bird Pie” or serving worms with tomato sauce instead of spaghetti.
Here are my two illustrated recipes.
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Spotted at Comic-Con: Ben Von Strawn's "The Creatcha" tees, which sport a version of the Creature from the Black Lagoon in biker drag and a coal-scuttle helmet.
Ben Von Strawn The Creatcha T-Shirt
Ross sez, "If you loved the Soviet erotic alphabet, you're going to love this. Mind-blowing graphics, and hilarious titles. Interesting historical presentation and contextualization also."
My favorites among these include the “electrification” board-game, the chemical war game, and the Reds vs. the Whites game. You can tell that they reflect the immediate experience of devastating world war, revolution, and bloody civil war, followed by a project of social engineering and economic modernization the likes of which the world had never seen. The only other thing I’ll say is that, from an aesthetic perspective, one can see the change in the officially-sanctioned styles from the more avant-garde lines, shapes, and typography to the cartoon realism of caricatured figures in the Sots-art of the 1930s. Enjoy!
Soviet board-games, 1920-1938:
Games of revolution and industry
A reader writes, "Someone was nice enough to scan the pages of a Cyrillic alphabet book from the 1930's. The book encouraged adult literacy through erotic drawings of figures in various acts of copulation. Note: flying penises, lesbian acts and cloven hoofed demons appear. Male homosexual acts, do not."
These images are obviously NSFK (not safe for Kremlin). The artist was Sergei Merkurov, who went on to become a People’s Artist of the USSR. As the accompanying text notes, it's a fascinating look at the libertine sexuality of the pre-Stalinist period.
Ross Wolfe comments, "There actually are a couple male homosexual acts in the Soviet erotic alphabet. Specifically, these occur in the letters Й and З, though you have to pay close attention. And the latter is potentially even more scandalous, with a small satyr fucking what looks to be either a young boy or dwarf from behind. No penis is actually shown, but the short hair and lack of tits suggest its masculinity."
Soviet-era erotic alphabet book from 1931 [Советская эротическая азбука 1931 года]
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Jim sez, "My sister and I helped my mom start cleaning out her basement yesterday, and this 1978 Tony Graham Graphics 'United States of New York' poster was one of the things we found. As a little kid living in Brooklyn, this definitely goofed up my ideas about geography. My parents didn't want to keep it, so I got to snag it. I need to re-frame it, but then it's going up on the wall, since I definitely remember it from when I was a kid. So I wanted to share a very very big copy of it for any New Yorkers out there that may be interested. Sorry for the blurry bits, there's only so much resolution you can squeeze out of your cell phone."
Kottke rounds up a series of illustrations by Argentine artist Diego Mazzeo from all over the Web -- a gorgeous menagerie of collaged clockwork beasts, including this amazing griffin.
Behold, the magnificent coffeebot! Sounds like this was a timer-percolator with a thermos bottle or a hotplate, but man, what an illustration!
Pork Shop's EAT ME shirt features "the grossest burger ever." It's a cookbook illustration from a Wolvertonian alternate universe. $18.
"EAT ME!" T-SHIRT