New book looks at the golden age of illustrated dust jackets

Martin Salisbury's The Illustrated Dust Jacket, 1920-1970 is a wonderful overview of the innovative illustrators who prompted many a book purchase with their lovely design work. Read the rest

The Not Yorker: website features rejected and unsubmitted New Yorker covers

"City Life" by Istvan Banyai is one of many charming New Yorker magazine covers that never were. The website The Not Yorker hopes to gather up submissions to give them a second life and maybe share the love for the artists who submit. Read the rest

The brewing crisis over the pile of poo emoji

An excellent post to the ISO/IEC JTC1 SC2 WG2 mailing list sums up critical feedback over recently approved emojis, including a fierce denunciation of the (IMHO) excellent "frowning pile of poo" emoji, which is viewed as a slippery slope to an entire "a range of emotions to PILE OF POO." Read the rest

Anatomy of the human head in the style of a London tube-map

Jonathan Simmonds, an MD in Boston, MA, created these Map Anatomy illustrations that represent a detailed, functional diagram of the human head's anatomy in the style of a London tubemap; you can buy downloads and posters from his Etsy store, but act quickly, because Transport for London are notorious, humourless assholes about this kind of thing! (via Reddit) Read the rest

London's amazing underground infrastructure revealed in vintage cutaway maps

Londonist's roundup of cutaway maps -- many from the outstanding Transport Museum in Covent Garden -- combines the nerdy excitement of hidden tunnels with the aesthetic pleasure of isomorophic cutaway art, along with some interesting commentary on both the development of subterranean tunnels and works and the history of representing the built environment underground in two-dimension artwork. Read the rest

A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars: a child's garden of infinity

In A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars, Seth Fishman and illustrator Isabel Greenberg (previously) present a the astounding, nearly incomprehensible size of the universe in a picture book that even the very youngest readers will delight in; when I blurbed it, I wrote "Dazzling: the astounding, mind-boggling scale of the magnificent universe and our humbling and miraculous place in it, rendered in pictures and words that the youngest readers will understand."

Watch illustrator Kasey Golden draw a character on successively tinier pieces of paper

Kasey Golden wondered how small she could draw one of her characters. She started with a 5 x 7 inch piece of paper, penciled the character, inked it, then colored it. She then repeated the process on successively tinier pieces of paper until her pen was too big. The 1/4 X 1/4 inch looked good! Read the rest

Photorealistic "anatomical" fish pencil-cases

Keiko Otsuhata created a set of three "anatomical fish zip-bags" for Colossal, in kinme, saury, and sea bream. They're $18 each. Read the rest

Vibrant concept art for Chinese electronics firm

Electronics manufacturer Xiaomi commissioned designer Rik Oostenbroek to create these cool abstract wallpapers. Read the rest

Amazing illustrations from a doodle pad printed with a partially completed drawing of a naked woman

Artist David Jablow has created another series of great illustrations using a "doodle pad" printed with a partially completed drawing of a naked woman.

I've posted about David's work in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Read the rest

Escape into the absurd world of illustrator/cartoonist Alex Gamsu Jenkins

If you want to escape the real world for a bit, escape into the vivid, satirical artwork of illustrator/cartoonist Alex Gamsu Jenkins.

Jenkins is from the suburbs of London and graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2015. He describes his work as an exploration of "satirical and critical subject matter through a distinctive and vivid style.” He also tries to “avoid the pretence but wallow in humour, whilst touching on the absurd and surreal."

Jenkins' work has appeared in Juxtapoz, The New York Times, Vice, Society Magazine, and many other notable publications. Much of his work is disturbing and creepy, but in a fun way by creating an entire reality of its own -- one that feels like a chaotic and absurd dream.

Juxtapoz recently posted some wildly cool pieces by Jenkins on its website. You can check all of them out here.

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Cool animal illustrations by Maxim Shkret

Russian artist Maxim Shkret has developed wonderful layered illustration style with a 3D effect. Here are some of his animals. Read the rest

Shark cats: delightful portraits of terror

Brynn Metheny is the undisputed master of mashing up cats and sharks into delightful creatures. Her original series was so popular, she created a sequel this year. Read the rest

Artist creates dollops of paint that are actually colored pencil illustrations

CJ Hendry creates large pencil sketches that mix hyperrealism with fantasy. After working mainly in black and white, she jumped to color in a big way with her series of colorful paint smears. Read the rest

Acting Madly: the secret history of the lost MAD-alike magazines of the satire boom

It's been a bumper year for documentary evidence of the lost, weird history of MAD Magazine: first there was the gorgeous hardcover that uncovered the two-issue, unlimited-budget Trump Magazine (created by MAD's founding editor Harvey Kurtzman after a falling out with publisher William Gaines, Jr, operating with a bankroll provided by Hugh "Playboy" Hefner); now there's Behaving Madly, which assembles a timeline of the short-lived, incredibly proliferated MAD rip-offs that popped up as Kurtzman and his successor proved that there was big bucks to be found in satire.

Pop culture detritus illustrated as abandoned, overgrown ruins

What would some of the most iconic items of recent pop culture look like if they were real, enormous, and left to rot away? Filip Hodas explores the possibilities in his cool illustrations. Read the rest

Interview with the first artist in the US to be convicted of artistic obscenity

Brian H writes, "Cartoonist Mike Diana is the first artist in the US to receive a criminal conviction for artistic obscenity. Here he recounts (MP3) the trial that barred him from drawing for three years and has made it impossible for him to return to Florida nearly 25 years later." Read the rest

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