This is a piece I did a little while ago for SooJin Buzelli at PLANADVISER. I was really stoked to have the opportunity to work on something fun and fantasy themed for an editorial piece. See, it doesn’t have to be businessmen climbing ladders you guys. Not usually anyway. Thanks, SooJin!
The JOE SHOW: Josephine Baker & Joe Alex
Josephine Baker was an American-born French dancer, singer, and actress who came to be known in various circles as the “Black Pearl,” “Bronze Venus” and even the “Creole Goddess”.
One of the rare male Black actors (along with Habib Benglia) performing in French films during the colonial period, Martinican Joe Alex (sometimes credited as José Alex) was first a singer and dancer. Alex notably appeared in various revues, the most famous being “La Revue nègre” in late 1925, in which he performed the very erotic “Danse sauvage” (Wild Dance) with Josephine Baker as his partner.
Cecil then tried to explain him that angels aren’t real but Carlos wouldn’t stop shaking.
Art by Kay Neilsen (c 1921) from HANSEL AND GRETEL AND OTHER STORIES.
Old Fashion Picture Book is a really nice tumblr, you may like to follow it.
Tolkien was able to draw.
When J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit, he was already an accomplished amateur artist, and drew illustrations for his book while it was still in manuscript. The Hobbit as first printed had ten black-and-white pictures, two maps, and binding and dust jacket designs by its author. Later, Tolkien also painted five scenes for color plates, which comprise some of his best work. His illustrations for The Hobbit add an extra dimension to that remarkable book, and have long influenced how readers imagine Bilbo Baggins and his world.
I have found The Art of The Hobbit book here in Amazon. Some of these images are published here for the first time, others for the first time in color, allowing Tolkien’s Hobbit pictures to be seen completely and more vividly than ever before.
My contribution to Julia Rothman’s upcoming book (published with Chronicle) The Who, the What and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Accomplices of History.
Thank you Julia for including me in what I’m sure will be a lovely book!
I was assigned Sofie Magdalene Hesselberg Dahl, mother of author Roald Dahl. Mrs. Dahl was Norwegian, remaining in Wales after her husband’s death to fulfill his wish that their children have a British education. Mrs. Dahl told her son stories based on the folklore of her homeland, and they exchanged hundreds of letters during his time at boarding school. Roald Dahl cites his mother as his primary inspiration as a storyteller.
Beautiful, beautiful work from Jensine Eckwall. Always an inspiration and such a sweet human! <3
It’s our brand new t-shirt in time for the holidays. Check out our li’l pretzel daschund (pronounced dash-und, not dock-son) all looking festive and fancy in his traditional mountain outfit! Get it now from TopatoCo!
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The witch’s pantry
#is he the witch or is he the witch’s sidekick #bored lil college student earning minimum wage chopping up salamander livers and reorganising the ingredients jars into alphabetical order #putting ‘best before’ dates on all the labels #”i can’t believe she was keeping the HUMAN EYEBALLS with the NIGHTSHADE ugh”#better than starbucks (via queerpotters)
Forged Iron. For the Arcana show at Telegraph Art Gallery.
I’m going to have a piece in Telegraph’s next art show! The Arcana show is all interpretations of major arcana tarot cards and like a nerd, I jumped for the Strength card and filled it with all of my favorite kinds of imagery. And also Dhio and Kaia.
Arcana will be running from October 4th-30th at Telegraph in Charlottesville, VA! You’ll be able to buy an 18x24” screened print of this at the show/Telegraph site/NYCC! I’ll also have a few prints at next year’s conventions! More about the show opening here.
These title pages are this week’s update, and I won’t be posting next week— I’m taking some time to finish the site and get ahead of my posting schedule.
I’ll post bits and pieces throughout, though. And it’ll be worth the wait— I’m really happy with the way chapter one is shaping up.
I’m so honored to say that I drew today’s Google doodle of Maria Callas, the renowned opera singer!
I’m happy to share some of the process—the whole thing took place in these last couple weeks and was a lot like doing any other freelance illustration job, except it was totally unexpected and for a much bigger audience!!!
My art director was the super talented Sophia Foster-Dimino (also a Google doodler)—she also gathered feedback for me from the doodler crew & google employees. When you’re working with a big company, there’s a lot of people that have to vet the final product! Luckily it all went very smoothly.
When I was given this project I didn’t have A CLUE about opera, so I spent a whole day reading about Maria Callas, listening to her existing recordings, and watching the few live videos of her performances. She is amazing! Her voice extended beyond the regular range for female singers and she had an innate gift for interpretation—she could literally sing anything written for the female voice, and sing it better than anyone else. She also had a really interesting life—Underdog beginning! Personal struggles! High-profile scandal! Crazy weight-loss! Unusual voice!
I included more info about each step of my process in the image captions— read on if you like!
Thanks to all the google doodlers for letting me be an honorary doodler today, and thanks to everyone who’s said something encouraging or recognized my work, I’m incredibly humbled and grateful to you all!