Thursday, December 24, 2009


I've been reading a lot of buzz about this book around the internet from other illustrators and designers.  Considering that many books available deal almost entirely with traditional hand methods, a book of case studies like this is pretty awesome. I'm excited about the idea of not handing ourselves wholly to digital art. 

It's probably the number one book I'd buy with my xmas money... when i get some. In the meantime, I'm gonna figure out how to make my local library order a copy.

Happy holidays everyone! And with the new year coming fast, remember:

M. Dick at Large

At some point I did an English degree. Moby Dick was one of those books I read, but not for class. I still love it. It's really one of those books everyone should read. I particularly enjoy the vignette about Ishmael tattooing the dimensions of the whale on his body. It sounds like probably the awesomest tattoo ever. Well, in that palimpsestic vein, Matt Kish has being doing one drawing for each page of Moby Dick. He's well on his way, but it's a big book so there's lots more to come. You can see how much he's done at his site.

Zak Smith did a similar thing with Gravity's Rainbow. So, as a book nerd, I'm pretty happy.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Get Stuffed this Holidays

I ran into the B.E. Stuffies crew manning a table at London's Covent Garden Market. If you need any sort of adorable hand stuffed beast or homunculus human they will be there Sunday Dec. 12 during the market's regular hours. You can also take a look at their Etsy store.

There is something awesome and unsettling about this guy. Seriously, perfect for that little someone who needs their imagination tweaked.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Flying People with Splotches

A sample from the work of Mel Kabel. I am super jealous of people who do watercolours well and who use the media to expressive ends. Mel perfectly evokes a sense of dreaminess. The blending of colours and natural unpredictable nature of liquid has such an organic incidental quality. Another favourite example of mine are Graham Roumieu's Bigfoot books.

New Website!

Winged Beast Outfitters has just unveiled its new website. You can see it here. It has everything you need to learn about the WBO. New features include and convenient shopping page and a services page. The Winged Beast is an economic force! And just in time for the holidays, too!