2 October 2015

Yellow, The Collected Book Kickstarter

52 weeks, 52 artists. The brains behind Off Life comics newspaper have come up with Yellow, your year of news told in illustration.


It looks to be a really beautiful project featuring artists like Stan Chow, Jean Jullien, Simon Spilsbury, Supermundane, Malika Favre and Hattie Stewart amongst others.


Take a look at the video and back it here! CIA favourites in amongst some genuinely great talent!


1 October 2015

Rose Blake at Rebecca Hossack Gallery

Rose Blake is both an illustrator and artist. Her work wrestles with the idea that 2 should be seen separately and her first solo show at Rebecca Hossack is an exploration into that pull.


Rose captures the busy scene of a gallery concourse showing us the lives and personalities of those who grace its depths. A child waddles room to room with their parent, school children with matching back-packs rush through the picture, lovers embrace.


The people are all digitally represented and the art on the walls is hand painted on. Illustration as art is truly celebrated and heralded.


You can see the show from 7-31 October!

1 October 2015

Shakespeare around the world

William Shakespeare is undoubtedly the greatest British playwright and, debatably, the greatest Briton to have lived ever. No one has transported so globally or been such a worldwide influence.


Last week's Guardian Review concentrated on Shakespeare's international touch. From the Globe to global and our very own Jonny Wan has put together such a stunning front cover! 


So much textural joy! If you caught this in print, you were very very lucky!  From one stone cold Ancient classic to an up and coming art leader. 

1 October 2015

Watching Friends in France with your Friends

Who doesn't like a spot of Friends? Its hard to just stop at a spot though, right? Countless Sundays have been lost with Monica, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Joey and Phoebe...


Those of us in the UK have had Friends lined into our Netflix subscription for the best part of a year but French pals now have the chance to veg out and get their 'marathon watch' on.


Netflix France are launching the news with a big Friends festival! Stanley Chow has put together a striking visual, advertising the huge welcome. Over 4 days (15 - 19 October) you can reserve a place to head on down to Quartier Général in the 11th arrondissement of Paris!


You have to love that water in Stanley's image! Memories!

30 September 2015

A Colouring-in Fantasy

Escape to Wonderland is an extraordinarily intricate and beautiful colouring-in book full of magical line work by Good Wives and Warriors.


Published by Penguin the book is 96 pages of iconic scenes from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with plenty of the fantastical characters littered in between. Such an exquisite, perfectly sized book reads for us all to take on holiday and really relax.


Crayons at the ready, this one is for adults and children alike.

gwaw colouring-in book

29 September 2015

Captain Britain!

If you weren't already au fait with Marvel superhero Captain America, then you've surely been confronted with him over the last few years.


His 'never leave a man behind', fist crunching 'can do' sense of justice is a reduction of everything America stands for. Did you ever wonder what a British version of Cpt America would look like? Well, Marvel did him too you know.


Endowed with powers from Merlin, upholding the UK shores Captain Britain has been taken on by such comic heavyweights as Alan Moore and Alan Davis. 


Especially for Sheffield Comi-con, John Royle has put together a very awesome print of Britain's masked crusader. Take a look at his adaption!

28 September 2015

Making Waves for Max Mara

'Style is a simple way of saying complicated things' and in Max Mara's SS16 Collection they've called on Brian Grimwood with a little help from our friends, Dog and Rabbit to interpret Jean Cocteau's world.


In Max Mara's words 'The SS16 Collection narrates marine romance and signs and symbols, stars and sailing knots on grainy hand blocked prints in red, yellow and royal blue bring us the dream of the wide open sea.

Brian Grimwood Dog and Rabbit Max Mara

28 September 2015

Map Monday!

I was going through my Monday themed blog options and then came an email with such warmth and sunshine, the argument was settled.


Here it is, Map Mondays and this week your host will be Jitesh Patel. LA is one of those destinations which just brings such immediate joy. It's a city draped in history and myth. As you know, Jitesh is a bit of a map specialist and this handsome LA map perfectly positions the above with a lick of watercolour pastel.


Had to share really, hope you enjoy as much as me! Happy Map Monday.

25 September 2015

Lesley Buckingham's Nature Illustrations

Lesley Buckingham has an elegant turn in her illustration. She creates images simple but supremely elegant. So when she was asked to compose spot illustrations by Walker magazine, the rambling editorial there was only one outcome.


I'm sharing some of my favourite figures here. Wish I could encounter a deer like that more often. 



25 September 2015

A Journey to Cap Corse

It may well only be a 25 mile peninsula of Corsica, but my word every inch of Cap Corse looks beautiful! It's all the end of Summer, get away on vacation, immediate holiday inspiration you need.

Wondering what it's known for? Stop right now because Tatiana Boyko has collaborated with Vanity Fair, France to map Cap Corse and highlight the towns and famous landmarks for you.


Thank us later