10 December 2013
The Daniel Blau gallery on Hoxton Square is playing host to CIA's very own wild bunch Le Gun, plus friends, this coming Thursday 12th December. This show represents a significant transition from Le Gun's signature black and white output into glorious technicolor. So if you want to witness the moment when Dorothy opens the door, get yourself to the show and if you're busy this week fear not, the exhibition runs until 8th February next year.
5 December 2013
CIA's dashingly debonair print maker, Chris Brown, is offering up his fine wares to the gift-giving public at rather inviting prices. Including prints from several of his recent illustrated books, they're really rather beautiful and mostly stocking sized. Get there early to avoid disappointment!
4 December 2013
As anyone who's been to his Florence museum knows (and that means us at CIA, we are SOOO cultured) it doesn't get much more glamorous than the Italian heel maestro Salvatore Ferragamo, shoe designer to Monroe, Hepburn and Loren. In the 1920's he spent time in Los Angeles and was inspired by Southern California.
Well, you're not anyone these days unless you've done a pop-up and Tim Marrs was invited to create an artwork inspired by one of Ferragamo's pieces to be displayed at a Beverly Hills store during a black tie gala evening hosted by some nobody called Robert Redford and an apparent hanger-on called Brad something-or-other.
Tim's interpretation of the Ferragamo bracelet seen in it's original form in the separate post below, is woven into the Californian landscape that served as Salvatore's muse and is an inspiring work of art in it's own right.
29 November 2013
Our friends at Faber & Faber have launched a new imprint, Faber Fine Press, showcasing collaborations between writers, typographers, print-makers and artists. Poetry Broadsides is a small collection of limited edition prints marrying a piece of poetry with an illustrative interpretation thereof and we're very happy to see our very own Jonathan Gibbs creating some beautiful woodcut art to accompany Woods etc. by Alice Oswald. Take a closer look here.
28 November 2013
Well look no further! If it's capes and spandex you're after then Maria Raymondsdotter is the illustrator for you with these articulate (geddit?) Batman and Cat Woman illustrated puppets created for an exhibition in Århus, Denmark.
25 November 2013
19 November 2013
Breathing some character and charm into a thorny and highly technical subject like the HS2 rail link is no easy brief. But that's the beauty of illustration, especially when Simon Spilsbury's on board and even more so when CIA's lofty animation crew 12foot6 are involved.
Commissioned by AMV BBDO, the project needed a softer edge to its presentation to convince politicians and journalists that the HS2 rail link is a truly professional and responsible solution to propagate Britain's economic growth. Even when drawing civic architecture Simon's work is full of personality and this combination of revealed line and animated line draws you into the debate.
A development sketch below, but click here to see the thing in motion...
18 November 2013
1 November 2013
Here at CIA Towers we're very excited about our new arrival! Jonny Wan has joined our ranks and we look forward to showing you his amazing work in his brand new CIA folio right here… A rather colourful end to the week!