Illustration

5 May 2011

A right royal show

A right royal show

liz farrelly

Middle England and middle managers under a steaming pile of Modern Cloth
How often do you walk round an exhibition laughing out loud, asks Liz Farrelly? Not because you can’t believe what you’re seeing, but genuinely because framed on the wall are a bunch of very funny jokes, pointing out the absurdities of ‘modern’ life, and played out by a cast of the simplest, hand-drawn ‘characters’.

4 May 2011

Alphabetical order

Alphabetical order

alexander ecob

Limited-edition book explores Peter Blake’s unpublished letterforms
Victorian publishing values go hand-in-hand with Victorian type in a special book that showcases the alphabets of artist-illustrator-designer Peter Blake, writes Alexander Ecob. For publisher Douglas Wilson, the story goes back a long way.

23 April 2011

The printer’s tale

The printer’s tale

john ridpath

Old (and new) responses to Shakespeare by RCA printmakers
What with the Royal Wedding, the Queen’s (actual) birthday, Easter, St. George’s Day, and Mayday – spread over a cluster of bank holidays – there’s already plenty to celebrate in the UK this fortnight, writes John Ridpath. But if you’re looking for another excuse, raise a glass for William Shakespeare (this Saturday marks the date of the writer’s birth, and death) and the Royal Shakespeare Company, who are about to open their 50th Anniversary season.

21 April 2011

Documents of the marvellous

Documents of the marvellous

rick poynor

The spirit of Surrealism lives on – in projects based on curious collections
Surrealism’s assumptions and attitudes, its embrace of individual desire and celebration of the obsessional, fantastic and strange, can now be found in fiction, comic books, TV comedy, advertising and film, as well as three-dimensional design, writes Rick Poynor.

20 April 2011

Dark tools of desire

Dark tools of desire

rick poynor

Surrealism’s relationship with graphic design is still strangely unfulfilled
Surrealism is often described as the most influential of all twentieth-century art movements, writes Rick Poynor in Eye 63. Its poetic sensibility and way of perceiving reality is so pervasive that we take it for granted now.

15 April 2011

In graphic detail – Critique on Kiki

In graphic detail – Critique on Kiki

rick poynor

See Rick Poynor’s latest Critique – about Catel and Bocquet’s graphic biography of Surrealist icon Kiki de Montparnasse
I had some reservations about Kiki de Montparnasse, a new graphic biography of the artists’ model and muse, painter, singer of bawdy songs and celebrity, who came to fame in Paris in the 1920s, writes Rick Poynor in Eye 79.

14 April 2011

Mapping it up

Mapping it up

alexander ecob

Embrace the inner cartographer of artists and graphic designers
I’ve yet to meet a designer who doesn’t harbour a fondness for maps, writes Alexander Ecob.

13 April 2011

Out of space

Out of space

john ridpath, the events department

Charting the pervasive visual language of science fiction
A forthcoming exhibition about science fiction at the British Library will be full of amazing images as well as stories.

11 April 2011

Power of the ruling pen

Power of the ruling pen

eye editors

David Gentleman’s graphic poster campaign for Stop the War
Placards have always been a powerful visual medium for demonstration and protest. A team from Goldsmiths, University of London, asked anti-cuts demonstrators at the recent London march to donate theirs for preservation in the Museum of London’s collections (see the group’s Facebook page for images and more information).

6 April 2011

Surface to space

Surface to space

archive, marian bantjes

Maths, computers and the internet bring new life to the art of origami
Most of us are familiar with the art of paper folding, perhaps as an amusing pastime with brightly coloured paper, writes Marian Bantjes, a kind of parlour trick or children’s game. To those a bit more aware, origami has intersected with graphic design mostly as a form of three-dimensional illustration – which is one of the ways that paper folders are able to make a living. But a little investigation into the process of construction, and the developments that have occurred over the past quarter-century promise something more intriguing than a delightful puzzle. As with graphic design there is beauty in simplicity, as well as surprising complexity below the surface.
 
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