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Malika‘s work is just…wow. While I love to see fine detail in certain works, the amazing thing about Malika’s work is how pared down it is without losing a sense of richness and depth. And it’s vivid both colourfully and content-wise. Her Kama Sutra project is all at once hilarious, witty, naughty, and fun. This is a way of working I had thought about trying to accomplish on my own after spending so much time in Illustrator lately and prior to having seen Malika’s stuff. Now that I have, well, what’s the point when she does it so well already? ┬áStill, it might be fun to try and play with.


malikafavre_Fabric_cover Bond_OB_clean

these are fabulous. done by la boca. will keep an eye on their stuff. (source: booooooom)





Legacy of Letters from Luca Barcellona on Vimeo.

i think this video was posted just about everywhere a few months ago and for very good reason. i was pretty impressed with the control and smoothness of luca’s marks but i just about had a fit when things started connecting so seamlessly. if you haven’t seen this yet, seriously watch it – it’s worth it. especially if you’re at all interested in lettering of any kind.

luca posted some more videos to promote calligraphy, showing off his talent (not to mention crazy tools!) along with a very talented, fellow calligrapher francesca biasetton. my favourite of the new videos is below but go check them all out on his vimeo page.

i just bought myself some of those wide markers and i plan on making a mess of things. i really wish they made them in magenta though. are you listening, good folks at copic?? i also impulse bought one of their disposable fountain pens today as well. i realised that i really missed more fluid ink when i did leslie nielsen‘s portrait so i’m gonna try and mix things up a bit more again.

the elements of typographic style

so i’ve been reading elements of typographic style by robert bringhurst. it’s quite technical and thorough and i’m really enjoying it. honestly i wasn’t sure if i should get it when i first came upon it in the bookstore but the endorsement in armin vit and bryony gomez-palacio’s book, graphic design referenced, along with a strong recommendation from a friend convinced me. check it out if you’ve any interest in typography.

i’m not completely through it but i came across a line that gives me hope for print. i love printed posters, illustration, design, etc. and it seems like there’s this huge forecasting of the death of print. in the case of wall hangings, it doesn’t make sense to me since people seem to love to have nice art on their walls but they say it’s too expensive. get a nice print! i think it’s great that there’s a contingent of people out there keeping it alive, especially since i feel like i’m joining the party (uninvited?) so late.
bringhurst’s words were:
“because the Web, like the subway, is not a destination. Printing is still what type is for.”
what’s funny / ironic to me is that this is the exact punctuation on the page (209). although, the text before this is:
“Now that type is principally a digital commodity, printed type specimens are quickly disappearing. Yet they remain an invaluable resource. because the Web, …”
perhaps the original quotation is not a complete thought then. either way, the grammatical error might’ve made this stand out but i like the statement. i should say that i don’t completely agree with his sentiment though. i’m sure many people would love to see proper typography on more, if not all, websites (which i do see as digital analogues to printed matter – the web is merely the ether) but i do like the encouragement to keep on printing. i would guess that because of the inaccessibility to use nice type and apply one’s preferences in support of it, bringhurst believed this to be true at the time he wrote this. maybe he still does. even apple still haven’t fully gotten type right (exhibit a) and maybe that’s a good thing.

a great first episode of the bbc’s genius of design show. check out out the first episode:

The Genius of Design ep1 from Genius of Design 1 on Vimeo.


kind of illustration related but more music related: check out incredibox. it’s pretty fun.

a couple of weeks ago i was able to finally go to life drawing for the first time in months. i was out of practice but it felt pretty good. i should probably mix up the media i use more but i still find it challenging to capture something i’m completely happy with. every once in a while i’m ok with the session. the drawings below from an earlier session occurred on such a day. life drawing at ocad, in moleskine.
one minute poses.
five and ten minute poses.
lifedrawing.004.2lifedrawing.004.3 lifedrawing.004.4
twenty minute poses. i think i’m going to break out the brush pen more.
speaking of mixing it up, i really love francis vallejo‘s life drawings.

his other work is, uh, ok too. check it out and you’ll see what i mean. this kid’s a machine and seems to really breathe through his work. check out his blog here, too.

build - poetry club build - symbolism

beautiful graphic design by build. michael place had a spot in helvetica and i believe he designed some posters for objectified as well.

jeff hamada - louis vuitton jeff hamada - tom cruisejeff hamada - converse

jeff is a vancouver based artist who participated in converse’s 1hund(red) initiative. hypebeast has a nice little interview with him about it and other stuff as well. he also designs apparel and various other things. give him a google. he also runs this other little site you might have heard of called BOOOOOOOM. he started this blog about a year and a half ago and now receives about two million pageviews a month. i’d say he’s a pretty talented dude.