Came upon these illustrations from Brooklyn based illustrator Rebecca Mock and was totally sucked into them. A lot of her work is character based, a lot of fun and beautiful illustrations about Power Rangers and polyamorous relationships, but these pieces seem so mysterious and interesting to me.
The top piece is called The Old Maple Tree Whispered To Her That Everything Would Be Okay, which is a great title. I love how odd it is, that the focus is on this great mess of a tree, and there’s only a small fragment of a woman peeking out. Reminds me of a scene you’d find in a Murakami novel. The other piece is a self-portrait she did of herself, which I feel is similar in tone. You feel almost voyuerisitic viewing these pieces, that the subject isn’t aware of your presence and you’re getting a look at some intimiate moment. Really splendid work.
I was listening to Morning Becomes Eclectic the morning when this really great, soul song came on the radio. I listened for a minute, really enjoying it but not sure who it was. So I Shazam’ed it, and oddly enough, it ended up being Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, which totally shocked the hell out of me.
I really liked their last album quite a lot, though it was sort of a 50/50 good bad sort of feeling. The good was really good, but the rest was just ok, you know? This song though, Baby, this is a jam. It’s amazing how Ariel can channel these old school song stylings but still kind of make it feel fresh and new, shoo bop shoo bop’s and all. Their new album Mature Themes comes out on August 20, so this song makes me pretty excited for it.
Late last night Wired published a wonderful piece on Jack Dorsey, the man behind Twitter and Square. Oft compared to Steve Jobs (but essentially nothing like him), it was cool to see such an in-depth piece on him. He’s such an inspiring guy, I mean, he’s only 35 and look at all that he’s done. Here’s a snippet I loved.
Like Jobs, Dorsey has proclivities that have helped him build something of a cult of personality. Every Friday he indoctrinates new employees with a forced march through the streets of San Francisco, beginning at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Ferry Building, heading into the canyons of the Financial District, and emerging in the startup haven south of Market Street where Square resides. During the walk, Dorsey outlines what he calls the Four Corners of Square. “It’s something that codifies our ethic,” he says. “I really spent a lot of time on it.” But he is mum on the details of this vaguely Masonic concept. “If I told you, you’d have to work here,” he says with a tight smile.
Dorsey also boasts a Jobs-like obsession with design and detail. In early 2011 he became captivated by the idea of using a wallet metaphor in a Square app. William Henderson, a former Apple operating system specialist who now works as a software engineer at Square, says, “Jack got so excited that he came to work one day with a stack of 10 leather wallets.” For hours, Dorsey and his team deconstructed every detail. He was especially fond of the Hermè8s. (He adores the brand and pronounces its name “air-MEZH,” as if he were raised in a duty-free shop.) The team designed a digital wallet that faithfully replicated its austere majesty, down to the stitching. It even carried a monogram, extracting initials from the user’s registration information and dropping the trailing dot after the second initial, just as Hermè8s does. The credit cards, which fit into their slots at slightly asymmetrical angles, were stamped with holograms that changed color when the screen was tilted.
While I was in New York we had our little creatives get together and I was able to meet a bunch of super rad folks. One of them was a guy named Derek Ercolano, a Brooklyn based illustrator who’s work is super rad. He does a lot of these weirdo drawings of random characters, with melting faces and riding hoverboards and basically tripping out in every conceivable way. When you look through his portfolio it’s also cool to see how he’s progressed over the last couple years. His newest stuff is absolutely killing it. Looking forward to seeing what he’s cranking out in another couple of years.
Edinburgh-based illustrator Kate McLelland has a great portfolio of work. A recent graduate of Edinburgh College of Art’s Masters degree in illustration, Kate has worked on prints, commissions, exhibitions and a children’s book.
I really like her series of skyline prints. Originally created as an entry to a competition held by London Transport, her London print was a re-deigned skyline that reflected London today. After enjoying the process of creating the image (and picking up first runner-up in the competition) Kate decided to make two more city skylines – first Edinburgh and then Paris. On her website she notes that every year she has created a new skyline but hasn’t decided on which one to do this year. Hopefully she decides soon because I can’t wait to see it!
Kate McLelland’s ‘Skyline’ prints are currently available for purchase from the Hello Polly store.