Robert Crumb’s ‘A Short History of America’

Robert Crumb's 'History of America'

Kyle and I speak often about gentrification and some of the effects it causes. You might view it as helping neighborhoods look better or you might see it as kicking people out of their homes. Either way it made me think about Robert Crumb’s A Short History of America which illustrates how the country has progressed over the last 100 years. It would be interesting to see how he’d update the street for 2014. In some respects you have areas like Brooklyn which have been completely gentrified, but you also have areas of Detroit where neighborhoods have been neglected and abandoned.

You can see a high-res version of the illustration by clicking here.

Bobby Solomon

June 27, 2014 / By

Fun and Psychedelic Illustrations from London’s DogBoy

Dogboy

Dogboy is the name that London-based illustrator Philip Huntington works under. I’ve been loving his illustrations ever since I saw one of them on the cover of a flyer for a late-night opening at London’s V&A (above). While his bio is quick to point out that his work process “does not involve experimentation with mind-altering substances”, it’s clear to see that the language of psychedelia has clearly made a way into the crazy alternative reality he creates.

DogBoy frequently works on personal projects and produces work for independent magazines. If you like what you see here make sure to head over to his site and see some more of his work.

Dogboy

Dogboy - Audiovision

Dogboy

Dogboy

Philip Kennedy

June 27, 2014 / By

‘The Mega Behive’ – A Short Comic by Carolyn Alexander

The Mega Behive by Carolyn Alexander 1

I like Carolyn Alexander. She’s got a great style and a wonderful sense of humor. A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art; Carolyn studied Visual Communication where she says she specialized in “illustration and smoking”.

The image above is the first page of a two page comic called The Mega Behive. Inspired by an article in a fashion magazine, Carolyne’s black and white images are beautiful and I just love the story.

The Mega Behive by Carolyn Alexander 2

According to her bio – after graduation – Carolyn decided to run off and live up a mountain in France for five years. While there she became proficient in “speaking terrible French, shrugging her shoulders and the eating of cheese”. She has recently returned to civilization where she spends her days drawing haughty ladies. You can see more of her drawings and comics on her website here.

Philip Kennedy

June 6, 2014 / By

A New Sketch Everyday from Pascal Campion

Pascal Campion

Pascal Campion is a French-American illustrator and animator living in San Francisco. Since 2006 he’s been creating a sketch a day, everyday Monday through Friday. It’s an impressive undertaking and the quality of these “sketches” is really quite something. Pascal is a master of capturing light and movement and every one of his images tells a story. Inspired by life experiences and moments from his day, his work is beautifully rendered and a story unto itself.

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Philip Kennedy

June 4, 2014 / By

Mike Ellis Illustrates Tiny Rooms in a Tiny House

Mike Ellis - Room For Rent

This is a great little project from Canadian illustrator Mike Ellis. Entitled Room For Rent, the work was part of an experimental installation show in Toronto and consists of a large three-dimensional miniature house filled with illustrated bedrooms. The house allows viewers to peer inside and scoop out the rooms. According to Mike, the piece uses multicolored LEDs which make the illustrations “come to life” – exposing things that may not be seen under normal circumstances.

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Philip Kennedy

June 2, 2014 / By

Bold, Brash and Brilliantly Fun Floral Prints by Elena Boils

Elena Boils

I think I’ve mentioned on here before about how much I like when somebody takes something pretty old and traditional and puts a fresh spin on it. That’s why I love these floral still lives by the Mexican-born and London-based illustrator Elena Boils. Passionate about nature, Elena’s illustrations are a mixture of digital and hand crafted work. The combination works really well; mixing bold splashes of solid colour with occasional subtle textures and patterns. I love them!

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Philip Kennedy

May 20, 2014 / By

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