Mixing illustrations with vintage typographical concepts, Derrick Castle carves the beauty of traditional drinks in his Classic Cocktails series.
Castle, a graphic designer and illustrator, has worked for some big names like Nike, Under Armour and Harley Davidson to name a few. Living in Nashville, Castle has been exposed to mixology and modern interpretations of classic cocktails through friends in the bartending industry.
I seem to be making a habit of finding illustrators who I can’t seem to find any information about. Take for example this work by French illustrator Anna Boulanger. I discovered it on her blog L’atelier de la Petite Taupe Nyctalope… recently, but as I don’t speak French, I have no idea about the context or the stories behind the images. That said, I think they’re great and in many ways that’s all that really matters.
When I visited San Francisco last summer Kyle and I were able a good chunk of the day with Erik Marinovich, one of the best dudes/letterers I know. While we were chilling at his studio he was telling me about this project called Do Not Open where he mails hand-painted envelopes to folks around the world.
Do Not Open brings something that was specifically available to friends and family to the general public. You can submit an address (yours or a friends) and for a fee, a uniquely hand-lettered envelope will be carefully packaged and mailed to you. Envelope dimensions are 15″x20″and no two addresses will look the same. All envelopes are one of a kind that include a hand painted address on #7 kraft bubble mailers (14 1/4″ x 19″) from Office Depot. The series will be limited to only 250 envelopes. Note International orders welcomed!
Erik told me that he should have some more updates to the site early next week, so be sure to keep scoping out his awesome work. Also, mail is clearly becoming the cool new medium. You may have seen Roxy Torres’ hand-lettered envelopes which we posted about last week, which gives this trend even more of a leg to stand on. Anyone else going to utilize this medium for their own project?
Pia Bramley is an artist and illustrator living in London. I love how raw and expressive her work is. Drawn in ink, Ria’s illustrations are really striking and her simple lines seem so emotive. In the past she has worked for The New York Times, Anthropologie and London Fashion Week. She also created this excellent gif which we featured on the site a few years ago. You can see more work from Pia below or visit her website here.
I’ve been a long time fan of Nathan Fox, a New York based illustrator and chair/founder of the MFA Visual Narrative Department, who has a penchant for drawing over-the-top work that will blow your mind. Recently he created some amazing work for SVA’s Subway Poster series and I’m mildly obsessed with them.
The 3 posters follow the adventures of Tako, an artist who brings her creations to life and travels to imaginary places. Each bears the message “What’s Your Story?”–to inspire commuters to realize their own ambitions. Fox penciled, inked and colored the illustrations and even created a 3D anaglyph effect. His fluorescent colors couldn’t be achieved through standard offset printing, so the posters were screen-printed.