Dutch illustrator Chuck Groenink really does make some excellent work. Currently he lives and works in Portland, Oregon where he creates enchanting worlds filled with wonderful creatures and characters. His work really reminds me of the kind of magical places we’d dream up as kids and Groenink realizes these place perfectly, filling them with vibrant textures and colors.
The top image on this post is particularly apt for this time of year and it comes from an excellent mini-zine which Groenink made to mark the Halloween season. Regrettably it’s now sold-out but it’s still worth checking out the pictures of it on Groenink’s Etsy page. It’s excellent stuff and the zine itself is filled with illustrations, a comic and a recipe for pumpkin cookies! If you really like the top image, the good news is that it’s still available to buy as a print online here. As Groenink himself puts it, it’s “something to celebrate the year’s most frighful holiday!”
Check out more of Chuck Groenink work online here.
I received a Google notification this morning saying that io9 had posted an article citing something from TFIB. Unfortunately I was in an orientation this morning and didn’t have a chance to really read the article, only seeing that io9 had decided to use the poster that Frank Chimero had created for the old Kitsune Noir Poster Club created way back when, which is how I got looped into this. Sadly, it seems that the school board of Republic High School in Missouri has banned the book from the school, citing a complaint from Missouri University professor Wesley Scroggins. Here’s what he had to say:
This is a book that contains so much profane language, it would make a sailor blush with shame. The “f word” is plastered on almost every other page. The content ranges from naked men and women in cages together so that others can watch them having sex to God telling people that they better not mess with his loser, bum of a son, named Jesus Christ.
All I have to say is that’s fucking stupid.
So in response, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is giving the 150 students who were effected by this decision a free copy of the book, effectively fighting the ridiculous censorship imposed by the school board. Not only that, but Frank Chimero will be donating 100% of the profits from the poster he created to the Memorial Library to be able to ship more books out.
Please join me in supporting the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, Frank Chimero, and freedom of speech by either purchasing Frank Chimero’s Slaughterhouse Five poster on Society 6 or by donating directly to the Memorial Library. It would also be helpful to spread the word about this and contact the school board and superintendent directly about this. Banning books is and will always be wrong.
This is nice. To coincide with the end of NASA’s shuttle missions, artist/designer/independent publisher Nate Utesch launched a year-long project called OrbitalFleets. The project is, in his words, “screen-printed posters that have a bunch of nerdy data and icons for all 5 of the shuttles’ lifespans. One for each shuttle.” Nate is also “making 5 art prints that are illustrations of an astronaut from one of those shuttles.” And the posters are educational! For instance: did you know that the shuttle Discovery participated in a classified mission for the Department of Defense? Both of Nate’s series (the shuttle series of first-edition screenprints and the crew series) are stellar and affordable. The dollars he rakes in from this project will fund another excellent project of his: Ferocious Quarterly which binds together fresh illustrators, writers and artists.
Matthew Korbel-Bowers is a San Francisco based artist who’s currently working on his MFA at the California College of the Arts. I was checking out his portfolio and he’s got a lot of great, sort of abstract pieces that are really beautiful. I love the colors and the random, geometric nature of them all. You can tell he’s got a good vibe going on, even his posters feel like they’re from the same, greater body of work. If you dig any of these images you can grab them in poster form for pretty cheap over on his Society6 page.
My buddy Mike over at Furni asked me if I’d help get the word out for this other collaboration he’s a part of called One Way Or Another. Mike has teamed up with Society 6, who you remember I worked with on the Kitsune Noir Poster Club, as well as Club Mumble to create an art show who’s proceeds go to giving disadvantaged youths skateboards. Here’s the gist of it:
Through Society6, we (a group which includes Annie Lam (Contributor), Mike Giles (www.furnicreations.com), Bob Kronbauer (www.clubmumble.com), Sandro Grison (www.colormagagazine.ca), Andy Jenkins (www.bendpress.com), and Justin Cooper (Society6) will be curating 25 artists/collectives from around the world to create original boards that will be sold through Contributor, with all proceeds going directly back to getting skateboards to kids across Canada. What makes this project unique is that rather than people buying a finished piece of your artwork, supporters will instead pre-purchase your time to make a board especially for them, so when it arrives it’s an awesome surprise, kind of like a familiar chocolate with a hidden tasty center!
If you’d like to get involved you can click here.