Photos of the High Line

The folks over at Curbed have a nice gallery of photos showing the construction going on the High Line. From the looks of it there’s still a long way to go, but they’re making some good progress so far.

For those who don’t know, the High Line used to be an elevated railway used by freight trains that went into disuse in the 80’s. But a group of concerned citizens called Friends of the High Line decided to put this old landmark to use and proposed to turn the space into an elevated park. I’m a huge fan of taking existing spaces and making them new and exciting again, so I’m really excited to see this project come to a conclusion. Parts of the High Line might be finished by this summer, but as far as I can tell there’s no FINAL final date.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 6, 2008 / By

Oliver Munday

An important part of being a superstar designer is having a name that sounds famous. Think of Zaha Hadid, Yves Behar, Marc Newson, Karim Rashid… all great names. So when I came across the work of Oliver Munday, I thought he had to be good, and it turns out I was right.

Oliver lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland and has an amazing portfolio of work. His choices of color and shape are totally spot on, and his projects are really fun. The photos above are a self promotional book he created that I thought was rather fun and creative. It has all sorts of fun icons and images inside, but the cover is my favorite part. Check out the rest of his work, you’ll certainly find something you like.

Found through FormFiftyFive

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 6, 2008 / By

Pigeons From Hell: An Interview with Nathan Fox

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from illustrator and Kitsune Noir friend Nathan Fox and it mentioned he had a new comic out called Pigeons From Hell. I had NO idea that he was working on a comic book so I went out and bought it the very next day, read it all the way through and was amazed. The story is adapted from a Robert E. Howard story, the guy who created and wrote Conan the Barbarian, though this story is a spooky/horror kind of story set in a swamp in the South.

Nathan’s art has never looked more beautiful, and it’s pretty rad to see him doing sequential artwork for a change. The story is also colored by the amazing Jeromy Cox, who colored one of my all-time favorite comics, Promethea. Since I was so enamored with the first issue of the series, I did a little interview with Nathan and asked him a little about the book and his new experience with comics.

+KN: So how did you get attached to drawing Pigeons From Hell?

Nathan Fox: I’ve been sending my work around for a while through pitches and narrative illustration work, trying to see if anyone would take a chance, and Matt Dryer at Dark Horse called me up for Pigeons From Hell.

+KN: Were you a fan of Robert E. Howard’s work before you started work on the comic?

Nathan Fox: Nope. Didn’t know about Joe’s work at all. I really didn’t know that much about the breadth of Howard’s work out there to tell you the truth beyond the barbarian movies. I only knew about Conan comics wise but rarely picked up any issues except for Greg Ruth’s work on the series. Love his stuff. But once I got into Howard’s writing and short stories and read the original Pigeons From Hell and caught up with the work Joe had been doing I was sold. And here we are.

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Bobby Solomon

May 5, 2008 / By

Last Week in Music | 04/27/08 – 05/03/08

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Song for Jo by Scarlett Johansson

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Time Enough For Rocking When We’re Old by The Magnetic Fields

Yet again all of the music I listened to last week wasn’t recorded, I think it’s because I listen to my iPod at work, but this is a fair guesstimation of what last week was like. Coming out on top was The Magnetic Fields, who’s 69 Love Songs I’ve been listening to quite a lot lately, as well as the new album and I. Their sound is so eclectic that it kind of fits any mood you might be in. After that was The Notwist again with their new album The Devil, You + Me. Almost every song there is really good, but not all of them, though it’s definitely a 9 out of 10 kinda album. Then was French Kicks, Belle & Sebastian and Devendra.

What came as a total surprise to me was how good the new Scarlett Johansson album was! For those who don’t know the album is made up of Tom Waits covers and one song of her own. I’m not a fan of Tom Waits, in fact I hate his voice, he sounds like he’s gargling gravel. But I do really like what she’s done with the songs, her voice sounding somewhere between Trish Keenan of Broadcast and Claudia Gonson of The Magnetic Fields. The album also features contributions from DAVID BOWIE and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s. If I haven’t named enough reasons to even make you curious about this record I don’t know what else to say.

Filling out the rest of the list was Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear (when is their new album coming out?!), Jens Lekman, and Ladytron. I also found another new couple records that will probably be making new appearances on the list, so keep an eye out next week.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 5, 2008 / By

Lemon Frost Nike Blaze Hi’s

The shoes above are a new Lemon Fresh colorway of their awesome Blazer Hi model, which I have to say I’m really digging these. I don’t think I could ever wear these, I’d try to match my shirt to them and look like a giant popsicle. But I could totally imagine someone who really knows what they’re doing with clothes totally pulling these off. I love that the sides have that crazy gradient and the color of the laces totally finishes the whole thing off.

I believe you can get these at Hangtime online, but I checked their online store and they aren’t up yet, so check back often as I’m sure there are probably like 25 of these in existence.

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Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 4, 2008 / By

The New Apartment at Night

Hello everyone! Sorry to be so quiet for the last few days! Moving has been a pretty long and difficult process so I’ve taken the time to concentrate on that and not worry about the blog, not that I post all that much on the weekend anyhow. So far everything is pretty scattered still, but I did finish organizing the kitchen and the dining room, and the large furniture has been put together in my bedroom. As soon as everything is put together I’ll post some photos, but it’s definitely not there yet.

But I did take some time lapse photos late last night and they turned out pretty well, very Todd Hido. The neighborhood around the apartment is pretty damn bright, so it made for some really cool effects. Be sure to check back in tomorrow, things will be back to normal, I promise!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 4, 2008 / By

Moving Day

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that I’ll be moving for the next few days so posting might be a little shabby until next week. I’m finally moving out of the shoebox of an apartment I’ve lived in for almost 2 years, and it’s much needed. I’m 6′ 1″-ish and my apartment is a cozy 200 sq. ft…. it’s not cute. I hope everyone has a good weekend!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 1, 2008 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Tavis Coburn

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Tavis Coburn

Tavis Coburn

Welcome to another Wednesday! I’m writing this at 1 am right now, totally exhausted from a night of packing, cleaning and retouching, but The Desktop Wallpaper Project must go on! This weeks wallpaper comes from the uber-talented Tavis Coburn, and is definitely one of the fancier wallpapers. Tavis went to the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, California where he earned a fine art degree. Nowadays he’s headquartered up in snowy Toronto where he works for clients like ESPN, Nike, Entertainment Weekly and The Discovery Channel. He also has an amazing online print store that sells his work, definitely something to check out.

As for his wallpaper, I love it for multiple reason. The first is because of the amazing style it’s done in. It totally looks like it could have ben created 50 years ago, with the faded whites and halftone patterns all over. Secondly, I love how frigging random this is. A giant dude chewing on the backboard of a basketball hoop? The way it’s framed is pretty clever as well, with not as much info as you’d like to be shown. My last favorite part is that this looks like a fat-boy version of me, or at least I think so. I’m not sure if this was on purpose or not, but I hope it was!

I think for next week we might do things a little differently. How about you all let me know what style of background you want, and I’ll pick one that matches what you guys want to see most? Don’t say artists names because a) They might not be participating and b) I’m not telling who is participating anyway, haha… So if you want some illustration, design, painted, digital, analog… whatever you all want I’ll try and make it happen.

Bobby Solomon

April 30, 2008 / By

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