Sunday, November 21, 2010

mermaid

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i watched two versions of "the little mermaid" this week: karel kachyňa's "malá morská víla" (czechoslovakia, 1976) and vladimir bychkov's "rusalochka" (ussr, also 1976).

Friday, November 19, 2010

něco z alenky

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inspired by jan švankmajer's wonderful, wonderful "alice" (czechoslovakia, 1988), i made a new and improved version of my alice that i feel is good enough to add to my portfolio.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

close encounters of the bookstore kind

i work at a major chain bookstore, where i am oft subjected to the madness and rudeness of the general public. these frequent encounters make me practically run home to tell the story in the evening, and are often so dazzling that i have taken to making quick ballpoint pen drawings of the local eccentrics on scraps of paper the second they are out of sight. i share them:

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and hey look, my "swedish horses" drawing was on where the lovely things are on sunday! i only started looking at the blog this week, on b's recommendation (she was featured in this gems of the week last month). i love a sensory overload!

Monday, November 15, 2010

recent acquisitions

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books, books, books! i love them. i finally have a copy of the exquisite book (by also design)! other new treasures, clockwise: zombies vs. unicorns with a brilliantly exciting cover by josh cochran, the penguin classics deluxe edition of hans christian andersen's fairy tales, issue 3 of ammo magazine with a lovely cover by anke weckmann, belgian illustrator brecht evens' mouthwateringly beautiful graphic novel the wrong place, and florence parry heide's dillweed's revenge: a deadly dose of magic, illustrated by carson ellis.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

another darling

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

the cat's meow

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the first in a series of jazz age women. as the mica art market - and holiday season - approaches, i am working on a series of note cards to package and sell in sets of four.

Monday, November 8, 2010

amelia's magazine

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i used to work at a very cool shop called harbor news, in the harbor east neighborhood of baltimore. in addition to the typical american newsstand publications, we carried many, many (often obscure) domestic and international newspapers and magazines. baltimore wasn’t ready for a shop like harbor news, unfortunately, and it went under.

but it was during my long shifts running the floor of the shop by myself that i first became acquainted with amelia’s magazine. it was a beautiful printed magazine from london that came out twice a year for five years. the covers varied from sparkly, metallic, laser-cut, encrusted with swarovski crystals, scratch n’ sniff - what have you, and the inside was a sensory overload of fashion, illustration, photography, music, and interesting articles. the magazine is no longer in print (although a few collectible back issues can be purchased here), but continues to thrive online at ameliasmagazine.com.

last year, amelia gregory produced her first book, amelia’s anthology of illustration, and this year we await the release of amelia’s compendium of fashion illustration. i am one of thirty illustrators to be featured in the book, which is anticipated to come out in time for the holidays. you can pre-order your copy here! the book is £18 ($30) or can be purchased together with the anthology and issues 7-10 of the magazine for £50 ($80).

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