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No Talking October 7, 2009

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It Hurts

French cartoonists have lovely brush work and Philippe is a fine example. Cute pirates will keep you quiet at his blog, No Talking Just Rock ‘n Roll. They bring a smile to my face.


Garfield Minus The Cat March 4, 2009

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Occasionally I am reminded just how vast the internet universe is. Apparently this web comic of Garfield with Garfield removed is huge. It has a book deal and the blessing of Jim Davis. And it makes Jon look like a sad, sad man. The simplicity and genius use of the clone tool astound me.



We The Robots – Silicone Declarations November 8, 2007

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Chris Harding is working on a few projects. One of which is his web comic “We The Robots“. Nicely drawn, simple and satirical up the wazoo. Perhaps there are a few things we can learn from the Robots.


IdeaFixa e-Magazine October 2, 2007

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Ideafixa.com is a cool publication. It’s an e-mag that publishes bimonthly on specific themes. Issue 8 is Self-Portraits. While that has all the hallmarks of student disaster, the quality of the work is very impressive. The depth of the collection is fantastic, you just keep turning page after page after page. A lot of the work comes from South America and it’s  refreshing to get exposed to the talent of the South. There is also a bio section for some of the artists which makes for some interesting reading. They work on a submission policy and the next theme is Food. So get out your pencils, camera, wacom, emo, etc and try and overwhelm the curators with your genius.


The Retry “Art” Sampler September 16, 2007

Posted by Ivan Pols in art, art crush, character design, comic, culture, drawing, figurative art, illustration, images, john copeland, media, objectification, painting, portfolio.
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A friend asked to see some art that I reckon is fairly decent at the moment. Instead of hiding it in an e-mail, let me share with everyone. I’ve blogged about most of these people or sites before but there’s no substitute for an easy to click blog post to get motivated to look again. So, in no particular order, here’s some food for thought:

Serious Painting

John Copeland

John Copeland – Probably my favourite painter at the moment.

Slightly Different Painters


Jim Woodring – A great contemporary Surrealist

Jeff Soto

Jeff Soto – Giant robots and rainbows never looked this good. Jeff’s work has been translated into a short film by 3 Legged Legs. It’s amazing to see this fine-art-street-type style in motion.

Ashley Wood

Ashley Wood – Famous for concept art, comic books and being a “little” brash at times. He paints on real boards and sells the original pieces to collectors. He qualifies as a real artist.

Interactive Media

Hoogerbrugge – A Netherlands artist who uses drawings of himself to lay waste to the repititions of modern culture. Or something like that. This music video is the quick sampler of his work but check out the website for classic focussed Hoogerbrugge.


Frenzied Giraffe

Michel Gagne – This is his 6th book, Frenzied Fauna: From A to Z.

ICanHasCheezBurger -There’s a meme called Lolcats that many would not consider to be art, but it has been appropriated accepted adopted by the masses and shares some of the traits of art: visual aesthetic, an underlying theory, self-imposed executional rules, a sense of history. Is it -ism or is it -crapism? Will people in 100 years time have retrospectives of Lolcats? And in case you think I’m writing total rubbish look up the definition of Art.

Where to find more

Artshole – A UK listing for art
Art Krush – The e-mail publication and this list will see you right.
Drawn! – All about Drawers!

Large Provocation September 16, 2007

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Maggie AP

I’m on the e-mail blast list of Agent Provocateur, not only because I like women in lingerie but because their web experiences are typically awesome. They partner with some great talent to bring a sense of humour and sophistication to frilly bits covering pink bits. Their latest endeavour, Lessons in Lingerie starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mindy and Tullulah is no exception. It’s just fun.

Mindy AP

And while Maggie and the girls look amazing trussed up in their silks, it’s the illustration that links all the photos together that makes it great. I’m having trouble finding someone to take credit for the work though (so if someone knows please tell me and I can update this blog and heap praise where it should be heaped). The illustration was done by Tim Major, an drawer of the erotic. I haven’t found an online portfolio (something about the unwanted attention perhaps?) but if you plug his name into Google Images you’ll find some fun stuff.

I can direct some kudos at the branding company behind the AP campaigns, Large. Based in London and Copenhagen they add quite of lot to fill out their clients curves (sales and sexiness). Their rhetoric is not especially ground breaking but the work is beautiful and effective. Which is usually more than enough.

Anyway, back to the AP site. They’ve tried to expand the experience by putting Mindy on Myspace and Facebook (we’re BFBFF) and do-it-yourself book covers that you can share on Flickr. All of which seem to have had an unfortunately luke warm start (I’m not sure about Myspace because I can’t find Mindy by searching. Myspace has the worst search on earth!) They also use the drip feed method of quality content fed to you over time. There will be more adventures released over time. If any brand should understand teasing it’s this one. In the name of fun and commerce, go visit.

Agent Provocateur


ps. The full credits are in the Comments. Thanks to Large for supplying the names I was missing.

Spider-Man’s Great Shame August 11, 2007

Posted by Ivan Pols in advertising, comic, comic strip, funny.
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Spidie Shame

They never mentioned this in movies! For a quick laugh at old advertising comics click here.
(Courtesy Paul F)

Matthew Woodson – Ghostco Illustrator July 27, 2007

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Ghostco 01

Matthew Woodson was born and raised in rural southern Indiana. At a young age he developed a fascination for natural history and the elegant simplicity of silent moments and small deaths. He then moved to Chicago to attend The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, where natural history was non-existent and silent moments / small deaths were few and far between. After graduating in early 2006 Matthew still lives in Chicago, in an apartment full of original hardwood floors, taxidermy, and a cat.

Ghostco 02

I like Ghostco. His illustration is obviously awesome but he also has something interesting to say.  He’s an interesting guy who draws. So make sure you read his blog and look at his portfolio.

Joy Ang – Talent and Charm July 26, 2007

Posted by Ivan Pols in animals, art, art crush, comic, design, drawing, fantasy art, female, figurative art, illustration, images, James Jean, Joy Ang, painting, photography, portfolio.
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 Joy Ang 01

Joy Ang is hopefully indicative of the new wave of illustrators and creative people taking over the world. As comfortable with Pikachu snowmen as she is with 3D modelling software. That, and she has talent! Most of the stuff she touches turns out great and she’s still a student. I was recently checking portfolios at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and her stuff is a level above, what is by my experience and their reputation, an awesome school. Alberta School of Art and Design must be doing something right.

More specifically, Joy Ang is doing something right and I reckon she’ll have a great career. I can’t wait to see what her style develops into. I really enjoy her design aesthetic and her arsenal of techniques is impressive. (If you’re a fan of James Jean you’ll recognise a fellow fan in Joy.)

So, look at this portfolio of treasures and keep an eye on Joy. Make sure you check out the Sketchbook.

Joy Ang - Monkey

Junko Mizuno on Japanorama July 22, 2007

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I’ve been a fan of Junko Mizuno, the Japanese illustrator behind the reimagined Hansel & Gretel and Hell Babies (the vinyl cover is super), forever. So I was very happy to bump into this clip of the BBC’s Japanorama on Dadanoias. Junko is as cute as her creations so I’m sure you’ll enjoy the interview.

Junko Mizuno

Here is the crash course on Junko Mizuno if you happen to have missed her in your cultural learnings.