hy don’t I live in Toronto? Or, at least, only an hour away or something? Because in Toronto there’s a place called Narwhal Art Projects. And at Narwhal Art Projects there’s an exhibition called The Taxali 300. And the Taxali 300 runs for a month, from January 28 – February 28, and it features hundreds (umm, 300?) of Taxali’s amazing illustrations and collages, together in a collection for the first time. From Narwhal’s website:
The Taxali 300 showcases hundreds of small illustrations and collages originally created for such esteemed publica- tions as Rolling Stone, Newsweek, The New York Times, GQ and McSweeneys among others. Spanning two decades and multiple awards and accolades, The Taxali 300 presents Gary’s exceptional collection of commercial illustration as a complete body of work in a gallery setting for the first time, allowing viewers to appreciate the prolific scope of visual communications and tactile character design intrinsically associated with Gary Taxali’s artwork.
It was painfully difficult to select only a handful to share with you here, so I really hope you’ll go to Narwhal’s gallery and look through them all yourselves. But here are some of my favorites. Emphasis on “some” – I have about a bajillion.
OK, I need to stop. I could post them all. Seriously.
Hope you like.
Posted in art, collage, Vintage
Tagged art, Canada, collage, daildropcap, gallery, Gary Taxali, illustration, Jessica Hische, lettering, Narwhal Art Projects, stamps, The Taxali 300, Toronto, Vintage, vintage-inspired
oving these vintage Portuguese transportation ads — particularly the awesome lettering, which I found over at Dias que Voam, which you should visit PRONTO.
The majuscule letters (do we say that in English? for capital letters?) at the bottom of the first ad above kind of remind me of the style of lettering I used for lettering the names on my last round of family tree orders (finally shipped!):
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Tagged ads, advertisements, art, collage, Dias que Voam, excursions, family trees, Handmade Artists, holidays, illustration, labels, leaves, lettering, letters, names, Portuguese, posters, transportation, Vintage
Some of these are old. Like, from 2002. I’ve never publicly shared the pages of my sketchbook before. Be gentle with me.
Posted in art, calligraphy, Journals, sketchbooks, Type
Tagged alphabets, art, borders, calligraphy, colored pencil, drawing, eyes, faces, graphite, illuminated initials, initials, journal, lettering, Norman Rockwell, ornamentation, sketchbook, Type
I discovered the unbelievably mind-blowingly beautiful calligraphy and illustration of Marina Marjina the other day via an image on We Love Typography. I might have a new hero.
The following images are taken from Marina’s Flickr stream:
Love the reds.
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Tagged art, calligraphy, Design & Paper, ink, lettering, line drawing, Marina Marjina, Nibs, ornamentation, paper, pens, Russian, script, We Love Typography
These amazing book cover and binding designs are included in The Boston Public Library’s Rare Books and Manuscripts collection, which is made electronically available to the viewing public via their INSANELY GORGEOUS Flickr set (of over 350 images, by the way). You just won’t even believe how beautiful these are: the lettering, the illustrative quality, the ornamentation, the golf leaf… and how sickly pathetic modern hard covers are in comparison.
Information on the revolutionary Sarah Wyman Whitman, as featured on the BPL’s Flickr set:
Sarah Wyman Whitman (1842-1904) pioneered the role of artist-designer in the book industry and in the process revolutionized trade bookbinding. A highly-regarded Boston artist and socialite who gathered around herself a salon comprised of many of the city and region’s best-known writers, she adopted the role of mediator between her author friends and the publisher George Mifflin, whom she knew socially. Her work echoed the Arts and Crafts Movement that viewed art and life as inseparable; she wrote that “all forms of labor are beautiful and sacred because…it all has the stamp of nobility, being essential to the world’s need.” As Betty Smith has noted, Whitman became “the first professional woman artist regularly employed by a Boston publisher to give their mass-produced book covers a sense of simple elegance through line, color, and lettering.”
Posted in Design & Paper, literature, Type, Vintage
Tagged binding, book bindings, book covers, books, Boston, Boston Public Library, Design & Paper, illustration, lettering, literature, nature, ornamentation, rare books, Sarah Wyman Whitman, Thoreau, Vintage