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spotted: the history of the tube poster – in pictures

April 21, 2013

In honour of the 150th birthday of the underground. (Source: The Guardian). I really love the simplicity in both colour and design. Graphic design at its best!
Click the link to The Guardian for more marvellous designs.

Tate Modern

Speed Underground Keeps London going 89e8e1129b6a5194986379d1fe50e43dThe quickest way to the dogs

spotted: Jean Jullien

January 27, 2013

I spotted Jean Jullien through the Creative Review blog the other day.

On his website he has the cleverest video presenting himself

Jean Jullien is a French graphic designer living and working in London. He comes from Nantes and did a graphic design degree in Quimper before coming to London. He graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2008 and from the Royal College of Art in 2010. He works closely with the musician Niwouinwouin. His practice ranges from Illustration to photography, video, costumes, installations, books, posters and clothing to create a coherent yet eclectic body of work.

‘Jullien is a talented observational artist, deftly summing up the particulars of modern technology and how it affects how we interact with each other – from the way that smart phones have become part of our lives (or ours theirs), to the rise of the self-service till at the supermarket.’ (From Creative Review)


















Now these are christmas and NY’s postcards I do like.


Spotted: patience pays – Will Freeborn

September 23, 2012

It’s always interesting to have a look into an artist’s gear box, sketchbooks and work process. Will Freeborn lets us do all of these things, therefore he’s my next topic in this ‘spotted’ section. Will Freeborn is a designer and illustrator living and working in Gourock, Scotland.

Pop up book self portrait

Step by step

Here’s how he describes his work process on an illustration he was commissioned to do for The Touch Agency of the Fountain Bar.

“I thought I’d try a short process post as this recent illustration took a few stages to complete. I went and visited the Fountain bar in Edinburgh, the Touch Agency were looking for a few interior views that would give a picture of the atmosphere and design of the renovation. I did quite a few rough sketches and this is one of the ones they chose. I really wanted to show the full size and variety of the bar. Its done in an A3 moleskine sketchbook with faber castell artist pens.”

“This is the second stage where I’m just doing a rough layout. This time I wanted to do a more accurate watercolour, sometimes if you work directly with pencil onto the paper and you make a few mistakes using a rubber can quickly destroy the tooth of the surface. Instead I started with just basic paper where I’m not too concerned about how it looks just getting the measurements correct. I totally misjudged the height of the bar here and made it far too short, I changed it in next stage. Although I’m using a ruler for quite alot of the lines I’m just using my judgement on distances so its not too analytical.”

“From here I’ve used a large sheet of hot pressed Fabriano Artistico paper. The image is transferred using a lightbox, I use the image underneath just as a guide and don’t really try to slavishly copy what is underneath. Here I can start to define the individual elements such as the bar staff, and all the bottles. Rather than use a pen for the whole image I ink in the area I want the viewer to focus on. The roof and the front of the bar is lightly penciled in.”

“And now for the painting to begin. With the variety of colours that will be on all the bottles I wanted to have quite a cool simple colour scheme of blue/grey v the warmth of the bar in browns. Its simple to start block in the big colours and start adding some depth. Its always good to start big as I’ve been told before start with a shovel finish with a needle.”

I was slightly torn between roughly painting in the bottles suggesting them but opted to define them more. It was more work in the long term but I felt as the job was for a bar such details and care could be important. There was not real shortcut just question of painting them one by one. Though each bottle was quite easy to define with simple blocks of colour and I got into a rhythm.”

The Fountain Bar, Edinburgh

“Once everything was painted, I spent some time checking how it all worked together adding washes of colour where necessary. That’s it, now just to scan the final piece ready for the artwork to be added.”

Published: August 12, 2012,


I really like his style, it seems rather spontaneously painted and yet the paintings have an intricate level of detail to them. If you’re wondering how he manages to this on the spur-of-the-moment (like I did), check his equipment below.

Majestic Laundrette

Vinyl hunters

Gear box

I like Will Freeborn’s colouring. He uses a traditional technique and yet he manages to make it look different. Maybe it’s his choice of colours that make his drawings so appealing.
His favourite colours are burnt umber, yellow ochre, sap green, paynes grey, cerulean blue, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, cadmium red and alizarin crimson.


Spotted: Charles Burns

January 6, 2012

Last week we went to see Charles Burns retrospective exposition @ Museum M, Leuven. It is a must-see if you love graphic art and illustration.


“The exhibition presents more than 200 works created by Burns, including original printing plates of ‘Black Hole’ and his new book ‘X’, as well as sketches and illustrations for magazines and books made over the past thirty years.
Most people know Charles Burns as a comic book artist who integrates pop art and pop culture into his comics. His work as an illustrator is less well known. Amongst other things, he has made photos, illustrations, record sleeves and films. His work includes a range of exceptional comic books and projects, from album covers for Iggy Pop to the latest advertising campaigns for Altoids and the ill-fated OK Soda. He has also illustrated covers for Time, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine.”

I was stunned at the level of accurate thing lining that guy seems to pull off. I always thought he used Illustrator to be able to do is.
But as it turns out it not only didn’t exist when he started working, I also was able to see the strokes of ink in his work. (see picture below) He must have got one hell of a steady hand.

“His images are drawn from a very sinister world, “at the crossroads of fiction and memory, of cheap sensation and horror. His stories are populated with clichéd characters from comic books: know-it-all children, sinister scientists, tough-as-nails detectives and horny teenagers. Burns rearranges them into disturbing yet funny patterns. The atmosphere of his comic books ranges from kitschy nostalgia to disconsolate horror. Themes such as adolescence and sexual awakening are combined with constantly recurring images of mutation, plague, alienation and violence.
Burns worked for ten years on what was to become his magnum opus, ‘Black Hole’. It was published in Dutch under the title ‘Zwart gat’. It is pure horror, but also an impressive graphic novel that effortlessly captures the emotional life of teenagers.” Now I know what to ask next Christmas.

Some pictures from the show:

What are you waiting for? The show runs till the eleventh of March @ Museum M, Vanderkelenstraat 28, Leuven

spotted: Christmas design

December 13, 2011
Every year when the holidays are approaching, I think of creating the ultimate christmas card / tag / wrap ,…
But I never seem to find the time, therefore, here are the best Christmas designs I stumbled upon on the internet.
1. the hilarious Christmas jumper (> CR Blog – Gavin Lucas)
 by Niek Eijsbouts
Artist Andrew Salomone, along with his hacked 80s knitting machine, is currently resident at London’s KK Outletgallery in Hoxton Square, creating alternative Christmas jumpers featuring designs by the likes of Anthony Burrill, Geneviève Gauckler and Siggi Eggertsson…
2. The taxidermist Christmas display (> BLOG OUT WITH YOUR DOG OUT… – dude-meister)

More pictures here

3. The smart Christmas cards (> CR Blog – Creative review)

The Chase has created wrapping paper adorned with QR codes that make up familiar seasonal images. Scan the codes to reveal hundreds of gift ideas.    

Here’s Patrick Eley’s Snöel Letraset-style Christmas card 

4. The ‘it’s the thought that counts’ Christmas tags (> CR Blog – Creative review)
UK-based hand-lettering artist Alison Carmichael has just launched a new range of Made by Alision Carmichael printed products including boxes of gift tags…  This one is my favourite!


5. The playful Christmas wraps (>  Nobrow » Blog – alex)

Featuring from left to right: Eda Akaltun, Golden Cosmos and Ben Newman.

5. Holy Christmas decoration (Drawn! The Illustration and Cartooning Blog door luclatulippe)

Nativity Set by Alexander Girard

For the more religiously inclined designer tree, Graphicdesign& (Lucienne Roberts and Rebecca Wright)

spotted: a love for letters

October 6, 2011

Dana Tamanachi

Dana Tanamachi is a graphic designer and custom chalk letterer living in Brooklyn, New York.

Watch her create these beautiful pieces of hand drawn lettering…

Nagging Doubt Viognier from Dana Tanamachi on Vimeo.

Carolyn Sewell

Carolyn Sewell is an American designer with a love for letters. I bumped into het The Postcards to my parents-project and I thought it very charming:
Carolyn’s parents are the awesomest. Or at least she thinks so…and decided to show them. Starting with their wedding anniversary on July 23, 2009, Sewell hand-drew a postcard for them, and put it in the mail. And then repeated this for the next 365 days.  The content of the cards is quite random, ranging from messages of love and adoration, snarky quotes from friends, family and television, and the occasional drawing of a gnome.

Spotted on Grain Edit:

Like Minded Studio
Sydney, Australia based Like Minded Studio, is an internationally celebrated lettering and branding studio. I love the lining and the “packed” imagery.

I did some lettering myself two years ago. I’ve been wanting to do some more letter work for some time and seeing these artists at work, really makes me want to get into it again. You can check out my old work on my website in the mean time, or here on my blog.

spotted: digital genius

May 28, 2011

Digital illustration often tends to be too clean. But I’ve found two prime examples proving the opposite can be very true. I’ll also include some images revealing their process of work. It requires both talent and a lot of patience, I guess.
The compositions, colour work, shadow play… grand work on some big themes.

Tomer Hanuka

the perfect storm

Night ProbeClient: American Illustration. The capture of Saddam, seen from the other side.

Hollywood Fixer
Client: Playboy Magazine
Often, only a man stands between a celebrity and danger. Meet Aaron Cohen,
the go-to guy for stars in peril. Art Directed by Cody Tilson.

Swallowed By the Sea
Client: Newsweek
Archeologists claim to have discovered the lost city of Atlantis, a fabled place built –like much
of the world–in the crosshairs of nature. Art directed by Dirk Barnett.

Tomer Hanuka is an illustrator and a cartoonist based in New York City.

Frank Stockton

bad blood

“5K” Runner’s World 2008


clockwork orange

the king

Frank Stockton is an artist and illustrator living in Brooklyn, NY.

spotted on Doodlers Anonymous: Mathias Sielfeld

May 20, 2011

On Doodlers Anonymous I bumped into Mathias Sielfeld’s brilliantly simple pencil-watercolour-ink-art. This is the original post.

Pencil, watercolors and ink. That’s about all I know of Mathias Sielfeld. I got tipped on his work from Camila León and was happy to uncover a small collection of drawn buildings, people and alphabet letters.
There was something about the color and lines in his work that really caught my attention and I wanted to see more. With some help from Camila, I was lucky enough to get an email full of photos of his sketchbooks and some other never before seen goodies that I get to share with all of you. Take a look, it’s love at first sight.

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spotted: Joe Ciardiello

April 4, 2011

Another – in my opinion – grand talent: Joe Ciardiello. His website is surely worth a visit.
I’ve selected some drawings and some biographical info for those with less time.

Joe has been drawing for as long as he can remember, probably since the age of four. He was born and raised on Staten Island, just a short ferry ride to Manhattan where he attended The High School of Art and Design and college at Parsons where he earned a BFA degree.  Over his 35 plus year career he has worked for most major magazines and newspapers as well as for corporate and advertising clients, book publishers and record companies.

ps: I hope I’ll be able to post some of my own work again when I return from France. On the other hand, I hope I won’t have too much time to draw in Tignes, as I’m still praying for fresh snow and lots of snowboarding.

spotted: two bearded ladies

March 7, 2011

No freak show, but a great art show. Have a look….

“We are two bearded ladies working together. We take turns drawing until we either fill up the canvas (or are too tired to go on, whichever comes first) We like monster, icky stuff and tender love.”

You can download all their art in high resolution on their website.