Today I’ve been checking out the awesome editorial illustrations of Tim Bower. Tim became a commercial artist at the age of 10, and since then has been drawing up a storm for clients such as Time, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Harper’s, Esquire, GQ, Scientific American, Rolling Stone, Playboy and an almost neverending list of prestigious reads.
Growing up, Dr Who was a staple of my evening viewing, despite the nightmares some of the episodes would give me! Tom Baker was the quintessential Doctor for my generation (1976ers), but with the reload of Dr Who in 2005 the series was back better than ever grabbing hold of the imaginations of a new audience with both hands and squishing their brain into a whole new groove of sic-fi awesome. Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith made me fall in love with Dr Who all over again, and coming up is a very special event celebrating 50 years of Tardis time and space travel. On the 23 November (UK time) the BBC will simulcast globally to 75 countries (Sunday morning 24 November for us here in Australia) a very special film – Day of The Doctor. Put it in you calendar or be exterminated!
Findig little hidden gems on the inter webs is always a happy way to spend Sunday and my latest discovery is Hello Shane. Based in Paris, France his work is a mix of awesome typography and funky illustration.
I’ve always been a sucker for propaganda posters from China, especially those from the 1970s and 80s, and so it was easy to fall in love with the work of Quentin Shih, a self-taught photographer and film maker born in Tianjin, China but who now spends his time between Beijing and New York. His amazing photos have appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Esquire.
What if we could chronicle a Super Hero’s life from cradle to grave? The highs, lows, cheeky moments, perils, victories? How would their clothing work with their ageing bodies? Could they still stop bad guys despite a wrinkled brow? The Swedish born artist Andreas Englund has envisaged just that with this amazing series, following our Hero as he heads out on his first mission, through his prime years and then finally we see our Hero as he progresses into the sunset of his years. So wonderful!
Fusing as he puts it ‘elements of alchemy and evolution’ the work of Apeseven just keeps getting better and better. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Apeseven (aka George Hambov) imagine’s life not as it should be but as it could be, which in anyone’s book is a million times more interesting! As Dixon Bainbridge point’s out in Season 1 of The Mighty Boosh, it’s “a kind of twisted poetry”.
Kaitlin Beckett has a knack for painting skeletal creatures with shiny bones and mechanized animals that would be right at home in an apocalyptic battle-type situation. From her steampunk-like insects to battle-tank rams, I just love her amazing style. Ink and paint, gold leaf and crazy details combine to be something that is instantly recognizable as Kaitlin’s style.
Kaitlin has an amazing solo show lined up for the 7 November 2013 – so get your pants along to this baby!
Yes my dainties it’s happening again! The one and only Just Another Group Show. This has to be one of my all time favourite events in the year as I get to rub shoulders with some of Australia’s best artists, have a beer and shoot the breeze. It’s on tonight and the details are below so get your pants on over!
Anyone who references A Nightmare on Elm St in their biography has got to be pretty OK as far as I’m concerned and as Robert Bowen is the self-confessed bastard son of 1000 maniacs, you can see what I mean. His art is a mixture of realism and the fantastical where wasps with elephant heads shoot fire and time flies literally! Based in San Francisco, Robert says he watched way to much TV growing up, and now he finds himself to be a connoisseur of ‘bad habits and collector of all things wrong’. He sounds like my type-a-guy!
What is not to love about the art of Glenn Arthur? Cute as pin-ups, tattoos, nursery rhymes run amok. It’s a cavalcade of goodness all wrapped up in an awesome talent. I’ve been drooling over the work of Glenn for a while now, and it’s easy to see why. Just check out his Wonder Woman, it’s enough to make you go weak at the knees (girls and guys alike). I also just adore his humming birds. Whether he’s painting, pencil’ing, or pen’ing your just know something amazing will come out the other side, and Glenn is no slouch at sharing his latest creations either. You can find him on Facebook, G+ and just about everywhere else. Track him down and take a peek.