Monday, April 29, 2013
Yes, this is my third blog in a row showing postage stamps, but there are some really cool designs out there and I feel compelled to show them to you. These are from Finnish Artist Kaj Franck. Franck was one of the leaders of ever-popular midcentury Finnish design. Like many influential Artists of his time, he designed about a million other things as well (textiles, furniture, interiors, tableware, etc).
The Arabia Finland website describes Franck's philosophy this way, "had a strong social conscience that was aroused particularly during the war. He was interested in mass production and the possibilities of technology to produce diverse practical objects at a reasonable price". I think it's interesting that this way of thinking has, for better and worse, shaped a lot of our current consumer culture... but that's a much longer blog post for another time!
Saturday, April 27, 2013
As often happens on the interwebs, I was looking at Stefan Kanchev's stamp designs for my last post and ended up ogling the many gorgeous stamp designs the world has to offer. I like this set of Finnish stamps for the artwork and for the way they work individually and together. Unfortunately, I can't find the name of the artist.
I'd love to design stamps. Will someone please hire me to do this? You actually can get your own images printed on real USPS stamps. Check it out here. I don't think you can do a series that flows from stamp-to-stamp like this but still a cool idea.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Take a look at these genius stamp designs from Bulgarian Graphic Artist Stefan Kanchev. I especially like the bird/woman on top. Kanchev (1915-2001) was an incredibly prolific designer, creating thousands of trade marks, logos, advertisements, labels, packages, stamps etc. throughout his lifetime. Apparently he drew each and every design my hand. You can find more info and samples of his work here.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
My first real-life professional job was with Buster Brown Apparel where I drew lots of fun, happy artwork for kids' clothes. I dug up this old sample to show you, plus one of the artwork options that I created as part of the collection. I worked with a great apparel designer (hi, Oriole!) on this group and many others.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
In art school I learned about Mark Rothko but I didn't see the point. Looking at his work projected on a wall or printed in books just didn't do anything for me. It wasn't until I visited the Tate Modern in London and had the immersive experience of sitting in a room, surrounded by his enormous, color-saturated canvasses, that I finally understood. I know this little blog post can't do him justice but I love this color combination and the subtle transitions it holds. (Sorry, I can't find the name of the painting!)