This beautiful short film follows one of my all-time favorite visual storytellers, Maira Kalman, as she curates her exhibition “Selects.” The reopening of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum features this collection—an exploration of life, love, joy and loss.
The film traces the story behind one of the exhibition’s highlights: Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch, restored to tick again for the first time in 150 years. It’s an extraordinary opportunity, Maira observes, to “connect us to history, dreaming and the future.”
Beautifully executed by Gael Towey! Don’t miss the other videos in her series Portraits in Creativity.
That talented Jessica Hische! Here’s an interview with her on her recent USPS Forever Stamp design. What a talent!
Love this library color coding, imagined by Tom Gauld. (You can buy it as a print!)
Love this letterpress Central Park Print by Vasco Mourao. Originally a hand drawing published by The New Yorker.
I am a bit on a Stina Persson roll this week: Stina just launched a brand new print over on Wonderwall. Would make a good Tattly as well, no?
The talented and delightful Gael Towey recently started a short film series called Portraits in Creativity in which she documents artists and their inspirations, revealing the courage and curiosity that propel the creative act.
Last night she launched her latest short film on illustrator Maira Kalman. It’s a deep yet humorous glimpse into Maira’s world, a woman I hugely admire. Watch it.
(In 2012 Maira gave a beautiful Maira’s CreativeMornings talk)
How incredibly wonderful are these blue bird woodcut sculpture prints? They are the brainchild of Nic Annette Miller. They are woodcuts printed onto mulberry paper and individually hand-colored, then glued onto 3/4″ thick plywood, sawed out and sanded. Totally hand-made in Brooklyn.
Given that I believe in the importance of side-projects and in recognizing your own superpower, this illustration of Side-Project Man by Andy J. Miller made me chuckle.
My talented studiomate Jen Mussari is currently featured as a finalist in My Life in VOGUE. I am totally voting for her. Join me?
The Don’t Be A Bear project was started as a 2013 illustrated resolution. Jared Rippy created a new bear each day of 2013 as a reminder to avoid the pitfalls of a bearish attitude. Love this!
Adam J. Kurtz sent me this giant handwritten note in the mail. Can’t stop smiling.
I need to hang this print by Andrew Neyer above my computer so I remember to drink water throughout the day. Oh, healthy habits…
Gold foil stamp heart poster by Bethany Lesko. Beautiful.
This print by Will Bryant made me smile! Sure, I Like Fun!
In case you read my previous post and have been playing Smileball since, it’s time to go back to work. Illustration by the talented Jeff Rogers.
Stina Persson just launched this limited edition Elephant print over on Wonderwall. A beauty. (You can change the currency on the site in the pulldown on the very bottom of the site.)
A Tumblr filled with incredibly charming animated gif drawings, by Thoka Maer: It’s No Biggie.
This shrink plastic brooch “KATZI” by danadamki is hand painted with permanent markers on shrink plastic, baked, shrunk and varnished. All of danamaki’s shrink plastic brooches are individual artworks. Etsy find of the day!
Very Semi-Serious is a documentary aiming to go behind the scenes of the New Yorker. It introduces the past, present and future generations of cartoonists who have inspired, baffled—and occasionally pissed off—all of us for decades.
Totally backing this Kickstarter. Let’s make it happen.
Last week I asked my studiomate Jen if she could draw a Yay Internet. Above is what she came up with a few hours later. Watch the animated version over on yayinternet.com. Made me smile.
Jason Polan is inviting you to draw people with him this coming Sunday, at a Whitney Museum event. Cookies included. Total winner.
Last night, I sent out the above Tweet, asking for Illustrator recommendations. The response has been incredible. In fact, I found so many talents on that thread that I figured I should share it here, on my blog. Thanks to everyone that responded. I can’t help but feel that the internet is quite a magical place.
Feel free to add your favorite illustrator as a comment below.
What a lovely short feature on the very talented Lisa Congdon.