Archive for June, 2010

War Rugs

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

I just read about these in Bert Dodson’s Keys to Drawing with Imagination last night, and I think they’re crazy nuts and incredible. From Wikipedia:

“The war rug tradition of Afghanistan has its origins in the decade of Soviet occupation of Afghanistan from 1979, and has continued through subsequent military, political and social conflicts. Afghan rug-makers began incorporating the apparatus of war into their designs almost immediately after the Soviet Union invaded their country. They continue to do so today in the wake of the United States’ 2001 invasion of Afghanistan which ousted the Taliban government of Mullah Omar but has failed to bring an end to violence in the country. The rugs produced in response to these events are among the world’s richest traditions of war art of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.”

From (I’m not linking to the rug pages because the site is in a frameset. Just go there and browse around.) –

yet another link

Friday, June 11th, 2010

if remedios varo and kalmakoff (both of whom I adore) had a baby, it might be this guy. From @escapeintolife.

william morris

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

an old love of mine, william morris. probably one of the first things to make me think about illustration at all.

julie blackmon

Monday, June 7th, 2010

While I was in Philly this weekend visiting family the new kitten appears to have done something with my wacom pen. This is not so good.

In unrelated news, Julie Blackmon is a remarkable photographer.

couple things

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

going away for the weekend. been working on the supercool pikaland illustration bootcamp thinger-ma-bob. Here’s a reject that I wish I’d started on earlier so maybe it wouldn’t be a reject (the cherries) and my all-too-mechanical take on a jack-in-the-pulpit (which you can click for a bigger version, or here for a very large version.) Ah well.