We’ve just returned from three glorious days of seaside frolicking at Boggle Hole in Robin Hood’s Bay. Within moments of arriving, I dawned on me that I’d made a huge mistake and neglected to buy Clarence Ellis’ rock-spotter’s guide The Pebbles on the Beach. Faber's beautiful new edition, designed by Alex Kirby and illustrated by Eleanor Crow, has a wonderful fold-out jacket for easy reference and would’ve really come in handy for imparting some geological wisdom to my boy.Read More
Over the last ten years, Chris Ware has been capturing the shifting values, worries and conventions of 21st century parenthood on his covers for The New Yorker. From the playground full of fathers to the ubiquitous glowing screen of the always-online parent, these scenes will be all-too familiar to any parent. Here are some of the best.Read More
Every month more than 300 Irish women travel to UK to seek an abortion. To support the campaign to repeal the Eight Amendment and help bring safe and legal abortion to Ireland, illustrator Philip Kennedy has made Every Month, a free zine for you to download, print and distribute/scatter. And then once you've done that, check out Kennedy's excellent and educational Illustration Chronicles.
Jack Coggins' space-age illustrations – particularly these from Rockets, Jets, Guided Missiles and Spaceships (1951) and By Spaceship to the Moon (1952) – depict the future from a very particular period, when the idea of manned space exploration was transitioning from pure fantasy to exciting possibility. And they're beautiful. Rather than fretting about pathetic little borders down here on Earth, maybe we should be embracing more of this kind of species-wide optimism and sense of adventure. Check out jackcoggins.info for more of Coggins' work.
Delve is a weekly newsletter from Human After All and a coterie of film critics (Ian Freer, Peter Bradshaw, Tim Robey, Karen Krizanovich and Jonathan Crocker). It's basically a film-of-the-week thing with a bundle of interesting related links thrown in, but the best bit is the new limited edition artwork that accompanies each issue – often better than any official posters. David Mahoney's Arrival piece is suitably ominous, and just imagine if Karolis Strautniekas' Spectre artwork was the basis for the film's opening credits. Gorgeous stuff. Obviously, all of these deserve to exist outside of your inbox, so thankfully prints are available from the Delve shop.
I Am Shark have just announced a 2xLP collector’s edition release of John Williams' Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens score, with four gatefold sleeves illustrated by the consistently splendid Dan Mumford. And dear crikey, they're beautiful. Only 500 copies will be available of each design – all of which will have sold out by the time I've decided which one I want. Decisions decisions …
It was announced today that Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) has signed up to direct the new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction epic Dune. As good excuse as any to revisit the incredible concept art for Alejandro Jodorowsky's aborted 1970s version, by the likes of Jean “Moebius” Giraud, HR “NSFW” Giger and Chris “say, what do you reckon Rod Stewart would look like if he was a spaceship?” Foss. It's a shame none of this made its way onto the big screen (aside from Giger’s design for Harkonnen Castle, which appeared in Prometheus for some reason), so it'll be interesting to see if Villeneuve draws upon any of it for his new version, of if a similarly strong pedigree of contemporary concept artists can be corralled.Read More
Hollywood may be lagging behind on this, but it's becoming increasingly apparent that dinosaurs were a lot more like birds than we previously thought. Recent discoveries suggest that many of them were in fact feathered (this article from Living Bird tells you everything you need to know); it's unlikely they were the big scaly lizards you grew up with. John Conway is one of several illustrators playing catch up with this paleontological revelation, revising our idea of what dinosaurs may have looked like. It's incredible what a difference this detail makes to our perception of dinosaurs and birds – the image of a velociraptor preening its feathers is particularly striking. Time for a CGI-corrected version of Jurassic Park perhaps?Read More
The lady wife and I usually head to Somerset House around this time of year for one of their fantastic open-air film screenings – highlights from the last few years include Goldfinger, Alien and Tremors. Giving it a miss this year though (apparently sticking a nine month-old on cold stone in pouring rain for a few hours is a big no-no), but I'd still like to get my hands on one of these limited edition prints that HelloVon has produced to accompany the screening of The Loved Ones.
I know next to nothing about the film, but that is just great picture; like a really, really good Little White Lies cover. Who says you need to like a film to appreciate the artwork, anyway? I despised Funny Games, but the poster is one of the best bits of printy niceness that I own.
The San Diego Air and Space Museum's archive on Flickr is jam-packed with beautiful photographs and illustrations from the Space Shuttle programme. It's hard to pick out any particular favourites, so I just decided to go for a good spread of colours. Ain't they lovely? It seems weird that these are now vehicles of the past, historical artefacts, obsolete ideas of the future.