05 Sep 2017
In my perambulations about the web, I come across things that caught my eye. I can’t tell you why or how, because each piece of art has its own unique charm. It spurred a thought, it looked cool, or it resonated in some way. I clip them and put them on my desktop, and eventually they get squirreled away in a digital file or deleted.
This time, I’m going to publish them.
Here’s one with an easy reason behind it. Nathan Fillon is one of my favorite actors. He seems easy-going, handsome, and a good sense of humor and a willingness to display it, like here.
Then there’s this old piece, a drawing of a young woman writing. I found it in “The Day-Book” newspaper of 1911 over at The Library of Congress’ “Chronicling America” digitized newspaper site. The article is titled “The Problems of a Young Housewife — The General Cost of Living,” and it talked about the problem they face handling money. I thought it was a beautiful piece of art, so I decided to clean it up. Maybe someone can use it for a bookplace or on their web site.
While looking around the web for book illustrators, I came across Cara Nilsen’s site. Her work is more than a little influenced by Viking mythology. It reminds me a lot of Jim Fitzpatrick’s work in its combination of strong figurative art mixed with cultural symbols. But what really blew me away was her interpretation of Wonder Woman. You can believe this one knows how to swing a broadsword.
Then there’s the Disney “Star Wars” cruise brochure that arrived in the mail. These were not all the photos, but it did seem like there was a significant tilt to one side of the Force over the other. Can you guess which?
I checked their website, and I’m happy to report that there’s a much more balanced representation of the rebels. In fact, Disney is very careful to honor George Lucas’s vision and philosophy in the manner in which it is deserved.
Say goodnight, Mickey.