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    the palace explodes the shrimp bail, when the flower want to oxygen and nutrition, i will help too much.

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Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Here is this week’s crop of the post bags and hand-delivered goodies, complete with cook book, photo zine and some especially talented illustrators’ efforts. Serge Seidlitz, Harriet Cory-Wright, Bruno Zhu & Mengxi Zhang, Jack Hughes, Marin Matsuo, Ellie Tzoni and everyone at Innocent can share this excellent edition of Things with the anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch. Which I think we can all agree is very cool.

Serge vs. Spaceship Earth Serge Seidlitz

Really nice screen printed graphic illustration from Serge in advance of his upcoming show. Which, if his super-prolific portfolio is anything to go by, should make for good viewing. It’s an easy-going style that belies such a bold statement as taking on the world. Go for it we say, we’re looking forward to the exhibition/death match. While on the subject, Buckminster Fuller once wrote a book about operating Spaceship Earth which Serge should probably read before jumping into the ring.
www.sergeseidlitz.com

Paper Sound Harriet Cory-Wright

Paper Sound “navigates through the rhythmic and temporal dimensions of a world described by J.G Ballard in The Sound-Sweep.” From this most intriguing opening, this carefully cloth-spined book with risographed, bible thin pages, moves into some of the promised abstract landscapes and textured layers that fit the meta-heavy prose of JGB. Lovely pencil skills and perspective-less composition, all very pleasing to the eye.
www.harrietcorywright.com

the palace explodes the shrimp bail, when the flower want to oxygen and nutrition, i will help too much. Bruno Zhu & Mengxi Zhang

Like a game of consequences, each colour photo by Bruno is answered or questioned by Mengxi’s black & whites. They show us their experiences and their different perspectives, a shared love of the obscure and the unexpected places you can find it. Each image is a random/bleak/bright/astute narrative appendage, that instead of being freakish to look at makes a quite lovely whole, with an excellent sense of humour and healthy irony.
www.mengxiz.com
www.brunozhu.tumblr.com

Marin, Jack, Ellie Jack Hughes, Marin Matsuo, Ellie Tzoni

A refreshingly friendly team effort from three Kingston illustration graduates Jack, Marin and Ellie. Just like a fun picnic, the combination of each person’s work makes each piece even better. With a big emphasis on equality (three colours, three sheets. three websites etc.) you may think that it is a collaborative project; however what this really contains is three very separate and personal projects, linked only by the friendship of the creators and the quality of the prints.
www.jack-hughes.com
www.marin-matsuo.com
www.ellietzoni.co.uk

Hungry? Everyone at Innocent

Best read at lunch! Reading about food is wonderful, eating food is even better – is this the augmented reality all the digital designers are promising us? It’s very good. Branding is as branding does and 99% of the recipes are simple as. Except the foccacia recipe which I don’t trust, from personal experience it has destroyed all self- confidence and desire to bake. Cooking-by-colour aesthetics, easy graphics, playful photography and an excellent recipe for banana ice-cream.
www.innocentdrinks.co.uk

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Posted by Bryony Quinn

Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.

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    Growing up in a family of doctors, Swedish illustrator and paper-cut artist Petra Börner secured her first commission (illustrating medical journals) through her surgeon mother, which might go some way to explaining why her work is so reminiscent of botanical diagrams in biology textbooks. Petra’s principle subject is the flora and fauna of the natural world, which she creates using paper cut techniques so intricate and painstakingly-detailed that they scarcely look like they could be real.

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    Alright, we admit it – Peter Judson has made a lot of work we’ve been really into this year, and he’s had the props on the site to prove it. But why should we be made to contain ourselves when he keeps producing illustration of this calibre? Why, we ask you?

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    If, like me, you spent many an hour in your teenage years gazing absentmindedly at Larry Carlson’s experimental website Medijate, you’ll no doubt be similarly transfixed by The Landfill from the very talented Santtu Mustonen. Stitching together a “collection of unused sketches, leftover drawings and rejected ideas from forgotten projects” to a mesmerising soundtrack by Tuomas Alatalo, Santtu created a hypnotic animation that’s a work of art in its own right.

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    As the man who gave form to the twisted genius of Hunter S. Thompson, British illustrator’s Ralph Steadman’s latest project seems like a perfect fit. Ralph has worked with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan to illustrate some limited-edition Blu-Ray covers for a special boxset of the series due out early next year.

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    Having just re-read Sammy Harkham’s 2012 anthology of short stories Everything Together I was stupidly excited to find out he’s just got himself on Tumblr and uploaded a small but growing archive of work both old and new. Included in among old covers of Kramers Ergot, book jackets for Kafka anthologies, Bonnie Prince Billy album covers and bits and pieces of rejected work are original drawings from his ongoing graphic novel (and surely future masterpiece) Blood of the Virgin, which he’s also selling to fund further work on the project. I for one cannot wait to see this project massive volume finally realised. Keep at it Sammy!

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    This top image by New York-based illustrator Karan Singh caught my eye on purely aesthetic grounds; it was only when I delved a little deeper that I discovered the interesting story behind the work. Karan was one of several artists commissioned by Ogilvy New York to work on the IBM US Open Sessions, whereby LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy created a series of tracks based on data gathered at the tennis tournament.

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    I came across the work of Matthias Geisler over on Booooooom the other day and was reminded that we hadn’t posted something like this in a while. Matthias’ work is a swirling blend of spirits and creatures that are created with meticulous use of pencil crayons and water-colours. Is it me or are watercolours real in at the moment? All the cool kids seem to be using them.

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    If you’re feeling a bit bleary eyed this morning, grab a cup of coffee and take a look at Goncalo Viana’s beautiful illustrations to wake yourself up. Rich with colour and charming detail his work has a wonderful texture to it, as though you could reach out and actually feel the deep pigments he’s used.

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    Before I write anything about illustrator Nicolas Delort I feel like full disclosure is necessary; between the ages of 11 and 14 I spent all of my pocket money collecting and painting Warhammer models and most of my saturdays hanging out in Games Workshop, which means I’m predisposed to LOVE epic fantasy artwork, like Frank Fazetta, Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo.

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    It’s comforting to see the resurgence in the physical aspects of music. There was a moment a few years back when gig posters and witty, well-crafted promotional material seemed to be confined solely to the world wide web, which made every poster that was actually printed on paper something of a novelty. Not any more though: we’re receiving and finding so many illustrators now whose portfolios are chock full of variations on the humble gig poster and they are brilliant. Today we thought we’d champion this theme with Dutch illustration student Douwe Dijkstra. His visual interpretations of bands such as The Growlers and Losers are taking the stylistic qualities of early 1990s gig posters and infusing them with a modern style to make some seriously nick-able printed matter. Keep up the great work, Douwe!

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    On the morning that David Cameron is giving a press conference on the UK’s future role in Afghanistan, Scott King’s latest book seems even more significant. Anish & Antony Take Afghanistan is a graphic novel that Scott sees as “a critique of the deployment of public art,” which satirises how far we’re prepared to enforce our cultural values on others. Through Scott’s writing and Will Henry’s illustrations, we follow as Anish (Kapoor) and Antony (Gormley) try and bring cultural regeneration to the war-torn country.

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    The London-based French illustrator Malika Favre has had another big year, adding even more breadth to her already impressive portfolio of work. In the summer she was invited to Tenerife by a Spanish design collective called 28ymedio to take part in its Illustrated Journey project, which aims to “help fight the economic crisis in Spain by promoting the Canary Islands and bringing a new stream of tourism.”

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    You can do a lot in a year, I’m told, and proof if any was needed comes in the form of Cynthia Kittler. Just last year we listed her as one of our Students of the Month for her “kind, quiet illustration,” and checking by her website again this year I found that not only is she no longer a student, but she’s being regularly commissioned by the likes of The New York Times and Die Zeit magazine for editorial illustration which is not only as quiet and kind as it was last time we checked in, but also incredibly resonant now.