Category: Books

Architecture

Unique cover art by legend M.C. Escher for most beloved classic books

M.C. Escher is one of the rare left brain-inclined artists of all time. Even long after his passing, his works continue to grace the cover of books, magazines, nonfictions, and even albums. For this reason, many publishers use his art for books that they think can be marketed towards the more "logical" of the reading audience, since the artist spent half of his career in mathematics and the other half in art. His pieces depict possibly unseen worlds through his lithographs, mezzotints, and woodcuts - using concepts from math to reflect "infinity" in ways no other artist has been able to. He made the viewer think and ponder, not just appreciate aesthetic. This Dutch artist has been published in who knows how many nonfiction publications, fantasy and sci-fi magazines, and of course, has had his work used as cover art for the most renowned books of our time. These include one edition of Edwin Abbott's Flatland, Clive Barker’s The Damnation Game, and George Orwell’s 1984...
Animation

Abrams releases ‘The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ after the film’s success

"The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is yet another addition to the roster of art books published by Abrams Books. It will chronicle the visual art of the film and story's creation. We will see how they conceptualized and developed these new worlds, vehicles, weaponry, and characters. Rogue One is the very first movie in the Star Wars series, timeline-wise. So fans will absolutely appreciate learning more about it behind the big screen. It will come in a similar format as the previous book, "The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens". Fans will enjoy the same unlimited access to hundreds of sketches, initial storyboards, concept paintings, matte paintings, and designs for characters, vehicles, and costumes. This book shall become the ultimate guide for the ultimate fans to the imagination and art behind this latest chapter in the global franchise. It was created and developed by Josh Kushins (author), Doug Chiang and Neil Lamont (co-production designers),...
Animation

iLovecraft lets you experience true horror with immersive, interactive tales

H.P. Lovecraft remains a horror fiction icon to this day thanks to classics like The Call of Cthulhu. Developer iClassics Collection has turned these macabre tales into brilliant mobile experiences. iLovecraft is one of many interactive adaptations by the studio and is a perfect example of mobile storytelling done right. This collection has an unsettling aura about it, thanks to its well-composed ambient music, creepy animated elements that you can touch to activate, and an art style that makes you wonder if these aren't official, illustrated versions of the stories overseen by Lovecraft himself. The artwork is provided by David G. Forés with original music by Miquel Tejada. iLovecraft was an absolute joy to experience and I recommend it to everyone looking for some holiday chills! Check it out on iOS, Android and Amazon today and have a look at some enticing artwork below. ...
Art

Art collective critiques popular culture and branding in humorous images

Brainded India, an independent wing of Brainded International, is a fast-growing movement that aims to become a source of independent thought. In a world that relies on branded mainstream's agenda-driven waves of thought, it strives to get its message across. We live in a society where there is no subversiveness or subculture, Brainded becomes an opportunity to take a step back, pause for a while, and ask the real questions about our world. The movement uses humor and visuals to promote free thought, and encourage people to make informed comments on absolutely anything that goes on in our society today. With the clever use of art, comics, and even essays and stories, the contributors and artists go past the trends and look beyond the hidden agendas that mainstream brands and companies attempt to brainwash humanity with. This is a collaboration - a community - of artists from all over the world. The nomadic initiative began in 2003, in Amsterdam. Today, it also includes...
Art

Artist shares work on potential Harry Potter magazine cover

Abi Daniel, an artist based in Texas, is sharing some previews for her work that may end up in a "potential" and "future" Harry Potter magazine. Fans of the franchise will fall in love with these pieces - and not just because of the context (Expecto Patronum!) but also since they are just exquisite paintings. Daniel used watercolor on the pieces and was given the suggestion of adapting the particular scene (when Harry conjured a stag Patronus using the Time Turner). Incidentally, she had already been thinking of the same scene even before they suggested it to her - so she naturally got on board right away. She loves watercolor. However, she admits that she made a pre-paint composition prior to making sure there are no necessary paint-overs or take-backs during the process. You can see her works on Instagram. She also has her own website for her art. ...
Art

R.L. Stine to write five issues of Man-Thing comic books for Marvel

R.L. Stine is best known for his hit series, Goosebumps. For a while now, he has been teasing his fans that he will soon delve into comic book writing. With his impressive science fiction portfolio, it's surprising to learn that this will be his first comics project. It is now confirmed that he will be working with Marvel Comics. Apparently, the comic book giant has offered him a plethora of titles to work on, but the author had his eyes set on one particular character: Man-Thing. And this is not hard to understand why, given the genre of his previous works. The 73-year-old veteran author will work on a five-issue series. He says that his inspiration for the title will come from classic horror comics, such as Weird Terror and Tales from the Crypt. The 5-issue Man-Thing series will feature cover art by Tyler Crook and interior illustrations by Daniel Johnson and German Peralta. ...
Art

Designer gives ‘dead’ books new life, rejuvenates the print industry

Ben Pieratt is a designer and the man behind "Dead Bookstore". It sounds grim, but it is more of a breath of new life instead of just death. The bookstore's concept is something new. It is filled with prints - not books. Pieratt works but cutting old books through their original stitching. He lays them flat to spread them out and chooses the most interesting juxtaposition of spreads. It sounds simple enough, but the end results are actually amazing. All of the works are available on Pieratt's website, where they can be purchased. Alternatively, he also teaches anyone how to make such spreads - for free. The inspiration behind this project is the need to reconcile the almost-dead print form with the digital media of today. Dead Bookstore is his way of doing just this. He believes that our culture and history has relied so much on print, that all people must have the chance to find it in one way or another. Plus, he is proud that this is something anybody can do on their own. The process...
Art

Vibrant portraits tell personal narratives through layers of yarn

Adding color into black and white portraits without digital aid is not an easy task. Couple that with embroidery and you've got an amazing series by Danielle Clough. The Cape Town-based artist creates embroidered portraits extracted from black and white photographs of friends and family. The works are part of Clough's upcoming book "Queer Africa II," which explores love in the African continent. Editors of the book, Makhosazana Xaba and Karen Martin, were amazed by Clough's works because of her use of layered yarn to tell personal narratives. This, Zaba explains, "adds meaning and speaks to the zigzagging nature of our lives." Check out some images of her works below and find more on her Instagram and blog. ...
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