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Anne Bobroff-Hajal: Russian History

Posted in absurd, history, illustration with tags , , on March 10, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Bless my dear Rachel’s late night internet searches, which led me to Anne Bobroff-Hajal’s incredible Russian History illustrations.
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Rachel came across THIS incredible illustration, with no explanation whatsoever. It turned out to be a depiction of Ivan he Terrible blessing a mustachioed baby Joseph Stalin (but it’s more entertaining with no idea that it’s supposed to be political satire). I rather enjoyed her recounting the Google image searches that finally led to the image source…including, but not limited to “flying broomstick mustache baby.”
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The artist bio describes Bobroff-Hajal’s work as detailed and whimsical visual stories about powerful human motivations: love, greed, grief, competition, fury.
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This art has so much character, I feel it could make even those who find history dreadfully boring pay attention
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Desktop Goodies 3/10

Posted in absurd, architecture, Books, candy coated nightmares, cats, humor, illustration, monsters, nature, photography, sci-fi, skulls and skeletons, space, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

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Let’s take a moment to ogle the beauty of nature…
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For some reason, people feel slightly uneasy in this chair.
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A tad crass…but definitely my favorite faux Rand McNally cover:
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Couldn’t they have thought of more appetizing adjectives than “semi-liquids?” I suppose it beats “lumpy, congealed and vomitous.”
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Dana, Don’t make a joke about this car being cheesy…Don’t make a joke about this car being cheesy…Resist!
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Did anyone have this as a kid? It looks awesome.
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How can I get my hands on this book? This woman absolutely has life figured out.
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Incredible building of unknown origin.
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Gorgeous modern interpretation of Danse Macabre!
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The old one was no fun at all…
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A children’s book illustration. I’m sure no one had nightmares or anything.
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Karl Mountford

Posted in art, illustration with tags , on February 4, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

The following skeleton serenade was my introduction to Karl Mountford.
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His style reminds me of the vibrant retro illustrations I used to love as a kid (eg. Mary Blair, but Mountford really brings his own energy to his work).
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Rolf von Hoerschelmann: Krampus

Posted in christmas, illustration, krampus, vintage with tags , , , on December 16, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Here are some unique Krampus illustrations from Rolf von Hoerschelmann. I’ve never seen Krampus with his offspring before!

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These were originally published in the German political publication Simplicissimus.

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Bonus illustrations:
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Saddo

Posted in art, illustration, street art with tags , , on December 9, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Quick post today! Enjoy the paintings, illustrations and street art of Saddo!

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Walter McDougall

Posted in absurd, art, candy coated nightmares, illustration, monsters, vintage with tags , , , , , on December 6, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Thank you, Monster Brains for posting a HUGE collection of Walter McDougall illustrations (click to enlarge).

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McDougall was a prolific newspaper illustrator in the late 1800’s. His work is sublimely imaginative and bizarre, dancing on the border of surrealist children’s fiction…and nightmares. The captions are brilliant.
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I confess, I saved all 86 images in the post because I plan to read them like bedtime stories. Each image is a vignette unto itself, often with a single sentence presenting a strange predicament and/or creature.
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Somehow, these fragments coagulate into stories when I see them…hazy at first, but overflowing with possibilities.
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See the collection of images HERE.

There Were Three Ghostesses

Posted in illustration, undead with tags , on April 26, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

And Everything Else Too posted a bizarre nursery rhyme that, if not the easiest to say, is most certainly memorable. I adore the accompanying illustration.

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Whew…say that one three times fast.