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Mercer Mayer

Posted in art, illustration with tags , , on July 22, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Most of you will recognize Mercer Mayer from his prolific critter books (a childhood staple), but he has many gorgeously lavish, touching illustrations in his portfolio.

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Who remembers these books?
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Mercer Mayer

Neal Murren

Posted in art, illustration, surreal with tags , , , , on July 9, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Neal Murren works with pen, pencil, paint and Photoshop to make wild, surreal collages of fantasy and fairy tale worlds.

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One feels far down the rabbit hole when looking at these images, where the laws of physics and nature impose no constraints on the inhabitants.
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His elaborate typography work is stunning as well.
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Neal Murren

Desktop Goodies 5/10

Posted in absurd, anthropomorphic, art, cats, comics, craft, humor, illustration, puppets, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

How do I get my hands on this?
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This came up in my Amazon suggestions. Best mouse pad I’ve ever seen. I may buy it for my such clicks and many scrolls. And I like its enthusiasm: “Wow.”
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I tried to find this album on YouTube so we could take a listen. Art definitely looks the part(y) here.
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Dapper Vegetable Man. Wait for it…nobody BEETS him! (See what I did there?)
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I have no idea who makes these, but they’re rather amazing.
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Take this, Darwin…
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Awkward Christ and puppet induced ecstasy:
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So chilling…
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Control your giant blob, dude.
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Not the most practical default posture…but terrifying nonetheless.
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“And then the Mammoth took the two of them in the circle of his trunk, and threw them into space.”
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Anyone have these as a kid?
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The look on the little kid’s face really drive home “poor life choices.”
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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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Karl Mountford

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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