Archive for the 'Illustration' Category

07
Oct
11

iGo

14
Sep
11

Samurai Darth Vader

26
Aug
11

Namazu-e: Earthquake catfish prints

In November 1855, the Great Ansei Earthquake struck the city of Edo (now Tokyo), claiming 7,000 lives and inflicting widespread damage. Within days, a new type of color woodblock print known as namazu-e (lit. “catfish pictures”) became popular among the residents of the shaken city. These prints featured depictions of mythical giant catfish (namazu) who, according to popular legend, caused earthquakes by thrashing about in their underground lairs. In addition to providing humor and social commentary, many prints claimed to offer protection from future earthquakes.

Namazue earthquake catfish picture --
1. Earthquake victims take revenge on the giant catfish responsible for the destruction [+]

The popularity of namazu-e exploded, and as many as 400 different types became available within weeks. However, the namazu-e phenomenon abruptly ended two months later when the Tokugawa government, which ordinarily maintained a strict system of censorship over the publishing industry, cracked down on production. Only a handful are known to survive today.

Continue reading ‘Namazu-e: Earthquake catfish prints’

26
Aug
11

Japanese graphic design from the 1920s-30s

In the 1920s and 1930s, Japan embraced new forms of graphic design as waves of social change swept across the nation. This collection of 50 posters, magazine covers and advertisements offer a glimpse at some of the prevailing tendencies in a society transformed by the growth of modern industry and technology, the popularity of Western art and culture, and the emergence of leftist political thought.

Modernist Japanese poster --
“Buy Domestic!” poster, 1930 [+] Continue reading ‘Japanese graphic design from the 1920s-30s’

26
Aug
11

Gaddafi for Time

Tim O’Brien’s Gaddafi illustration covers the latest issue of TIME.

25
Aug
11

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao

Vector Art by Vincent Rhafael Aseo




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