1000 Heads: the book

1000 heads, my illustration book

Inspiring books for the creative type


Agent Laia with Nintendo DS

Colors! is a fun little painting app for Nintendo DS and iPhone / iPod Touch (with some extra features in the Apple gadgets). Taking advantage of the tactile screen you can draw and paint very intuitively with your finger, the stylus, or any not-too-sharp objet that doesn’t scratch the surface (a plastic pen with its cap on is ok.)

Here, as a first trial, I’ve used it to draw from memory our bitch, agent Laia (according to my son, Laia is the star of a spy movie.) You can download Colors! and see many examples of users-submitted artwork in the Gallery.

Colors! saves your drawings as a .drw file, and it also generates a bitmap .png file. What is even better is the storage of the whole drawing process in the .drw file, so you can reply the sequence anytime. This is great to study what other people do with Colors! and the Nintendo or the iPod / iPhone.

All the examples in the Colors! gallery are available in the reproducible format to download. You can even reproduce them on your own computer using a nifty Java utility called ColorsDraw. You can get it here.


Freistil Online, Portal für Illustration

I have just received a news release from a new website called Freistil Online, which aims to be the first web source for illustration in German-speaking countries.

This newly launched portal covers drawing and illustrators, as well as the contemporary influences and developments among the field. The themes are Editorial-, Advertising, Fashion Illustration, graphic novels, art and motion. Most significantly, it is being used to introduce books, magazines and websites and review exhibitions, fairs and events.

The term ‘illustration’ is being used to include street art, graphic design and online solutions. The scope of the site also includes thesis projects from schools and other institutions. Reports from Germany, Austria and Switzerland are accompanied by insights of the illustration markets in New York, London and Madrid.

Even if you don’t read or speak german the website is worth checking out for the visual content.

Workspaces, studios and inspiration

If you wish to peep a little in the workspaces of illustrators such as Kyle T Webster, don’t miss this selection in Drawger called Studio Tours. I like these photo collections, for the sake of decoration and interiorism, with a dash of voyeurism, and a good dose of visual inspiration.kylet
Another good way to visit (virtually) an artist’s studio is with the special panoramic views presented at the Bohonus VR website (click the artist pic rather than the link below) Mouse around and you’ll watch different corners of the studio.

More studio inspiration: the Flickr sets called Professional creatives at home, Art studios y Annotated workspaces y The workpaces.

Project s2dio, in guillotine, is another excellent collection:
For the comic enthusiats, there is a whole section / category in Comic Book Resources devoted to studio tours.
And for even more inspiration, a Google Image search will provide very interesting results.

Any more suggestions?


Children's books by Paul Rand

Paul Rand illustrated several children's books written by his wife, Ann Rand, in the fifties and early sixties. As it happens with true classics, the illustration and layout in Rand’s books looks just as fresh today as when they were first published.

His style of illustration, consistent with his design work, is based in a witty use of simple shapes, flat colours and a well-thought composition and layout.

Now these charming editions have been reprinted by Chronicle Books in San Francisco for your delight.

Sparkle and Spin is a playful children's classic (now happily available again through Chronicle Books) that reveals to young readers the power and music in the words they use every day.

This reissue of the childhood classic I Know a Lot of Things is a celebration of all the new and intriguing knowledge children delight in possessing. Written from the simplicity of a child's perspective, with all the teeny nuggets of wisdom contained therein, and illustrated with Rand's colorful and witty style.

Little 1,originally published in 1961, is an exuberant picture book filled with clever wordplay, and not only tells the engaging story of Little 1 and his quest for a friend, but makes learning numbers and simple addition positively fun.



This is a detail of a very psychedelic letterhead I still have to finish and use, and here is the whole thing:

I wonder if bills and invoices printed in this colourful stationery would be more appealing for clients :-)


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