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Raccoon Tracks, or: Freaky Little Baby Hand Prints

I am absolutely in love with Kali Ciesemier’s Amtrak Junior Conductor’s Guidebook.  Those colors!  Those angles!  But should I be worried that Amtrak stations appear to have a serious Raccoon problem?

According to Kali’s blog, this book was a promo for National Train Day with a print run of 150,000 copies.  So there should be some out there.  If you’ve seen it anywhere for purchase… please let me know!  I’d love to get my hands on a copy and rub this turquoise and warm red magic all over my eyeballs. Also check out Kali Ciesemier’s illustration portfolio, which is overflowing with more amazing work.

 

Mediocrity is self-inflicted and genius is self-bestowed

Check out these sweet scans… totally typical 2011 indie infocomics, right? They’re actually fifty year old paintings by Walter Russell, who was some sort of half scientist/half witch from the early 20th century.  I’m not really familiar with his life or work, but when I stumbled across these paintings on Flickr I immediately fell in love with his lettering and linework.  There’s an entire gallery of this stuff if you’re interested in seeing more.

 

As new almonds stripped from the husk

A figurative study by Kyle T Webster.  I’m all about this dude’s continuos stroke figure/ground experiments… sort of like Egon Schile sketching in Sumi ink.  You might be all about this dude’s more recent work, because it’s slightly nerdier: figure studies of Star Wars and Harry Potter characters.  He’s been posting new studies every day to his blog The Daily Figure.

 

The Must-See Duotone Experience of The Year

A Star Wars poster designed by Olly Moss for Mondo. It’s pretty great. I’d hang it in my dorm room, at least, if I were in some sort of situation that required me to live in a dorm. But: I’ve been seeing many blogs mention this poster and praising the “unique and clever vision” Moss brings to the design while lamenting the blandness of modern movie posters.

It’s pretty easy to make unique and clever movie posters when the films are thirty years old and contain instantly recognizable images. As beautiful as this is, there’s no way a poster in the same vein would work for an emerging intellectual property. What is this movie about? A robot with two different color eyes? Maybe he’s wearing 3D glasses and has little people living inside his chest? If I hadn’t grown up watching Star Wars I would have no idea. This says nothing about the film other than “we hired a really good illustrator to do the posters.” Don’t blame modern film posters for wanting to attract an audience.

This has been your host Cranky Joe McStressblog bringing you yet another installment of What Really Grinds My Gears. Sorry.

 
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