Harrison Cady was an American illustrator and author, best known for his comic strip, Peter Rabbit. He started his career as early as 1894 when his first illustration appeared in the magazine Harper’s Young Magazine.
When Harrison was 18, his father was killed in Boston. He and his mother moved to New York City, where he became an illustrator at the Brooklyn Eagle newspaper. From there, he took on other freelancing positions, eventually being hired as a staff cartoonist for Life magazine.
I first saw Harrison’s illustrations when I visited the Library of Congress last year. The cartoony style (which has since been duplicated by numerous illustrators) and intense detail was what drew me in. His work is lighthearted and fun, and I like it when he charges animals insects with acting like humans.
Three images above via Animation Resources. Again, click for detail!
And finally, this is the first image I saw by Harrison. This composition, with the details and various scenes jam-packed into it, is impressive.
Image via Tusks Family.
When thinking about eyra’s newest show, Long Form, and how it is about extended narratives, the Bayeux Tapestry immediately came to mind.
The Bayeux Tapestry is a long embroidered cloth (not an actual tapestry) that was constructed around 1092. It is nearly 230 feet long! It depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest in England in the 11th-century invasion and occupation of England by an army of Normans, Bretons and French soldiers led by Duke William II of Normandy.
The tapestry consists of 50 scenes and captions, and is an example of early reportage illustration. The story, no surprise, is long and contains mysteries (!!), along with 623 people, 202 horses, 55 dogs, 506 birds and animals, 49 trees, and 41 ships*.
Here are just a few scenes of this massive work. What accompanies this long piece are translations of the Latin captions, which you can read in full here.
*According to Middle-Ages.org
All images via Wikipedia. Don’t laugh. Whoever uploaded them did a pretty great job.
Image via Mystic Lily Etsy.
For a short time in my life, I was in Girl Scouts. Honestly, I don’t remember much about that time, but I do remember the badges. These tiny embroidered items really reflect my current interests — illustrated products and embroidery. Funny how these things come full circle in our lives, isn’t it?
Image via Best Stuff Etsy.
A whole bunch of them. The detail is incredible (click image to make it bigger):
Image via Ebay.
Images via French Horn Book Worm’s Etsy.
Etsy is really the way to go if you want to collect some vintage scout badges!
Image via Cotton and Flax.
Last week, Lisa and I were the villains of the post office. We had over 50 parcels to mail for our Kickstarter campaign, and were at the front counter for the better part of an hour putting stamps on envelopes with prints. There was only one person working while the line was out the door. Though tedious and stressful, it really got me thinking about how much I enjoy stamps and the possibilities that this tiny canvas allows for design and illustration.
I’ve really enjoyed looking at collections of vintage stamps on the interwebs. Some depict famous leaders, others birds and architecture. Either way, it is interesting to see the different executions of the same thing.
Image via Grain Edit.
Image via Cotton and Flax.
Image via Present & Correct. (One of my favorite sites!)
Image via August Empress.
Brown Paper Bag began as a way to feature works on paper (and more, of course). I recently discovered a Tumblr that shares this same love - Super Paper Queen. Its tagline is similar to this blog, “passion for paper ephemera,” and the Tumblr collects a myriad of types of images and printed matter.
In the spirit of Time Travel Tuesday, I’ve selected some favorites from Super Paper Queen, including book covers and illustrations from the middle of the 20th century. But, really, this Tumblr does an excellent job at range, mixing the contemporary and provocative with the classic and conservative.
All images via Super Paper Queen.
It’s pretty much a given at this point that you’ve seen Picasso’s paintings, but did you know that he also crafted ceramic works? I didn’t! And, you know I’ve been on my ceramic kick as of late.
It’s not so much that these are unusually-shaped vases or objects, but Picasso employs his hand at surface design, giving these objects a personality and a life of their own.