I was eating brunch at my friends’ house yesterday and saw an illustrated map of Baltimore on their wall. It’s difficult to accurately represent this map in a mere 500 pixels because of its complexity, but the illustrator, Caleb Luke Lin captured some small, notable parts of Baltimore; things like the kids poppin’ wheelies on their bikes when it’s warm and the arabbers with their horses and carts of fruit.
Later, I checked out Caleb’s website and saw the rest of his illustrations, which seem to include and celebrate nearly-extinct (or extinct) species of animals, artifacts, and a general reverence for things not of our time.
My friends and I used to have “bad movie Mondays,” where we’d watch a bad movie and make fun of it, something akin to Mystery Science Theater 3000. One particularly bad movie was Wickerman with Nick Cage. Sophia Foster-Dimino’s illustration about the movie (above) brought back memories of this horrible film. I like the illustration much more than I did the movie. In fact, I like much of Sophia’s work, which ranges from comics, simple portraits and editorial compositions, as well as big sprawling scenes.
Sophia is also a Google Doodler, so I have no doubt that you’ve seen her images before.
All images via her Tumblr.
I find these drawings by Mike Lay to be an interesting example of lifestyle illustration. They are conscious of trends and fashion, expressive at the same time, encompassing a certain feeling from drawing to drawing.
The use of bright, electric accent colors highlights a hyperactive, high energy, yet deteriorating lifestyle. The subjects of Mike’s drawings seem worn out but not interested in giving up what they have. This is especially apparent in the eyes — blank stares like they are possessed.
All images via his Flickr.