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Elves of Color

Cleopatra’s Weave draws some amazing Elves of color (and David J. Prokopetz shares a story trying to get more racial representation in a fantasy illustration project).

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i drew a bunch of elves of color!!

This post reminds me of something that happened a few years back.

I once served as art director for a project where the illustration spec called for characters of a variety of races (in the real-world sense, not the Dungeons & Dragons sense - though the latter was involved as well).

We had one particular artist, tasked with drawing a series of elves, who didn’t quite seem to get what that meant. Their output was basically “white elf”, “another white elf”, “white elf with a tan”, “white elf looking a bit pale”, “yet another white elf”, etc.

When this was pointed out, they were like “oh, yeah, now I get it - I’ll totally fix that with my next piece”.

They proceeded to turn in a picture of a blue elf.

In the end, we had to provide specific quotas for specific levels of racial representation in order to get the point across. It all worked out in the end, but it’s stuck with me ever since that this artist examined the original spec, looked at our feedback, and came to the conclusion a blue elf was more plausible than a black one.

In conclusion: this is awesome.

Read that last paragraph as many times as you need to.

"Revealing the Secrets of the Modern Movie Poster"

“Revealing the Secrets of the Modern Movie Poster”

Former graphic designer for Intralink Film Graphic Design and current Google graphic designer Alex Griendling talks about designing film posters and campaigns at The Art House.

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RIP, Anthony Goldschmidt

Graphic designer Anthony Goldschmidt has died. Goldschmidt’s company Intralink Film Graphic Design was the first to offer poster design as well as titles and trailers. Intralink created posters for countless films and Goldschmidt himself designed the titles for films including Young Frankenstein (1974), Blazing Saddles (1974) and Stargate (1994). The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap and The Fashion…

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A massive spread and a ton of smaller illustrations I made for a delightful story by Gideon Lewis-Kraus in the current issue of Lucky Peach.

For the spread I referenced Pirosmani and a few other Georgian painters, for the spots I followed Gideon’s perambulations, and for the recipes I drew some goofy vegetables and herbs.

I always try to find a personal connection to an extensive assignment like this one, and having a well-written text and a relevant theme justifies my slightly torturous process (yes, each little shape is hand-drawn with brush & ink). Speaking of process, I recently had a video chat about it with Matthew the Horse.

In my youth I’d endured a great deal of such daylong feasts, brought on by my immigrant family to distract us from the reality of Russia of the 80s-90s. Both our steaming brightlit kitchen and the vast grey outside instilled in me the doubling sense of alienation that I still carry with me in my breast pocket. During my last trip to Moscow, after a customary daylong feast, I wondered at the foreignness I suddenly felt about the place, as if I was visiting an exotic land after reading about it for a bit too long. I realized that the last five years distanced the country of my psyche that I still live in from the country that remained, distanced it enough to make me feel like I was taking a tour of an ineptly choreographed reconstruction of my own past. It was that, or plain indigestion.

Thanks AD Walter for the assignment and for the typographical treatment!


Thrilling Wonder Stories, June 1943. Cover by Earle Bergey.


Thrilling Wonder Stories, June 1943. Cover by Earle Bergey.

Heart of Darkness, A Drawing For Every Page

Heart of Darkness, A Drawing For Every Page

Tin House has published an edition of Joseph Conrad’s Heart Of Darkness illustrated by Matt Kish, an interesting follow-up to Kish’s project, Moby-Dick In Pictures; One Drawing For Every Page. See more of Kish’s work here.

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