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Such an impressive work created by Parisian illustrator, Ugo Gattoni. The original is a 5 meters long drawing of the streets of London! I would love to see that. The book is published by Nobrow Press,  you can find more images and information about the book there. Or watch the BICYCLE video.

Inspired by the 2012 London Olympic Games, young artist Ugo Gattoni intricately illustrates a cycle race through the streets of London. From elite athletes to cycle couriers, commuters, bankers, delivery boys, mums with kids, youths on stolen mountain bikes to fashionistas and hipsters on fixed gear bikes – pretty soon you will realize this is no ordinary road race!

[ Found via Popshot Magazine, Images + Source: Nobrow, Video by camdurandrival ]

[ Photo by: Maurits Sillem/Getty Images, 2004 ]

Fashion legend, Italian journalist Anna Piaggi, was the very unique, original, eccentric fashion icons in my time. Sadly she passed away on Tuesday. She was 81. Her signature look was very flamboyant, theatrical and playful that matched her funky hats and somewhat blue hair.

[ Photo: Selecting images for Vogue Italia in 2004 ] …I love everything about this photo, the Art Nouveau backdrop and Anna Piaggi looking so impeccable while at work.

I remember seeing her year ago at the Sydney fashion week. At the time I was studying fashion and for someone like me who loves colour, mix and match clothing and texttures. I was in awe with her look, the most fascinating style I had ever come across. I was in my early 20s and felt so plain and borring :) She would have been around 69 at the time.

In the fashion world, Anna Piaggi influenced so many people over such a long period. Here are a few sketches, illustrations by other Anna Piaggi fans.
“the original punk grandmother” Illustration by Joana Avilllez

Sketch book inspiration by unknown artist (at least to me)

[ Photo by: Wayne Stambler / Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1970, and illustration by Olga Martin ]

[ Source: Sketchbook Magazine ]

[ Source: Sketchbook Magazine ]

What are you wearing today? Go back in time and see more images of Anna Piaggi here.

[ Other source found via: lobra and miista ]

Maurice Sendak standing by an life-size scene from his book “Where The Wild Things Are” at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan

‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Beloved children’s (and adults) author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak Dead at 83…Till this day i can say that this one of my favourite books as a child, but even now, years, years later – It’s also a book for adults to enjoy. It’s hard not to be enthusiastic about Maurice Sendak’s imaginary, weird and visually lingering story books and illustrations. So here is my ode to Maurice Sendak’s wonderful world of storytelling and beautiful illustration art books. 

Where the Wild Things Are (1963).

Left, Dear Mili (1988) … right, Pierre (year?)

Left, We are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy (1993) … Right, In the Night Kitchen (1970)

Illustration header Maurice Sendak did for Google. The most lovable and scary monster you will ever run into!. I love you Maurice Sendak,your work is timeless, inspiring and will live on!.

Last Thursday, 26 January was Australia Day! And not being there, i surf the internet hoping to find images from the celebration. But in no time Mays Gibbs popped in my head. She is one of Australia’s top children’s authors/illustrators and i absolutely loved her books when i was a kid. She created books about the bush fairies surrounded by Australian native wildlife. Here are my favourite, cute little gumnut babies sitting on gum (eucalyptus) leaves ….and together with skippy!

{ images via: here and Australian childrens literature website}

Circle of Influence is a chart of artistic, scientific, and philosophical debts through time. Created by Michelle Legro of Lapham’s Quarterly, Maria Popova of Brain Pickings & Illustrator Wendy MacNaughton as part of Longshot magazine’s Debt issue.

I should have this hanging on my wall – a good motivation to look up some of the not so obvious names! Who is Marie Curie? In the mean time, here are some quotes that grabbed my attention:

“I do not seek I find.” — Pablo Picasso

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
Sylvia Plath

“I like to remember things my own way. How I remembered them, not necessarily the way they happened.”
David Lynch (Lost Highway)

“Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”
Sigmund Freud

{ image source..: wendymac }

Aaah, if only life (happiness) could be as easy as that! Like the sound of it anyways…Does it make you want to try to create some funky text too? I already have tried but it’s not as easy as it looks! Love his relaxed, flowy hand lettering (typography) the thick brush strokes you see in the background. Nice use of subtle colours…: Darren Booth is a freelance illustrator and typographer, based in Canada.

While searching more about Darren Booth and his work I ran into this Interview you might want to check out. It’s as nice short read and one of the questions is as follows…: What’s your favorite quote? “Don’t try to be original, just try to be good.” —Paul Rand

{ Ocean meets sky by..:  Terry Fan }

So I’ve been having a lazy but comforting long weekend. Though the weather has been a little moody in the last few days; we got buckets of rain by late Friday, Saturday was sunny but with a cool breeze and now it’s grey outside… Maybe that explains why I’ve chosen these illustrations today (since it’s not the first time I’ve noticed them).  At least they seem to fit in well with my Sunday mood. That is something whimsy and peaceful about them. I particular love the illustration below, the couple cuddling under the sea blanket on the beach! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
{ Ocean of love and Queen of Ocean by..:  Chalermphol Harnchakkham }

Hopeless romantic illustrator artist Stasia Burrington is influenced by art nouveau, comics, manga, textile designs….to name a few. She describes her work as personal, intimate, edgy and cute. You can check out her etsy shop here to see her other artworks….It’s not often that you see tattoo drawings, illustrations looking so gentle and feminine. I really like that about her work, it’s gentle, dreamy and she has her own style going. If you’re wondering about the photo above, I think it is of Stasia Burrington, at least it’s taken from her blog – you should check it out…: Hope you had a lovely Sunday xxx

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