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Vaka Valo’s Dream Diary 2

Vaka Valo, Dream Diary No. 56, 2016

Vaka Valo got in touch recently with some fabulous additions to the “Dream Diary” series. I featured early works from this ongoing series in 2012.

This time, I asked Vaka about the series: “All of my works involve chance, contextual change, and strict limitations. For this project, the pieces begin as tiny collages from old instructional manuals I have meticulously mined. After sorting through thousands of images, I scan the hundreds of individual components, then create the collages digitally, revamping the colors completely, then have the compositions digitally printed and stretched onto canvas VERY large (adding a few more touch-ups by hand), as the dot gain patterns in the colors are clearly discernible upon viewing. There is only a single tangible canvas for each composition.”
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W. A. Dwiggins

Images from William Addison Dwiggins: Stencilled Ornament and Illustration
by Dorothy Abbe and Bruce Kennett, published by Princeton Architectural Press (2015)

Title page border for The Time Machine, 1931 (printed vertically in the book)
reproduced in William Addison Dwiggins: Stencilled Ornament and Illustration

Title page design for Tales by Poe (Lakeside Press, 1930)
reproduced in William Addison Dwiggins: Stencilled Ornament and Illustration

Elements used to build the Poe designs
reproduced in William Addison Dwiggins: Stencilled Ornament and Illustration

Decoration for “The Fall of the House of Usher” in Poe’s Tales, 1930
reproduced in William Addison Dwiggins: Stencilled Ornament and Illustration

Design for Warren’s Standard Printing Papers, 1920s
reproduced in William Addison Dwiggins: Stencilled Ornament and Illustration
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W. A. Dwiggins

Images from William Addison Dwiggins: Stencilled Ornament and Illustration
by Dorothy Abbe and Bruce Kennett, published by Princeton Architectural Press (2015)

Title page border for The Time Machine, 1931 (printed vertically in the book)
reproduced in William Addison Dwiggins: Stencilled Ornament and Illustration

Title page design for Tales by Poe (Lakeside Press, 1930)
reproduced in William Addison Dwiggins: Stencilled Ornament and Illustration

Elements used to build the Poe designs
reproduced in William Addison Dwiggins: Stencilled Ornament and Illustration

Decoration for “The Fall of the House of Usher” in Poe’s Tales, 1930
reproduced in William Addison Dwiggins: Stencilled Ornament and Illustration

Design for Warren’s Standard Printing Papers, 1920s
reproduced in William Addison Dwiggins: Stencilled Ornament and Illustration
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Okamoto Kiichi

Illustrations by Okamoto Kiichi for the legendary illustrated magazine Kodomo no kuni
(“Children’s Land”), 1922–30

Bio of Okamoto Kiichi (1888–1930) by the Saru Gallery:Okamoto Kiichi studied together with Kuroda Seiki at the school of Hakubakai. He first exhibited woodblock prints in 1912. He was a member of various artists’ societies, and contributed his self-carved woodblock prints to a number of magazines, one of which was Kindai no Yôga. In the latter part of his career he created designs for stage scenery and also worked as an illustrator of children’s stories. His prints were also used as book illustrations by Onchi Kôshirô. (more…)

Blues Build the Temple

From the print series Blues Build the Temple by Trevor Naud
“Twenty-One Prints on 285-Gram Watercolor Paper / Foil-Stamped, Letterpressed Sleeve”
(quite a stunning object)
Previously: Mapmaker

From the print series Blues Build the Temple by Trevor Naud

From the print series Blues Build the Temple by Trevor Naud

From the print series Blues Build the Temple by Trevor Naud

From the print series Blues Build the Temple by Trevor Naud

From the print series Blues Build the Temple by Trevor Naud

From the print series Blues Build the Temple by Trevor Naud

From the print series Blues Build the Temple by Trevor Naud (more…)

30 Vintage Movie Posters from Japan

Kiyoshi Awazu, poster for Double Suicide, 1969 (Awazu on 50 Watts)

Medea (1971)

Kurosawa’s own artwork for Dodes’ka-den (Clickety Clack), 1970

Kurosawa’s own artwork for Dodes’ka-den (Clickety Clack), 1970

“Young Miss” (Ojo san) movie poster, 1930
via Pink Tentacle

The four posters from the sorely missed Pink Tentacle come from the Japanese-language book Modernism on Paper: Japanese Graphic Design of the 1920s-30s.

“May 1” movie poster by Hiromu Hara, 1928-1929
via Pink Tentacle

Tadanori Yokoo’s poster for Diary of a Shinjuku Thief, 1969
via Gurafiku

For a Few Dollars More, 1967

A Fistful of Dollars, 1965

Shoot the Piano Player, 1960

Masculin Féminin, 1966
via Zero Focus

The Birds, 1963

Repulsion, 1965

House, 1977
via Gurafiku

Symphonie der Liebe, 1949 (more…)

Walter Schnackenberg 5

Another harvest of images from one of my favorite artists, Walter Schnackenberg (1880–1961). I’m starting to wonder if a proper book overview of his work will even be published in my lifetime.
I pulled most of the images from various expired auction or bookseller listings of the rare publication Kostume / Plakate Und Dekorationen. It’s currently selling for $4000 online so I’m satisfied with these somewhat scrappy photos and scans. It includes “31 color lithograph plates, eight photographic plates and five black and white plates of poster, advertising and costume design.”
See all my posts on Schnackenberg

from Jugend

from Jugend

costume designs!

costume designs!

costume designs!

in his studio with model (more…)

Image Dive 1

illus. from an 1850s “Materia Medica” book
via Dassaishooku

I’ve decided to reboot the “Image Dive” series I did on A Journey Round My Skull in 2009 and 2010. I’ve posted a handful of these images on facebook, tumblr, or twitter in the past year.

Japanese badger from an 1850s “Materia Medica” book
via Dassaishooku

Gaston de Latenay, 1899, Nausikaa illustration
via Book Graphics

Gaston de Latenay, 1899, Nausikaa illustration
via Book Graphics

illus. by Hiromi Nishizaka via mlle ghoul

Tom Seidmann-Freud, Das Wunderhaus, 1927
via via UB Braunschweig

Previous post on Tom Seidmann-Freud: The Rabbit Dreams of Dr. Freud’s Niece

Tom Seidmann-Freud, Das Wunderhaus, 1927
via via UB Braunschweig
The book has lots of moving parts. (more…)

La Grande Illusion: Vintage French Movie Posters

La Grande Illusion, c.1946
signed: Bernard Lancy
These reproductions are from expired auction listings at ha.com. The dates range from 1927 to 1981 with many posters from the 1940s.

Fantômas, 1932
artist unknown

Fantômas, 1947
artist: Jacques Fourastie

The Lodger, 1944
artist: Roger Jacquier Rojac

The Killers, 1964
artist: Guy Gérard Noël

Beauty and the Beast, 1946
artist: Jean-Denis Malclès

Eyes Without a Face, 1960
artist: Jean Mascii

Eyes Without a Face, 1960
artist: Jean Mascii

Earth Versus the Flying Saucers, 1956 artist: Georges Kerfyser

Godzilla, 1956
artist: A. Poucel

Wages of Fear, 1953
artist: Rene Ferracci

The Maltese Falcon, 1941
artist unknown

The Big Sleep, 1946
artist: Vincent Cristellys

Casablanca, 1940s
artist: Pierre Pigeot

Notorious, 1946
artist: Pierre Segogne

Scarlett Empress, 1934
artist: Roger Vacher

The Birds, 1963
artist: Boris Grinsson

The Stranger, 1945 (more…)

Space Teriyaki 7

Visions of space and the future in Japan in the 70s and 80s
See the full series.

Gan Hosoya, 1973, “Silence” poster

The standard spiel:What you are seeing here is a selection of scans from my still-growing stash of books and catalogs on Japanese illustration and design.

I apologize for the stupid series name. I didn’t realize it would be a series when I did the first post on a whim three years ago. I may airbrush it out at some point.

Ikuo Niida, 1975, record cover

Tadami Yamada, c.1975

Genpei Akasegawa, c.1975

Koichi Sato, 1986, Housing Company Calendar

Hajime Sorayama, c.1975

Hiroshi Manabe, early 70s

Hiroshi Manabe, early 70s (more…)