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21 NOVEMBER, 2012

Dutch Illustrator Rop Van Mierlo’s Charming Rorschach-Like Wash Paintings of Wild Animals

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“A wild book for civilized people.”

If you combined a classic Rorschach test with Stefan G. Bucher’s Daily Monster project, you might get something like Wild Animals by Dutch illustrator Rop Van Mierlo — an absolutely wonderful collection of his gentle wash paintings, made by dropping ink and watercolor onto paper to create softly explosive shapes with no hard edges or contours.

The book was originally self-published and went on to win Best Graphic Design category of the Dutch Design Awards in 2011. Also available are various prints and postcards of the lovable beasts.

The snake rattles,
the lion yawns
and man makes a book.
A wild book
for civilized people.
A sophisticated book
for wild people.
A beautiful book
with wild animals
for civilized people.
A book with beautiful animals
for wild people.

Thanks, Sebastian; images courtesy Rop Van Mierlo

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20 NOVEMBER, 2012

Tiny Collaborative Stories

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A charmingly minimalist cross-pollination of word and image at the heart of being human.

Last year, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, better-known as RegularJOE in the hitRECord universe he created, asked thousands of contributors to submit tiny stories through words and images. He sifted through more than 8,000 submissions to cull 67 contributions, which were then collected in The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1. The hitRECord crew is now back with The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 2 — a delightful compilation of 62 such tender, poignant, beautiful micro-narratives selected from nearly 15,000 submissions. All the stories are made collaboratively — a writer would submit a story to the site, then an artist who likes it would illustrate it, or vice-versa, then others would join in and remix the stories and artwork.

In a heartening twist on traditional publishing, hitRECord is splitting all proceeds from the book 50-50 with the contributing artists and writers.

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 2 will be followed by Volume 3 in 2013, for which submissions are already being accepted.

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19 NOVEMBER, 2012

Andrew Zuckerman’s Extraordinary Portraits of Flowers

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Blossoms like you’ve never seen them before.

Thanks to his ethos of curiosity and rigor as the key to creativity, photographer Andrew Zuckerman has consistently managed to captivate the imagination and stir the soul with his crisp portraits of nature’s creatures, celebrated musicians, and our era’s most beloved elders. He now brings his singular lens to nature’s most vibrant and whimsical flora with Flower (public library) — a collection of mesmerizing, luminous close-ups of more than 150 species, making the familiar sparkle with newfound curiosity and shedding scintillating light on the exotic.

Here is but a tiny taste — though it’s worth noting the screen does Zuckerman’s lush, rich artwork absolutely no justice.

Datura fastuosa 'Double Purple'

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

fiddlehead fern

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

Rosa Charlotte

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

Aechmea 'Del Mar'

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

Brugmansia suaveolens

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

Cannabis sativa species Indica cultivar

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

Chrysanthemum 'Coral Reef'

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

Couroupita guianensis

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

Maxillariella picta

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

Paeonia cultivar 6

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

Paphiopedilum Pink Fred

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

Strongylodon macrobotrys

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

In addition to the photographs, Zuckerman also produced a series of breathtaking short timelapse films with fantastic sound design:

Flower comes on the heels of Zuckerman’s Bird, the sequel to Creature.

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