Jason Freeny is pretty well known for his dissection illustrations and toys, showing the inner workings of just about every pop culture icon or toy out there.
Now he’s tackled a trio of 18″ LEGO men, showing their complex inner workings. I love the little details, like the fact that they have this mash of square flesh around their feet, and that the skin at the top of their head is quite thin like a real scalp. It’s also exciting that he documented the whole process, which you can see here.
Ink on paper, each 50 x 70 cm, 2010
Images of daily newspapers have been collected and arranged in large ink drawings,
filling shapes of three animals with disasters of the human race.
So sad to hear that Maurice Sendak passed away. Seems like we keep losing creative individuals. Death is a part of life though, so we can only honor those who touched and inspired us in our time in this world. The New York Times has a nice piece on Maurice, his life, and his work, here’s an excerpt illustrating why he was so great.
In book after book, Mr. Sendak upended the staid, centuries-old tradition of American children’s literature, in which young heroes and heroines were typically well scrubbed and even better behaved; nothing really bad ever happened for very long; and everything was tied up at the end in a neat, moralistic bow.
Mr. Sendak’s characters, by contrast, are headstrong, bossy, even obnoxious. (In “Pierre,” “I don’t care!” is the response of the small eponymous hero to absolutely everything.) His pictures are often unsettling. His plots are fraught with rupture: children are kidnapped, parents disappear, a dog lights out from her comfortable home.
About the Project
I recently had the pleasure of working with the folks at Brunch Box to create an identity system and truck wrap for their new brunch food truck. It was a great learning experience all around. The clients had never really purchased art before, and I had never designed a food truck wrap. We went through a bunch of ideas and when it came down to it, they wanted to reflect the city as it is, gritty and somewhat debauched. I was excited top go this route as the last few jobs i’ve had worked on, the work was incredibly happy and almost utopian in nature. This time i got to draw rooster pimps, drunk gambling pigs wearing only underwear, and a prostitute chicken getting robbed by swine. In other words, it was fun.
Starting With Character
As with any larger scale project, I jump in to the parts that feel the most comfortable. With this project, I knew I wanted to make a seedy brunch world which meant roosters and pigs doing god knows what. Below are the characters that ended up directing the whole concept.
Below are the 3 final Brunch box marks. I wanted to nod to the country side of traditional brunch places while having a little more fun with the lettering.
Below are some other concept, characters and sketches I was playing with. There is some fun stuff here that i still like and will probably end up informing something else down the line.
Thanks for taking a look through everything. I would love to hear what you think so feel free to comment below.
My work dwells in a netherworld between urban fine art and contemporary graphics, A collision of real and digital media it is primarily illustration based with a firm foundation in drawing, I focus mainly on the human form particularly the face, interweaving elements from the animal kingdom often reflecting the absurdity of human nature.
Sami Viljanto is an illustrator based between Helsinki and Berlin. His drawings are just bursting with energy. Each image he makes seems to be cram-packed with fun and playful characters and they jump from the page with bright and lively colors. It’s hard not to feel happy when looking at his work. I could honestly stare at the bottom illustration for an hour and not get bored – those crazy little birds of his are just so cute and crazy! Check out more of his work over on his website Grande Deluxe.