Posted Monday, December 21, 2009
The hits just keep on coming! We got a bunch of great alt-culture and outsider art stuff in today from our friends at Last Gasp and Picturebox, and now we're sharing it with you! Check it out:
The Snow Yak Show Microportfolio
This is a collection of illustrations, sketches and photos from Japanese tattoo master, Horimasa. A tebori artist by trade (the traditional Japanese method of tattooing by hand), Horimasa breathes new life into fundamental Japanese tattoo motifs in this compilation. That he's studied the masters of traditional ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) is evident in his work, and his approach to traditional Japanese iconography is bold and confident. His lines are incredibly clean and his color use is brilliant. This book includes a wide variety of Japanese traditional tattoo imagery. It features a variety of samurai, Gods and Goddesses, oni, goblins, tigers, Hannya, dragons, geisha, koi, foo dogs, animals and insects... it has a little bit of everything. It includes full color, full page illustrations, complete single line drawings, preliminary sketches and sketches devoted to particularly tricky details, like hands, feet, eyes and claws. It also includes a 50 full page, full color photo section of Horimasa's tattoo work, shot by world renowned photographer Geoff Johnson. This book is nice and big, printed on thick, high quality paper, and comes in a cardboard slipcase for protection. It is an amazing resource for anyone interested in traditional Japanese tattooing and imagery. Text in English and Japanese.
This second volume of The Art of Herge covers the years 1937 to 1945. The period illustrated is fascinating on a number of counts, marking the maturity of Herge, the creator and artist. In 1937 Herge was only 30, but he had already laid down enough markers to lay claim to his future territory -- the strip cartoon. It was during this period that he began to render the Adventures of Tintin in color. The period covered in this volume was also marked by global political tensions and mounting dangers that boiled over into the Second World War. From his childhood onward, Herge produced a vast number of drawings. The Art of Herge, Inventor of Tintin presents them all in chronological order, with many high quality reproductions, each accompanied by concise commentary allowing us a closer look into Herge's daily routine, and by extension, his thoughts. Oversized Hardcover, $42.95.