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Secret Fore-Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Autumn by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Autumn by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Winter by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Winter by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Spring by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Spring by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Summer by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Summer by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

A few days ago Colleen Theisen who helps with outreach and instruction at the Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa shared an amazing gif she made that demonstrates something called fore-edge painting on the edge of a 1837 book called Autumn by Robert Mudie. Fore-edge painting, which is believed to date back as early as the 1650s, is a way of hiding a painting on the edge of a book so that it can only be seen when the pages are fanned out. There are even books that have double fore-edge paintings, where a different image can be seen by flipping the book over and fanning the pages in the opposite direction.

When I realized the book Theisen shared was only one of a series about the seasons, I got in touch and she agreed to photograph the other three so we could share them with you here. Above are photos of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter which were donated to the University of Iowa by Charlotte Smith. How much fun are these? Keep an eye on the University of Iowa’s special collections Tumblr as they unearth more artificats from the archives.

Update: Because this post is getting so much attention, here are some more amazing fore-edge paintings found on YouTube.

Artist Collaborates with her 4-Year-Old Daughter to Create Amazing Illustrations

Artist Collaborates with her 4 Year Old Daughter to Create Amazing Illustrations kids illustration drawing

Artist Collaborates with her 4 Year Old Daughter to Create Amazing Illustrations kids illustration drawing

Artist Collaborates with her 4 Year Old Daughter to Create Amazing Illustrations kids illustration drawing

Artist Collaborates with her 4 Year Old Daughter to Create Amazing Illustrations kids illustration drawing

Artist Collaborates with her 4 Year Old Daughter to Create Amazing Illustrations kids illustration drawing

Artist Collaborates with her 4 Year Old Daughter to Create Amazing Illustrations kids illustration drawing

Artist Collaborates with her 4 Year Old Daughter to Create Amazing Illustrations kids illustration drawing

In one of the best collaborations this blog has seen in ages, professional illustrator Mica Angela Hendricks has been collaborating with her 4-year-old daughter on a series of wonderful drawings that pass back and forther between mother and daugher until reaching an always unexpected final form. Each drawing begins with Hendricks drawing a detailed retro-ish head, after which her daughter snatches away the sketchbook to create rudimentary body (or animal!) parts as well as other random details. Afterward Hendricks goes back in to polish things up a bit and behold: dinosaur women, slug ladies, and beaver astronauts are born. Of the collaboration Hendricks shares:

Sometimes I would give her suggestions, like “maybe she could have a dragon body!” but usually she would ignore theses suggestions if it didn’t fit in with what she already had in mind. But since I am a grownup and a little bit (okay a lot) of a perfectionist, I sometimes would have a specific idea in mind as I doodled my heads. Maybe she could make this into a bug! I’d think happily to myself as I sketched, imagining the possibilities of what it could look like. So later, when she’d doodle some crazy shape that seemed to go in some surrealistic direction, or put a large circle around the creature and filled the WHOLE THING in with marker, part of my brain would think, What is she DOING?!? She’s just scribbling it all up! But I should know that in most instances, kids’ imaginations way outweigh a grownup’s, and it always ALWAYS looked better that what I had imagined. ALWAYS.

Kind of reminds me of Rob Kimmel’s collaboration with his son or even Axe Cop. If you’re interested, Hendricks just published 16 of their illustrations as prints over on Society6. (via Visual News, Neatorama)

Paper Stop Motion Teaser for the Human Body Anatomy App

Paper Stop Motion Teaser for the Human Body Anatomy App stop motion paper kids illustration app anatomy

Paper Stop Motion Teaser for the Human Body Anatomy App stop motion paper kids illustration app anatomy

Paper Stop Motion Teaser for the Human Body Anatomy App stop motion paper kids illustration app anatomy

The Human Body is the first release from design studio Tinybop as part of their Explorer’s Library series that seeks to “help children develop a foundational understanding of the world.” The immersive anatomy app for kids features some great artwork work from illustrator and designer Kelli Andersen who created 200+ illustrations of bones, veins, muscles and other components that comprise the interactive environment as well as the stop motion video above. The app is extraordinarily well conceived and designed, every attempt to pry the iPad out of my son’s hands so I can actually try it myself have failed. Get it here. (via Kottke, Swissmiss)

Revelation: Cut Paper Collages and Illustrations by Christine Kim

Revelation: Cut Paper Collages and Illustrations by Christine Kim paper illustration documentary collage anatomy

Revelation: Cut Paper Collages and Illustrations by Christine Kim paper illustration documentary collage anatomy

Revelation: Cut Paper Collages and Illustrations by Christine Kim paper illustration documentary collage anatomy

Revelation: Cut Paper Collages and Illustrations by Christine Kim paper illustration documentary collage anatomy

Revelation: Cut Paper Collages and Illustrations by Christine Kim paper illustration documentary collage anatomy

And we have another great documentary short today. Meet Toronto-based artist Christine Kim whose recent artwork explores intersections between illustration, cut paper collage, and architecture. The video above is part 10 of an ongoing series of top-notch artist interviews conducted by filmmaker Jesse Brass called Making Art.

The Fantastic Imagination of Illustrator Simón Prades

The Fantastic Imagination of Illustrator Simón Prades illustration drawing

The Fantastic Imagination of Illustrator Simón Prades illustration drawing

The Fantastic Imagination of Illustrator Simón Prades illustration drawing

The Fantastic Imagination of Illustrator Simón Prades illustration drawing

The Fantastic Imagination of Illustrator Simón Prades illustration drawing

The Fantastic Imagination of Illustrator Simón Prades illustration drawing

The Fantastic Imagination of Illustrator Simón Prades illustration drawing

The Fantastic Imagination of Illustrator Simón Prades illustration drawing

The Fantastic Imagination of Illustrator Simón Prades illustration drawing

Freelance illustrator and graphic designer Simón Prades says that he prefers to work with analog mediums such ink, pencil and watercolor to help express his fantastic imagination that explores ideas of nature, memory, and dreams. Prades lives and works in Saarbrücken, Germany and teaches illustration at the university of applied sciences in Trier. You can find more of his work over on Behance. If you liked this also check out the work of Pat Perry.

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler O’Leary as She Explores the U.S.

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

For the last several years artist and illustrator Chandler O’Leary has traveled extensively around the U.S., documenting her travels in several sketchbooks. But where some people might jot down a few brief ideas, perhaps a detailed sketch or two, Chandler instead turns each spread into a fully realized watercolor artwork complete with notes, diagrams, and other minutiae that helps capture the essence of each place she visits. A graduate of RISD, she is also the proprietor of Anagram Press in Tacoma, Washington. You can follow more of her travels via her blog, Drawn the Road Again. (via Metafilter)

Pardon My Dust: The Chalk Art of Peter Han

Pardon My Dust: The Chalk Art of Peter Han illustration drawing documentary chalk

Pardon My Dust: The Chalk Art of Peter Han illustration drawing documentary chalk

Pardon My Dust: The Chalk Art of Peter Han illustration drawing documentary chalk

Pardon My Dust: The Chalk Art of Peter Han illustration drawing documentary chalk

Pardon My Dust: The Chalk Art of Peter Han illustration drawing documentary chalk

Pardon My Dust: The Chalk Art of Peter Han illustration drawing documentary chalk

Designer Peter Han (he rejects being called an artist) has worked as a conceptual designer for a number of different video games and films, but has also become known for a drawing class he teaches called Dynamic Sketching. Using only chalk, Han works with his students to let go of their preconceived notions about art and design by working in a fast, impermanent medium that always ends up being erased. The hope is to eventually free them from the idea of permanence and allow their ideas to grow through making mistakes.

In this short film titled Pardon My Dust directed by Adriel de la Torre, we catch a quick glimpse of Han at work as he works with his students and draws some impressive illustrations that of course meet a fateful end under a felt eraser. (via colossal submissions)

Stunning Tattoos by Art Collaborators ‘Expanded Eye’

Stunning Tattoos by Art Collaborators Expanded Eye tattoos illustration

Stunning Tattoos by Art Collaborators Expanded Eye tattoos illustration

Stunning Tattoos by Art Collaborators Expanded Eye tattoos illustration

Stunning Tattoos by Art Collaborators Expanded Eye tattoos illustration

Stunning Tattoos by Art Collaborators Expanded Eye tattoos illustration

Stunning Tattoos by Art Collaborators Expanded Eye tattoos illustration

Stunning Tattoos by Art Collaborators Expanded Eye tattoos illustration

Stunning Tattoos by Art Collaborators Expanded Eye tattoos illustration

Stunning Tattoos by Art Collaborators Expanded Eye tattoos illustration

Artists Jade Tomlinson and Kev James of Expanded Eye split their time between London and Thonon-les-Bains, France where they pursue a wide range of artistic endeavors including illustration, street art, and tattoos. Kev does the actual ink work while the duo collaborate for several days on the artwork that merges natural elements with typography and geometry using extremely delicate line work. It is so rare that I get excited about tattoo art and this is definitely an exception, my jaw dropped on seeing just a few quick email attachments and I’ve since gone through their gallery of work four or five times. The pair will be back in Thonon-les-Bains in the fall and are scheduling appointments starting mid-November. See more of their work over on Facebook.

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