Ascent of Man

As a lover of retro-futurist illustration, I recently came across a presentation (via Boing Boing) by Illustrator/Artist Bruce McCall.  He does a great job of putting to words the reason I love retro-futurist art – the optimistic, over-the-top and sometimes ridiculous illustration like that found on the covers of Popular Mechanics in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.  He’s also designed a few of the wittier New Yorker covers, one of which was put to animation by the talent at Smiley Guy Studios.  You can watch the presentation here.

The Oatmeal: How to Suck at Facebok

To all my Facebook friends out there, here’s a humorous rant about the typical Facebook types.  If you’re easily offended, you may not want to read this.  It’s a little bit o’ smartass, but I like it.

I’ve started following TheOatmeal’s posts since reading “How to use an Apostrophe“.  I think his illustrations are fun and his site is a great example of simple, clean web design.

The History of Spaceflight

vonbraunI’ve started collecting a few books on “futurism” from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s.  I love the illustrations and ideas about the future from a time when mankind was just going to the moon.  It seems there was no limit to where they thought we’d be 100 years from now (then).   Matt over at Paleo-Future has posted a clip from the DVD History of Spaceflight featuring Wernher von Braun‘s ideas of the future of spaceflight.  Check out the post for more retro-futurist images.

Nathan Ota – Another Fine Artist

Nathan Ota - Back to School I’ve started following “Right Some Good”, the art blog of Kirsten Anderson . She writes about artists she likes, and I’ve found I agree on many of them. One recent recommendation is Nathan Ota, who illustrates curious creatures like robots, eyeless birds and monster tree trunks. His art often has a greenish-golden glow that reminds me of tarot cards. Kinda spooky in a fairy-tale kind of way.

Be sure to check out his site to see more of his great work.