art + design blog

Masamune Shirow aka Masanori Ota

Reading Time: 8 minutes I was hooked instantly – hard not to be, as what it held in its pages was so far beyond what I had seen elsewhere; partly because Manga was a fully matured and accepted form of publishing in Japan.

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Terran Trade Authority

Reading Time: 6 minutes But what’s best about these books? What would make me track them down, and pay a premium, so many years later?

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Kow Yokoyama: Ma.K. Sketchbook

Reading Time: 4 minutes Up to three decades old in places, Yokoyama’s sketchbook reflects a distinctive style and stance that is so difficult to find these days.

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Shaun Tan – a brief thought

Reading Time: 4 minutes I don’t find it easy to describe just what it is about Shaun Tan’s work, both literary and illustrative, that I find so enchanting.

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A Retro Future - A bit of an essay

A retro future: A bit of an essay

Reading Time: 7 minutes Shapes, forms, colours were diverse, often soft, organic, and the visions of the future, in paint and ink, were as varied as they were interesting.

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Gerard Thomas Illustration - Roy Huxley

Roy Huxley Rediscovered

Reading Time: 3 minutes I instantly recognised why his work at the time was so magnetic – it has that ageless ’something’. While I can’t put my finger on just what this something is, Huxley’s Matchbox art has it in spades.

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Akira, an incomplete review

Reading Time: 4 minutes Themes of youth alienation and anti-establishment, military power and government corruption are handled cleanly and powerfully, balanced with the core theme of the super natural powers that drive the pivotal characters.

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Box Art

Reading Time: 8 minutes Like the Matchbox art of Roy Huxley, which for me proceeded gaming, I was always captivated by the artwork adorning boxes of many games.

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Chris Foss and Me

Reading Time: 5 minutes Foss’ visions are those of an industrial space and scale, where the craft are purposeful, work is hard, mechanical, and space unfriendly for people.

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Design in Star Wars

Reading Time: 6 minutes I want to believe but I fear I might need to step out over a bottomless shaft to find the control that lets me…

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