David Dessens' work. Experiments with software called vvvv (not for the mac, not that I'd know what to do with it :). These images look very organically which I like. There is what seems to be a paper texture in all the parts. Nice.

a favourite: generator x - code generated art and design

This site is one of my favourites. It is a hub for designers, engineers, programmers who are involved in code generated art and design. There are some strinkingly beautiful projects. This site is a window to one of the most fascinating and innovative developments in graphic design, illustration, engineering and information graphics.
Take this example (which the site in its turn picked from the weblog 30gms)
These are images of the geological composition of the surface of the moon. Don't ask me what it is exactly that is represented here. I just look at the images and see beautiful complex, compositions, rendered in fantastic psychedelic colors (see my previous posts on posters from the san fransisco psychedelic period).
Erik Natzke who I mentioned in the previous post is a main contributor (founder?). The links from and to this site are so many, that it will take a good deal of time to follow them up. Like I said: I think this site is the perfect start for a journey into the beautiful (brave new) world of code, art, design and imagery.

USGS Astrogeology Research Program: West side of the moon

USGS Astrogeology Research Program: West side of the moon

Some pictures from flickr logs. See this post for more stunning imagery


Gorgeous an extremely complex modells from Marc Fornes

Erik Natzke, computer generated illustrations

Erik Natzke makes curious and wild images with code. I wish I could explain more about the how, but my lack of technical wisdom prevents that. There's more on his website. I am trying to get just a basic understanding of computer generated images  so I hope in the future I will be able to give more background. Meanwhile I hope those in the know will be kind enough to leave comments.

Gentle Rage 6x6


George Adamson

George Adamson. Beautiful illustrations. Bad looking but very comprise and informative site.


useful links

I copied this list from another brilliant weblog about illustration, cartography, scientific illustration etc. It's called bibliodyssey (which is a well found name, until you have to spell and type it). The author made this list of reference sites (with rss feeds). I just had to take it. Mainly because the main purpose of this log is to have a clever and more visual means of bookmarking (and share that, for those interested).
Most of the sites below are in my bookmarks folder SOMEwhere... here they all are. enjoy and many thanks to "peacay" for compiling it.

library of congress
british library
library france
library holland
library spain
library portugal
european library
library australia
collections canada
digital poland
nypl digital
botanicus digital
rare book room
britmuseum prints
smithsonian galaxy
casglu'r tlysau
rumsey collection
digital scriptorium
cesg manuscripts
digital book index
primary sources
online exhibitions
worldcat search
library directory
digital librarian
intute resources
herder institute
warburg institute
lexilogos links
digiwiki links
archivalia blog
book arts web
arts journal
alchemy website
health history links
history network
new advent

intelligent blog

This is an intelligent blog about illustration: illustrationart.
 Not just a collection of pictures and shop-talk (like this blog is). There are some provocative issues on this site that are interesting enough to read and think about.
I like the article about Disney drawings (or the absence of them) and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) the post is called " A Holiday quest for Mitigation). I don not agree with the author because I think he's (deliberately) denying some important differences between animation/illustration and art (or commercial (lowbrow) art and conceptual (high brow) art). However, I do think it is very interesting and necessary to (deliberately) forget about these obvious differences and question the position of both fields.
Another thing that is really good about this blog is that the author has an obvious knowledge of the history of the trade (and of image making in a more general sense of the word). This blogger also uses scientific (or faux-scientific) methods of image analysis and compares genres, artists and (aspects of ) images.

cute dolls from the girls

Very cute dolls. Unfortunately only one seems to be for sale (and even that I can't seem to buy). Cute anyway.
One of the girls, Amanda Visell,  is a very gifted (fifties style) illustrator, the other girl Michelle Valigura, is a gifted toy and doll maker (that is not the right job-description, but anyway). Together they're the girls productions beautiful little logo by the way.



Geert Wilders

I found a nice (very fitting) portrait of Geert Wilders.
This portrait couldn't have been done better by someone who actually wanted to portray Geer Wilders.
For those of you who don't know who Geert Wilders is. Keep it that way. you do not want to know, believe me.
This guy knows his linework (and he knows the work of Charles Burns, but he would be a fool not to know that). Good Job!


origami with the slick of the earth

Found this on a nice blog.
Origama, folding , with currency. It looks fantastic!

fifties style illustration

Actually I think Jonas Bergstrand works in just about every style the fifties had to offer (which I mean as a compliment). I do believe it's copycatting, but I also believe that almost every illustrator (including myself) steals his way trough the rich traditions of the past. The art is doing it in such a way that is the result is self-evident and in a way where the image works for itself rather than being a style pastiche. I can't say that goes for all his work, but the good work does that. And well.

eduard orecife

Beatiful, rich, layered work by Eduard Orefice. Collage, Eclectic, but new and estranging.

Eduard, if you see this post, I hope you don't mind me showing the picture here. It is meant as a sample of your talent.
That goed for all the images on this blog (and on all blogs for that matter


photography and the role of time

I was made aware of a great photographer, Michael Wesely,  by good friend Auke Vleer (who is not that bad himself :))
This photographer is very famous (so this post is like way duhhh) for his long exposure shots of buildings and cityscapes.
This is his website Too bad that he doesn't have any large format pictures on his website (not that I would have dared to post them). As a mater of fact I think his website looks more as a german (he ìs german) modernist (he is) architect (for which he has an obious knack) than the site of a hot photographer, but, hey, who the hell am I to judge the guy.
I must say that I was slightly disappointed with the photographic results. When I was told how this man works and that uses shutter times up to three (!!!!) years I became extremely curious. I did not know what I could expect but the sheer monumentality of the effort, this almost archaeological endeavour... I guess I had expected the final result to be a bit more awesome aswell. Monumental if you wish.
Don't get me wrong I believe these are fantastic and gorgeous images, but it turns out that for me the patina of history, the flux, the erosion caused by people and elements are simply vanished. Maybe the shutter time is on the long side after all?


This image which I took from another great weblog (yeah, there's a couple out there..) is taken in Berlin and has a shutter time of two (devastating) years.

Another photographer that makes interesting work is Bill Travis. Something completely different, yet...!
What we see here is a different kind of visualization of time (and the passing of it). For me this borders on kitsch, but at the same time the historic and nostalgic looking photo's remind me of Davis Lynch movies (but from the 1900's).
Check out the link above for photo's.

Reason I am interested in all of this, besides a natural interest in photography, is that I bought a panorama photo from ebay.

It is a photo from 1919 and made with a so-called cirkut camera. This camera passes a scene in a couple of "sweeps". It is therefore possible for  people and elements to appear several times in the picture (which it was not used for in this image).
The same friend that told me about Michael Wesely had a book about the work of Eugene Goldbeck. A photographer who's claim to fame is the assembly, production and visualization of huge vistas of military personnel who are arranged in Norh Korean style. Absolutely stunning images.
So, I decided I wanted one of those panorama's for my home. This McClymonds photo is humble in it's compositional ambition compared to Goldbeck, but it is something I can't wait to see and admire.


I believe there's 21.000 people in this picture....

McClymonds info

yeah and this

throw these in while you're on it!

Acme Novelty Library #18 (Acme Novelty Library)Acme Novelty Datebook Volume Two: 1995 - Present


I want this book (among a thousand others). Chris Ware's The Best American Comics 2007

 The Best American Comics 2007 (The Best American Series)

life without buildings

a very inspiring weblog. It had so many great posts that I will only post the link. find out for yourself.
One picture I can't hold back. For me it is iconic. It reminds of a picture from Rem Koolhaas' Delirious New York. The 1909 theoreum. This is obviously different, but it is very similar. A fantastic rendering though.