Tag Archives: Art / Posters

The 50 Best Band Logos of All Time

Paste Magazine celebrates that lovely intersection of visual art and music—the band logo—with 50 of their favorites. You can scroll through the gallery to count down to the greatest band logo of all time.

Check them out HERE.

 

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21 Logo Evolutions of the World’s Well Known Logo Designs

HERE is the history and evolution of logo designs from 21 well known Corporations.

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What If Cartoons Were Real?

Here are some artistic interpretations of what animated characters would look like if they were real people.

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Comic Book Artist Rafael Grampá Offers 10 Commissioned Art Pieces For Facebook Followers

On March 6, 2013 Rafael Grampá reached out to his Facebook followers with a very unique offer.

The Brazilian comic book artist decided to open his first commission list, allowing 10 lucky people to choose their favorite super hero/heroes for Grampá to render in his unique detailed style.

The result would be ten one of a kind drawings inked over pencils on 11×17 strathmore paper finished with Grampá’s distinctive “character head” signature.

The cost of the art piece was dependent on how many figures Rafael drew. A full body, single figure cost $1,000, two characters $1,800 and three characters $2,400.

Smart fans, savvy art collectors and shrewd investors immediately seized the rare opportunity to own an original piece by Grampá considering that the illustrator doesn’t sell any of his original work.

Within hours the ten spots on the list were full. Below are the commissioned drawings plus a couple of bonus pieces. Congratulations to the fortunate owners and hopefully time permitting Rafael will continue with more commissions!

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Ironman, Captain America and Spiderman

Here is Rafael’s second commission – Batman emerges from the smoke, cape billowing, grappling gun in hand ready to take on an unseen assailant!  Apparently Rafael liked the rendering so much, he had a hard time parting with it. I love the details of the gloves, boots, gun and cape. The smoke provides an element of mystery and danger. Thank you Rafael, for doing such an amazing job. I will cherish this forever!

Yes, I am the lucky owner of commission # 2 and I feel like Charlie must have felt after he found the golden ticket in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.

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Batman and the smoke

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Batman versus Joker

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Lone Wolf and Cub for Ivan Freitas Da Costa – Bonus Commission

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The Dark Knight Returns

This Frank Miller inspired Dark Knight and Robin was commissioned by David Mandel, screenwriter of Sienfeld, Saturday Night Live and executive producer and director of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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Marv, Nancy and Gail from Frank Miller’s Sin City

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Gambit

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Wolverine: Weapon X

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Batman and Scarecrow

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Batman & Batgirl

Here are some additional commissions from Rafael…

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Ray Villafane’s Intricately Carved Pumpkins

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From his site:

If you have yet to try and carve a pumpkin in a 3-D manner, you need to. Its fun and everybody enjoys a cool pumpkin. Unfortunately they begin to rot less than a week after carving so be sure to take plenty of pictures. You can experiment with ways of preserving them but I find nothing works better than a nice photo. Some chefs that I have carved for put lemon juice on the faces to help slow down the natural molding process that will occur.

Picking out the right pumpkin is very important. You need a pumpkin with a thick wall. To get this kind you will have to choose one that is very heavy for its size. Also avoid perfectly round pumpkins and opt for ones that have a protruding ridge that sticks out on one side. These shapes make nice faces as you could imagine how difficult it would be to carve a 3-D face onto a shallow flat surface.


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My Office

Superman needs his Fortress of Solitude and Batman has the Bat Cave. We all need a favorite space to relax, reflect, write, read a book, watch a movie or showcase a favorite collectible or souvenir.

Maybe it’s a game room, library or secret space hidden by a moveable bookcase that leads to a man cave.

I’ve always been curious what curios J.J. Abrams keeps close by, what books fill Stephen King’s shelves, what collectibles does Patton Oswald possess, what artwork lines Jim Lee’s walls, how many toys fill John Lasseter’s Pixar office and what movie memorabilia does Steven Spielberg showcase? Perhaps someday I will find out!

The answers would reflect the owner’s personality, interests, accomplishments, etc. Equally as fascinating to me would be how the items were displayed.

So, I thought I would let you into my world and show you my office and give you the nickel tour.

I wanted my Southern California office to reflect my varied interests and showcase some of my favorite things.

I have collected Stephen King books since 1983. He’s my favorite author and I’m also a fan of his son, Joe Hill. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting both authors on numerous occasions and they are wonderful talented friendly people. The bottom shelf of my bookcase is filled with oversized art books featuring the work of Walt Disney, Jack Kirby, Jim Lee, Alex Ross, Todd McFarlane, Charles Schultz and Tim Burton.

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My Funko Pop! Batman collection guards my graphic novels. Batman is my all-time favorite comic book character as reflected in the art, toys and books in my work space.

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Some of my prized collectibles are an original Batman ink commission by Brazilian artist, Rafael Grampa (I also have his Batman Black & White statue), a signed Adam West Batman photo, a signed Drew Struzan Stephen King Dark Tower print and a series of Jock letterpress Batman prints signed by the artist.

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A fun 3D light up replica of Iron Man’s mask appears to be bursting through my wall.

I also collect posters, many of which are from MONDO, a boutique art gallery based in Austin Texas. They release limited print runs of pop culture posters that are lovingly rendered by amazing artists. Some of my cherished prints are based on the Universal Monster movies by Francesco Francavilla, Star Wars by Tyler Stout and The Incredibles by Tom Whalen. Another favorite piece is my Batman Rogues Gallery print set by Olly Moss; With only a few simple brush strokes the UK artist cleverly captures the essence of the Joker, Poison Ivy and the Riddler.

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The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller from 1986 is my favorite graphic novel so I had to pick up this statue of Batman vs. The Joker by Kotobukiya. I was a huge fan of both the original Batman TV show and the Batman Animated series so the 1966 Batmobile and the vinyl Animated Batman figure are prominently displayed.

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Batman 1972 By Francesco Francavilla

Comic book artist Francesco Francavilla likes to reimagine Batman in different time periods. You might remember his series Batman 1935. Now he has moved forward 37 years with his take on Batman in the 70’s.

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The 2013 FIRE WIRE Holiday Must-Have List: Comic Book Icons – 100 Characters, 100 Artists, 1 Unique Book

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Comic Book Icons  is a companion piece book from The Comic Book Icons exhibition that was held at the International Comic Book Festival in Brazil in November.

Charlie Adlard, Bill Sienkiewicz, Ryan Sook, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Rod Reis, Darwyn Cooke, Sean Murphy, Rafel Albuquerque, Dave Johnson, Scott McDaniel, Mike Deodato, Eduardo Risso, Renato Guedes, Phil Hester, Rafael Grampá, Alex Maleev and several other famed comic book artists have created original art pieces for the exhibition that appear in a deluxe hardcover book.

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This passion project was created by the art rep and FIQ member Ivan Freitas da Costa and the book (with texts in English and Portuguese) is still available in 2 versions. The regular hardcover version without the slipcase costs $45 + shipping and the slipcased edition signed by 30 artists costs $140 + shipping. Both books can be ordered by e-mailing ivancosta@hotmail.com.

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I have a copy of the book and absolutely love it… it’s well produced, lavishly illustrated and features a virtual who’s who of the top comic book artists working in the field today! This gorgeous edition would thrill the comic book fan, art aficionado or pop culture lover on your Holiday shopping list. I urge you to purchase this book and give it my highest recommendation!

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Swamp Thing By Phil Hester

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Lone Wolf and Cub by Rafael Grampa

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Tarzan by Eduardo Risso

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Akira by Renato Guedes

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The Shadow by Sean Murphy

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Shazam by Eduardo Medeiros

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Sandman by José Aguiar

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Hagar by Mahmud Asrar

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Gallery1988 Announces Modern Vintage Featuring New Art From Tom Whalen & Dave Perillo Opening On December 6, 2013

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Modern Vintage will celebrate the head-on collision of some of Tom Whalen’s and Dave Perillo’s favorite modern films/television with their passion for vintage graphics and themes.

Modern Vintage will open on December 6, 2013 at Gallery 1988 East. The opening reception will run from 7-10PM and both of the artists will be present.

Gallery 1988 East
7021 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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Gotham Library By Tom Whalen
Size: 12″ x 24″
Medium: 3-color Screenprint
Stock: French Pop Tone Lemon Drop 100C
Edition: Limited, 60

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Texas Butcher by Tom Whalen

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Spinner Shop Manual by Tom Whalen

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Planet X by Tom Whalen

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June 1990 by Tom Whalen

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Protect Your Pet, Inspect For Foreign Organisms by Tom Whalen

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Safety, Your Prime Directive… by Dave Perillo

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Reading, It’s Groovy by Dave Perillo 

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Mambo for Bats by Dave Perillo

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While On Shore Leave, Stay Safe by Dave Perillo

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M & L’s Step by Step Guide Book on Home Plumbing by Dave Perillo

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The Game of Thrones by Dave Perillo

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MONDO To Release Gravity Poster By Kevin Tong On Tuesday, November 5, 2013

MONDO presents this Gravity poster by Kevin Tong. Inspired by the dizzying experience of the film, Kevin removed the poster of a true orientation. You can hang it in any direction that you want.

Kevin offers a little insight into the making of the poster and published a video of his process. Check it out HERE.

Please follow MONDO on Twitter for the on sale announcement. This poster will be available online at a random time on Tuesday, November 5th.

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Gravity poster by Kevin Tong. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 375. $45

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