The radiant Julene Harrison
Queen of blades Julene Harrison was recently commissioned as one of a group of eleven paper cutout artists to design a lantern for Panasonic’s Cut Out the Darkness. The project aims to contribute 100,000 solar LED lanterns to people without access to electricity by 2018 - Panasonic’s centenary.
Watch Julene’s lantern spinning right here, illuminating stuff.
1:56 pm • 9 January 2014
Fries with that?
It’s guilty pleasure time. A certain member of CIA (who shall remain nameless) used to be drawn towards the golden arches in times of severe hangover and eat a cheeseburger, two big macs, large fries, nuggets and a strawberry shake. Dirty girl.
But we should have held off because right now, McDonalds has never looked so good!
Our friends at Boxer commissioned CIA’s Paul Oakley to create an extensive series of illustrations that graphically represent the ingredients and processes that make up the McDonalds menu. Laid out by Boxer, the textural qualities and mis-registration look great! Go on, treat yourself…
3:56 pm • 16 December 2013
Le Gun, this Thursday!
The Daniel Blau gallery on Hoxton Square is playing host to CIA’s very own wild bunch Le Gun, plus friends, this coming Thursday 12th December. This show represents a significant transition from Le Gun’s signature black and white output into glorious technicolor. So if you want to witness the moment when Dorothy opens the door, get yourself to the show and if you’re busy this week fear not, the exhibition runs until 8th February next year.
12:49 pm • 10 December 2013 • 4 notes
CIA’s dashingly debonair print maker, Chris Brown, is offering up his fine wares to the gift-giving public at rather inviting prices. Including prints from several of his recent illustrated books, they’re really rather beautiful and mostly stocking sized. Get there early to avoid disappointment!
3:59 pm • 5 December 2013 • 2 notes
Tim Marrs goes glitzy!
As anyone who’s been to his Florence museum knows (and that means us at CIA, we are SOOO cultured) it doesn’t get much more glamorous than the Italian heel maestro Salvatore Ferragamo, shoe designer to Monroe, Hepburn and Loren. In the 1920’s he spent time in Los Angeles and was inspired by Southern California.
Well, you’re not anyone these days unless you’ve done a pop-up and Tim Marrs was invited to create an artwork inspired by one of Ferragamo’s pieces to be displayed at a Beverly Hills store during a black tie gala evening hosted by some nobody called Robert Redford and an apparent hanger-on called Brad something-or-other.
Tim’s interpretation of the Ferragamo bracelet seen in it’s original form in the separate post below, is woven into the Californian landscape that served as Salvatore’s muse and is an inspiring work of art in it’s own right.
The work was commissioned by Brown and Jackson Projects and you can see more about the store here.
3:21 pm • 4 December 2013 • 2 notes
Holding Out For a Hero?
Well look no further! If it’s capes and spandex you’re after then Maria Raymondsdotter is the illustrator for you with these articulate (geddit?) Batman and Cat Woman illustrated puppets created for an exhibition in Århus, Denmark.
1:35 pm • 28 November 2013 • 2 notes
Stephen Collins’s hirsute pursuit
Congratulations are due to Stephen Collins this week as his intriguingly titled graphic novel The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil has been nominated for theWaterstones Book of the Year Award! Good work Stephen, better get the tux to the dry-cleaners…
11:59 am • 25 November 2013 • 11 notes
Breathing some character and charm into a thorny and highly technical subject like the HS2 rail link is no easy brief. But that’s the beauty of illustration, especially when Simon Spilsbury’s on board and even more so when CIA’s lofty animation crew 12foot6 are involved.
Commissioned by AMV BBDO, the project needed a softer edge to its presentation to convince politicians and journalists that the HS2 rail link is a truly professional and responsible solution to propagate Britain’s economic growth. Even when drawing civic architecture Simon’s work is full of personality and this combination of revealed line and animated line draws you into the debate.
A development sketch below, but click here to see the thing in motion…
2:45 pm • 19 November 2013 • 3 notes
It’s quite magical what Clare Melinsky can do with a piece of lino and some blades. Our friends at the Fine Cheese Company have commissioned her to create these seasonally emotive designs for their Artisan Biscuits and rather delicious they are too. The biscuits aren’t bad either!
5:04 pm • 18 November 2013 • 3 notes
New Artist - Jonny Wan
Here at CIA Towers we’re very excited about our new arrival! Jonny Wan has joined our ranks and we look forward to showing you his amazing work in his brand new CIA folio right here… A rather colourful end to the week!
4:07 pm • 1 November 2013 • 15 notes
We love the Folio Society. All those lovely production values, the consideration that goes into the stock, the typography, the binding and slip cases. And, of course, the commissioning of beautiful illustration. On this occasion Darren Hopes has created this sublime series of images for The Owl Service by Alan Garner.
Many thanks to Sheri Gee for selecting Darren for such a beautiful project and if you’d like a closer look at the book, click here.
1:37 pm • 18 October 2013 • 2 notes
There’s nothing that makes us lot at CIA more happy than an illustration commission that’s all about booze. Flat booze, fizzy booze, red, white or brown booze, we’ll drink anything! So we were delighted when Bloomberg Business Week asked Nishant Choksi to create this sozzled granny smith for an article on cider and other fruity drafts…
12:52 pm • 17 October 2013 • 2 notes
OUT OF THIS WORLD
Yep, sums up Harriet Taylor Seed pretty neatly. Harriet was one of the CIA artists that performed live at the Museum of Childhood on Saturday 12th in answer to a future vision briefed by a local child. Believe us when we say her efforts were above and beyond the call of duty, as was the case with all our artists, but that wasn’t enough for her, oh no. Harriet went back to the studio and created the below, as inspired by Gwendolen, aged 4.
5:19 pm • 16 October 2013 • 4 notes
Neal Fox – SATURNALIA
The inimitable Neal Fox has a spectacular new show at the Daniel Blau gallery on Hoxton Square. Drawing upon motifs from the collective unconscious, and with a cast of pop culture figures ranging from Hunter S. Thompson to Ziggy Stardust, Fox employs his iconoclastic touch and unravels the grotesque in a world turned upside down.
Hierarchies are reversed in a show that embodies the spirit of the Ancient Roman festival Saturnalia: slaves became rulers, sitting at banquet tables, exempt from punishment on festival days. The carnivalesque atmosphere of the feast of fools, brimming with libations, gambling and debauchery, of liberation through absurdity and chaos, becomes formal and symbolic material for Fox’s psychedelic and transgressive drawings. Citing a range of influences from cartoonist Robert Crumb to painter Hieronymus Bosch to novelist William S. Burroughs, anachronisms become a signifying feature of the artist’s work.
A must-see show, but probably best not put anything unusual in your tea before you go, things will be strange enough…
The show’s on unitl 2nd November.
3:45 pm • 16 October 2013 • 2 notes
We Came, We Drew, We Conquered!
On Saturday 12th October an army of CIA artists, equipped with an arsenal of paints, inks and PVA glue, marched on the V&A Museum of Childhood. However, despite our creative foot soldiers being seasoned veterans, the generals on the day were fast-tracked five year new recruits!
For the last month CIA’s finest have been creating pre-prepared artworks in response to briefs collected from children at the Museum in September. These were displayed on the walls for the kids to see alongside the spectacular sight of 12 professional artists creating live pieces from scratch under the strict guidance of their pint-sized art directors!
The response from the children was extraordinary, with inspiration flowing in both directions. We will have a film from the event and proper photos coming soon so watch this space, but here’s a quick glimpse of what was going on… Sheer unadulterated fun!
A big big thank you to AMV BBDO for all their help and support and a HUGE thank you to all of the artists that contributed before or on the day.
12:42 pm • 14 October 2013 • 2 notes