Regardless of your musical taste it’s unlikely that you won’t have heard of a certain global phenomenon called Rhianna and our very own creative superstar Tim Marrs was drafted in to add some of his magic to this year’s Diamonds World Tour book. Working alongside Live Nation he helped create a coffee table style book and animated short combining illustration work with tour photography that evoked the personality and energy of Rhianna and her audience.
It’s raining at CIA HQ. Looking at the forecast it’s raining just about everywhere today but that isn’t going to stop Sugar Snap Studio from bringing us all some sunshine! This unlikely ensemble were brought together for the Magic of Reading section of France’s Parenting magazine and while we don’t have a copy of whatever book this little girl’s got in front of her, we can’t help suspecting that the rather handsome lion is roaring cos his two mates forgot to get him a beer!
Now, we at CIA like to think we know a bit about New York. We’ve eaten in Williamsburg, walked the Highline, brunched in the Meatpacking District, moseyed through the Lower East Side and burped in Burp Castle. But golf? Get out! Rock climbing? Shut UP! Surfing? Purleeeease! But it’s true! And Jakob Hinrichs drew it all for the Wall Street Journal just to prove it. Well done Jakob, treat yourself to a protein shake.
The Godfather himself, Sir Peter Blake, has teamed up with set designer Robert Storey to create and brand the British Fashion Council’s forthcoming pop-up shop at London Fashion Week: “… a space within which so many interesting and talented creatives from around the UK can showcase their work together.” as the great man puts it.
See you there!
Kai & Sunny are so inspiring that we sometimes suspect that they themselves are made of diamond dust, not just their hand-pulled screen prints! As part of their new “Caught by the Nest” show at Subliminal Projects in LA, our dynamic duo have partnered up with Shepard Fairey to create this gorgeous Obey Giant limited edition.
The show runs until October 5th.
When the weekend magazine of legendary French newspaper Le Monde ran a six week summer series of Mediterranean recipes, who could have been better to cook up the illustrative accompaniment than our very own Paul Wearing whose visual mastery is matched only buy his culinary knowhow. Telling the story of each ingredient, Paul got to grips with sweetbreads, octopus, ricotta and artichoke. Hopefully not all at the same time…
A feast for the eyes.
This will age you… remember Bananaman? The bulging (and fibrous) fruit in a suit that burst into action every time Eric Twinge - mild mannered resident of Acacia Avenue and voiced by the Goodies - ate a Banana? Of course you do! Well if you’ve been wondering where he’s been, it would seem from this illustration by CIA’s John Royle that the flying Bananana has been taking a chunk out of the Big Apple!
Indeed he did. In honour of the 50th anniversary of one of the most influential speeches of our time, we thought we’d share with you this rather lovely screen print by Telegramme.
The British. What are we like? A plague of locusts, acid rain, the sky itself can be falling on our heads but when it’s time for a cup of char, everything stops and the ritual begins. Unsurprising then that when our Swedish illustration guruJonas Bergstrand was asked to design some tea packaging, his mind drifted to this Great British tradition. Steeped in history, these iconic characters sum up our rather steamy love of the leaf.
Well, you could if you were Mick Brownfield, he’s the master of invention! So when the Guardian reported this weekend on the scam that nearly was about the blockbuster that never was, our very own inky fingered A-Lister created this teaser that neatly encapsulated the web of deceit in all it’s pulpy glory. Cut!
We’re very excited about the latest offering from the cheeky chaps over atMilky Tea Studios, they’ve whipped up a brand new game charmingly entitled “Coffin Dodgers’. Retirement is quite literally given a whole new spin in this particular Florida village where souped-up mobility scooters terrorise the roads. Exercise your dark side in this teaser trailer and keep your peepers peeled for the official launch!
Berlin based Elzo loves to swirl psychedelic imagery into a cacophany of colour and therefore made the perfect choice for Niccolo Ammanti’s bestseller ‘Let The Games Begin’. Stylist’s Amy Adams describes the Italian novel as a ‘crazed tale centred around the sort of Wild Party that makes a Berlusconi bunga bunga look like a book club.’
Ammanti explores the excesses and vantities of modern society in this wonderful, chaotic and entertaining drama. Already a hit in Italy it’s expected to set the UK shelves on fire. Especially with that front cover.
Bill Murray illustrated by the consistantly brillant Matt Taylor, what could be cooler than that? Matt was asked to create an iconic image by a group of film poster connoisseurs and chose the Sophia Coppola classic Lost In Translation. Caputuring the cast amid Tokyo chaos we think this perfectly sums up the look and feel of one of our favourite films.
The boy done good again. Typical, just typical….
Bastard Bunny (NME’s anti-flopsie comic critter) is back with a new blog, he’s older, wiser and angrier than ever before! Hot and bothered in last weeks heatwave BB shaved off all his fur then proceeded to share a little of his ‘tattoo history’ with us:
"‘MUMMY’S BOY’ is in memory of Ma Bunny. And me time at sea.
And ‘DOWN HERE GIRLS’ is in memory of a stag nite in Blackpool. But don’t ask wot I got above me arse in memory of a stag nite in Brighton”
We had to cut the interview there because children were present, but don’t let us stop you finding more about about the old smoothie here
*BB is written and created by Dave Anderson@ 12foot6