“Groove is in the Art” – Splendid album covers from the 60s and 70s

Psychedelic art is a charm cannot be unseen. The level of energy oozing out the visual is simply overwhelming. Side-effects of hallucinogen? One thing we know for sure is that the visuals are utterly beautiful. They were and are a prominent source of inspirations for many contemporary artists like Edward Carvalho-Monaghan.

Jive Time Records, a Seattle-based store specializing in used vinyl, recognised this beautiful spirit. They created and maintain a virtual gallery of 60’s and 70’s cover art called “Groove is in the Art”. First time visiting the site, we were blown away. Lines erupts and colours explode. It’s simply wonderful to see this fabulous jam of pop art and psychedelia with vintage music.

There is so much ideology, optimism, vigor and zeal in those bright colours. Shapes flow so freely and come around so bountifully. You already get the groove before opening that sleeve and playing the vinyl. Who doesn’t love it? A deliberate naivety, a mind-boggling rebellion, a frisky freedom.

And as usual, scroll down to see our favourites from the virtual gallery of Jive Time Records!

“Instrumental Versions of Bob Dylan Favorites” (1966)

“In Hollywood”

“The Nashville Sound of Boots Randolph”

“Velvet Voices and Bold Brass” (1969)

“The Original 50’s and 60’s”

“Together” (1969)

“When My Dreamboat Comes Home”

“Sweet, Sad & Salty”

“Soul” (1969)

“Butterfly Airs” (1977)

“Greatest Hits of the 60’s” (1974)

“Happy Rhythms and Rhymes” (1971)

“Lightin’!” (1977)

“The Sylvania Challenge” (1972)

“Thirteen” (1972)

“The Music and Songs from Hair”

“Rubber Duckie”

“Children’s Introduction to Classical Music”

“Those Were the Days” (1969)

“String Quartet in G Minor”

“Themes From Great Motion Pictures” (1966)

“Capitol Records Sampler” (1968)

“Symphony No. 1”

“The Great Popular Hits” (1968)

“Party Squares”

“Stars and Bars”

“Ocean’s Eleven”

“Dmitri in Paris”

“Hairy Krishna”

“Organasm”

“These Boots Are Made For Honkin’”

“To The Max”

“Tip Toe Through The Tulips”

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“Groove is in the Art” – Splendid album covers from the 60s and 70s

The exquisite watercolour renditions of worldwide architecture, by Sunga Park

“Based in Busan, South Korea but traveling and working artist over the world. I majored in economics and didn’t have a regular art school training, but still learning everything from the road.”Sunga Park

Sunga Park is an incredible self-taught artist. She travelled to many countries in Europe and Asia with her sketchbooks and watercolours. Her artwork are full of intuition, vigor and keen observation. Watercolours and detailed line work are always a killer combo, but to do it the way Sunga did, is another level of artistry.

She takes full advantage of watercolour’s spontaneity and versatility. Each colour bleeds into one another in a marvelous harmony. Some buildings are twisted in an interesting manner – the way you look at water flowing and hourglass trickling. Through the various manifestations of shades, you see time fleeting by, plaster aging, rain eroding, metal rusting, dust covering. Sunga reflected those beautiful colours of time beautifully and truthfully.

Most work leaves the impression of being ‘unfinished’, while actually opens up space for viewers to complete the picture in their own way. The contrast of defined line work and melted watercolours unfolds another great perspective. It reminds us of how great we build everything up from scratch, and how effortlessly they’re all destined to turn into scratch one day. Glorious, yet fragile. To capture such fleeting moment on paper, that’s a feat we love Sunga for.

You can follow her on Behance, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, or buy her prints via Etsy.

Here is a short clip showing how Sunga bleeds watercolour on paper. This is the first step before adding more details with pens and other colour layers.

Whitehall street entrance, London

Harrods, London

Spamalot palace theatre, London

Martyrs memorial, Oxford

Tom gate, Oxford

Oxford

Oxford street

Istanbul

Ayasofia, Istanbul

Yangon, Myanmar

Paris

Sacre-Coeur church in Montmartre, Paris

Palace of Versailles, France

Clermont-Ferrand, France

Qingdao, China

Venice

Basilica Papale di San Francesco, Assisi, Italy

Varanasi, India

Mumbai CST

Kolkata, India

Orchha, India

Dublin, Ireland

Stockholm, Sweden

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Budapest, Hungary

Zagreb, Croatia

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The exquisite watercolour renditions of worldwide architecture, by Sunga Park

“The Middle Of Nowhere” hand-drawn comic by Alex Griffiths

This hand-drawn, self-published comic is Alex Griffiths‘ first attempt at making narrative-illustration book. It tells an adventure of a fox following a call from an anonymous letter. It’s a melancholy experience to witness and to behold.

“My work is strongly influenced by traditional children’s book hand-drawn and whimsical illustration. I particularly love the work of E.H Shepard, his drawing style was so natural.” – Alex shared.

Alex made all the artwork in the book just by pen on paper – a classic of all classics. The monochrome tone and rough rendering create a distinct texture for the book. You perceive the toughness of life there, as well as a touch of tenderness in the design of the characters. As Alex did shading entirely by hand, every scene is filled with contingency and tactility.

This isn’t the first time the London-based illustrator starring animals in his artwork. He just loves drawing them, especially a suit-clad fox smoking a pipe and a long-limbed, somber monkey. They lend themselves well to anthropomorphism, and especially the style Alex works. Around them, Alex creates an incredibly detailed world that crosses between fairy tales and fables. It can be very simple, natural, and raw as the style suggests. It can be dark and melancholy as the expressions and body language as the characters show. There is absolute no text besides the pictures. We readers are trusted to imagine the rest of the narrative. So you have your very own version, a unique connection to the book that nobody has.

You can buy “The Middle Of Nowhere” book on Alex’s webshop. Here is a walkthrough.

The cabin in the wood is my favourite piece. The perspective is just so great. You get that lonely and isolated feeling in the middle of nowhere. The sky is barely visible, which emphasizes the vastness and endlessness of the forest.

Although the fox met many animals on its way, there was an unshakable mood of loneliness around it. On a positive note: the book ends with the scene of the fox being together with a friend.

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“The Middle Of Nowhere” hand-drawn comic by Alex Griffiths

A blazing redesign of classic comic characters, by Ágreda

It’s a great, great, great pleasure to marvel at José Luis Ágreda‘s illustrated comic roster. The characters range from mainstream comics to more offbeat graphic novels.

Ágreda makes use of extreme perspectives to bring out the most dynamic compositions. Each and every piece is unbelievably gorgeous. He hardly uses more than 3 colours for each character, but that is more than enough to stir up all those sweet memories we have with the comics.

The powerhouse of these artwork is the sleek and bold contours. The way they flow creates well-defined and full shapes. Especially the limbs. Ágreda draws some of the most expressive limbs I’ve ever seen. You can recognise the portrayed heroes right away. They just look a bit differently, as if they’ve appeared in another dimension – the Ágreda dimension!

José Luis Ágreda is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist living and working in Spain. His work frequently appears in newspapers and magazines (El Pais, El Jueves, Fotogramas, Orgullo y Satisfacción…), and in the main Spanish book publishers (Planeta, Norma, Santillana, Pearson, Espasa…).

Below are some of our favourites from Ágreda’s super cool characters. You can see more and follow his beautiful artwork on his website, Behance, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter.

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“Batman Dark Night”

“Jerome K. Jerome Bloch”

“Devil Dinosaur and Kamandi”

“Alack Sinner”

“Lieutenant Blueberry”

“Corto Maltes”

“Blake and Mortimer”

“Astro Boy”

“Adele Blanc Sec”

“Elektra”

“Franka”

“Freddy Lombard”

“Gunsmith Cats”

“Hellboy”

“Jeremiah”

“Jimmy Corrigan”

“Johan and Pirluit”

“Little Nemo”

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“Lucky Luke”

“Maggie and Hopey”

“Major Grubert”

“Modesty Blaise”

“The Phantom”

“Mort Cinder”

“Popeye”

“Prince Valiant”

“Private Eye”

“Rip Kirby”

“Roco Vargas”

“Spirou”

“Superman”

“Kaneda”

“Theodore Poussin”

“Tintin”

“Torpedo”

“Capitan Trueno”

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A blazing redesign of classic comic characters, by Ágreda

“Better Save Soil” animation – a critical message in a charming package

We love learning useful facts about the environment while having fun doing it. Especially the gorgeous kind of fun. Something like “Planet Under Pressure” by Moth Collective lifts our heart and sets our mind into making the world a better place.

This time we found another gem, “Better Save Soil”, a 3D-animated visual essay about the element our planet was named after. This precious short was made possible by IASS (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies) in Potsdam. They commissioned Uli Streckenbach and Ronny Schmidt to create films to generate awareness of soil. Yeah, doesn’t sound very exciting. But keep going, there is a need to address this vital resource.

“As a matter of fact, fertile soil forms the foundation for our modern society. No soil – an uncomfortable life. It should be obvious that we have to do everything we can to sustain it – but a closer look around us tells a very different story.” – Uli & Ronny

Can’t say enough how we dig the texture and modelling of the animation. Everything is just nice and soothing to look at. Even the spider robot. Every perspective and motion is executed in fine rhythms. Especially that spider robot. Besides, the combination of geometric characters and soft-brushed landscape works beautifully and creates the right amount of contrast. Those visual details accompany and reinforce the narrative very well. People eating from other people’s plates, shopping choices burden or lighten the consequences. All great metaphors each and every one of us can relate to.

“The goal of our film is to communicate possible solutions and motivate people like you and me to change something – because even the smallest decision in our everyday lives carries weight.” – Uli & Ronny

“Better Save Soil” is actually a prequel of “Let’s Talk about Soil” (also made by Uli Streckenbach & Ronny Schmidt), which was premiered at the first Global Soil Week.

Sketches:

Storyboard:

Stills:

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“Better Save Soil” animation – a critical message in a charming package