From the heart of the Italian world of high-fashion, comes our next iconic lady: Marge Simpson. Well, sort of. The fashion designer and satirist Alexsandro Palombo (via Lost at E Minor) is known for lending the industry a critical eye, continuously juxtaposing the everyday with the fantastical. In his hilarious and pointedly ironic new series of illustrations, he presents us with the ultimate combo: Marge Simpson and familiar beauty iconography, from Dior to Playboy.
The well-loved Mrs. Read More
My grandmother was an artist, and throughout her career, she’d make abstract sculptures and embroidery that I’d stare at for hours as a child: “oh, that looks like a face, and that there? That’s an animal.” Our play was art-making, and I was always amazed at how different her aesthetic would become when she was with me. Her paper dolls weren’t abstract at all; I’d make an abstract shape, and she’d magically transform it into a dragon. Her work around my childhood self was whimsically cartoonish, otherworldly and yet completely familiar. Read More
In 1919, E.E. Cummings impregnated his lover, the separated wife of his beloved friend Scofield Thayer, Elaine. Unfortunately, Cummings left Elaine and the child alone and abandoned, and Thayer took on the role of the girl’s father until he and Elaine officially divorced one year later.
But this story isn’t a tragic one; it’s a poignant one about doing the best we can for those we love. After that year apart, Cummings could no longer refuse to acknowledge his daughter. Read More
In 1865, Mark Twain wrote a picture book entitled “Advice To Little Girls.” The book is delightfully illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky, who whimsically juxtaposes doodles that you might expect in a child’s diary with rich watercolor-esque renderings of the human form. Infused with this sketchbook-inspired world, are powerful and progressive life lessons for girls. Read More
BY Amalia Graziani
on Sep 12, 2013
Pin-Up Dino Revelation
Holidays and special occasions are all about rituals and established expectations. Associated terms do not include morbid imagery, giant insects, extraterrestrials, and flipping the bird. Which is exactly why I'll be hitting up Unusual Cards for my holiday notes. With a focus on the holy trinity of pinup girls, dinosaurs and whiskey, Unusual Cards creates modern camp art by pairing disparate wholesome images that together are completely absurd. Read More
BY Katharine Ernst
on Aug 27, 2013
Meet Hilda, the voluptuous vixen of America’s pin-up era. A creation illustrator Duane Bryers, Hilda has not been widely received in the canon of Americana pin-up, but she should be. One of the only (if not the only) full figured pin-ups, Hilda is been featured in calendars from the ‘50s to the early ‘80s, and she experienced a mild bout of fame in the ‘60s.
Hilda is a fantasy character out of Bryers’ head. According to him, the best Hilda illustrations were done from his head, not from models. Read More
When I first saw these gender-swapped illustrations of some of my favorite fairy tales, I had to laugh. I love the little faces of these dudes! Artist Yudi Chen, who studies illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, flips the gender roles of beloved fairy tales such as Rapunzel and Cinderella (Cinderfella, if you will) in her illustration series Gender Reversed Fairy Tales. I think my favorite is the bearded Rapunzel-- dude has some sweet pink facial hair. Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Nov 21, 2012
Berkley Illustration is run by a powerhouse couple: self-taught artist Ryan hand-inks quirky formal portraits of woodland creatures and Lucy handles the sales and customer-service end of their business. They’ve been a huge hit on Etsy since 2007, and lucky us—we get to check out their unusual animal prints in person at the BUST Magazine Holiday Craftacular!
Look for Berkley’s well-dressed creatures on frame-able prints, tote bags, bottle openers, and pennants. Read More
BY Genevieve Bleidner
on Nov 20, 2012
Part drawing, part digital manipulation, multi-media artist/illustrator Heidi Phelps creates some stellar posters, prints, and even flasks out of her one-woman studio Wayward Broad.
The renegade art studio promotes empowerment for women and awareness of women’s issues through artistic expression. Recently she has released a special edition piece, titled Tres Gatos Rosados (Cat Triptych), in support of Pussy Riot. Read More
BY Intern Lilly
on Nov 06, 2012
Not much makes sense in life, and not much seems fair, but my new favorite Tumblr, Fairy Tales for Twenty-Somethings, helps validate life's little insecurities by a) poking fun of them and taking away their power and b) capturing them accurately enough to reassure millennial bundles of anxiety that we’re not alone in our neurosis.
Peruse, laugh, cry, laugh some more.
Image via fairytalesfor20somethings.tumblr. Read More