Gustave Courbet – Self-Portrait (The Desperate Man)

Describing Illness Through Mental Pictures

It seems our language is fairly ineffective when it comes to describing mental illness.
When we feel sad for a day or two, we’re depressed. A colleague who becomes terribly competitive when the manager is around must be schizophrenic, and we all know someone who’ll describe his ex-girlfriend as psychotic.

But when we use these words like this, they don’t illustrate the right picture of such an illness.
But some people can do it with a minimal use of words.

Gemma CorrellGemma Correll

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The Illustrated Brexit

Regardless of your position on the matter, it’s nearly impossible to have not heard anything about Brexit. The catchy nickname given to the Referendum of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union. 51.9% of voters chose to leave the European Union, and the reaction to this development is mixed.

But politics have historically proven to be a great source of inspiration for artists. And Brexit hasn’t disappointed in this aspect so far.
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Red double decker London bus

A Century of Fiep Westendorp

If you grew up in The Netherlands, it’s more than likely you’ve spent more time with the artwork of Fiep Westendorp than you did with your brothers and sisters. With 2016 being the 100th anniversary of her birth, it’s well worth celebrating a woman whose work that has influenced so many Dutch children with her work on classics like Jip & Janneke. And it’s being celebrated with expositions, theater, educational packages and many more initiatives.

Fiep Westendorp drawing

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Igor Burlakov

Why Draw A Card When You Can Draw A Board Game?

I don’t know about you, but I rarely make New Year’s Resolutions. They are either major long term goals that require consistent effort, or too abstract to plan accordingly, and I guess that’s why it’s so common to fail. But this year I found myself taking the risk, and decided I was going to play board games! I figured it’d be as a good a reason as any to be social, and I’d been curious for a while. But with which board game do we start? With most of the classic games being as old as papyrus, the artwork is never a real help either.

Early Monopoly Collage
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Picasso - Dora Maar Oil Close Up

Quick Thoughts from ‘Pairing Picasso’

“I don’t want to spoil the first freshness of my work. If it were possible, I would leave it as it is, while I began over and carried it to a more advanced state on another canvas. Then I would do the same thing with that one. There would never be a ‘finished’ canvas, but just the different ‘states’ of a single painting, which normally disappear in the course of work.”Pablo Picasso

I came across this quote during a recent visit to the exhibition ‘Pairing Picasso’ at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. One small room in a massive temple dedicated to the arts, it’s many massive corridors filled with more than enough beautiful work to keep you occupied for at least a full day or two. One small room with 11 works by Picasso, four pairs and a trio, an intimate gallery that manages to give a sense of Picasso’s extensive career as a womanizer, and as an artist, at which he was nearly as prolific.

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Alice

Bookmark This Page!

The evolution of technology is a curious thing. Now that tablets and E-readers have become common household items, odds are there are households that will attempt to go paperless. Unfortunately this means that they will also move away from the magic of books, and this means there will be people growing up to whom a bookmark is only something they click if they want to quickly reach their favorite website.

Adventure boomark

And that’s a shame, because there’s a lot of joy to be found in bookmarks, and seeing one being placed in the bag as you purchase another book to add to your pile of “Still need to read, but had to have when I find the time” always adds a sense of wonder and excitement.

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Ralph Steadman - Animal Farm

Ralph Steadman – 80 and Still Weird

When you drive from Amsterdam to London, you’re likely to pass a little town called Maidstone. Somewhere on the outskirts of this town, hidden behind the trees stands a large, stone mansion. Drive past it with the windows down, and you might catch an ink splatter on your cheek. Listen close and you might hear the hard, wet smacking sound of a soaked brush hitting heavy paper.
This is all part of Ralph Steadman’s process as he goes to work. “When I don’t know what to do, I do that. It might lead somewhere.”

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Stormtrooper

The Open Draw Crawled To Dutch Comic-Con!

“Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination…” Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

 

Take your first steps off the train at Utrecht Centraal, and you immediately hear Gene Wilder’s voice in the back of your mind. Down the steps of the station and toward the Jaarbeurs, it can truly feel surreal. Brightly coloured costumes and personalities surround you, as if you’ve just set foot into Walt Disney’s wet dream. (Not to be confused with the wet dream of The Disney Corporation, which is most likely to sue each cosplayer in one of their copyrighted costumes.)
Welcome to Dutch Comic-Con!

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