The Koala has been mesmerized by Kim Jung Gi the savant-like illustrator. Now I am too. His grasp of plotting, perspective and proportion is phenomenal. Watch him draw this epic battle of the giant rabbits in the video below. More of his work over on his website http://www.kimjunggi.net. p.s. Today also happens to be The Koala’s birthday and we are taking a much needed day off. Happy birthday love!
Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to a clean slate. New Years celebrations has always been a big deal to me. It doesn’t matter where or what I do to mark the occasion, as long as I mark the occasion. In 2012 I wrote this list of More and Less. Five things to do more of and Five things to do less of. Kind of a New Year’s resolution without the strict goal setting or bucket list stress. This year, I’m calling it my manifesto. A declaration of motives to live by for 2014. Maybe you see things on this list that you hope to do more or less of too. Do you have any things in 2014 that you hope to see more or less of?
This bunny illustration for Wild Side Cider (Strawberry and Lime) is by Auckland-based illustrator Galima Akhmetzyanova for creative agency BARNES, CATMUR & FRIENDS. In this series there are other flavours with their own creatures but I bet the bunny labelled strawberry and lime cider tastes the best. You can see more of Galima’s work at her Behance page here or her Cargo Collective page here. “The rugged landscape of Central Otago makes it the perfect breeding ground for all sorts of wild fruit. Unfortunately it’s also a breeding ground for wild rabbits, and if there’s one thing that breeds like rabbits, it’s rabbits. Famous for terrorising motorists and annoying farmers, they’re also keen strawberry pickers. We are too, so we put them in our cider.”
These rabbit illustrations by Brazilian illustrator Luisa Possas are quite sweet don’t you think? Based in New York, Luisa is proud a bunny owner and it shines in her work. I think it’s impossible for a creative to own a rabbit and not be inspired by it. See these and many more other wonderful beings on www.luisapossas.com
A little while ago, a dude contacted me about doing a pet portrait illustration for his partner who reads this blog. This is resulting drawing of Bunny and Henry. I took a few creative liberties. Done in black ink pen, coloured on the computer. I enjoy drawing pets so if you have a special someone you would like imortalised as art, drop me a line.
One of my favourite Auckland bloggers Kara La La La recently posted a list of the search terms that people were using to get to her site. So here I am, copying her because it’s an amusing excercise. Welcome to all you random and wonderful people and I hope that even if you don’t quite find what you were looking for, you find something else that might tickle your fancy. How you got here: beetroot wee evil lobsters mononoke porn what does spaghetti mean for the end of world scallops for breakfast best vietnam porn making a rabbit eat coffee beans how do they make hundreds and thousands sprinkles hungry ketchup font how to draw bangers and mash guacamole bunny rabbit dressed up as a ghost why do new zealanders love pies image woman eating fondue tv sluts WTF guys? Sick picture of a tiger eating a rabbit
I haven’t painted in a long time so it was nice to start and finish this painting on Saturday. It’s a friend’s baby shower next week and this will be my gift to her and the baby. Good old oil on canvas. I hope it dries in time!
I’ve been thinking a lot about beautiful souls a lot lately. A beautiful soul is a person who shines from within and gives colourful depth to everyone they meet. You know the kind. You hear about their deeds through other people and it makes you go “Awwwww…”. I bet I could sort everyone I’ve ever met into 3 categories: Love, Don’t Love, OK. The ones that I love, even if I’ve only spent a fleeting moment with them are what I consider to be beautiful souls. I wish all the beautiful souls I’ve met, know how beautiful they are. Read other Buddha Bunny Brainwaves here.
I’ve posted a Monday Bunday wallpaper before at the start of last year. Time for another one! This sweet bunny heart illustration would be great in a nursery. Designer unknown.
Roby Dwi Antono is a talented illustrator from Indonesia. I feel like I’m looking into the twisted mind of an evil, lagomorph loving genius when I view his work. Roby’s work has been compared to well-know American painter Mark Ryden. Same style, different subject matter. Roby digs bunnies, Mark digs creepy girls. You can view more of his fantastical and macabre artworks at his website Lobilob.
Lauren Marriott a.k.a. Ralphi is a talented illustrator right here in Auckland. I find it comforting that she has largely etched out a successful illustration career based in bunny drawings. Is there room in the market for 2 bunny illustrators? You can view the Ralphi website here.
I love this foodie alphabet illustrated by Vidhya Nagarajan. There are no A for Apples here! I have eaten most of these letters, but still have some to go. This would make a tremendous tea towel print. Vidhya’s work can be viewed here.
Illustrator Luke Chueh doesn’t just draw bunnies. But he certainly has a morbid fascination with them. Luke’s characters have a cuteness about them but also a sinister element. There is a sadness. Luke lives in and works in LA and his background is in graphic design. You can view more of his work (including non-bunnies) over at his website www.lukechueh.com
Tom Whalen has a distinctive illustration style that lends itself nicely to screenprinting. I’m loving this poster Tom designed for a one off screening of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, although the sexy Jessica Rabbit could have been a larger part of the design. You can view more of Tom’s stunning illustrations over at his website www.strongstuff.net
Nini Sum of Idle Beats (one of the few screenprint/poster studios in China) released this lovely screenprint “Rabbit Year In Shanghai” last year. A tiny edition of 56, it has sold out of course. Probably many times over. You can view Nini’s other poster designs at http://www.idlebeats.com. I also had an inkling to look up Nini’s own website. I’m sure glad I did because I found a few further bunny related gems. Check out her site www.ninisum.com. It’s super cool and surrealist.
This illustration by Jose Ortiz for client Linguagraphics makes me smile. Black cats and white rabbits are both recognized for their magical properties. The black cat as a witch’s familiar and the white rabbit as the magicians sidekick. Jose’s slick portofolio has a clean, cool finish and bears the hand of a perfectionist. His work can be found on his website www.jofolio.com.
Beautifully illustrated label by Tenfold Collective for Grimm Brothers Brewhouse beer: Hare’s Bride. The label is adult and whimsical without being twee. A man wouldn’t be afraid to hold this in his hand. This label is printed using white and black inks on top of a silver foil. A high alcohol content beer, this is sure to knock the bride off your hare. Bonus: Look for the animated rabbit over at the Tenfold website! Via The Dieline.
A mutual joy of beloved but curious foods. Finding common ground in love of unusual foods is a pastime of mine. This afternoon, on separate occasions, I related the loveliness of smoked eel with someone and later with someone else, the magnificence of good quality anchovies. I get such a buzz seeing the delight in someone else’s eyes as we share our taste for something unusual. What unusual food do you love that doesn’t get talked about enough? Let’s talk!
The freakiest, exotic and un-romantic meal I’ve eaten with The Koala was in Vietnam. At a restaurant where such things happen, The Koala killed a snake and I swallowed it’s raw heart in a shot of vodka. Then we proceeded to eat the rest of the snake over 8 courses cooked by professionals. Supposedly an aphrodisiac, but after we washed down our snake soup shots of Hanoi vodka, we were feeling more sloshed than sexy. Our love is a rom-com. With that in mind, there is world of sexier feasts out there and this coming Tuesday could be a day to eat them. Caviar, oyster and chocolate sellers must look forward to this day. Even if these foods don’t actually get the juices stirring, the purpose is people want to think they’re getting into the mood. The whole aphrodisiac thing is more about rituals than medicine. Since Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday, and because it is red and has a cool name, I leave you with a recipe for Virgin Bloody Mary Shooters. No …