1. Inspiring recent discovery 3:

    Cuban Art Schools, half-completed in the 60s and then left to languish. Now being restored, thanks partly to John Loomis. More fabulous pix here. Exuberantly optimistic forms, complete with vulva fountain.

    Necessity being the mother of invention, the place was built using timbrel vaulting, which needs minimal scaffolding and no steel reinforcement. 

    "The timbrel vault does not rely on gravity but on the adhesion of several layers of overlapping tiles which are woven together with fast-setting mortar. If just one layer of thin tiles was used, the structure would collapse, but adding two or three layers makes the resulting laminated shell almost as strong as reinforced concrete… a timbrel vault is very thin compared to a Roman vault, while at the same time it is capable of bearing much higher loads. This of course enables wider spans and gentler curves”

    So here are some nice examples of timbrel vaulting elsewhere, viz:

  2. 7 February 2014

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    Here’s the latest one in a series of drawings with which I hope to corner a crumb of the chicklit market. Also an excuse to browse beautiful clothes from the spring collections. Drawn in a day. Huge fun. More here

  3. Just done the cover illustration for Barrie Collins’ important new book on Rwanda, part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Rethinking Political Violence series. Due out in May. I was really glad to be asked to draw this, an alternative to the exceptionally boring stock photos typical of all others in that series (and of academic books generally)
Illustration = fast, eyecatching and original. Friends writing books, please note!

    Just done the cover illustration for Barrie Collins’ important new book on Rwanda, part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Rethinking Political Violence series. Due out in May. I was really glad to be asked to draw this, an alternative to the exceptionally boring stock photos typical of all others in that series (and of academic books generally)

    Illustration = fast, eyecatching and original. Friends writing books, please note!

  4. In honour of the new year I give you Yuko Yoshioka, who draws (among other things) neat calendars

  5. Happy 2014 people! may it exceed all our hopes and expectations…

    Happy 2014 people! may it exceed all our hopes and expectations…

  6. I’ve been awed by Jillian Tamaki's versatility and talent for years. Not only can she draw, beautifully and prodigiously, she embroiders too. Such APPROPRIATE book covers! (with end flaps, note)

  7. A few lovely line drawings from InkFlesh via Paul Bommer, along with the inimitable Charles Keeping. The caressing outline reminds me of him, even though InkFlesh is actually influenced by Antonio Lopez

  8. Here is St-Mary-in-the-Strand and its beautiful blue star window in winter, drawn just in time for Spitalfields Art Market this weekend. Do come along and buy some early Christmas presents.  I’m there Thursday to Sunday this week and  again on 19-22 December. More dates and venues here

    Here is St-Mary-in-the-Strand and its beautiful blue star window in winter, drawn just in time for Spitalfields Art Market this weekend. Do come along and buy some early Christmas presents.  I’m there Thursday to Sunday this week and  again on 19-22 December. More dates and venues here