If Henri Rousseau were alive today he’d be 171 years young. 

In my childhood home my father hung a poster of the above painting alongside a Frazetta viking battle. Both images are burned into my mind forever, and I cannot think of one without the other… but back to Rousseau and his special day. Wow, he was great. If he were alive I’d tweet an HBD at him. Can someone tell Taschen to put out a massive tome of this guy’s work, please?*

*(and maybe another Frazetta book for good measure too)  

Jerry Saltz: How and Why We Started Taking Kim Kardashian Seriously (and What She Teaches Us About the State of Criticism)

A conversation between senior art critic Jerry Saltz and editor David Wallace-Wells about just what to make of Kim Kardashian, her sort of brilliant book Selfish, and the weird fact that all of a sudden, everyone seems to be taking her very, very seriously.



Puella Magi Madoka Magica (魔法少女まどか☆マギカ)

Reference and final illustrations of the ghost town background art from Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion, with art direction by Ken Naito (内藤健), included in the Madoka Rebellion Production Note (Amazon US | JP).


The first time the Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders featured the tiny handmade creations of Denver, CO-based artist Evan Lorenzen we shared photos of his book entitled “The Mini Book of Major Events.” This time we’re paging through an equally tiny volume that explores a smaller, but no less delightful theme, “Life’s Lil Pleasures.” From the sounds of rain and chirping birds to eating cereal from your enemy’s skull, and balloons, this itty-bitty book is full miniature illustrations of things that make us glad to be alive, you know, the little things.

To check out more of Evan Lorenzen’s work, including tiny art, illustrations and animations, follow him right here on Tumblr at artandsuchevan or check out his website, Instagram feed and Facebook page.

[via Demilked]


Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:Q)

Promotional Evangelion art work illustrated for the Hakone-Yumoto Eva Shop by animation director Akemi Hayashi (林明美) was included in the KAWORU 2015 (Amazon Japan) art book that came out in April.


The Notion of Family Photographs by LaToya Ruby Frazier

In this, her first book, LaToya Ruby Frazier offers an incisive exploration of the legacy of racism and economic decline in America’s small towns, as embodied by her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. The work also considers the impact of that decline on the community and on her family, creating a statement both personal and truly political—an intervention in the histories and narratives of the region. 

With The Notion of Family, Frazier knowingly acknowledges and expands upon the traditions of classic black-and-white documentary photography, enlisting the participation of her family—and her mother in particular. As Frazier says, her mother is “coauthor, artist, photographer, and subject. Our relationship primarily exists through a process of making images together. I see beauty in all her imperfections and abuse.” In the creation of these collaborative works, Frazier reinforces the idea of art and image-making as a transformative act, a means of resetting traditional power dynamics and narratives, both those of her family and those of the community at large.

Purchase a copy here.


Mauve is the first modern synthetic dye, but its discovery in 1856 was not intentional. Given the assignment to find a cure for malaria using coal tar, 18-year-old William Henry Perkins, a student at the Royal College of Chemistry, did not succeed in finding a revolutionary medicine, but instead noticed that he was left with a beautifully-colored residue. Perkins would file his first patent for the color in 1857 and his coal tar dye would go on to become all the rage, even becoming a color of choice for Queen Victoria. 

Find out more about mauve and other early dyes and pigments in The Brilliant History of Color in Art!

Image caption & credit: Mauve sample from The American Practical Dyer’s Companion by E. J. Bird. 1882. Los Angeles, Getty Research Institute. 


In this episode of Cool Stuff in the Mail, we have Hugs and Misses: 30 Postcards of Awkward Romance. Hey, we’ve all been there – the bad blind date, the miscommunication, the bumbling idiot. Artist Wilhelm Staehle makes whimsical cutouts that bring these priceless moments to life, collected here as a series of postcards. As you can see, the animals are my favorite, because who doesn’t love personification? Check out more of the artist’s work here.

–Intern Bita


I’m super happy to announce that after five years (oh gosh), I am finally ready to produce a Genomancer art book.  You know, that thing where my OCs come from. Also, it got Kickstarter Staff Pick yesterday!  Woohoo!

Genomancer is about a wisecracking, shapeshifting convict and his employer, a kind-of nerdy, kind-of broke princess who have to unravel the connection between magic and science to stop a selfish, scientist prince from taking advantage of technology. They cast also includes an oafish knight, a female berserker, a charming smuggler, a hot-headed psychic, a prostitute spy, and a cross-dressing tailor.

The book collects both art and writing for the “100 Themes Project." You can choose between PDF, softcover, and limited-edition hardcover editions - all with exclusive postcards. If we meet the stretch goals, I’ll be able to include more, new content! And an audiobook! And a soundtrack! And a font pack!

This is also your only chance in the near future to get commissions from me outside of a convention. ;) And to pick up some out-of-print books I made in previous years.

I’d really appreciate if you signal boost the hell out of this (and all future campaign-related posts)!  One lucky re-blogger will win a free sketch at the end of the campaign. You will be entered once for each campaign post you re-blog.

Here is a Facebook post you can share: And a Tumblr post you can re-blog: And a Twitter post you can re-tweet: 

And once again, here’s the link