design 30's

anonymous asked:

Hello!! I just wanted to ask you something... is this AU still placed in the 1930s era because I saw some pieces of modern technology such as the music recorder and headphones in some of your works of art. Do you like to use some modern tools and tech in your art? Sorry if this a dumb question and I love your work!!! It always makes me smile and laugh!!!

(Thanks! It’s not dumb, I haven’t talked about it in a while so I don’t blame you for being confused. Lampblack is completely anachronistic decopunk.

I don’t think that’s the implication of BatIM, but it’s a pretty easy theme to draw out from it. Henry says it’s been 30 years, the toons haven’t been updated in design since the 30′s or earlier, there are tape recorders, fluorescent lights, not to mention the impossibilities of something like the Ink Machine.

I wanted to keep things canon adjacent at the very least, so it has been 30 years since Henry left the studio, but I wanted to play around with the 30′s aesthetic and cultural themes anyway. There’s really no set timeline in the game at all, and it’s so Supernatural-Weird-Science that I didn’t want to deny that inspiration either.

So, for me, crazy as it sounds, Lampblack City as an anachronistic completely surreal out-of-time version of an east coast American town was a natural progression from the themes of the game? Hahaha.

Essentially it’s more the 30′s than anything else - but bits of 2017 peek in from time to time too. I think I also sort of dip into 60′s aesthetics every once in a while too, for whatever reason. It’s just all about fantasy, it’s fun!

But yeah, to answer your question simply: I like to use some modern tools and tech in my art. -HG)

Just wanted to do a simple postmortem recap of my designs for Dimetrodone ‘s  30 Day Phyla Challenge (including some redesigns). It was a fun experience and I spent more time doing research than actually drawing, but I’m still pretty happy with most of my designs! I had multiple designs for Nermertea (2), Annelida (5), Mollusca (4), and Echinodermata (2), so I just chose my favorite designs in those cases.

1. Porifera
2. Placozoa
3. Ctenophora
4. Cnidaria
5. Dicyemida
6. Chaetognatha
7. Platyhelminthes
8. Cycliophora
9. Gastrotricha
10. Rotifera
11. Micrognathozoa
12. Entoprocta
13. Bryozoa
14. Branchiopoda
15. Nemertea
16. Phoronida
17. Annelida
18. Mollusca
19. Priapulida
20. Loricifera  
21. Kinorhyncha
22. Nematoda
23. Nematomorpha
24. Arthropoda
25. Onychophora
26. Tardigrada
27. Xenacoelomorpha
28. Echinodermata
29. Hemichordata
30. Chordata

Super-duper special thanks to dimetrodone for creating the challenge! It was educational, fun, and…well, challenging!


The Swiss K-31 bolt action rifle,

Designed in the early 30′s and used by the Swiss Army up until the 1950′s, the Swiss K-31 is a forgotten rifle among more popular counterparts such as the German K98k, the British Lee Enfield, or the Russian Mosin Nagant.  This is mostly because Switzerland was neutral during World War II.  However the K-31 is among the most popular and highly collectible of military surplus firearms among collectors.  Adopted in 1933, the K-31 was designed by an ordnance team working for the Eidgenossische Waffenfabrik in Bern.  Many people erroneously call the K-31 a Schmidt-Rubin, referring to a line of similar rifles which preceded the K-31, however the K-31 is a stand alone design.  

Like the earlier Schmidt Rubin, the K-31 utilizes a straight pull bolt action, meaning that the user only had to pull the bolt forward and backward to work the action.  Most other bolt actions of the day were the standard type where the user lifted up on the bolt, drew it back, then closed it by pushing the bolt back into to place.  This increased the firepower of the K-31, reducing the feeding process by one movement.  Furthermore the K-31 used a 6 round detachable magazine, at the time most other bolt actions had a fixed magazine.  Swiss solders were still encouraged to load the rifle using a stripper clip.  It was chambered for the 7.5x55 Swiss, which is said to have similar performance to the modern .308 Winchester.  One feature that makes the K-31 stand out among all competitors is its unparalleled accuracy. The K-31 was manufactured using tight tolerances and quality standards that are far beyond that of the average bolt action rifle.  As a result, Swiss soldiers were trained to be expert marksmen and had a reputation for being crack shots.

During World War II Switzerland was able to remain neutral despite being surrounded by the Axis Powers.  However, rather than being an island among raging waters, Switzerland was more like a mile high heavily armed fortress.  The Swiss fortified the mountains, carving impenetrable fortifications directly from the rock.  Swiss war strategy was to inflict as much damage to the German Army as possible, and when the war was lost destroy their own country in a frenzy of scorched earth.  It was quite clear the Germany would win a war against Switzerland, but the casualties caused by such a military action were estimated to be extremely high.  Combined with economic concessions on the part of Switzerland, and the thought of fighting a bloody war over a patch of scorched earth, Adolf Hitler cancelled all plans to invade Switzerland.

Thus the K-31 would never be fired in anger.  Despite its status as a peacetime weapon it is quite clear that these rifles saw heavy use, as their stocks tend to be battered, beaten, and quite rugged looking.  The K-31 was discontinued in the 1950′s, only being used as a reserve arm and due to their accuracy as sniper rifles.  They were fully withdrawn from service in the 1970′s.  528,230 were produced.


Elsa Schiaparelli fashion designer was known as the “Queen of Fashion”. She was the ultimate visionary of a women dress design during the 30’s in 20th century. She began her fashion career with a influence of a legendary fashion designer Paul Poiret.  Her first designs appeared in Vogue, but her business really took off as she opened her Schiap Shop at 21 Place Vendôme Paris. During 1930’s, she dressed all the A-list film stars, from Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn and royals as the Duchess of Windsor. The designs Schiaparelli produced in collaboration with Dalí are most famous as “Shoe hat” and the “Lobster dress” that still resonate today as the most daring avant-garde designs of the 20th century.


Evoking Salvatore Ferragamo’s unique creative vision and personal archive, the Edgardo Osorio for Salvatore Ferragamo capsule collection sees the acclaimed young shoe designer playfully channel our founder’s iconic designs from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, and reinterpret them for the contemporary woman. ‪#‎FerragamoCapsule‬ Discover more: