Sorry for the missing post this week but we spent most of the weekend building pictures out of twigs and other unconventional materials. It’s all a part of an extremely time-consuming project that will take up a lot of our summer but we can only start showing you results some time in autumn. So please enjoy this highly enigmatic in-work image for now and trust us that if we miss a post it’s not because we’re having any real fun.
This year the Museum of Gdynia celebrated the Night of the Museums with a presentation of the city’s special brand of modernism. We had the pleasure of designing and illustrating an activity card for the participants. It gave us the rare joy of drawing buildings and playing with modernism-inspired typography. We showed you sketches when we were working on them but today we have the final product to share.
The card is double-sided and folds into a map-like shape, with an actual map on the back. Each part presents one characteristic building and suggests tasks to work on, such as drawing, comparing facades or filling in a crossword puzzle.
As you may imagine, we had a lot of fun with the buildings, and just as much with the illustrations of people in their old-fashioned outfits (Gdynia was built at the beginning of the 20th century and is rather proud of its relatively fresh legacy).
These days Gdynia has a nicely modernized train station (it used to be pretty horrific a few years ago) and during renovations they discovered quite charming mosaics, which look something like this:
Obviously, this was another part that we quite enjoyed illustrating.
And the fun model of the building made of laser-engraved wooden board is courtesy of Architektura+ foundation, who were responsible for many aspects of the whole event.
Our London holiday (you figured out it was London, didn’t you?) was all kinds of controversial though Matisse cut-outs exhibition at Tate Modern is wonderful. Seriously, if you are in London or will be any time soon, you HAVE to see it, it’s incredible.
But now we’re back and present the last batch of Lego cats, mostly for completionist reasons.
Felix prancing around sleeping Garfield.
Hobbes (or is it Calvin? Just kidding, it’s Hobbes. It’s my favorite, by the way.)
Simba and Mufasa.
The illustration project kept us busy this week so here is another teaser image, this time with some old-style citizens enjoying a parade.
We have an urgent and detail-heavy illustration project going on these couple of days, which shifted our schedule a bit but here is a sneak peek for you to enjoy. The rest to come soon.
We were toying with the idea of a paper diorama for a while but didn’t have a project to try it on. However, our holiday cards are often a great place to test new ideas. Now, a paper diorama by re:design comes in the following stages.
1. You roughly sketch the ideas. 2. You pick out appropriate paper. 3. You cut out the shapes with a knife and a pair of surgical scissors, listening to Treasure Island on LibriVox (seriously, LibriVox is cool). Also, you forget to document these stages. 4. You throw away all the extra birds and daffodils that you cut out with excessive enthusiasm.
5. Now the main thing about diorama is that it has layers. Otherwise it’d be just a cutout. So then you come up with ideas of how to make those layers if you didn’t plan it sufficiently before cutting the shapes out. In the end you use books and Lego pieces (Lego has so many uses in our household. You’ve no idea.). And also bluetack, another indispensable tool. At first we vaguely planned to make a vertical diorama but it turned out to be too time-consuming for Saturday before Easter with a half of the house not yet cleaned and the family already arriving for Easter stay.
6. You shoot. You edit. You post. Voilà.
And here’s how arranging the shoot looks like:
In case the foxes have you puzzled, they were a nod to our last year’s card.
Have a wonderful time full of spring joy this Easter.
And you may also come back next week for the making of this year’s card, should you feel so inclined.
Today’s group of Legolized cats, stripey, orange-y or holy, is here.
Tigger bouncing around Heathcliff and Sonja.
Azrael and Cheshire Cat (with a hapless Smurf caught in between).