Controversial as it might be (providing you care about any of the following: literature, music, Bob Dylan, Nobel Prize, songwriting, Sweden), at re:design we are very, very happy that Bob Dylan got awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. We’ve been Dylan fans pretty much forever (well, a half of us more than the other half, probably) and this win feels like Christmas come early (without gifts but still).
To celebrate this fact we have created a tribute poster depicting various iconic looks of Dylan. Sure, we could’ve (and will, eventually) celebrated his words because they are gorgeous but this was fairly short-notice, as we’d never expected such news, and also, well, fun. Enjoy.
Every now and then our son goes through book phases when he gets very excited about looking through picture books. We’ve got a ton of those books but not all of them are great to look at. And so to celebrate J’s birthday we filled one of the not-so-pretty books with custom illustrations showing J and some of his toys.
It was a fairly quick side project but it was a lot of fun and it got a semi-appreciative audience because J was quite excited to recognize the toys he’s playing with in the pictures.
From sketch to page. (A form of J’s name is a homophone with the Polish word for a hedgehog and so we have all sorts of toy hedgehogs at home.)
An underwater page with various bath toys.
Nothing is more fun than IKEA rats.
Fun in the playground.
Taking advantage of probably one of the last sunny, warm weekends of the year we went on another spontateous family trip to the zoo. It was quite a lovely afternoon and we enjoyed the sight of the animals – so much so that we decided to share with you some of the memories as illustrations of animals (rather than working on the originally planned post; nothing beats pictures of animals anyways, as is universally acknowledged).
On the weekend we had as many as two birthday celebrations – mine and our son’s – and even though we didn’t throw up any large parties, just really casual family gatherings, it still took up all of the weekend. (Oh, we also had a small gaming night yesterday after all the partying because that’s how we roll.)
In other words, exactly as promised for those weeks when we don’t take photos, please enjoy a mostly new illustration to commemorate these events.
And this is where we are today:
For the second half of holidays we present a travel-related illustration project. Podróżowniki is a series of award-winning children books that introduce popular travel destinations through a mix of information and activities for kids. The books were designed by Podpunkt studio and we illustrated two of them: the guide to Croatia and to the Tatra and Pieniny Mountains in Poland.
Since the series was illustrated by several different illustrators, to keep a unified look we needed to follow guidelines: the illustrations are hand-drawn, a little sketchy and black-and-white (the bits of color that do appear were added later during typesetting).
The map of Croatia, with tourist destinations and basic information.
Animal names in Croatian.
The inner flaps of the covers have additional materials: a memo game with a selection of illustrations and a board game where you recreate your travels with pawns.
Sayings from the mountains and a calendar of local holidays (some of which include dancing).
A reminder not to scare animals in the wild.
Match ghosts with their dwellings (and other local attractions).
The things you eat in the mountains.
Hot therms to relax in (illustrations with a lot of details are the best fun to draw).
Marten, as the source of Croatian money.
Janosik, a folk hero.
I know we often say this, but this project was so much fun to work on! While research-heavy and fairly time-consuming, it was one of the most exciting (and relaxing at the same time) things we did in a while because when you draw actually using your hands, it’s a different kind of energy than the usual, computer-based work..
We were working on the proper post but then we spent most of Sunday acquainting our baby with a cat – to mutual fascination, awe and just a bit of distrust.
Specifically, we visited friends who have cats and J had his first chance ever to stalk a cat (well, at least in his view; in the view of the rest of the world the cat had all the control).
We promise this is and always will be a design blog not one where we talk about cutesy things children do but every now and then we will fail to deliver a proper post. That’s, these days, a given. However, we will always try to make up with a custom-made illustration, at least. Next week: the proper post.