Some image collections worth looking at on the internet

This was posted within the past week; I saw it in several places:

  • 2,500 Japanese woodblock prints including some amusing prints depicting London life by a Japanese printmaker who never visited London. I just read about this one this week.

And these are all historical manuscript collections which I return to from time to time:

And, while I was drafting this post, this came my way: a comprehensive list of online collections, twitter accounts and blogs having to do with medieval manuscripts. Wonderful! The article is by Robert Miller at College and Research Libraries News, via the Book-Art-L.


A few of my favorite things seen around the Interwebs recently

Sometimes I find myself keeping a browser tab open because I want to look at it one more time. In the interest of tab tidiness and also sharing, here are some interesting things I’ve read on the internet lately:

Toiling Toward Mastery – an essay about the “lifelong exercise in patience, and paring design elements down to their most essential forms”.

Susie Short for Daniel Smith on working with a split-primary color palette

An introduction to “the ancestors of the Book of Kells”, four 5th/6th-century Irish manuscripts that have been repaired and digitized. I wanted a better look, so I went looking. Trinity College Dublin has more information, specifically here and here.

And, for those of us who love libraries, this post about photographer Thibaud Poirier who has traveled the world to photograph the world’s incredible libraries. Via Colossal.



Everything papyrological (is there an adjective for papyrus?)

Big data! These days, I tells ya – you can stumble across the most interesting collections of information.

Trismegistos , an organization dedicated to the study of ancient texts from the ancient world, has created a searchable database of nearly 220,000 documents. You can click on a map or type in a name or location.  I haven’t examined the rest of the site, but you can find collections of texts, people, and places in antiquity as well. Amazing.



More, even more, pencil lettering

I’m simply addicted to pencils now. Here’s one I did in mid-April:





We just returned from a trip to Cuba, which is why it’s been so quiet around here. Look for the Cuban influence in succeeding posts. This yuma had a great time.

Another page (unfinished) of the portfolio project

C – Connect. Unfinished page of the portfolio project, showing how weights have been added to monoline forms.

I’ve been so enamored of the pencil since Amity Parks’ workshop. I’m starting to think about moving back to the wet stuff. I still like drawing the letters, though; I may take that back to gouache and sumi ink.

Art books online from the Guggenheim

Solomon R. Guggenheim collection of non-objective paintings : on exhibition from March 1, 1936 through April 12, 1936

The Guggenheim has put online more than 200 books about modern art! You can download most of them in a variety of formats: ePub, Kindle (MOBI), PDF, plain text, and more.

There are a lot of books on Kandinsky, some Klimt, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, a great catalog on Jenny Holzer … and some great Guggenheim collections.

Check the whole list of offerings from the Guggenheim at