Author + Contributor
Drawing is the backbone of art and design; with all of the tantalizing wonders of the digital world, the best designers, illustrators and artists know that it’s good to step back occasionally and hit the refresh button on your hand and mind.Playing with Sketches is a hands-on, fun approach to exploring drawing principles.
With over 25 contributors, from high-profile designers, illustrators and artists to talented graduate students, the book provides meaningful outcomes for your practice, including building an image archive, being exposed to new ways to use media and tools, inspiring you to break the rules, to collaborate, and much more!
Mark Murphy Design / San Diego, CA
Sixty eight illustrators were asked to contribute works based on found notes, poems and scribbles.
Each spread included the art and the paper ephemera that inspired it. Mine was inspired by a love note I received in 5th grade from 2 boys and is entitled Rick & Ron OXXOXXOX after the way they signed the note. Dialogue: The Fine Art of Conversation is a 308 page hard bound book designed by Mark Murphy.
some guy / San Francisco, CA
Started in 2000, the 1000 Journals Project is an ongoing collaborative experiment attempting to follow 1000 journals throughout their travels. The originator of this project is Brian Singer,, aka some guy, He wanted to see these journals pass from friends to strangers to see where they would go, He invited 100 illustrators and designers to create covers for these journals.
Clarkson Potter / Random House / New York
Hear!Here! is a book of 64 illustrated translated sounds from around the world. Learn how to say Yum-yum, Ding-dong or Gulp in several different languages. Hear!Here! is published by Clarkson Potter / Random House.
Mark Murphy Design / San Diego, CA
A collection of original paintings, literary quotes, stunning visuals and inspirational points of view about the concept of Heaven & Hell. My spread shows Heaven drowning while on a holiday swim and Hell happily tending her garden – Heaven is in hell and Hell is in heaven.
Henry Holt and Co. Publishing / New York
The Cow of No Color is a book of riddle stories and justice tales from countries around the world. Each story pauses at the critical moment where the reader can ponder “what would I do in this situation”, then resumes to resolve the tale. A selection of stories contain my illustrations in B&W. The book is edited by Nina Jaffe and Steve Zeitlin. The originals of several pieces are in private collections.
Princeton Architectural Press
Knickerbocker Design / Edited by Nicholas Blechman
"Welcome to EMPIRE. Billions drink its sodas, listen to its music, breathe its air, drive its cars, smoke its tobacco, practice its religions, watch its movies, ingest its pharmaceuticals, and benefit or suffer from its policies. Every person, animal, and insect on this planet is affected. From the melting ice caps in Antarctica to the defoliated wastelands of Africa, its relentless expansion goes unchecked. But EMPIRE is more than a political reality. It has, in its often elusive way, imbedded itself beneath our skins. It is an aesthetic, a conditioning, a psychology, and a lifestyle. Where does our individuality end, and the EMPIRE begin?
At a time of global crisis, Empire rallies a coalition of artists, designers, writers, and photographers to protest the mysterious, all-powerful phenomenon that dominates our civilization. Empire is the first book based on the award-winning alternative political graphic magazine, Nozone."
-- Empire introduction
Included in the AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers of 2003.
An interview on UnderConsideration between Armin Vit + Nicholas Blechman.