The genius of Noma Bar

Noma Bar graphic design work
Noma Bar graphic design work
Noma Bar graphic design work

I’ve just been lucky enough to receive a belated Christmas present, a wonderful book showcasing the work of graphic design genius Noma Bar.

I can’t improve on his own publisher’s (Thames & Hudson) description so here’s what they have to say:

“Noma Bar’s innovative, playful style has made him one of the most sought-after illustrators working today, with a broad range of commissions from magazines and newspapers – including Empire, the New York TimesWired, the Guardiana nd Time Out – and numerous private and advertising clients. His use of negative space and minimalist forms creates images with multiple readings that delight and surprise in equal measure. Each of Bar’s illustrations tells a story that is hidden in the details, with the message revealing itself in the double-take as you look more closely. Noma Bar has handpicked his most iconic illustrations and favourite works, each one displaying the distinctive style that has established his reputation. Each chapter focuses on topics he has explored in his inimitable style: ‘Less More’ (daily life), ‘Pretty Ugly’ (portraits), ‘In Out’ (sex), ‘Life Death’ (conflict) and ‘Rough Smooth’ (personal sketches).

He has an Instagram account with disappointingly no posts (come on!) but does have a Twitter account where he posts latest work and news etc, well worth a follow.

Buy it from Amazon, and ignore the solitary and ridiculous 2 star review on there (current on time of posting). It’s been raved about in all the best style and design blogs/magazines. “Disappointing and repetitive.” – Pfffttt!!!

I also feel I should mention this book cover design, the subject matter is a ‘bit’ rude (sorry Mum) but if you know the book then this really is perfect.

Posted on January 5th 2018
Posted in Things I like

Festive drawings

Festive drawings
Festive drawings
Festive drawings
Festive drawings

I was a bit ill over Christmas, a lovely cold descended on Christmas Eve, ugh. Isn’t it always the way? I still had a lovely time though and managed to keep myself amused with doing some festive doodlings. It’s back to the design coal face for me now! I hope you had a splendid time too.

Posted on January 2nd 2018
Posted in Uncategorized

Gotta eat ’em all

This is going to be my main activity for the next week or so. Happy Christmas all!

Posted on December 23rd 2017
Posted in Events

Cornish inspiration

Cornish illustration
Cornish illustration
Cornish illustration
Cornish illustration
Cornish illustration
Cornish illustration
Cornish illustration

I spent a few days staying with family in St Ives and took inspiration from the local artists whilst I was there. So the drawings above are the sculptures of Barbara Hepworth, St Ives boats, the harbour, lobster pots and Cornish pasties in the style of Terry Frost (sorry about the pasties Terry!), a tin mine in the style of Mondrian (who’s in the Tate) and some mackerel in my style, heh.

I do love Mr Frost’s style, particularly his screen prints. The designs are so simple, graphic and recognisable. I’m sure he’d have done pasties too if he’d though of it??

Posted on November 5th 2017
Posted in Travel

Travel illustrations

Lemon grove and Soller cemetery illustration
Food illustrations
Finca Ca's Sant and Sa Calobra illustrations
Valldermossa and food illustrations

I really enjoyed being creative on my recent holiday. As well as drawing my breakfast each day (see previous post) I also created drawings based on our travels around the area we were staying. I really enjoy being a graphic designer and working to a client’s brief as it gives me direction. Sometimes in my personal work I can flap about not knowing what to do, so it was great to have the inspiration of the places I visited to give me that direction.

If you ever find yourself in Mallorca then my recommendations are:

– Stay in Soller at Finca Ca’ Sant. A beautiful small hotel with two pools, one with columns (obviously) but both with stunning mountain view. It’s also surrounded by orange and lemon groves, and their breakfasts are legendary.

– Take the small wooden tram down to the port, it runs right through the main square and is lots of fun.

– Visit the cementary in Soller. It’s beautiful, and so lush. The designs of the gravestones, vaults and mausoleums are really ornate and have great typography. Again, comes with bonus mountain views.

– Brave the drive down to Sa Calobra. It’s 13km of VERY steep and twisty turns, including one turn where the road goes under itself. The views are stunning, and the box canyon beach and river gorge at the bottom make it worth the (lighter than expected) yelping. Do go early before the coaches start descending and leave just after lunch before they start driving back up again. It’s not a road you want to be reversing on!

– Have lunch at Ca’s Patro March restaurant in Cala Deia. It’s where one of the scenes of the Night Manager was filmed. It’s in a beautiful small cove, and the restaurant sits right on the edge of a cliff over the sea. These factors can make it super crazy busy but we were very lucky and got a table straight away. Very tasty red mullet, yum yum.

– Visit the pretty small villages in the Serra de Tramuntana, including Valldermossa, Deia and Fornalutx.

All of these tips are the inspiration for the illustrations shown here. Now that I’m back in Brighton (where did the summer go while I was away???) I’m going to have to find a new project to illustrate, hopefully without too much flapping!

Posted on September 18th 2017
Posted in Travel

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