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Henrik von der Lieth’s video for Mass & Fieber track ‘James Bomb’ is the perfect secret agent title sequence

By Sam Bathe on 30 Aug 2016



A preview to their play which will open next summer in Zurich, Henrik von der Lieth has created a sumptuous video for Mass & Fieber’s sultry track, James Bomb. Inspired by the James Bond franchise’s iconic title sequences, the music video blends an electric colour palette with course texture and detailing as a secret agent sleuth tracks down a mysterious villain. Releasing an album and performing the music in concert this summer, expect updates about Mass & Fieber’s play, also titled James Bomb, later this year.

Film Review: Alice Through the Looking Glass

Posted in Film, Illustration, Reviews
By Martin Roberts on 26 May 2016

Alice in Wonderland and Tim Burton seemed like a perfect match of source material and director, but the film that resulted in 2010 was a disappointment – lacking a sense of magic, and ultimately forgettable. Now, six years later, James Bobin (The Muppets) has brought us Alice Through the Looking Glass, a somewhat belated but, as it turns out, not unwelcome sequel. Show the rest of this post…


This time around, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) must travel back to Wonderland (or ‘Underland’, as it was known in the first film) to try to snap the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) out of a depression brought on by an item he found in the forest, which lead to him to believe that his long-lost family, whom he thought dead, may actually be alive. To do this, Alice must employ the power of the Chronosphere, a device that will allow her to travel through time and revisit past events. In order to reach the Chronosphere, however, Alice must cross paths with Time himself, as personified by Sacha Baron Cohen.

The film succeeds where the previous one failed, in that it attempts to actually have a story, and to tell it. Where the first film got bogged down in a rambling mess of CGI, this sequel establishes that things are at stake, and although some of the backstory feels contrived, it is done well enough that the quest feels meaningful, and the finale can muster up some suspense.


Thankfully, Bobin and screenwriter Linda Woolverton (improving hugely on her screenplay for the first one) give Mia Wasikowska more of a chance to make an impression, so it feels like Alice is actually important beyond people simply talking about her importance. Johnny Depp is still doing his baffling Mad Hatter performance and still treads a fine line between endearing, weird, and just plain annoying, but this time at least has some plot to work with. Most of the rest of the supporting cast return, primarily in tiny cameos, and thankfully Helena Bonham Carter gets to reprise her fun Red Queen role. As Time, Sacha Baron Cohen brings a mix of silliness and surprising weight, and although some of the character’s jokes aren’t really very funny (same goes for his little helpers), the character is well implemented, and his lair has some nice visual touches.

It still all feels a little unfocused and rambling, but this time much less so. There are contrivances in the story and  some of the performances still hover on the annoying side, but this sequel is surprisingly a better effort than its predecessor, with some fun action and inventive visuals to enjoy.


Portuguese llustrator Tiago Galo creates fun, little characters, with a twist in every scene

Posted in Art, Illustration
By Sam Bathe on 3 May 2016



Learning his trade in small fanzines while finishing a degree in architecture at Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, illustrator Tiago Galo creates little, plump characters, almost ready to take on the Olympics. Always with something else going on, Tiago’s tongue-in-cheek humour in really clever and engaging, with his chunky creations leaping out at you from the screen. Show the rest of this post…








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Illustrator Josh McKenna uses colour and form to show off his voluptuously, curvy characters

Posted in Art, Illustration
By Sam Bathe on 29 Jan 2016



You wouldn’t think illustrator Josh McKenna was based out of East London, instead his colourful and vibrant pool-side characters look like they’re straight out of a Miami summer scene. Inspired by tropical details and abstract patterns, Josh has completed work for Converse, MTV, GQ, Wired and the Wall Street Journal, proving everyone wants a bit of sunshine in their lives. Show the rest of this post…






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Illustrator Shin Morae’s collaboration with Ader depicts the effortless cool of today’s youth

Posted in Art, Illustration
By Sam Bathe on 21 Dec 2015



Based in South Korea, Shin Morae collaborated with local clothing brand Ader for a series on today’s effortlessly cool youth. From hanging out to art class, it’s part-illustrated lookbook, part-pastiche as you could imagine any of the frames as a shot from the latest Dazed Magazine. Show the rest of this post…








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Casetify team up with Poketo for a sleek collection of design-led phone cases and Apple Watch straps

By Sam Bathe on 14 Dec 2015



Known for their completely customisable phone and tablet cases, Casetify have teamed up with hip LA store, Poketo, for a collection of bright and colourful designs. Available in Casetify’s new Standard Case for Apple iDevices, the Snap Case for pretty much everything else and three stunning Apple Watch straps, the Poketo collection is hand-designed and curated by their in-house design team to create a mix of both colourful and monochrome geometric patterns, brush strokes and shapes. The Poketo collection is available from the Casetify online store, starting at £24.99:

Eleonora Arosio gets nudey and sun-burnt in her new summery illustration series

Posted in Art, Illustration
By Sam Bathe on 27 Jul 2015



Picturing a summer with a little too much time spent on the beach, Italian illustrator Eleonora Arosio‘s series of sun-burnt nudes is her first since graduating from the NABA Academy in Milan. Her hand-drawn style brings a real individuality to her style, with shape and form refreshingly away the from socially-perfect norms. Show the rest of this post…








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Tom Haugomat’s sophisticated illustrations say a lot more than first meets the eye

Posted in Art, Illustration
By Sam Bathe on 18 Jun 2015



With commissions from the likes of Le Monde, New York Times Magazine and XXI, the illustrations from Parisian Tom Haugomat boast an effortless style and sophistication. Starting his career as an animator before his love of illustration took over, Tom tells a story in each image without ever the need for words. Show the rest of this post…






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Illustrator Sara Andreasson gets up close and personal with the human form in her new work

Posted in Art, Illustration
By Sam Bathe on 21 May 2015



Recently graduating from HDK School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg, illustrator/designer Sara Andreasson has a playful and sensual side to her work. With comissions for The Debrief, New York Times Magazine and Rolling Stone already under her belt, Sara keeps her style simple, exploring detail with subtle changes of colour, stroke and shape. Show the rest of this post…










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Gaurab Thakali encapsulates his love of jazz in his Camberwell College of Arts finals series ’52nd Street’

Posted in Art, Illustration
By Sam Bathe on 24 Apr 2015



Recently graduating from the Camberwell College of Arts, Gaurab Thakali was crowned It’s Nice That’s 2014 Graduate Print Awards Winner and has already been tapped for this year’s Pick Me Up festival. His final project at Camberwell, ’52nd Street’ is a screen-printed concertina book about the iconic New York district in the 1940s when bebop was taking off. Capturing the atmosphere and spirit of the era with a bold, 3 colour palette, the prints work just as well alone as in the set. Show the rest of this post…







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