Sunday, December 17, 2006

retro art and design

typewriter art

How much time do you need to have on your hands to master a medium like the typewriter? My guess is that Jorge hasn't got the distractions of cutting-edge computer graphics programs to keep him from achieving his exalted state of medium mastery.

When he goes home from a hard day at the studio, he probably settles down to enjoy his modern entertainment system (below). Lay on a stack of 45s, pussycat, and make me a martini! I want one of these. I've been leafing through the flyers lately as it's finally time to replace our 20+ year old TV (does that make it a 'classic' yet?). The picture is still good by 1980s standards, but with the two wires that attach to screws on the back (it was very forward-thinking technology for 1983) and the push-buttons that were pushed into non-existence by toddlers about 10 years ago we're thinking that an upgrade may be in order. It doesn't even have a remote because that was going to cost an extra $100 that we didn't have at the time. I'm thinking that this beauty is what we need to replace the old RCA. I'm just wondering where to insert the CDs and DVDs.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

just wanted to say that your five small drawings are small masterpieces!

17/12/06 9:52 a.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

What a way to make pictures!

And yes that is an incredible looking entertainment centre... looks like you could go sailing in it too.

17/12/06 11:45 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hee hee. Love that guy! And that TV it is a stunning!

17/12/06 12:44 p.m.  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Wow. What design! Looks like a combo of cool-60's and something from the Jetsons!

17/12/06 3:55 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's one sharp-looking TV.

18/12/06 12:04 a.m.  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

You don't have a remote for your TV? How on earth do you manage?

That German TV combo thingy is amazing!

18/12/06 2:33 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks more like a 1950's car!!!

18/12/06 6:59 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...thanks for sharing the Jorge and his amazing typewriter art! What does he use, an old IBM Selectra? That's what I learned to type on.

That retro TV/radio/record player combo is a hoot. My mom just got rid of a 1970s version...not nearly as cool as this one, but it was heavy as hell because it was made to look like furniture. You could slide the wooden doors closed so you didn't have to look at the tv and the top opened to reveal the stereo system.

Love the new drawings!

18/12/06 9:46 a.m.  
Blogger Sally said...

Holy cow! That's kind of cool. I certainly wouldn't have the patience for it, though! And where does one even buy replacement ribbon these days????

18/12/06 12:28 p.m.  
Blogger blackdaisies said...

oh wow ~ that tv is amazing :) and though i remember typing on my beautiful typewriter, i cannot even fathom doing art, wowsa!

18/12/06 12:32 p.m.  
Blogger Bibi said...

I don't know where you find this stuff! I've seen typewriter art before ... amazing isn't it. And the TV/entertainment center ... well, that leaves me speechless, LOL.

18/12/06 7:40 p.m.  
Blogger Ces said...

This is amazing. I cannot get over what some people think and imagine and then make them so. He makes it look very easy. This is awesome.

The entertainment console is so George Jetson! I think these retro designs are coming back.

19/12/06 5:18 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! So funky - I love things like that. Thanks for sharing:)

19/12/06 10:38 a.m.  

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