Urban Cartoon Collage

Urban Cartoon Collage

This design is a confluence of art forms that lend it its mass appeal. Influences of, or the design’s allusion to hip hop, graffiti, streetwear, and classic American cartoon are all evident. These various forms themselves are massively popular and deeply intertwined.

Two asides: (1) for those not in the know “bombing” is a term that means to create graffiti (2) one thing to notice when looking at a cartoon character is where the wedge in a cartoons pupil is taken; if it’s the side that was traditionally Disney, if it’s the top then that was Dr Seuss.

Within the design there are stylistic references to: Disney, Hannah-Barbera, Tex Avery, and Jon Kricfalusi. This Color pallet was extremely popular in the mid 90’s, and then reemerged in the late oughts; since then the influence of the cyberpunk aesthetic has meant that colors have gotten much more saturated. While the use of eyes on inanimate objects is nothing new, post “Cup Head” it does seem to be more prevalent. The design is wild and chaotic without being aggressive. It’s a touch of excitement an on ode a more reckless and frenetic past. In summary it’s a strong design with almost universal appeal.

Design by: HumanRockets
Price:  $22.38 @ Designbyhumans
Colors: Black, White

Daisy

Daisy

The power of this image is in the ambiguity that this art style lends to the subject. Though the image was probably made digitally it is very reminiscent of a certain method of spray painting that, seems to not have a name, and is done on paper and involves stencils, fire (sometimes), and the texturing and manipulation of the paint while it’s still wet.

The stile is well suited to the subject matter; how things are rendered providing hints as to how the creators or perhaps the viewer is suppose to feel about the various components of the image: the bomb has a very clear outline and no depth, it’s impactful and unambiguous, The plants seem represented in the negative, and cut into the ground in an unnatural way, but upon leaving the ground they become diaphanous and calm; The little girl framed by the sun- maybe the moon, is indistinct in a way that adds a nice ambiguity; is it danger, a memory, nostalgia that is there; lastly the bubbles, sharper in their rendering than the bomb itself, maybe the idea is that that is what we’re suppose to keep; but the question then is what does that mean about how the scene ended.

Design by: dandingeroz and dzeri29
Price:  $22.40 @ Threadless
Colors: Black