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The Cloud Thieves by Rob Bridges

The Cloud Thieves

“And there they were… the motley lot of them. With hooks and rope and home crafted balloons, they set about their plans to overtake the clouds that hung lazily off of the Salt Sea coast. It was in need of provisions for the coming dry seasons that brought them to such plans but soon greed took them. All the while they hadn’t counted on the rumblings within father Stratus that would change the tide of things…”

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Stolen Cavalier: A Guercino Masterpiece- Stolen on August 10, 2014


Written and illustrated by Travis Simpkins, this post on Stolen Cavalier looks at the recent August 10, 2014 theft of Guercino’s “Madonna and Saint John the Evangelist with Saint Gregory the Wonderworker” from the Church of San Vincenzo in Modena, Italy. Painted in 1639, the masterpiece is valued at up to $8,000,000. The painting was not protected by an alarm and it was uninsured. It has not yet been recovered…

External Link: Stolen Cavalier: A Guercino Masterpiece- Stolen on August 10, 2014

Fishing For Compliments – Kickstarter Playing Cards


I am a young, female designer from the North West of England and I run my own graphic illustration business, named Pixel Initiative.

This is an exciting year for me as I have recently launched my new Kickstarter campaign aiming to raise funds for my new playing card deck design titled “Fishing For Compliments”. This is a standard deck of playing card, with illustrations of fresh water fish on each face.

There has been a great response so far from the Kickstarter audience and I have raised 20% in the first two days and also been selected as a Staff Pick. I have used various Playing Card, Fishing and also Crowd Funding forums to build an appetite for my product before launching and it has been amazing to see what the digital community can offer. The amount of helpful comments and advice has been the backbone of my achievement so far and it is obvious that a successful Kickstarter campaign is a social phenomenon.

I would welcome any further support and pledges to help transform this dream into a proud moment of achievement, and share my unique and fresh playing card designs as a tangible product.

External Link: Fishing For Compliments – Kickstarter Playing Cards

Classic Arcade Game Animated Flipok Box


Brooklyn illustrator Nate Bear branches out into animation and sculpture for Grumpy Bert’s latest exhibition, The FlipbookIt Show. Nate went a little beyond just an animated GIF in a a box by building a retro style arcade machine to house his animation inspired by two classic video games.

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Illustration for National Geographic Traveller UK


For the latest issue David Whitely writes about his heightened fear of people in authority when abroad. Whilst driving through Utah’s breathtaking scenery he pays no attention to the speedometer and is stopped by a traffic cop. David is reduced to a quivering wreak, but luckily he’s left off with a warning.

External Link: Illustration for National Geographic Traveller UK