My hand-drawn post drew a bit of interest. Folks seemed to think I should be talking up Tomm Moore’s films a bit more in this connection: The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. This is very true. I think Song of the Sea was my favorite film, last year.

And one of my favorite art books from last year was Designing the Secret of Kells. Which is sold out everywhere by now. Sucks to be you.

But let me console you with some alternative, Irish flat-style animation.

One of my other favorite art books from last year was Harry Clarke: An Imaginative Genius in Illustrations and Stained-glass Art. It’s a Japanese book, and I already had some Clarke stuff, so I was a bit worried I would only be buying a lot of text I couldn’t read. But it’s great. Tons of pictures. Stuff I’d never seen. High quality printing. English in tiny type for those who need it. (For those who don’t know Clarke, start here to get an idea.)

One bit I especially enjoyed were illustrations from a pair of brochures for a whiskey distillery, John Jameson and Son. This is one of the great chapters in the history of advertising art design gone off the rails, in an art for art’s sake vein. Clarke, being Clarke, assures the alcohol-buying public that Jameson and Son are a lot of asthenic, absinthean-mephistophelian alchemist-wizards they can trust! I think that’s the message. That’s what I took away from the brochures. [Click for larger.]




I don’t know whether you can read the text in the second one. The doctoress is prescribing the patient whiskey ‘daily before and after meals’. That should get his weak ticker ticking over again. As Edgar Allen Poe writes (this could be Jameson and Sons ad copy): “Meantime the hellish tattoo of the heart increased. It grew quicker and quicker, and louder and louder every instant.”

Whiskey, folks! It does a body good!