Schweitz Design

Lord Byron


The work of Byron Winton was recently brought to my attention as he is having an opening at the Zombo Gallery, a cool space located literally down the street from my home/office. From the artist:

I am a master craftsman specializing in, but not limited to, images of dark fantasy and fiction mainly depicted through acrylic painting. Other mediums include photography, ink, and digital manipulation. Providing a keen eye for design and detail, I believe in the highest impact and satisfaction my work can offer.

Check out his portfolio site for more info and prints and also check out Zombo Gallery, a place I’m lucky to live in such close proximity to.


















Peter Driben – Prolific American Pinup Artist
06/10/2009, 3:22 pm
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* As a disclaimer, I am well aware that I have been very light on the amount of posts on this blog and wanted to let readers know that this lack of regular posting is a byproduct of my work to redesign the Schweitz Design blog as well as my own portfolio site. That being said, the recent post of pinups from Rolf Armstrong were pretty popular and I have another collection from American pinup great Peter Driben. Enjoy.













From the Wiki:

Peter Driben, an American pin-up artist, was perhaps one of the most productive pin-up artists of the 1940s and 1950’s [1]. Although both Alberto Vargas and Gil Elvgren have extensive catalogues of work, neither came close to the output of Driben. Driben’s pinups delighted the American public from the beginning of World War II until the great baby boom of the 1950s.

Born in Boston, Driben studied at Vesper George Art School before moving to Paris (circa 1925). While taking classes at the Sorbonne in 1925, he began a series of highly popular pen-and-ink drawings of the city’s showgirls. His first known pin-up was the cover to Tattle Tales in October 1934, and by 1935 he was producing covers for Snappy, Pep, New York Nights, French Night Life and Caprice. Driben’s popularity continued to rise in the late thirties with covers for Silk Stocking Stories, Gay Book, Movie Merry-Go-Round and Real Screen Fun.

Driben’s career expanded into advertisting with his move to New York in late 1936. He created original three-dimensional die-cut window displays for Philco Radios, Cannon Bath Towels, and the Weber Baking Company. Perhaps his most famous work being the original posters and publicity artwork for The Maltese Falcon. Peter Driben was also a close friend of publisher Robert Harrison, and in 1941 was contracted to produce covers for Harrison’s new magazine Beauty Parade. Driben went on to paint hundreds of covers for that publication and for the other seven titles Harrison was to launch – Flirt, Whisper, Titter, Wink, Eyeful, Giggles, and Joker [2]. Driben would often have as many as six or seven of his covers being published every month. Driben’s work for Harrison established him as one of America’s most recognized and successful pin-up and glamour artists. Just before he began to work for Harrison, Driben married the artist, actress and poet, Louise Kirby.

In 1944 he was offered the the unusual opportunity, for a pin-up artist, of becoming the art director of the New York Sun, a post he retained until 1946. During the war, his popular painting of American soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima sparked a considerable amount of media attention.

In 1956, Driben and Louise moved to Miami Beach, where he spent his retirement years painting portraits (including one of Dwight D. Eisenhower) and other fine-art works, which were organized into successful exhibitions by his wife. Driben died in 1975, Louise in 1984.

Tree Typography


Last week I was working on an invitation for non-profit organization Providence Connections. The event they are putting on is called “The Family Tree of Life.” I was given the direction that they wanted to play on the tree concept and wanted the invite to be very colorful. With that in mind I went ahead and did some illustration work including the above “Tree typography.” The folks at PC were really pleased with the final invite and i was more than happy to do some neat, colorful illustration.

Pork for Print
13/05/2009, 3:55 pm
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I recently stumbled across the work of Porktomic, jack-of -all-trades artist. From tattoos to paintings all the work shown is really solid and you the sketches especially show the attention to detail and real craftsmanship involved in all these pieces. The assorted posters for concerts are great “rock n roll style.”  Lots more over at Enjoy.











Emo Calorie Commits Horrific Suicide
09/04/2009, 12:59 pm
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While I don’t usually read things on expecting to find useful design info, a posting from a few weeks ago piqued my interest. The article, “9 Attempts at ‘Edgy’ That Failed (Hilariously),” features some woefully misguided marketing/ad campaigns. By far the best (worst) one featured was a Pepsi Max campaign intended for European release but quickly shelved thereafter. The thrust of the campaign was that Pepsi Max contains only one calorie, so (obviously) that calorie must be so lonely that it wants to off itself. Sound logic, no? Regardless of how off-base, misguided, poorly planned, insensitive, et. al that this campaign concept was, the illustrations are freaking awesome. Check it.

Some further reading on the campaign via AdAge:

25/02/2009, 7:33 pm
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"El Diablo" ~Von Glitschka

"El Diablo" ~Von Glitschka

Last week, The Design O’Blog posted a “10 questions with…” interview with illustrator/designer Von Glitschka. Read the article here and check out Von’s site for some really inspiring illustrations, logos, icons and more. The “and more” here encompassing downloadable .pdf designer “kick me” signs (ex. I ❤ comic sans).

Awesome Collection of “Girlies”
20/02/2009, 1:36 pm
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Why I Became an Artist from Print Magazine features a short, funny article about the art trade as well as a huge Flickr pool of vintage ads featuring illustrated women. Really great, classic stuff.

I found it via Quipsologies.