Jim Flora Storyboards

Here’s something I have been hoarding in the archives forever. I believe I shared a snippet when I found them many years ago but this is a set of five storyboards for the animated short film The fabulous Firework Family, a film made after the successful book of the same title that launched Jim Flora’s second career as a children’s book author and illustrator. Following the success of the book, Terrytoons acquired the book and made a film produced by Gene Deitch.

As for the authenticity of the Storyboards, I consulted with the Irwin Chusid, author of many books on flora and editor of the site jimflora.com. Conclusion was that based on the quality, style of painting, use of pencil, etc. it is 99.9% made by Flora’s own hand. Though it is 0.1% possible that some talented artist at Terrytoons could have made them. It is also documented that Flora did provide storyboards to Terrytoons. In any case, enjoy these paintings and watch the film. Adios!

Strauss Record Cover by Jerome Snyder

Here’s another amazing record cover designed by the wonderful Jerome Snyder. This one is for the Philadelphia Orchestra. As usual the complexity of his textures and patterns is beyond belief. Truly a work of Mid Century Modern Art. Enjoy!

You might be interested in seeing my other Snyder posts: Book of bridge » and Prokofiev Record Cover »

Design: Jerome Snyder  |  Year: Unknown  |  Photo: Javier García

A Happy Holiday – Dalia Amihood, Israel

Here’s an awesome illustration from an unknown Israeli designer for a famous Israeli folk artist named Dalia Amihood. I really like the collage, colors and the simplicity of those illustrations. I could picture this being one of those huge ceramic tile murals.

There is a signature along with the year ’62 in the last picture. Not sure what is says as it’s in Hebrew. If someone can read Hebrew please let me know what it says.

Design: Unknown   |   Year: 1962?   |   Photo: Javier García

Erik Nitsche, Stravinsky/Hindemith 10″ LP

Here’s an Erik Nitsche designed 10″ LP for Decca Gold Label Series. It is an Stravinsky/Hindemith LP conducted by Thomas Scherman and played by the Little Orchestra Society. It has some spot varnishes that were hard to capture on photo but I really like how abstract and organic this piece is. Enjoy!

Design: Erik Nitsche   |    Year: Unknown   |   Photo: Javier García

Stig Lindberg Playing Cards

Here’s my absolute favorite set of playing cards designed by the Swedish ceramic designer, Stig Lindberg. He was not only a ceramist but a glass designer, textile designer, industrial designer, painter, and illustrator.

This set is absolutely amazing. Each suit set (clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades) has a different illustration with a great amount of detail. I really love all his work and specifically fond of this particular set which took me a while to get a hold of. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.

Design: Stig Lindberg   |   Year: 1958   |   Photo: Javier García

If you haven’t seen the El Al playing cards designed by Jean David I’d recommend you take a look.