Punch Drunk Mous­tache Round 2

Un­leashed from the de­mands of their nor­mal client work, 10 pro artists show what’s been lurk­ing in­side their imag­i­na­tions

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Inspiration Books - Au­thors Var­i­ous Pub­lisher De­sign Stu­dio Press Price £21 Web www.de­sign­stu­dio­press.com Avail­able Now

The premise of the first Punch Drunk Mous­tache vol­ume was sim­ple: if you gave a bunch of con­cept artists free rein, what would they come up with? The re­sults were cer­tainly in­ter­est­ing, and now De­sign Stu­dio Press is back for more.

In this sec­ond vol­ume, 10 artists – John-Paul Bal­met, Molly Den­mark, An­dre Kirk, Dela Long­fish, Jim Moore, Will Ni­chols, Car­los Sanchez, Amy Beth Chris­ten­son Smith, Jeff San­galli and Chris Voy – present a whole new se­lec­tion of con­cepts and sto­ries. And as you’d ex­pect from cre­atives who have worked on the likes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Bat­man, it’s all pretty mind-blow­ing stuff.

The book mainly lets the art­work speak for it­self, with a re­fresh­ing range of cre­ative di­rec­tions taken. We’re par­tic­u­larly en­tranced by Amy Beth Chris­ten­son Smith’s opener. She brings a real dystopian in­ten­sity to her tale of a lone Inuit who may be the last hu­man on Earth. Else­where, Molly Den­mark’s sur­real, soft-fo­cus Chim­ney City de­vel­ops its “the land of lost socks” con­cept in un­ex­pect­edly bril­liant ways, while Dela Long­fish’s Wilted Flow­ers sees real and mytho­log­i­cal worlds col­lide in a stun­ningly orig­i­nal fash­ion.

If you’re feel­ing like you’re tread­ing wa­ter cre­atively, this in­spir­ingly off­beat vol­ume will re­mind you just what artists can be ca­pa­ble of when the shack­les are thrown off.

Jeff San­galli’s Stitched is an en­chant­ing tale about the ad­ven­tures of a child­hood toy.

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