El Lissitzky, Poster 1929

El Lissitzky – Poster for the Russian Exhibition in Zurich, 1929, and the original photomontage prep work.

Lazar Markovich Lissitzky (1890 – 1941), better known as El Lissitzky was a Russian artist, designer, photographer, teacher, typographer, and architect. His work greatly influenced the Bauhaus, Constructivist, and De Stijl movements and experimented with production techniques and stylistic devices that would go on to dominate 20th century graphic design. Read more…

This inspiring image combines several of Lissitzky’s aforementioned skills, but best of all I really like the androgynous male/female illustration looking out of the frame – future gazing – in a way that typifies much of Constructivist Photomontage.

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Le Grand Testament – Villon

le grand testament villon

Fantasy Illustrations from 1506, these are alternate covers for “Le Grand Testament – Villon” probably printed in Paris over 500 years ago.

Images Taken from “Waking Dream: Fantasy and the Surreal in Graphic Art”, 1450-1900 by Edward Lucie-Smith (1975)


Digital Visions “Computers and Art”

80s digital portrait

3d Retro Vector Building

Images are taken from the book “Digital Visions” by Cynthia Goodman (Artists Unknown).

I came across this book in Manchester Central Library, published in 1987 it’s an anthology of Computer Art from the time when 16 bit Amiga’s, and Atari’s had just started to replace C64’s and ZX Spectrum as home computers. As you can imagine the book contains plenty of duff art including bad 3d models of mannequins, mirrored balls etc and of course the obligatory Mandelbrot Fractal Set. Much more interesting however was some of the earlier 60’s/70’s Computer and Plotter experimentation examples of which are above.

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Jessie M. King – Art Nouveau Illustration

Girl and Knight - Jessie M. King

This Illustration has been pulled from my unorganised ‘inspiration’ pile of clippings/photocopies I’ve been collecting since University. Alas, I’m not sure of the title or the Artist, though the wonderful detailing is similar in style to the work of Aubrey Beardsley and I’m guessing from the same era.

** Edit Feb 2014 **

Welcome to the beginning.

This was the first post ever published on SFOR way back in 2008. To help you quantify this time that’s 4 months before Apple launched the App Store and George W. Bush still has another 10 months in office.

If you’ve decided to read this blog from start to finish, a word of warning that writing quality will vary! And therefore may include occasional and gratuitous swearing with ill-informed observations based on loosely cemented research. Still, there’s plenty of nice imagery…

Good Luck, and thanks for visiting.


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