Robert L. Peters

25 December 2009

Peace on earth…


(poster by the talented and prolific McRay Magleby)

17 December 2009

Not blue…


My older brother Jim always loved blue cars. I liked everything but…

10 December 2009

Say it… with a sign.





(sources unknown)

29 November 2009

Serendipitous quotables…




Winnipeg, Canada

It’s been a busy weekend, helping Ev set up and then disassemble her Handmade Holiday Sale craft table at the West End Cultural Centre. An unexpected bonus was the discovery of some beautiful silk-screened posters in the venue’s lobby and hallways… bearing socialist quotables by the likes of Woody Guthrie, Dom Hélder Câmara, and Bertold Brecht. (My apologies for the crappy photos—low light and shiny glass made for less than ideal conditions).

22 November 2009


21 November 2009

Ideas and their enemies…





Lisbon, Portugal

Anyone working in a creative field knows the challenge of bringing a good idea to fruition. Some days it feels like you’re battling a veritable conspiracy of idea-killers—diminishing budgets, focus groups, the client’s legal department, etc., etc. The depiction of good ideas and their respective enemies was the premise of these clever illustrations (lots more here) done by Scott Campbell as part of a Portuguese ad campaign promoting the film company Show Off! View the full ads here.

Thanks for the link Gregor.

17 November 2009

A reflection on non-representational art…


As the story goes…

A wealthy man commissioned Pablo Picasso to paint a portrait of his wife. Startled by the non-representational image on the final canvas, the woman’s husband complained to the artist, “This isn’t how she really looks.”

When asked by the great painter how she really looked, the man produced a photograph from his wallet. Returning the photograph, Pablo observed, “Small, isn’t she?”

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Images by Picasso: Self Portrait, 1907; Jacqueline, 1954.

Julien Pacaud | nice collage…






Le Mans, France

Julien Pacaud is a French illustrator. In previous iterations, he was (allegedly) an astrophysicist, an international snooker champion, a hypnotist, and an Esperanto teacher. He hopes that he can someday find enough free time to devote himself to his real passion… time travel.

All I know, is that Julien does some great collage-based illustration… see more here.


12 November 2009

Mehdi Saeedi… calligrapher extraordinaire.




Tehran, Iran

I was privileged recently to be moderator of a session at the 2009 Icograda World Design Congress in Beijing at which Mehdi Saeedi presented his work—though I had previously encountered his poster designs here and there in recent years, I must say I was blown away by the deeply profound cultural understanding he exhibited and shared in his talk—in addition to the aesthetic mastery, calligraphic skill, and refined design sense evident in the actual work. You can see more of this “young master’s” works here.

Keep up the fantastic work, Mehdi!

9 November 2009

Julia Breckenreid illustrates…





Toronto, Canada

Julia’s work is both conceptual and intuitive… her illustrations have garnered recognition from awards annuals and associations including 3×3 Magazine, American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators (LA), Lürzer’s Archive and Taschen’s Illustration Now! Julia is also an educator, currently in her seventh year as an instructor at Sheridan College, where she explores Conceptual Process and Visual Language with her illustration students. Her first picture book, An Eye for Colour, the Story of Josef Albers (written by Natasha Wing) was published in September by Henry Holt.

See more of Julia’s work here

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