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The Comstocks 1950’s illustration … today

October 5, 2013

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Apologies to those of you who might have gotten a sneak preview of this post yesterday, by mistake lol this is the fully updated version ( with Q&A session ).

I’m crazy about The Comstocks illustration,  Julie and Eric certainly know how to have fun when it comes to colour and design, just look at these retro repeats. I got in touch with them and they kindly answered some questions for me.

So you guys met about 17 years ago through work. How did your present business come about and do you both do this full time or as a side line ? 

We’ve actually been married for 20+ years. We met in school and fell in love almost instantly. We both worked as Art Directors after graduation, but then Julie quit to stay home with our soon to be born baby. 10 years later, I joined her and began working with her in product design and illustration. We work full time from home, right next to each other… unless a child or two stands between us.

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You’re both clearly not children of the 50’s so where did your interest for this era stem from ? any memories or artefacts you’d like to share ?

Maybe it was influenced by our Professor Jon Anderson. He was in love with that era and felt that the late 50’s to 60’s had the best design ever created. We were exposed to it on a continual basis throughout our schooling.

They know their way around designing a catchy poster too.

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Who are your influences and ‘ wanna be’s ‘, anyone you’d like to be friends with who may not be around anymore ? 

Eric would like to be friends with Thelonious Monk and Richard Diebenkorn. Julie would like to be friends with Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

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How do you go about creating new work, I’ve seen your sketches, but where do these ideas come from, do you play an equal role in the creation and illustration of the artwork ?

As far as where our ideas come from, if we knew that, we’d live there. Eric is definitely a better illustrator than Julie (Julie is typing this, she’s a better typer). He does most of the illustration work. He is also stronger in typography and graphic design. However, Julie (still typing) is very conceptually creative and throws lots of great ideas at Eric for illustration. She also does most of the pattern design. 

I always appreciate seeing artist’s drawings or proposals for their finished illustration and  love their idea of futuristic travel, alongside travels from the past.

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You have such a lovely fun and quirky style and colour palette, is there a place where the  feel of this derived from or has it progressed slowly over the years ? 

It’s been developing over years, but Eric has loved pink since his embarrassing childhood (he had older sisters that liked dress-up).

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Wonderful T-shirts created using Eric’s work by Graniph and growth charts from Canvas Press , to name but two of the many companies they

have worked with.

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Where do you see your business going ? Any plans to move into books or animations in the future ? 

We are hoping to have some books under our names soon. We have lots of ideas, but it’s a long process. We’ll let you know when something happens.

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Many thanks to Eric and Julie for their honest answers and insight into their fifties world. You can keep up to date with The Comstocks by following their blog. There are more images on Eric’s site or in their Facebook photo album. Smile and enjoy !

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. October 4, 2013 9:58 pm

    Brilliant stuff, love it!

  2. October 5, 2013 6:26 am

    Thank you Craig for showing our work on your blog. It was fun answering the questions. Eric and Julie

    • October 5, 2013 6:27 am

      My pleasure, I enjoyed looking through your work too. Keep up the feel good element. It makes me smile : )

  3. October 5, 2013 2:05 pm

    These are just wonderful!

  4. October 5, 2013 5:00 pm

    How adorable they are! I love all of them (^-^)

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