Illustration

Josan Gonzalez – The Future is Now

A selection of the beautiful futuristic illustrations by Josan Gonzalez, a Spanish artist who leads us into a colorful world where intermingle decadence and science fiction. If you aren’t familiar with his name but are remotely involved with the cyberpunk community, then you’ve seen his art making the circuit. A vision of a dystopian near future and the level of detail and complexity rivals that of Moebius, Katsuhiro Otomo, and Enki Bilal.

Gonzalez’s tumbler page

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Robert Furber – Twelve Months of the Year in Flowers

Robert Furber (1674–1756) was a British horticulturist and author, best known for writing the first seed catalogue produced in England.

Furber was a member of the “English Society of Gardners”, a group formed in 1724 to protect the reputations of plant growers by mutually agreeing to names for newly discovered plants. Furber contributed to the group’s work, including collaborating on a book documenting the plants discovered and named by the group.

Furber’s most notable work was Twelve Months of Flowers, published in 1730. The book was written as a catalog of plants and seeds, and featured twelve detailed engravings of seasonal plants in bloom. Henry Fletcher produced each of the twelve hand-colored engravings from paintings by Pieter Casteels. Each plant was numbered, with a list of the corresponding species names provided. More than 400 different species of plant were featured.

In 1732, Furber produced a follow-up work entitled Twelve Months of Fruit. Like his previous collection of flowers, Twelve Months of Fruit featured twelve full-color plates with 364 different fruit. Each plate focused on one month, and showed the varieties of fruit that would ripen during that month.