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DRB New Art & Gift Store Opens!
Featuring new exciting artwork by John Martin "The Morning Brew"

As the holidays approach, DRB answers requests of our readers with a line of branded gift merchandise - our new online store is now open! - featuring fascinating steampunk-oriented and whimsical original art.


We love the support of our loyal audience, which keeps this site going. Now we can offer you some very special products - with more designs and options to come!

John Martin has captured the feel of DRB in his latest print

Special art commissioned by DRB:
The intrepid explorer girl riding some sort of espresso-powered flying machine, with her father - a renowned inventor - trying to catch up in a steam dino vehicle. There is excitement in the air and plenty adventures to catch.

Art exclusively for DRB by John Martin - Click to see bigger version

This artwork is available for purchase as a limited-edition print on John Martin's website, and also as a DRB-branded version in our online store.

Sepia Version:

Plus we offer new medallion designs on various products: coffee cups, clocks, t-shirts, etc:

We've been fortunate to receive some input from one of the world's leading brand designers Tim Girvin; here is what he has to say:

"...There's a curious quality to the spirit of DRB - and actually, that might be the exemplar: curiosity. That character comes from editors, it would seem -- it's a wandering, exploring spirit that surely I admire. When I first encountered the site -- I wasn't actually sure what it was. I mean, is this a site on coffee? A daftly dark blend... Or a space for coffee'd madness and eccentric explorations? Hard to know, hard to fathom -- but quickly enough, there's plenty to wander in. And the answer might be yes to all of them, right?

But I have to say this new illustration is really...well -- amazing! What a fabulous rendering -- detailed and wildly weird, Bosch-ian in sentiment, Dali-esque in dream, marveling in the madness ("the salt that keeps good sense from rotting", according to Nikos Kazantzakis) -- and the miracles of the world. I'd say that what this illustration does is create a new vision which strides away from the conventional site modeling, to something that builds a new kind of brand -- one that is more intriguingly eccentric -- it puts a stake in the ground, that's what I like about it."

Sounds like a good start, and we'll continue to explore the visual possibilites of DRB brand - "weird and wonderful, intense, quality brew for the mind and heart alike". Let us know whatever suggestions you have, we'd love to hear from you!

More caffeine-infused goodness from John Martin:

This is how we introduced this artist in our previous Biscotti issue: "John Arthur Martin from PopArtMart is working in a new genre of art called Pop-Surrealism. It's a whimsical visual feast, good with a morning cup, for sure:

Sneak Preview:
New upcoming releases from John: "Da Vinci's Code for Fun" - featuring Leonardo driving a Ferrarri Barchetta 250, with Mona Lisa riding shotgun.

"Da Vinci's Brainstormer" and "Campagna"

Da Vinci's Bolle Tank: Martin's version, and the original on the right - 1487, Codex Arundel, British Library, London.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wow! I come here every post and I never say anything but I've sent your link to a dozen people ... I am sorry I always lurk so silently and nevr speak up - you rock and all your posts are awesome! This art is incredible! Congrats on acquiring such amazing work under your banner :-) How wonderful for you and for us readers!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG, those medallion designs are simply amazing. I love those clocks. Very good job!


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