Strange Island is an NYC-Themed Photo Book

 - Feb 28, 2014
References: kickstarter
Strange Island is a beautiful book of illustration that focuses on the oddities, urban legends, and daily weirdness that lurks under the surface of life in Manhattan.

Pending a successful Kickstarter campaign, freelance illustrator J M Cooper is heading to NYC to make a small and peculiar book of illustration, in her signature vector style. The illustrations will be based on the stranger side of life in New York City, the urban myths, legends, rumors and just plain weirdness that underpins daily existence.

From alligators in the sewers and ghosts in central park, to hints of alternate dimensions and legendary inhabitants, this book will contain 30+ illustrations of weirdness in Manhattan.

Implications - The use of crowdfunding platforms to fund projects that artists would otherwise be unable to create is a rising trend. This example illustrates how a freelancer can create work for his/herself through self-initiated projects - and is also a showcase for J M Cooper’s style - a subtle, textural approach to vector illustration that is fast gaining popularity.