David Litchfield's work initially seems dissectible along the normal seams of influence and history. There are immediate hints of Sendak, Miyazaki, and a handful of mid-century European book illustrators that give his work a basic context at first glance. But after just a few minutes of browsing, you realize Litchfield's work runs through much wider and varied ground than even these imply. It opens up, short-circuits any attempt to pigeonhole, and gets more intriguingly unique the further you look.
Subtle details in his characters’ faces, incessantly changing perspectives, surrealistic contortions of objects, and the delicacy of his more traditionally “fine art” painted pieces combine to throw off any scent of (direct) homage. Tonal comparisons remain, but it’s to Litchfield’s credit that his illustration balances being exuberantly conversational and personal, even occasionally (pleasantly) self-indulgent.
There’s also a type of love that grounds each image, a feeling of each world (despite their oddity and occasionally bestial edges) having been framed with a rare generosity. Each atom feels placed, directed, and crafted with benevolence. Never fluffy or saccharine, but always welcoming, marked by a masterful and enthusiastic sense of craftsmanship.
Five Cool Camouflage Homes
1 — Dune Home in Atlantic Beach, Florida, these two psychedelic apartments are pure 1970s. They were constructed using technology that was devised to create gunite swimming pools. The two-story suites have beach level terraces. Nice. The home was on the market in May, 2012 for $1 million.2 — Green House Home in Nagano, Japan is designed for people as well as plants. The walls were built to accommodate trees which are free to grow skyward. To control temperatures and sunlight, canvas panels are draped along the ceilings.
3 — Wood House in Hilversum, Netherlands is literally a log pile. It’s actually a pre-fab structure made of steel and plastic. The log-like appearance was achieved by applying a wood veneer. The house is also a fully professional recording studio.4 — Camouflage House is on a steep bluff overlooking Green Lake, Wisconsin. The combination of untreated cedar and multi-hued veneer panels results in the woodsy colors of its setting.Casa do Penedo or “House of Stone” is located in the Fafe Mountains in Portugal.5 — Casa do Penedo or the ‘House of Stone’ can be found in the Fafe Mountains of Portugal. It was built in 1974 with four different boulders. The house has no electricity so the homeowners use candles in every room.