I have a thing for old radios. I often find myself photographing them while wandering through antique shops, and I love how the lines, colors, and materials clearly represent the era the radio came from. While audio technology has certainly improved over the years, the same can’t always be said for the external design, which is probably one of the main reasons vintage radios continue to be so appealing – and why so many new radios and record players are now made in vintage styles. Even boom boxes from the 80s have their nostalgic charm (most obvious and famous example here), but something tells me that the huge, lead-weight, neon displayed, multi-CD, dual cassette, stereo systems from the 90s and early 2000s won’t have the same nostalgic draw in 20+ years. Although who knows... Maybe just a few more years need to pass (along with the memories of lugging mine in and out of dorm rooms and apartments and finally purging the last one from my basement) before I see their charm.
This is also the first illustration that I've submitted for the Illustration Friday weekly topic. This week's theme is... you guessed it... Radio. I painted this illustration back in July, but I'm hoping to continue participating in future weekly topics. It will be a great way of stretching my muscles a bit and drawing things and themes that I might not necessarily paint on my own.
I've also added this as a print to my shop, and it can be found here.