1. Bird Print Shirt Dress by Warehouse
2. Ceramics by Leah Jackson
3. Fish Scale Planter by Hinkleville
4. Blue Eye Keychain by Coucou Suzette
5. Night Ring by Stefanie Sheehan Handmade Jewelry
6. Small Linen Bucket by Jenna Rose Handmade
7. Fingers Crossed Patch by eradura
Happy weekend, ya’ll! I don’t have much to say except Happy Galentine’s Day and Happy Valentine’s Day, respectively. Whether you celebrate one, both, or neither, do something nice for yourself on Saturday or Sunday. Buy that venti latte you want but never order. You deserve it.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—I love a good pencil drawing. There’s something so satisfying about seeing a collection of marks. It looks very meditative, and even therapeutic? Italian illustrator Monica Barengo incorporates this style of drawing into her work, harnessing the energy of a sketch. Monica, however, is a more controlled with her technique, and will often juxtaposed erratic marking making with fine, measured lines.
Monica’s approach benefits the overall illustrations; the contained chaos is a great foil to the portraits of poised, calm individuals. It makes you wonder… do they have something to hide?
I know I called Monica’s characters poised, but this cute fellow is a welcome exception:
Saddo is an Romanian artist whose career has switched gears. Starting out as a muralist, his style was was noticed by advertising agencies and galleries in cities around the world.
Saddo’s visual language has many disparate influences, including horror movie posters, comics, Hieronymus Bosch, Henri Rousseau, naturalistic illustrations of plants and animals, pop surrealism, and religion. Wow! This is reflected in his paintings and illustrations, which feature realistically-formed figures that are often in busy, lusciously-colored scenes.
If you’re a long-time reader of this blog, you might remember when this artist collaborated with Aitch on Memory. Check it out—it’s my favorite iteration of the classic card game.
Artist and illustrator Alice Wellinger creates surreal imagery that deals with the troubles of daily life and of childhood memories. Her realistic approach to these figures and accompanying subjects has a eerie effect—it’s as if they actually exist, but in a way that’s similar to a vivid dream. Did these things really happen or was it just a figment of your imagination?
Her conceptual—and often, thematically dark—work lends itself well to things that aren’t so cheery. Most recently, she created a series of illustrations about Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, Othello.
Tsuru Bride is the pseudonym of Meghan Willis, a Brooklyn-based embroidery artist whose textile works celebrate women’s strengths and sexuality. “I aim to tempt the viewer to follow the delicate stitching that caresses the bodies I reveal through thread,” she writes. All figures are drawn from real women, and I love seeing their uninhibited poses—they’re an awesome sense of freedom in each work.
Meghan uses a combination of appliquéd fabric and hand-painted leather, as well as embroidered stitches that act as a pencil or pen. The figures’ stances are minimally stitched and accented with small bursts of colors and patterns—together, they’re exquisite!
Fun fact: I included Tsuru Bride on my list of 10 Artists Who Contemporize the Ancient Craft of Embroidery, appearing on Illusion.
1. Love Charm Bracelet by Buried Diamond
2. Palmistry Tea Towel by Kelzuki
3. Gold Leaf Branch Brooch Pin by LemKa Jewelry
4. Cecil the Crocodile Lambswool Plush by Sara Carr
5. Ceramic Fox Planter by Agustina Barrenechea
6. Tumblr Planter by Megan Clarke
7. Forest Animals Wall Decal by DURIDO (h/t Perrin)
Happy weekend! I hope you’ve got at least one fun thing planned. Mine is baking these insane cookies from Momofoku Milk Bar: cornflake marshmallow chocolate chip cookies. Yum!
Before I end this post, I’ll leave you with one last illustrated product. Embroidery is having a major moment, and if you’ve wanted to try your hand at this awesome craft, now’s your chance. Kiriki Press creates special kits where you can make your own embroidered plush doll. They are all-inclusive and seem really neat! (via Lustik)
If I had a limitless clothing budget, you can bet I’d be wearing these elaborate dresses by Valentino. The details—in the Resort 2016 and Pre-Fall 2016, both featured here—are incredible. Dreamy, flowing garments are cloaked in embroidered flowers and sequins, crafted so that each piece tells its own short story. The Resort 2016, which came out last summer, is like a day in a garden, whereas the Pre-Fall collection goes in an opposite direction; landscape scenes are carefully sewn in countless shiny discs. While I have a (very) soft spot for florals, I’m most intrigued by the Pre-Fall pieces. A volcano and the Chrysler Building fall in the “unconventional” fashion category, once again proving that illustration makes for the best clothing.
Check out the entire collections on Vogue: Resort 2016 and Pre-Fall 2016
Golly Bard, aka Holly Ward Bimba, has long been one of my favorite nature illustrators. Her exquisite works capture the tiny details of winged creatures, with an approach that’s simultaneously realistic and stylized. Each piece is produced with watercolor paints, and she combines light washes with tiny, meticulous lines—they really bring out the feathers, don’t you think? (If you’re interested in her technique, she offers insight in her Watercolor 101 blog series)
Golly sells prints of her work on Etsy. I like the idea of creating your own custom “flock”—collecting several of her pieces and displaying them together.
Anshuman Ghosh, aka @moography, creates a quirky, imaginative world using his iPhone. With seamless illusions, he transforms his device from a phone into a toaster, vase, window, and much more. This effect requires a steady hand and acute attention to detail—Anshuman first sketches a drawing on paper, cuts it out, and aligns everything together. Coupled with vibrant colors, this playful trick produces engaging illustrations that blur the line between what’s real and fake.
Anshuman’s illustrations live on his Instagram account. Check it out to see more of his prolific portfolio! (via Escape Kit)
Historical wigs—especially those from the Baroque era—have always fascinated paper artist Asya Kozina. “This is art for art’s sake aesthetics for aesthetics,” she writes, “no practical sense. But they are beautiful.” To celebrate this, she constructed a series of wigs made entirely from paper.
Asya used white paper to highlight the wig’s forms and their elaborate details. Tall bouffants, floral bouquets, and even nautical ships make up these crazy hair pieces. And to think—people actually wore these!
There’s more paper masks and costumes to see on Asya’s Behance page.