As summer approaches, I am loving one of its most prevailing trends—the off-the-shoulder shirt and dresses. Creating one of my favorite iterations of this style is Thief & Bandit, a line of clothing (among other things) that prints and sews garments in their Halifax-based studio. The all-over print patterns feature natural subjects including feathers, birds, and plants. They’re fun and glamorous, perfect for a BBQ or wedding.
Thief & Bandit sells their handiwork on Etsy. (I have a necklace and it gets a ton of compliments!)
A couple of weeks ago, I introduced a series called 1 Theme, 5 Ways. The premise was (and is) simple—to show how one idea interpreted can look very different. It all depends on the illustrator.
My first installment focused on fashionable ladies, and now I’ve moved from portraits to places. Specifically, the jungle! What a wild and wonderful place it is; just look at how different these worlds are, depending on the visual lens of which they’re imagined.
Tierra Connor calls this subtle illustration Lurk, which is exactly what it conveys. You never know what or who is behind the shadows of giant leaves and curling vines. Here, the animation makes all the difference—the blinking eyes create an ominous presence throughout the piece.
Who traipses through the jungle? Maxime Sabourin gives us an idea with his mustachioed explorer. From the looks of it, theres a lot to see (and fear). Check out more of this series on Maxime’s blog.
Sure, the jungle can represent something unknown and scary, but it can also be full of friendly creatures. So welcoming, in fact, that skinny-dipping with tigers is totally a thing. Monica Ramos imagined this state of utter bliss.
Like Monica’s work, Mouni Feddag also finds a tranquil place to take a dip. In an unrelated illustrations, however, she highlights the jungle’s fierce beauty with a loud-mouthed lion and bevy of long-beaked birds.
We started with a GIF and we’ll end with two more. Tristan Gion engineered these animations, and I love how their splendorous colors are framed by black shapes. We’re literally seeing them through our eyes—blinking and all.
1. Ivy 3D-Printed Clutch by Odo Fioravanti for Maison 203
2. Llama Enamel Pin by Lindsey Balbierz
3. Witchy Mug by Lisa Junius
4. Hand Sculpted Dotted Bell Flower Brooch by eried
5. Floral Standard by Baggu
6. Hand Sewn Eye Earrings by Monk House Design
7. 3D Printed Eye Brooch by TAPAM-TAPAM
Happy Friday, ya’ll! Last week, I took a brief pause on Illustrated Product Obsessions because I was on vacation. So, I should really say these are over the last couple of weeks… but who’s counting?
I’ll leave you with this hoop art by Alex’s Embroidery. I miss Parks and Rec.
Collage will always be a technique that’s near and dear to my heart, because it’s my chosen way of (art) working. Creating in the same vein is Chia-Chi Yu, a Taipei-based illustrator who uses a myriad of textured papers to create stunning landscapes and feathery friends. I love how the papers are paired, which gives the compositions a sense of structure while also distorting them. The slightly-abstract results are curious and marvelous places—just like the real world.
You’ve got mail! And no, not those pesky spam emails, but beautiful, hand-painted envelopes by Lucy Halcomb. The Brooklyn-based illustrator uses gouache to adorn brightly-hued paper products which she then sends to lucky recipients. Lucy chronicles her delightful creations on her Instagram called @lucy_mail. Some of my favorites are below.
Sometimes, it’s the most simple approach that makes the biggest impact. Edda Gimnes, aka EDDA, has created a line of clothing that combines the energy and spontaneity of a pencil sketch with avant-garde fashion. They’re drawings brought to life!
Edda produced this stunning surface design using her non-dominant left hand and then digitally printed it onto canvas. The garment’s silhouettes are basic, but they don’t need to be overly sophisticated—their bold, black lines define skinny pants, bikini tops, and glamorous dresses.
Recently, I shared something off my summer wish list: shirts and tanks by Doops Design. If you didn’t see them, I suggest you check ’em out—they’re fashionable with charming cacti-themed illustrations.
You know what would look great with one of their tank tops? These ceramic accessories by Bea Bellingham! They have the same sort of warm-weather appeal with repeat-patterns of bananas, chili peppers, palm trees, and more. They’re statement pieces without being too loud, making them great for a special outdoor gathering or a Tuesday at the office.
Bea sells her jewelry, planters, and tiny pots on Etsy.
Geraldine Sy creates colorful compositions inspired by the screen printing technique. Fields of flat, distress-textured hues overlap one another and produce an off-registered effect. It gives her work a handcrafted feel—even though she works in Photoshop. This, I find, is something we crave when staring at a screen—to know that there’s still the human touch beneath all those pixels.
Geraldine sells her work through Society6. Pick up a new cellphone case!
I’ve confessed my love for face planters on this blog before—the fact that there are flowers, cacti, or succulents growing out of someone’s head is delightfully strange. Rachel Sender has created Potheads in this vein, using her illustration style to craft faces and personalities out of clay. Their eyes, hair, and bright red lips add a friendly touch to ceramics, and better yet, you can alter their identity by whatever you choose to put inside.
Rachel sells her ceramics in her Tictail shop. (via Creative Boom)
I’ve tried different productivity apps, Google Tasks, and calendar reminders, but nothing feels as good as physically writing my to-do list down. My love extends beyond list making, though—I find it soothing and satisfying to scrawl pen to paper, so it’s no surprise that I love notebooks. Not your average spiral-bounds—I’m talking beautifully illustrated covers with high-quality papers. Mossery is a shop I’ve recently swooned over thanks to their selection of delightful notebooks and planners. The colors are bright and feature a fun cast of characters like ducks in hats and pugs in socks.
“We believe in effortless sophistication, quiet confidence and living light—free from fuss and clutter—with just a little mischief thrown into the mix,” they write. “So whether you’d rather roar or whisper, we hope to add a splash of color to your busy day.”
Pick up a notebook (or three) on Etsy.