Wonkyvision: A Delightful Look into the Strange World of Kyle Pellet

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Artists, illus­tra­tors, and mak­ers: do you keep a lot of your work from years past? Per­son­ally, I’m bad at that. I have the itch to clean and dis­card, which means I’m often get­ting rid of work that’s on my com­puter but is tak­ing up too much space in my apart­ment. That’s why, when artist Kyle Pel­let con­tacted me about his new pub­li­ca­tion, Wonkyvi­sion, I was intrigued. It’s a col­lec­tion of his draw­ings from 2010 to now.

Pub­lished by Val­ley Cruise Press, this 32-page zine show­cases Kyle’s sense of humor and his wacky char­ac­ters through­out the years. They pep­per the pages, bring­ing an absur­dest joy to the entire thing. Check out some of the spreads below. I love how he manip­u­lates pho­tos, paint­ings, and other draw­ings. They all look like they’re in Kyle’s “world,” but occupy dif­fer­ent parts of it.

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Decue Wu’s Dizzying Textures, Patterns, and Colors (Oh My!)

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Decue Wu was one of many tal­ented cohorts in the MFA Illus­tra­tion Prac­tice pro­gram at MICA. She’s got a won­der­ful style that com­bines a dizzy­ing array of pat­terns, col­ors, and tex­tures, and she’s able to pull these dis­parate sources into a cohe­sive image.  Beautiful!

While I love me a good still life, I really enjoy Decue’s fash­ion illus­tra­tions. She’s repli­cated looks by Dolce & Gab­bana, along with Miu Miu, Lavin, and more for Vogue China.

You can fol­low Decue on Behance, too.

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Beautiful, Bold Illustrations on Natural Fabrics by Amelie Mancini

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Amelie Mancini is a French print maker and painter who is based in Brook­lyn. Her Etsy shop is full of wares that I’m con­stantly search­ing for: tea tow­els, totes, and pouches. The hand-printed pieces are bold, shape-driven draw­ings that fea­ture ani­mals, plants, and dec­o­ra­tive objects. Check out that vase tea towel that’s below — it’s my favorite.

I find the graphic qual­ity of these acces­sories really appeal­ing. With their neu­tral col­ors and nat­ural fab­rics, they’ll be valu­able addi­tions to out­fits and decor, but also stand on their own as beau­ti­ful pieces.

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A Narwhal with a Ukulele? Now, That’s a Party!


Doesn’t this (above) illus­tra­tion by Aniek Bar­tels per­fectly cap­ture the essence of Spring? I am wish­ing for tem­per­a­tures warm enough to ride on a bike with­out a jacket.

If you think that image is fun, check out the rest of her happy draw­ings below. March­ing ele­phants, nar­whals with ukule­les… that’s a party I want to go to! Aniek has a Soci­ety 6 shop, too, in case you want any of these char­ac­ters on your iPhone case.


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Adorably Tiny Totems Mean You Can Carry Your Spirit Animal with You


Small Wild is the online shop of Danielle Ped­er­sen, and it’s where she cre­ates tiny ani­mal totems out of clay. The adorable ceramic crea­tures are dec­o­rated with gold accents and other defin­ing details. Some­times, she’ll strap fab­ric acces­sories to their back, as seen above.

I like the idea of car­ry­ing around an object that brings you com­fort, and that’s how I view the items in the Small Wild shop. Maybe the tiger is your spirit ani­mal, or you iden­tify with the sloth. What­ever the case, these fig­urines are a lit­tle reminder of joy that you can take with you through­out your day.

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Wearable Art: Anna Talbot’s Beautifully Sculptural Jewelry

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Nor­we­gian craft artist Anna Tal­bot pro­duces col­or­ful jew­elry that’s beau­ti­fully uncon­ven­tional. Vibrant, bold shapes are lay­ered and cre­ate com­plex scenes fea­tur­ing birds, flo­ral arrange­ments, and tall trees. Each piece is spe­cial and daz­zling, and con­jures fairy tales and other fan­tas­tic sto­ries. Wear­able art indeed. (Via Lustik)


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It’s over (for Now): More Collage Scrap Exchange Submissions

I can’t believe it! The Col­lage Scrap Exchange is over. Sub­mis­sions were due on March 15, and I’m happy to say that we’ve received so many awe­some col­lages. Seri­ously. I am blown away by the qual­ity and cre­ative­ness that every­one put forth.

Here are more sub­mis­sions I’ve received, and you can see just how var­ied the styles and sub­jects are. Papir­mass and I are going to have a hard time pick­ing a winner!

In addi­tion to this blog, I’m post­ing every sub­mis­sion we’ve received on the Col­lage Scrap Exchange web­site. I aver­age about 20 — 25 entries a day and should fin­ish adding every­thing within the next cou­ple of weeks (we received well over 500).

Par­tic­i­pants, I hope you had fun, and I can’t thank you enough for all the time, energy and enthu­si­asm for this project. If you didn’t get the chance to swap, well, have no fear. I’m def­i­nitely going to do this again (later this year)!

See past sub­mis­sions posts here, here, and here.

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Please note: These are merely selec­tion of sub­mis­sions, and their inclu­sion in this post has no impact on the over­all out­come of the #col­lage­con­test with Papirmass.

Get a Little Weird with These Gorgeous Pencil Drawings

Alessandra De Cristofaro

Alessan­dra De Cristofaro’s beau­ti­ful draw­ings make me want to pick up a pen­cil. They’re rich in tone and sub­ject mat­ter, often depict­ing inte­rior scenes and the idio­syn­crasies of rooms. I love her style, and she places an empha­sis on tiny, visual marks that cre­ate a feel­ing of move­ment. It’s as if energy is flow­ing through­out every part of her drawing!

Alessan­dra isn’t afraid for things to get a weird some­times: a framed pic­ture of a woman hold­ing a mon­key; a cou­ple dri­ving around a soda can; and a night­time swim with a flamingo are all things you’ll find in her work.

Are you on Behance? If so, fol­low along with Alessandra’s work!


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Eero Lampinen’s Beautiful Depictions of Strange Lands

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On both Mon­day and Tues­day of this week, I’ve fea­tured illus­tra­tions that are strange. So, how about I make Wednes­day just as weird? I recently posted the work of Eero Lampinen on my Insta­gram to great response. And, why not? The beau­ti­ful images are really well drawn and fea­ture odd, inter­est­ing depic­tions of nature. Giant bugs crawl over styl­ish young peo­ple who dare to ven­ture into lands unknown.

I would love to see what Lampinen does with a graphic novel. Con­sid­er­ing the way they set up a sin­gle scene, pan­els upon pan­els of them would be amazing.

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Multifaceted Illustrations by Madison Shackell-York are Puzzles

madison-shackell-york-5Madi­son Shackell-York’s mul­ti­facted images are the kind best enjoyed when you’ve looked at them for longer than a second’s glance. They’re rich in com­po­si­tional depth and use layer upon layer of sym­bol­ism and visual metaphors. At first, the over­all illus­tra­tion might look con­fus­ing. But, when you spend time with it - dis­sect­ing what each part of the image might mean — it’s like piec­ing together a puz­zle. And puz­zles are fun!

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