Illustration History

#TBT | The Satirical Spots of ‘New Yorker’ Illustrator Christina Malman

Satirical illustration by Christina Malman

Draw­ing, Woman and a Dog, 1935

I real­ize it’s been a while since I did a #TBT. Let’s change that with Christi­na Mal­man, an illus­tra­tor who pro­duced work in the begin­ning half of the 20th cen­tu­ry. Born in 1911 (or 1912), she came to New York City from Eng­land at the age of 2. She attend­ed the Pratt Insti­tute for col­lege and pur­sued the illus­tra­tion field from there.
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Stylish Characters Strut Their Stuff in Fashions You’ll Want to Wear

Kimberlie Wong digital illustrations

If I could sum up Kim­ber­lie Wong’s illus­tra­tion in an image, it would be the tran­quil mon­key sit­ting on a surf­board amidst a pink abyss (below). “I was born and raised on the island of Oahu,” the recent Art Cen­ter grad tells me in an email, “and that has inspired my aes­thet­ic which is warm, whim­si­cal, and uses a lim­it­ed col­or palette.” Con­tin­u­ing, “I love to include nature, usu­al­ly a trop­i­cal feel with ani­mals.”
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Paper Craft

Iconic Floral Artworks Faithfully Recreated as 3D Paper Flowers

Paper Flowers Art Masterpieces

Read Brown Paper Bag for any length of time and you’ll see my affin­i­ty for both paper craft and flow­ers. I can’t get enough! Sarah Yaka­wo­nis is the lat­est paper artist to catch my eye with her shop Fold­ed Petal. Her Mas­ter­pieces series involves her repli­cat­ing some of art history’s most famous flow­ers, like Van Gogh’s Iris­es, to cre­ate a 3D ver­sion of the clas­sic paint­ing.

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Empowering Embroideries Transform ‘Big Swinging Ovaries’ into Colorful Designs

Empowering embroidery by Jess de Wahls

Some peo­ple might get shy when talk­ing about our bod­ies, but not embroi­dery artist Jess de Wahls. Her ongo­ing series called Big Swing­ing Ovaries fea­tures the repro­duc­tive organ styl­ized and turned into a motif rep­re­sent­ing female strength and empow­er­ment. As hoop art, the shape of the ovaries are the cen­ter­piece, and they act as chameleons. Cloaked in a vari­ety of sub­ject matter—including Fri­da Kahlo, cats, and cacti—the organ has a mind of its own. Some­times, Jess even gives them eyes or oth­er facial expres­sion. But regard­less of the sub­ject mat­ter, each piece is done in a Jess’ gor­geous, max­i­mal­ist style that cov­ers much of the sur­face in bright col­ors and tex­tures.

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Eleonor Boström Puts Her Ceramic Dog Sculptures to Work for You

Eleonor Bostrom ceramic dog sculptures

I spent some time in Cleve­land this past week­end, which includ­ed at trip to one of the best antique stores I’ve ever been to: Sweet Lorain. While there, I looked an impres­sive col­lec­tion of dog stat­ues (and end­ed up buy­ing a pooch known as a spaghet­ti poo­dle), and it got me think­ing about Eleonor Boström’s ceram­ic sculp­tures. I’ve long been a fan of how she mar­ries form and func­tion. Or, as Eleonor puts she depicts #dogsat­work. These pups are hold­ing plant clip­pings, match­es, and your morn­ing cup of coffee—and they’re doing it all with a smile.

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88 Artists ‘Look Up’ at the Same Time to Create Brilliant Portraits of One Sky

One Sky Illustrations

Women Who Draw con­tin­ues to be one of my favorite things on the inter­net. It’s an open direc­to­ry for female (and female-iden­ti­fy­ing) illus­tra­tors, and it increas­es the vis­i­bil­i­ty of women work­ing in illus­tra­tion, arts, and cartooning—with empha­sis placed illus­tra­tors of col­or, LBTQ+, and oth­er minor­i­ty groups.

That’s a long-wind­ed way of intro­duc­ing their new col­lab­o­ra­tive project that recent­ly appeared on Top­ic. Called One Sky, co-founders Wendy Mac­Naughton and Julia Roth­man gave 88 artists one sim­ple instruc­tion: look up at August 13, 2017 at exact­ly 12:00PM East­ern Stan­dard Time. The select­ed artists then drew and paint­ed what they saw.

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