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Drawing, Illustration

Rose Wong’s Poignant Illustrative Series, ‘Consider Death’

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Last fall, illus­tra­tor Rose Wong had a show called Con­sid­er Death at Grumpy Bert in Brook­lyn. The works includ­ed are poignant and beau­ti­ful in their sim­plic­i­ty —Rose mix­es bold flo­ral ele­ments with geo­met­ric forms, insert­ing a con­tem­pla­tive fig­ure among them. This char­ac­ter, devoid of a face/emotions, could be, as its name­sake sug­gests, con­sid­er­ing the end. It takes the illus­tra­tions to a dark place, but this is in line with Rose’s artis­tic phi­los­o­phy. In an inter­view with Light Grey Art Lab, she explains:

When I get sad or frus­trat­ed, art makes me feel bet­ter. But get­ting myself to draw when I feel down is often an uphill bat­tle. I am often a pos­i­tive and upbeat per­son, but some­times when I draw, the oth­er part of me comes through – the qui­et and con­tem­pla­tive side. I want peo­ple to feel good when they look at my work, but to also find some sad­ness in it. We are all com­plex indi­vid­u­als and life is all about the emo­tion­al expe­ri­ences, whether it be pos­i­tive or not.

See more of Con­sid­er Death on Rose’s Tum­blr. Some of my favorites are below.

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Drawing, Illustration

11 Highlights from Inktober 2015 (So Far)

Every year, the Ink­to­ber (#ink­to­ber) project encour­ages artists and illus­tra­tors around the world to draw some­thing every­day for the whole month of Octo­ber. It’s a fun exer­cise that can inform lat­er work, which is the whole idea behind the project. The cre­ator, Jake Park­er, writes, “You can do it dai­ly, or go the half-marathon route and post every oth­er day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be con­sis­tent with it. INK­to­ber is about grow­ing and improv­ing and form­ing pos­i­tive habits, so the more you’re con­sis­tent the bet­ter.”

So, I know that we’re only halfway(+) through Octo­ber, but here are some of my favorite illus­tra­tions I’ve seen so far. You can find them with the hash­tag #ink­to­ber on Twit­ter, Insta­gram, Tum­blr, and Behance.

And: Check out 17 of my favorites from Ink­to­ber 2014!

Drawing, Illustration

Wave Your Flag for Mathilde Vangheluwe’s Fantastic Drawings

Mathilde Vangheluwe

Not every artist can make their sketch­es appear like fin­ished works, and vice ver­sa — not every fin­ished piece can have the qual­i­ties of a sketch. Mathilde Vangheluwe is an illus­tra­tor who rides this fine line, and she col­ors her draw­ings with the soft hues of col­ored pen­cils, often leav­ing her ini­tial graphite sketch vis­i­ble. This tech­nique is great way to add some shine and pol­ish to some­thing that can feel raw.

Check out Mathilde’s illus­trat­ed prod­ucts in her shop!

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Mathilde Vangheluwe







Drawing, Illustration

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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Drawing, Illustration, Painting

Laura Knight’s Elegant Ink Drawings of Staffordshire Figures

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I post­ed the above illus­tra­tion on my Insta­gram (@brwnpaperbag) recent­ly, but I like it so much that I had to share it here. British graph­ic artist Lau­ra Knight paint­ed these por­traits that are inspired by Stafford­shire Fig­ures, a pop­u­lar tchotchke for some­one to have in their home.

I’m famil­iar with these types of things after hav­ing vis­it­ed many antique stores with my moth­er and woo­ing over them. Lau­ra explains their appeal to the blog Spi­tial­fields Life. “They were on everybody’s mantle­piece and everybody’s dress­er. They are a vivid back­ground, deep in our mem­o­ries of home. There wasn’t a kitchen with­out a piece of wil­low pat­tern or a mantle­piece with­out a piece of Stafford­shire,” she says.

Do you/did you have any­thing like these fig­ures grow­ing up?

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Drawing, Illustration

Kevin Lucbert’s Mysterious, Monochrome Drawings

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These mys­te­ri­ous draw­ings by French artist Kevin Lucbert pique my curios­i­ty. They are a lit­tle strange, hint­ing at anoth­er world beyond what we can see. The artist uses blank space to his advan­tage and the ful­ly-col­ored areas only make it look more unusu­al in com­par­i­son.

From a for­mal stand­point, I’m real­ly impressed by the visu­al inter­est that Lucbert achieves with only one col­or. He varies the direc­tion of his drawn strokes and uses them to cre­ate direc­tion and implied tex­tured. (Via It’s Nice That)

PS — I got these images through his Flickr. He also has a Tum­blr, too.


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Ceramics, Drawing

Lili Scratchy’s Drawings Jump Off the Page and Become Ceramics


It’s safe to say that for years, YEARS, I have cov­et­ed the work of Lili Scratchy. There are a lot of things I like about her work, but must of all adore the style of her col­or­ful char­ac­ters. They are uncon­ven­tion­al and imag­i­na­tive, and I’ve always been impressed how well her work trans­lates from draw­ings to ceram­ics. They prac­ti­cal­ly leap off the page and into your hands.

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Here are some of her draw­ings. How awe­some is this sketch­book?


Artist, Drawing

In Gary Kachadourian’s Drawings, You Are The Character

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Gary Kachadouri­an is a Bal­ti­more-based artist who takes over rooms and cre­ates site-spe­cif­ic instal­la­tions with his draw­ings. I was able to stand in the mid­dle of his work years ago when he was the recip­i­ent of the Mary Sawyers Bak­er Prize and had his work exhib­it­ed at the Bal­ti­more Muse­um of Art. And, let me just say that it was incred­i­ble. The entire space was cov­ered in his enlarged pho­to­copied draw­ings and it was the world accord­ing to Kachadouri­an. It was not only the wall, but the ceil­ings and floor, too.

His work dif­fers from the full-size draw­ings of Char­lotte Mann (fea­tured ear­li­er today), as Kachadourian’s uses graphite to ren­der these engag­ing depic­tions of urban life. Once you step into one of his instal­la­tions, you are a char­ac­ter in his draw­ings. Do so and love it.

All images via his web­site.

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