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An Illustrative Reimagining of the Letter “R” (Try it At Home!)

Eleonora Kolycheva illustrative letter R

Eleonora Kolycheva

The letter R has never meant much to me, but Eleonora Kolycheva is challenging my ambivalence with her hand-painted typography. This isn’t the first time I’ve admired her illustrations on Brown Paper Bag, and she brings a similar floral aesthetic to the letter form. Serifs and sans serifs become nests for birds, walls for vines, and are transformed into giant blooms.

Eleonora calls this project an “experiment,” and it’s one we could all try—you simply pick your favorite letter and imagine all of its pictorial possibilities. (If you do this, send me a picture. I’d love to see what you came up with!)

Eleonora Kolycheva

Eleonora Kolycheva

Eleonora Kolycheva

Eleonora Kolycheva

Eleonora Kolycheva

Eleonora Kolycheva

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Illustrator

Bodil Jane Illustrates Botanical Rooms I Want to Live In

Bodil Jane

Bodil Jane

Bodil Jane illustrates rooms that I wish I could live in—cozy, patterned-filled spaces with a lot of plants. She writes on her website that enjoys painting the likes of food, fashion, interiors, and flora which is evident from her colorful, fluid way to art making. Images feel carefree and fun, like Bodil was happy to be painting and drawing these people, places, and things.

Bodil sells her work as prints and ceramics in her Tictail shop.

 

 

Bodil Jane

Bodil Jane

Bodil Jane

Bodil Jane

Bodil Jane

Bodil Jane
Illustrator, Textiles

Embroiderer Mother and Illustrator Daughter Combine Talents in an Endearing Project

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday is a project that’s sure to warm your heart. It’s an endeavor between an embroiderer mother and her illustrator daughter, Marijke Buurlage; Marijke creates the colorful, stylized images and then her mother translates the flattened shapes into stitched form. Their Instagram, @stitchyfriday, is updated at the end of each week with their progress and finished pieces.

As wonderful as Marijke’s illustrations are, her mother’s handiwork is also admirable. I love the lush texture and the mixing of threads—they add dimension and bring 2D to life. After seeing this sweet collaboration, it makes me want to plan a creative project with my own mom! Don’t you?

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday
Artist, BPB Projects, Illustrator

I’ve Curated an Exhibition in Los Angeles, and It Opens This Week!

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Tomorrow, I’m traveling from Baltimore to Los Angeles for an exciting reason—I’ve curated a show at the Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena! It’s called Inside / Outside features works that explore indoor and outdoor spaces. I’ve lined up fantastic artists and illustrators, so I’m looking forward to seeing it all come together.

The opening is this Saturday, August 13, from 6:30PM to 9:30PM at Flower Pepper Gallery on Union Street. If you’re local, please stop by! I’d love to meet you and say hello.

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Here’s a sneak peek—a few more pieces that’ll appear in the show!

Anna Valdez, Plants on Black Wool Embroidered Bed Cover

Anna Valdez, Plants on Black Wool Embroidered Bed Cover

Betsy Walton, Resting Garden Two

Betsy Walton, Resting Garden Two

Sarah Burwash, Dawn and Dusk

Sarah Burwash, Dawn and Dusk

Illustrator

Cinematic Illustrations Beg You to Finish Their Story

Chloe Bristol illustration

Illustrator Chloe Bristol is a background painter for Disney Junior and Cartoon Network, but she also creates excitement in the foreground of her works. Crafted with a cinematic touch, these vignettes introduce us to many stories and characters whose scenes beg us to fill in the blanks. I would love to see them as animated GIFs—it’d add to the mystique that Chloe has so expertly crafted with setting and color.

Chloe Bristol illustration

Chloe Bristol illustration

Chloe Bristol illustration

Chloe Bristol illustration

Chloe Bristol illustration

And a couple of portraits, just for fun:

Chloe Bristol illustration

Chloe Bristol illustration

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Illustrator

Grandiose Landscapes to Offer You a Moment of Zen

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

We all have our own ways of achieving ~zen~, and for me, it’s witnessing the beauty of grandiose natural landscapes. The vast, seemingly never-ending horizon reminds me of just how big the world is, dwarfing whatever worries occupy my brain. Maggie Chiang captures this feeling with exquisite snapshots of open spaces. Inky and drawn textures mimic desert scenes, rapid waters, and gray skies. In every image, the Earth looks magnificent and makes me want to find the nearest hiking trail!

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

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Illustrator

Aster Hung Captures Beauty and Horror in Fantastical Illustrations

Aster Hung

There are some images that just stick with you, and Aster Hung‘s above illustration is one of them—the combination of beauty and horror is both compelling and thought-provoking. It’s one part of her series called Garden in the Dark, which features figures whose bodies are ravaged—by nature or by man—yet surrounded by the splendor of blooms. Aster describes it (and with her other work) as capturing “fantastical spaces with ties to more sobering realities.”

Aster sells her work through Society6.

Illustration by Aster Hung

Illustration by Aster Hung

Illustration by Aster Hung

Illustration by Aster Hung

Illustration by Aster Hung

Illustration by Aster Hung

Illustration by Aster Hung

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Illustrator

7 Hypnotic Artist Process Videos to Soothe Your Soul

7 hypnotizing art process videos

One somewhat-recent trend that has emerged on Instagram is artist process videos. The idea is nothing new, obviously—but with the ease of posting video to Instagram, the short broadcasts are both informative and oddly soothing.

I love watching them for their hypnotic qualities, but it’s also a great way to learn a new techniques. Andrea Lauren, for instance, just posted a 3-video series on how she creates her charming layered prints. It showed me a printmaking technique that I wasn’t familiar with.

To start your week (or day) off on a creative note, here are 7 art process videos that will soothe your soul.

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Illustrator

Colorfully-Patterned Portraits Inspired by Global Travel

Ayumi Takahashi illustration

Illustrator Ayumi Takahashi grew up in China to an artistic family: her father was an industrial designer and painter while her step mom was a theme park designer. She didn’t stay in China for too long, however—when she was 12, she moved to Japan, studied in Thailand during high school, and then came to the United States for college. She’s since remained in America, bouncing from the West Coast to the Eastern seaboard.

Travel is at the heart of Ayumi’s work. “I try to take at least one month off a year to go to places and get inspired,” she tells North. “At the same time, I will learn the history, culture and art of those places. I believe that before you make art, you first need to go see the world. Being away from my studio gives me time and space to rethink and redevelop the kind of art I want to make.”

This global existence is reflected in her portraits. They focus on simple shapes with “concentrated sophistication,” combining intricate patterns with large fields of colors that are a collision of cultural influences.

Ayumi Takahashi illustration

Ayumi Takahashi illustration

Ayumi Takahashi illustration

Ayumi Takahashi illustration

Ayumi Takahashi illustration

Ayumi Takahashi illustration

Ayumi Takahashi illustration

Ayumi Takahashi illustration

Ayumi Takahashi illustration

Ayumi Takahashi illustration