Have you started thinking about Halloween? Now that September has rolled around, it’s time to get spooky. Illustrator Eleni Kalorkoti has crafted a whole zine around a holiday favorite—specters—that’s appropriately called Ghost. It’s 12 striking black and white portraits of ladies who haunt. Each has their own personality; some wear stylish garments while others are cloaked in long hair from head to toe. They’re set against a solid background where Eleni’s strong, bold shapes create the illusion that they are, in fact, hovering on the page.
Ghost is now available in Eleni’s online shop.
Illustrator Stephanie Wunderlich composes charming scenes from cut paper. The stylized figures, landscapes, and objects occupy compositions like a Cubist painting, balancing shapes and textures in one eye-pleasing way. Despite their simplicity, Stephanie creates a lot of depth and peppers her work with intricate details—look closely and you’ll see that there are tiny folds in shirts, barrettes in hair, and laces on shoes.
(The above illustration recently appeared in my weekly hello (newsletter)!)
Illustrator Andrea Sparacio painted over 54 portraits that depict “trailblazing women who make America great” for NARAL Pro-Choice America‘s Gender Card deck of playing cards. Each card features a woman (or women) who has/have achieved cultural and/or historical significance. For each individual, Sparacio has immortalized their face in her charming style.
The deck showcases women throughout American history. Icons like Harriet Tubman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gloria Steinem, Beyoncé, and Hilary Clinton are part of this set, but there are many more—including some you might not recognize. It’s a great opportunity to support NARAL Pro-Choice America and learn more about the amazing sheroes who have helped shape the country. You can purchase your set of cards here.
Dr. Propolus is the moniker for Ilias Walchshofer—an Austrian-Moroccan illustrator who adds intricate lines to editorial fashion photographs. The striking white and black marks cloth the partially nude and fill the stark, moody compositions with feathered and furry friends. As a result, they’ve got a more playful and light-hearted feel rather than the serious nature that the models often portray.
Like Eleonora Kolycheva’s illustrative reimagining of the letter R, this could be something fun for you to try. Infuse a magazine photo with doodles and share them with me! (via Trendland)
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!)
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.
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?
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.
Here’s a sneak peek—a few more pieces that’ll appear in the show!
Anna Valdez, Plants on Black Wool Embroidered Bed Cover
Betsy Walton, Resting Garden Two
Sarah Burwash, Dawn and Dusk
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.
And a couple of portraits, just for fun:
Lett Yice shares an imaginary world through intricate scenes filled with plants and animals. Tiny humans witness vessels to another land, strange waterfalls, and a barren plains with oversized birds. Painted in colorful hues, each illustration tells a fantastical story that encourages us to fill in the blanks.