Category Archives: Illustrator

Awesomely Outrageous Scenes on Silk Scarves by Karen Mabon

So, ear­lier this week I shared some illus­tra­tive scarves by Nathalie Lété, and now it’s these silk beau­ties by artist and designer Karen Mabon. They’re whim­si­cal as well as nar­ra­tive and char­ac­ter dri­ven — terms you nor­mally wouldn’t use to describe scarves. Karen’s out­ra­geous, busy scenes fea­ture things such eat­ing at a diner, rob­bing a candy store, and a […]

Scenes from Nature Completely Crafted with Cut Paper

Estu­dio Guard­a­bosques is the col­lab­o­ra­tive efforts of cre­atives Juan and Car­olina from Buenos Aires, Argentina. They craft scenes entirely out of paper by using com­plex sculpt­ing to fold and build forms. Often, that involves per­fo­rat­ing edges and cut­ting just so — enough to trans­form the paper, but not enough to wrin­kle or destroy it. Much of the […]

Perrin’s Illustrations Make Tiny, Awkward Creatures Beautiful

One of my best pals, Per­rin, recently illus­trated this awe­some set of pray­ing man­tises. I love how she com­bines these odd crea­tures with beau­ti­ful flo­ral arrange­ments. Per­rin says that they look like tiny, awk­ward aliens, and I’d have to agree. These two pieces are a dip­tych and fea­tures one at rest and one that’s ready to attack!

Beautifully Grotesque Sculptural Illustrations by Sophie Page

Sophie Geneva Page sculpts her illus­tra­tions and then pho­tographs them into 2D scenes that have an unde­ni­able 3D appeal. She’s inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites and Catholic reli­gious imagery (among other things), and she’s also inter­ested in arts and crafts, dolls, fairy tales, plants, bugs, and more. Can’t you see these influ­ences in her work? I love that […]

Linzie Hunter Will Hand Letter Your New Year’s Resolutions

With the new year comes New Year’s res­o­lu­tions. And why not? It’s such a pos­i­tive, hope­ful time. You think, yes! this year will be bet­ter than the last. It feels like you have a fresh slate. I’ve fea­tured Linzie Hunter’s work before — some­what recently, in fact — and mar­veled at her hand let­tered Unin­spir­ing Posters series. Now, she’s started […]

Anne Laval’s Illustrations Will Make You Wanna Hug a Polar Bear

Anne Laval is a Strasbourg-based illus­tra­tor whose sweet works yield scenes like the one you see above. I want a giant bear friend like that! Often, Anne’s pieces fea­ture wispy shapes that sig­nify hair, spir­its, and branches. It adds a sense of move­ment, as if the wind is gen­tly blow­ing through each scene. There’s a certain […]

Gorgeously Intricate & Hand-Crafted Pop-Up Books by Bozka Rydlewska

I’ve always been fas­ci­nated by the con­struc­tion and engi­neer­ing that goes into pop-up and accordion-fold books. So, when I saw Bozka Rydlewska’s beau­ti­ful illus­tra­tions in a 3D form, I was wowed by their beauty and detail. I had the oppor­tu­nity to ask Bozka a cou­ple of ques­tions about her work. She’s loved pop-up books since child­hood and had […]

Vicki Turner’s Minimalist Illustrations Inspired by Wandering

Vicki Turner is a designer, illus­tra­tor, and maker who has a pas­sion for the nat­ural world. Her refresh­ing style is the result of a few years of world­wide wan­der­ing, and she brings sto­ries to life in a smart, abstract way. Vicki uses sym­bols and min­i­mal­ist design to tell com­plex tales that have mul­ti­ple way of […]

Illustrations by Mouni Feddag Harness the Spontaneity of Sketches

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Get ready to feast your peep­ers on these dizzy­ing illus­tra­tions by Mouni Fed­dag! Their sprawl­ing scenes are impres­sion­ist and lively thanks to the ges­tural mark-marking. The works feel like pol­ished sketches because they har­ness an awe­some energy and spon­tane­ity. Mouni’s use of paint and pen­cils cre­ate a nice “push and pull” within the com­po­si­tion. Large fields of color are […]

Bold Flora & Fauna by Illustrator Aino Maija Metsola

If you’re a fan of the brand Marimekko, then you’ll enjoy these designs and illus­tra­tions by Aino-Maija Met­sola. The Helsinki-based cre­ative has col­lab­o­rated with the com­pany since 2006, and her col­or­ful images are seared into my brain as the face of Marimekko. They fea­ture flora, fauna, and geo­met­ric shapes in flat­tened, bold draw­ings. You can see much more […]