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Painted Ladies are a Playful Nod to Fashion, Architecture, and Food

Julianna Brion

I first saw Julianna Brion’s painted ladies on  Tum­blr a few weeks ago, and since then I’ve been wait­ing for more of them to appear. The Baltimore-based illus­tra­tor uses gouache to paint the tall, styl­ized women. Their fash­ions are a play­ful nod to archi­tec­ture and food.

These pieces are a way for Julianna to unwind after fin­ish­ing com­mis­sioned illus­tra­tions, and she often paints in repur­posed books. Look closely and you might see some of their text showing!

I’m hop­ing Julianna will con­tinue to post more pieces like these. Fol­low her on Insta­gram to see more.

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Essi Kimpimäki’s Beautiful Illustrations Inspired by Travel

Essi Kimpimäki

Essi Kimpimäki’s illus­tra­tions depict jour­neys and archi­tec­ture of dif­fer­ent lands. Nor­way, Morocco, and even Cal­i­for­nia are places that she’s crafted with her col­or­ful, heav­ily tex­tured style. I espe­cially love the top image, which was inspired by the nar­row alleys of Alfama in Lis­bon. With a clear divide in the com­po­si­tion, it’s as if we’re look­ing at two sep­a­rate pieces. But, the hard angle is a nice con­trast to the wind­ing steps and clothes that flut­ter in the breeze.

Check out Essi’s Etsy shop to buy some of her prints!

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Mary Kate McDevitt Illustrates Whimsical Relationships of People and Pets

Mary Kate McDevitt

Have you ever heard of the #The100DayProject? It’s exactly what it sounds — for 100 days, you work on one cre­ative endeavor. The project is about the process, and at the end of it, you can learn some valu­able things about how you work. Illus­tra­tor Mary Kate McDe­vitt is cur­rently com­plet­ing her own iter­a­tion called #100daysofpeopleandpets. The whim­si­cal Insta­gram series is exactly as it sounds — peo­ple and their pets! In every post, she intro­duces us to her char­ac­ters with a short sen­tence and a funny scene. I love the funny quips and vintage-inspired style.

At the time of writ­ing, Mary Kate is on day 55/100, so there’s still time to fol­low her on Insta­gram and see this series hap­pen in real time.

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Illustrated Bowls That Talk Back to You While You Eat


How would you like it if your plates and bowls talked back to you? In this col­lab­o­ra­tion between illus­tra­tor San­ti­ago Uceda and artist Nancy Froehlich, you don’t have much of a choice! They occupy the bot­toms of dishes, direct­ing you, cheer­ing you on, and telling you what you already know — that the meal you just ate was so good. The amus­ing char­ac­ters were cre­ated by San­ti­ago and then placed onto forms cre­ated by Nancy.

I would love to own one of these delight­ful pieces. Alas, I can’t find any­where to buy them! It looks like, accord­ing to Santiago’s Insta­gram, that they were for sale a while ago… and have prob­a­bly sold out since!









Fanciful Fashions and Foods by Camilla Perkins

Camilla Perkins

Camilla Perkins is a Brighton-based illus­tra­tor whose images are inspired by “encoun­tered odd­i­ties, whether human, flora or fauna.” The wildly-colorful com­po­si­tions com­bine a dizzy­ing amount of hues, pat­terns, and tex­tures. Camilla’s style is reminiscent/created with print­mak­ing in mind. Most of her illus­tra­tions fea­ture off­set color reg­is­tra­tion, as if each hue is its own layer.

I really love Camilla’s styl­ized por­traits of peo­ple. She draws vibrant pat­terns onto fash­ion­able shirts and pants, pair­ing unlikely gar­ments into awe­some ensembles.

How about a print? Camilla has ‘em for sale in her shop.

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Curious Illustrations of Beautiful Women in Odd Situations

Helena Perez Garcia

Helena Perez Garcia’s col­or­ful illus­tra­tions depict beau­ti­ful women in odd sit­u­a­tions. The lush scenes com­bine dec­o­ra­tion and sur­re­al­ism, fea­tur­ing screw-in body parts and lit­tle men inside of heads. They’re lus­cious with gor­geous details, and they’re as intrigu­ing in their conceptually-strange compositions.

Real talk: some­times I wish I had a bunch of heads with dif­fer­ent hair­styles. It’d make get­ting ready much easier!

Inter­ested in own­ing these images as prints? Check out Helena’s shop. (Via This Isn’t Hap­pi­ness)

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Colorful Mixed Media Illustrations Tied Together Using Humor


Natalie K. Nel­son is an Atlanta-based illus­tra­tor who isn’t afraid to switch up her choices in media. Depend­ing on the project, she uses pen, ink, paint, and pho­tographs, some­times com­bin­ing them all into her col­or­ful com­po­si­tions. It’s not always easy to to work this way. With so many tools at your dis­posal, things can look dis­jointed. Not Natalie’s illus­tra­tions, though! They look effort­less with all of the ele­ments liv­ing har­mo­niously on the page and/or screen. Humor and joy are the com­mon con­cept thread that ties all of her pieces together.

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Escape to APAK’s Magical, Mystical Worlds


APAK is an illus­tra­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion between Aaron Piland and Ayumi Kajikawa Piland. They’re self described as a fan­tas­ti­cal mag­i­cal duo, and they’re also mar­ried! The Portland-based cou­ple “live among the fury conifer giants in a lit­tle cot­tage,” and their whim­si­cal cre­ations are a way to explore the beauty and mys­ter­ies of life. This sen­ti­ment is reflected in the col­or­ful com­po­si­tions and del­i­cate, small char­ac­ters that exist in great big worlds.

Love these images? Well, you’re in luck! They’re all avail­able in APAK’s Etsy shop!

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Fanny Blanc’s Illustrations of Adventure, Intrigue, and Tragedy

Fanny Blanc

Do you like a good story? I always do. Dur­ing the sum­mers when I was a kid, my brother and I would descend upon the pub­lic library and bor­row many a col­or­ful tales. I think that’s part of the rea­son why I respond so well to the illus­tra­tions of Fanny Blanc. They feel as if they’re plucked right from sto­ries of adven­ture, intrigue, and tragedy. I love the styl­ized com­po­si­tions, his­tor­i­cal dress, and her unique color choices. A blue tree? Sure, why not!

Check out Fanny’s blog, too!

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Exquisitely Peculiar Garden Illustrations by Claire Mojher

Claire Mojher

Cleveland-based illus­tra­tor Claire Mojher cre­ated this exquis­ite series  that revolves around a gar­den.  Beau­ti­ful and detailed, I’m pulled in by her use of accents and multi-layered com­po­si­tions. You’ve got to look closely to see all of Claire’s handiwork.

Strange and secret things begin to hap­pen in the gar­den once the moon rises,” she writes on Etsy shop. “On tip­toe with gos­samer wings, this tiny sprite flits to and fro, red-winged play­mates in pursuit.”

Pur­chase prints of these pieces in Claire’s Etsy shop.

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