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Nancy Liang’s Eerie GIFs are Translated into Gorgeous Fashion Illustration

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Nancy Liang (pre­vi­ously) is one of my favorite GIF illus­tra­tors, using an awe­some assort­ment of col­lage mate­ri­als to cre­ate eerie mov­ing pic­tures. She often illus­trates land­scapes, but here are two edi­to­r­ial fash­ion pieces. I love the sur­face design and the sub­tly mov­ing eyeballs.

Won­der­ing how Nancy cre­ates her work? Check out How Did You Do That?, an inter­view series where she shares her process step-by-step.

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Illustrator

Delightful Paintings of Clothing Tell Stories About the People Who’ll Wear It

Kaori Seno

Kaori Seno is a Japan­ese illus­tra­tor who cre­ates delight­ful paint­ings of cloth­ing that I wish I owned. There’s intri­cate lace­work, strange pat­terns, and fancy bird brooches woven within the flat­tened, styl­ized views. Note that there’s no one wear­ing these clothes, a fact that’s okay with me. Cloth­ing tells enough of a story on its own—these works speak vol­umes about the type of per­son who’ll wear these charm­ing garments.

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Kaori Seno

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Kaori also paints other sub­jects not related to cloth­ing. I’m not sure I’d eat candy that has eyeballs…

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I Envy the Person Who Has “Hidden Garden” in Their Home

Sretan Bor

I want this mural in my apart­ment! Called Hid­den Gar­den, illus­tra­tor Sre­tan Bor painted it in a pri­vate res­i­dence in Croa­tia. It fea­tures a host of dif­fer­ent flora and fauna that wrap around the walls, cre­at­ing an ongo­ing nar­ra­tive that engulfs the room in illus­tra­tion. Fun!

The entire scene is incred­i­bly detailed, and this works in the mural’s favor.  The client, most likely, will look at the piece every­day, so it’s got to be some­thing that they can con­tin­u­ally dis­cover new things in.

Sretan Bor

Sretan Bor

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Illustrator

Madalina Andronic’s Beautifully Illustrated “Magic Book”

Madalina Andronic

Sev­eral months ago, I fea­tured the illus­tra­tive ceram­ics of Madalina Andronic. Called The Awe­some Project, the folklore-inspired pieces had me hooked, and I’ve been fol­low­ing her work—2D and 3D alike—ever since.

These beau­ti­ful images below are spreads from Fairy Dust, a “magic book” that she wrote and self-published. Each image depicts a dif­fer­ent super­nat­ural char­ac­ter, adorned with gor­geous pat­tern­ing and ele­gant lines that have a lyri­cal qual­ity to them. Buy it here!

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Madalina Andronic

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Illustrator, Paper Craft

Cut Paper Portraits Transform Pets into 17th Century Aristocrats

People Too

Peo­ple love their pets, so nat­u­rally, they have art­works made in their honor. Russian-based illus­tra­tors Alexey Lya­punov and Lena Erlich— aka Peo­ple Too—cre­ated a delight­ful series that imag­ines their clients’ ani­mals as dec­o­rated war heroes, dainty ladies, and learned fel­lows.  They’re totally imag­i­na­tive and con­structed entirely out of paper. The cre­ative pair lay­ered col­ors and cutouts, pro­duc­ing 3D por­traits rem­i­nis­cent of his­tor­i­cal paint­ings from the 17th or 18th cen­tury.  Check out their work in progress below!

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People Too

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Simple Line Drawings Burst in Beautiful Blooms

Katie Vernon

Sim­ple line draw­ings of ani­mals seem­ingly burst into bloom in these beau­ti­ful illus­tra­tions by Katie Ver­non. Her col­or­ful addi­tions cloak parts of the crea­tures in rainbow-colored petals and leaves, show­ing just how inti­mately tied they are to this earth.

All of these pieces are avail­able as prints through Katie’s Etsy shop called Chip­munk Cheeks. Right now, she’s hav­ing a sale—buy any three 8″ x 10″ prints for $45! A nice time to start a col­lec­tion, huh? (Via So Super Awe­some)

Katie Vernon

Katie Vernon

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Illustrator

Beautifully Fantastical Adventures Painted by Sang Miao

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Aren’t these beau­ti­ful illus­tra­tions by art stu­dent Sang Miao? Loose, ges­tural brush strokes depict nature scenes where walks in the woods turn into fan­tas­ti­cal adven­tures with crit­ters, can­dies, and ghosts. Take a care­ful look at these com­po­si­tions and you’ll see all of the great details that each has to offer. What’s your favorite part?

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Drawing, Illustrator

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

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Fantastic Retro-Style Illustrations by Loris Lora

Lois Lora

Loris Lora’s illus­tra­tions are a won­der­ful fusion of con­tem­po­rary imagery and a retro artis­tic style. Using gouache, a dry-brushing tech­nique, and some­times cut paper, she paints por­traits of peo­ple admir­ing their sur­round­ings, dress­ing in cos­tume, and strum­ming on the guitar.

Loris was recently in a show at the Flower Pep­per Gallery in Pasadena, Cal­i­for­nia. The exhi­bi­tion was called An Open Diary, and it brought together artists who “share a play­ful sen­si­bil­ity and enjoy high­light­ing life’s small and often­times over­looked moments.” You can def­i­nitely see these instance in Lois’ work — she shows us that it’s not all about hus­tle and bus­tle. Some­times, you have stop and appre­ci­ate what’s right in front of you every day.

Buy orig­i­nal art by Loris through Flower Pep­per Gallery’s web­site! (Also: fol­low them on Insta­gram. They’re always post­ing great stuff.)

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Lois Lora

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Illustrator, Textiles

My Studio: ‘Favorite Bites in Baltimore’ Embroidery

Sara Barnes embroidery

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a glimpse into my stu­dio! Here’s a fun embroi­dery I’ve been work­ing on the past cou­ple of weeks. It com­bines two things I love: stitch­ing and good food.

The [work­ing] title for this piece is called Favorite Bites in Bal­ti­more, and it will include a half dozen of my favorite things I’ve eaten while liv­ing in Bal­ti­more. So far, I’ve com­pleted S’mores in a Jar from Hamil­ton Tav­ern and the Dirty­boy from Bun Shop. Now, I’m in the mid­dle of a slice of pizza from Joe Squared.

I’m plan­ning on embroi­der­ing a few more foods, but nar­row­ing down the choices has been really hard. Bal­ti­more has some great restaurants!

(Fol­low me on Insta­gram to see reg­u­lar updates of what I’m work­ing on.)

Sara Barnes embroidery

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