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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.)

Lois Lora

Lois Lora







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



Illustrator, Textiles

Izziyana Suhaimi Embroiders on Her Drawings to Keep Them Warm

Izziyana Suhaimi

For many years, I embroi­dered on paper. It’s not the eas­i­est way to work, but it sure cre­ates an inter­est­ing, unex­pected effect that can act as a sub­sti­tute for a pen, pen­cil, or paint. With this idea in mind, illus­tra­tor Izziyana Suhaimi com­bines draw­ing and thread in her series of por­traits called Friends to keep you warm. The images are what you might expect from the title — peo­ple are depicted wear­ing col­or­ful, whim­si­cal hats and scarves. Izziyana draws their faces with a fine-tipped pen and adds a lit­tle shad­ing. Then, she stitches and knits their acces­sories so they’ll never be with­out some­thing on their head or neck.

(Thanks for the link, Marisa!!)

Izziyana Suhaimi

Izziyana Suhaimi






Illustrator, Paper Craft

Meghan Stratman Creates Telling Vingettes from Carefully-Cut Paper

Meghan Stratman

Nebraska-based artist Meghan Strat­man fash­ions her col­or­ful por­traits into telling vignettes, as if you were look­ing at a film still or a comic book panel. “I am drawn to sto­ries and lore in all forms,” she writes, “books, movies, video games, the­atre, myths, and urban leg­ends.” Sub­jects like ghosts, girls, mon­sters, and ani­mals are paired with themes of friend­ship and lone­li­ness, with a nod to urban decay and aban­doned spaces.

Meghan’s beau­ti­ful illus­tra­tions are crafted out of paper with some tiny details drawn using col­ored pen­cils. Look closely and you’ll see all of the carefully-cut shapes and speck­led paper. Lovely!

Check out Meghan’s Etsy shop called Bunny Pirates and pick up a print or postcard.

Meghan Stratman

Meghan Stratman










Stylish Figurative Illustrations by Alessandra Genualdo

Alessandra Genualdo

London-based illus­tra­tor Alessan­dra Gen­u­aldo paints fan­tas­tic gouache works that are a sat­is­fy­ing fusion of shapes and a lim­ited color palette. She pairs pale pinks, mus­tard yel­lows, and fiery reds with blacks, grays, and whites, which are a great jux­ta­po­si­tion of cheer­ful and dull. And, I espe­cially love it when she mixes these hues with her pat­terns and blob-like forms. They have a visual ease about them, mak­ing them feel con­tem­po­rary and stylish.

Are you a zine lover? If so, Alessan­dra has made a few that are avail­able in her online shop.

Alessandra Genualdo










Aimee Bee Brooks’ Illustrations Inspired by the Past

Aimee Bee Brooks

Aimee Bee Brooks is a recent art school grad who cre­ates col­or­ful illus­tra­tions fea­tur­ing styl­ish vin­tage ladies and famil­iar objects.

My work is inspired by the past,” Aimee explains. “I don’t have a strong inter­est in con­tem­po­rary things. My art­work gen­er­ally depicts items and peo­ple from the time peri­ods I find aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing. I believe the items I sur­round myself with, the music I lis­ten to, and the art I’m fond of have an affect on the work I cre­ate.” It’s this sen­ti­ment that I find so com­fort­ing about her illus­tra­tions. They’re often things I grew up (tape cas­settes and all), and that I attach a cer­tain nos­tal­gia to.

Buy Aimee’s zines, scarves, pins, and more in her Etsy shop!

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Mai Ly Degnan’s Illustrations of Curious Ladies in Strange Places

Mai Ly Degnan

Mai Ly Deg­nan is a Baltimore-based illus­tra­tor and a for­mer grad school cohort of mine. Since grad­u­at­ing in 2014, she has kept her­self busy by draw­ing all sorts of curi­ous ladies in strange lands. They’re great — her char­ac­ters don cos­tumes, have swim par­ties, and best of all, scheme! I love it when she releases a new illus­tra­tion — it’s always a joy to see what her styl­ish girls will be doing next, crafted with a metic­u­lous atten­tion to detail.

A cou­ple of weeks ago, I men­tioned that Mai Ly’s Insta­gram is one you should fol­low. Check it out to see her sketches, illus­trated prod­ucts, and more.

Mai Ly Degnan

Mai Ly Degnan



In addi­tion to illus­tra­tive prints, Mai Ly has made mer­maid brooches. They’re all avail­able in her Etsy shop.





Colorful Illustrations of People on the Move by Teresa Bellon

Teresa Bellon

Teresa Bel­lon is a Span­ish illus­tra­tor who caught my eye with the young Frida Khalo piece that’s above. I love the color, sim­plic­ity, and shape design, in addi­tion to the dis­tressed print­mak­ing tex­ture that gives her works a hand-crafted touch.

Teresa’s illus­tra­tions often depicts jun­gles, oceans, and peo­ple gen­er­ally on the go. I don’t know about you, but they make me want to get up and start moving!

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The “World’s Smallest Portfolio” Fits on the Tip of Your Finger

michael lester
When you’re try­ing to pro­mote your­self, you often have to fig­ure out how to “cut through the noise,” and do something/have that’ll make you stand out above the rest.  Illus­tra­tor Michael Lester cer­tainly accom­plished this with his unfor­get­table “world’s small­est port­fo­lio.” It’s so small that the entire thing can fit on the tip of your finger!

Michael’s project was cre­ated as part of a brief set by jelly Lon­don for the D&AD New Blood Fes­ti­val. They wanted to get stu­dents putting them­selves out there and get­ting their worked noticed.

When com­ing up with this play­ful con­cept, Michael con­sid­ered what was it about his work that he wanted peo­ple to talk about. He tells jelly Lon­don, “For me, ideas have always come before style, so to com­mu­ni­cate that I was an ideas-driven visual com­mu­ni­ca­tor I decided to shrink my port­fo­lio, in size and con­tent, leav­ing just a tiny book of visual ideas.”

michael lester
michael lester


Madeline Kloepper Explores the Relationships We Forge with Nature

Madeline Kloepper

Illus­tra­tor Made­line Kloep­per explores the rela­tion­ships we forge with nature through her gor­geous and allur­ing paint­ings. The works have ele­ments of sur­re­al­ism as drag­ons, danc­ing bears, and larger-than-life birds all make an appearance.

I really enjoy Madeline’s more detailed com­po­si­tions, specif­i­cally the ones fea­tur­ing a quilted blan­ket fort and clothes line. The heavily-patterned tex­tiles tell us a lot, like  char­ac­ters’ per­son­al­ity and their aes­thetic pref­er­ences. In addi­tion, we under­stand more about the char­ac­ters in how they inter­act with these objects. Here, it com­mu­ni­cates a rev­er­ence for sim­pler times that are away from screens and stresses of every­day life.

Fol­low Made­line on Tum­blr, too! (H/T Per­rin)
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