Earlier this fall, Anja Sušanj shared a series called City, based on a book by Alessandro Baricco. The text influenced her greatly through the years, and was part of the inspiration for these drawings. “City is also the name of my graduation project that tries to recreate the mysterious and whimsical world of Gould, a child genius,” she explains.
The surreal illustrations are created with graphite, and they’re are a beautiful use of the material. Through her line work and shading Anja has communicated movement and drama, as people stand in fishbowls, navigate through the stomach, and wear a house around their head. Each is intriguing and begs a closer look.
Self-taught illustrator Jérémy Combot says that he’s “guided by passion” in creating his fashion-centric portraits. The colorful and intricately detailed—just look at all those lines!—feature a dizzying array of motifs that vibrate when placed next to one another. “Mixing patterns that are not supposed to fit at first sight makes my work very interesting and fun at the end,” he explains.
Jérémy also enjoys fusing seemingly disparate cultural influences. “I like to work on the mix of genres, reflected through my work,” he writes, “unravel the periods of time and trends to reconstruct a unique and personal look.” Continuing, “I am inspired by very eclectic references: sometimes a chic and cool Saint-Germain-des-Prés Icon, or a Shoreditch neo-punk, or even a Geisha doll-like. It is limitless.”
Cruschiform is the moniker for Marie-laure Cruschi, a French illustrator and graphic designer whose colorful digital works showcase the beauty of rural and urban landscapes. Whether she’s depicting a vertical garden in Paris or a solitary cabin in the woods, Marie-laure does so with the same bold shapes and fine details.
“My art grows into the poetry of simple modular forms,” she writes. “Little by little, my graphic vocabulary get more and more figurative, driving me to new narratives territories, without loosing sight that I believe the best work is a combination of a keenness mind, a great know-how, a good dose of insight and a bit of malice.”
If you’re itching for a new sketchbook, look no further than that an old (unwanted) book on your shelf. Its pages are begging to be upcycled into colorful works of art. A fantastic example of this is illustrator Molly Egan who showcases the possibilities with her fun and vibrant imagery. Spread after spread is filled with amusing characters, hand lettering, and bold shapes. And because these pages are already printed on, there’s less pressure to make each of them perfect. This book has already had a full life—Molly is giving it a new one.
Molly chronicles her work on Instagram and sells a selection of it in her online shop.
I’m envious of those who complete 100 day (or longer) projects. Sticking with something for more than a week is both impressive and provides a valuable opportunity to really explore a theme—to pick it apart, bit by bit, and take it to weird and wonderful places. For 76 days (and counting!), craft dabbler and monster enthusiast Becky Margraf has created tiny faces out of of felt. Aptly-called Felt Faces, she produces a daily portrait that’s similar yet different; each follows the same square portrait format and is affixed with the same beady eyes.
Throughout the two-plus months she’s embarked on this project, Becky has created a variety of characters. Some are fuzzy, others scattered, and one is a window. Each has its own charms and fits neatly into the palm of your hand. Once Felt Faces is complete, Becky will sell them through her Etsy shop. But for now, enjoy seeing them on her Instagram!
If you’re read this blog for any length of time you know that Aitch is one of my favorite illustrators. The folk-inspired images, clad in vibrant colors, feel both vintage yet contemporary. Aitch’s work often exists as paintings, but within the last few years, she’s ventured into the world of fashion and collaborated with designers. Her most recent endeavor is with Rami Kadi for his 2017 F/W collection, and it showcases her patterns like I’ve never seen it before—intricate, sculptural beading adorns her florals. This technique evokes the same feeling as her conventional illustrations, but infuse them with luxury.
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)