If you follow me on Instagram, you might’ve seen the above image this past weekend. Illustrator Natasha Durley created the beautifully wondrous composition. It features a bevy of colors and textures with a black sea snake that slithers between ocean forms.
“Vibrant colors reflect the playful side of my work, which often features curious creatures and the natural world,” Natasha writes on her website. “I’m particularly interested in rough line work, smudge marks and crudely cut paper and enjoy finding ways of retaining these raw elements within my practice.”
Follow Natasha on Tumblr and check out her shop!
Sam Dean Lynn is another recent illustration grad whose work I’ve fallen in love with. I typically enjoy compositions that are colorful and busy, and her dizzyingly psychedelic pieces certainly fit the bill. Take a close look and you’ll discover tiny insects, roaming creatures, and twisting vines that are all woven together. They’re fascinating tapestries, and the amount of detail (and oddities) remind me of Seymour Chwast and the Pushpin Graphic.
Follow her on Tumblr, too!
Molly Mendoza’s vibrant illustrations are composed of strong, lively brush strokes that produce an incredible amount of visual energy. At times, they’re sort of a jumble of colors, shapes, and lines. You need to spend a little time with them to make sense of everything, but it’s totally worth it. Let yourself get lost in these splendorous compositions.
Follow Molly’s work on Tumblr.
Haejin Park is a very recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) illustration program. She loves building imaginary places and developing characters that live within them. They’re lively and often colorful, interjecting a lot of playful line work with many small details that conceptually enrich each piece. I’m looking forward to seeing what she creates in the future!
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On Herikita’s Facebook page, she writes, “I do things with my hands that I imagine in my head, so people can see it too.” This sentiment describes her soft, illustrative work perfectly. Her images and imagery are undoubtedly strange, but in a way that’s relatable. Many of the interior scenes are like an dialogue verbalized, and as a viewer, I recognize what that is and how it feels to say those things out loud.
In addition to the feels, Herikita also creates loose, delightfully odd collections. A beet, hairless cat, and bed all make up a single illustration. They seem like a non-sequitur to me, but personal to the illustrator.
Check out more of Herikita’s works on her Tumblr. You won’t be disappointed.
Let’s make it an alphabet-themed day! Here’s Leah Goren’s Nudie Alphabet, which is exactly how it sounds: naked bodies forming the shapes of letters. Or, demonstrating some interesting interpretative dance/yoga moves. However you want to look at it.
Purchase this alphabet as a print. It’s currently available in Leah’s shop.
A is for Armadillo who is short stout and round.
Here’s a fun project that’s a nice take on an “alphabet” series. Alice Pattullo created a collection of A-Z animals, and she’s currently sharing a letter a day. I like that these illustrations depict some unconventional subjects. Beetles, crabs, iguanas — they aren’t creatures that are cute or cuddly, but they’re well-crafted, four-color screen prints. In addition, Alice came up with cute sayings to go along with ‘em.
Each illustration is for sale as a limited-edition print (of 30). Display them all together or by their lonesome. To purchase, send her an email.
B is for Beetle who stays close to the ground.
C is for Crab who crawls on the sea bed.
D is for Dove who likes to fly overhead.
E is for Elephant who is anything but light.
F is for fox who roams the city streets at night.
G is for grizzly bear, a fierce looking fellow.
H is for Hippo who is altogether more mellow.
I is for Iguana a large scaly reptile.
J is for jack rabbit who jumps mile after mile.
K is for Kangaroo who takes hop, skip and bound.
Andrea Lauren is a pattern maker living in Asheville, North Carolina. Many of her colorful, designy illustrations are inspired by nature, but she also throws some toys and tea in there, too.
Andrea uses a variety of hand-rendered techniques in her pattern production, and they’re meant for digital textile printing. “I’m particularly drawn to linocuts, pen & ink, and cut paper,” she writes on her website. Check out her Spoonflower shop for more.
If you’re interested in printmaking, be sure to read Andrea’s blog, Ink Print Repeat. She shares helpful tips (including supplies she uses) as well as fun in-progress work.