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Sainte Maria’s Sartorial Paintings Are a Love Letter to Style

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Art, fash­ion, and design are all pas­sions of Russ­ian illus­tra­tor Sainte Maria. And, there’s no mis­tak­ing it. These sar­to­r­ial paint­ings are a love let­ter to style, and I’m a huge fan of both her cloth­ing choices and inte­rior decorating.

I would totally rock the things Maria’s mod­els are wear­ing — espe­cially the flow­ing mauve skirt, sky blue top, and floppy hat. In fact, I might need to add them to my sum­mer wardrobe…

What would you wear?

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Collage, Illustrator, Sculpture

Insanely-Detailed Paper Animal Masks by Mlle Hipolyte

Look at all of these tiny pieces of paper! French illus­tra­tor and paper designer Mlle Hipolyte cre­ated these gor­geous ani­mals masks that are awe-inspiring in their intri­cate details. Seri­ously. Just take a look at the individually-folded pieces of paper lay­ered on top of one another. They build a col­or­ful, tac­tile form that mim­ics fur.

Mlle pro­duces 2D illus­tra­tions, too. Check out their Behance and Face­book for more.



Exquisite Illustrations Created with Thousands of Tiny Lines

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Count­less tiny lines form these exquis­ite illus­tra­tions by Sara Cor­bett. The Brooklyn-based cre­ative uses the minia­tur­ized ticks in design­ing crea­tures like zebras, bats, fish, and more. They’re seen frol­ick­ing in the woods in unlikely pair­ings. (Who would imag­ine that a rac­coon and ele­phant are hang out?)

We all know the power of a small line, but it’s nice to be reminded that even the sim­plest mark can imply tex­ture, move­ment, and the dif­fer­ence between tree bark and a rabbit’s fur.

If you enjoy Sara’s style, be sure to check out her comics, too!

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And, a lit­tle extra: Sara also designed and made this cute plush toy!sara-corbett8


Wonkyvision: A Delightful Look into the Strange World of Kyle Pellet

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Artists, illus­tra­tors, and mak­ers: do you keep a lot of your work from years past? Per­son­ally, I’m bad at that. I have the itch to clean and dis­card, which means I’m often get­ting rid of work that’s on my com­puter but is tak­ing up too much space in my apart­ment. That’s why, when artist Kyle Pel­let con­tacted me about his new pub­li­ca­tion, Wonkyvi­sion, I was intrigued. It’s a col­lec­tion of his draw­ings from 2010 to now.

Pub­lished by Val­ley Cruise Press, this 32-page zine show­cases Kyle’s sense of humor and his wacky char­ac­ters through­out the years. They pep­per the pages, bring­ing an absur­dest joy to the entire thing. Check out some of the spreads below. I love how he manip­u­lates pho­tos, paint­ings, and other draw­ings. They all look like they’re in Kyle’s “world,” but occupy dif­fer­ent parts of it.

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Decue Wu’s Dizzying Textures, Patterns, and Colors (Oh My!)

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Decue Wu was one of many tal­ented cohorts in the MFA Illus­tra­tion Prac­tice pro­gram at MICA. She’s got a won­der­ful style that com­bines a dizzy­ing array of pat­terns, col­ors, and tex­tures, and she’s able to pull these dis­parate sources into a cohe­sive image.  Beautiful!

While I love me a good still life, I really enjoy Decue’s fash­ion illus­tra­tions. She’s repli­cated looks by Dolce & Gab­bana, along with Miu Miu, Lavin, and more for Vogue China.

You can fol­low Decue on Behance, too.

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A Narwhal with a Ukulele? Now, That’s a Party!


Doesn’t this (above) illus­tra­tion by Aniek Bar­tels per­fectly cap­ture the essence of Spring? I am wish­ing for tem­per­a­tures warm enough to ride on a bike with­out a jacket.

If you think that image is fun, check out the rest of her happy draw­ings below. March­ing ele­phants, nar­whals with ukule­les… that’s a party I want to go to! Aniek has a Soci­ety 6 shop, too, in case you want any of these char­ac­ters on your iPhone case.


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Drawing, Illustrator

Get a Little Weird with These Gorgeous Pencil Drawings

Alessandra De Cristofaro

Alessan­dra De Cristofaro’s beau­ti­ful draw­ings make me want to pick up a pen­cil. They’re rich in tone and sub­ject mat­ter, often depict­ing inte­rior scenes and the idio­syn­crasies of rooms. I love her style, and she places an empha­sis on tiny, visual marks that cre­ate a feel­ing of move­ment. It’s as if energy is flow­ing through­out every part of her drawing!

Alessan­dra isn’t afraid for things to get a weird some­times: a framed pic­ture of a woman hold­ing a mon­key; a cou­ple dri­ving around a soda can; and a night­time swim with a flamingo are all things you’ll find in her work.

Are you on Behance? If so, fol­low along with Alessandra’s work!


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Artist, Illustrator

Eero Lampinen’s Beautiful Depictions of Strange Lands

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On both Mon­day and Tues­day of this week, I’ve fea­tured illus­tra­tions that are strange. So, how about I make Wednes­day just as weird? I recently posted the work of Eero Lampinen on my Insta­gram to great response. And, why not? The beau­ti­ful images are really well drawn and fea­ture odd, inter­est­ing depic­tions of nature. Giant bugs crawl over styl­ish young peo­ple who dare to ven­ture into lands unknown.

I would love to see what Lampinen does with a graphic novel. Con­sid­er­ing the way they set up a sin­gle scene, pan­els upon pan­els of them would be amazing.

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Multifaceted Illustrations by Madison Shackell-York are Puzzles

madison-shackell-york-5Madi­son Shackell-York’s mul­ti­facted images are the kind best enjoyed when you’ve looked at them for longer than a second’s glance. They’re rich in com­po­si­tional depth and use layer upon layer of sym­bol­ism and visual metaphors. At first, the over­all illus­tra­tion might look con­fus­ing. But, when you spend time with it - dis­sect­ing what each part of the image might mean — it’s like piec­ing together a puz­zle. And puz­zles are fun!

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Dreamy Illustrations That’ll Make You Want to Explore Outdoors

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Korean illus­tra­tor Eun­sil Chun’s delight­ful works cap­ture the quiet beauty of the out­side world. A col­or­ful casts of char­ac­ters, both peo­ple and ani­mals, tra­verse the bloom­ing land­scapes. Eunsil’s illus­tra­tions include ele­ments of fan­tasy, and every com­po­si­tion fea­tures many fairy tale-esque things. In one, a tiny house boat sits on top of a giant bird’s head. Another fea­tures a wolf (or fox?) that’s taller than a house, and way longer, too!

It’s easy to get lost in these strange places. I can’t help but want to take a ride on that tiny horse with the bow on its tail.

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