One of my best pals, Perrin, recently illustrated this awesome set of praying mantises. I love how she combines these odd creatures with beautiful floral arrangements. Perrin says that they look like tiny, awkward aliens, and I’d have to agree.
These two pieces are a diptych and features one at rest and one that’s ready to attack!
Sophie Geneva Page sculpts her illustrations and then photographs them into 2D scenes that have an undeniable 3D appeal. She’s inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites and Catholic religious imagery (among other things), and she’s also interested in arts and crafts, dolls, fairy tales, plants, bugs, and more. Can’t you see these influences in her work?
I love that Sophie’s illustrations are simultaneously beautiful and grotesque. I admire her ability to sculpt and the incredible scenes that she builds for each of her piece. And sometimes, her characters aren’t portrayed in their best light. They drool and have messy hair… but with the rosiest cheeks.
Sophie is a RISD graduate, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of her work!
With the new year comes New Year’s resolutions. And why not? It’s such a positive, hopeful time. You think, yes! this year will be better than the last. It feels like you have a fresh slate. I’ve featured Linzie Hunter’s work before — somewhat recently, in fact — and marveled at her hand lettered Uninspiring Posters series. Now, she’s started another project that’s, dare I say, encouraging? Linzie is hand lettering your New Year’s resolutions!
You can share your resolutions with Linzie on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and she’ll illustrate them and then post her handiwork online. I love this idea. It’s not only a great exercise for Linzie, but probably helps the person who made the commitment, too. Cause, ya know, if you tell the world that you’re going to grow your first real beard, you better do it.
Anne Laval is a Strasbourg-based illustrator whose sweet works yield scenes like the one you see above. I want a giant bear friend like that!
Often, Anne’s pieces feature wispy shapes that signify hair, spirits, and branches. It adds a sense of movement, as if the wind is gently blowing through each scene. There’s a certain level of comfort that comes from this. Characters look calm and relaxed, enclosed in pockets of happiness.
I’ve always been fascinated by the construction and engineering that goes into pop-up and accordion-fold books. So, when I saw Bozena Rydlewska’s (AKA Bozka) beautiful illustrations in a 3D form, I was wowed by their beauty and detail.
I had the opportunity to ask Bozka a couple of questions about her work. She’s loved pop-up books since childhood and had always wanted to make one.
“When I finished my series of illustrations New Botany [above], I thought it would be interesting to interpret the illustrations into three-dimensional forms,” she tells me. “At that point I was really tired of working non-stop on the computer and eager to do something with my hands.”
To make her pop-up books, she did some research. Bozka read several manuals and also attended a week-long pop-up book course at West Dean College in England. Um, I want to take one of those. Sign me up!
So, how long did it take to create these pieces? “It took me 3 to 4 weeks to make each pop-up. It was a complicated and time consuming process — I was working on 1:1 scale models, cutting and gluing over and over again until the pop-up matched the vision I had in my head,” she explains. “The final pieces were printed on high quality archival paper, cut out by cutting plotter and assembled by hand by myself. The assembly of the most complicated pop-up took 14 hours.”
Totally worth the time spent. They’re beautiful!
Vicki Turner is a designer, illustrator, and maker who has a passion for the natural world. Her refreshing style is the result of a few years of worldwide wandering, and she brings stories to life in a smart, abstract way. Vicki uses symbols and minimalist design to tell complex tales that have multiple way of interpretation.
In addition to 2D illustrations, Vicki also makes things. Her shape-centric work lends itself well to accessories like the pin below. Perfect for someone who has wanderlust!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Get ready to feast your peepers on these dizzying illustrations by Mouni Feddag! Their sprawling scenes are impressionist and lively thanks to the gestural mark-marking. The works feel like polished sketches because they harness an awesome energy and spontaneity.
Mouni’s use of paint and pencils create a nice “push and pull” within the composition. Large fields of color are punctuated with intricate details. Your eyes find reprieve between the small dots, slashes, and patterns.
If you’re a fan of the brand Marimekko, then you’ll enjoy these designs and illustrations by Aino-Maija Metsola. The Helsinki-based creative has collaborated with the company since 2006, and her colorful images are seared into my brain as the face of Marimekko. They feature flora, fauna, and geometric shapes in flattened, bold drawings.
You can see much more (including some fashionable dresses!) on Aino-Maija’s website.
Vienna-based illustrator Victoria Borges’ work isn’t afraid to get macabre. Just look at the image above! It’s both a colorful, floral explosion and a detached a head and expression. Other illustrations have similar elements, and I like the push and pull of exuberance and darkness. It’s a reflection of life — times of joy punctuated by some sadness.
Do you use Behance? I love it — it’s easy to follow around creatives in illustration, graphic design, sculpture, and more. It’s how I found Victoria’s illustrations.