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Illustrator, Sculpture

Scenes from Nature Completely Crafted with Cut Paper

Estudio Guardabosques

Estu­dio Guard­a­bosques is the col­lab­o­ra­tive efforts of cre­atives Juan and Car­olina from Buenos Aires, Argentina. They craft scenes entirely out of paper by using com­plex sculpt­ing to fold and build forms. Often, that involves per­fo­rat­ing edges and cut­ting just so — enough to trans­form the paper, but not enough to wrin­kle or destroy it.

Much of the couple’s work involves nature, and this is def­i­nitely where they shine. My favorite instances are where ani­mals are involved. They’re cute, innocent-looking, and that fox… so wise!

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Perrin’s Illustrations Make Tiny, Awkward Creatures Beautiful

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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!

Illustrator, Sculpture

Beautifully Grotesque Sculptural Illustrations by Sophie Page

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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!

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Design, Illustrator

Linzie Hunter Will Hand Letter Your New Year’s Resolutions

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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.

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Anne Laval’s Illustrations Will Make You Wanna Hug a Polar Bear

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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.

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Illustrator, Sculpture

Gorgeously Intricate & Hand-Crafted Pop-Up Books by Bozka

Bozena Rydlewska

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!

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Design, Illustrator

Vicki Turner’s Minimalist Illustrations Inspired by Wandering

Vicki Turner

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!

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Illustrations by Mouni Feddag Harness the Spontaneity of Sketches

mouni feddagHAPPY 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.


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Design, Illustrator

Bold Flora & Fauna by Illustrator Aino Maija Metsola

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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.

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Victoria Borges’ Colorfully Macabre Illustrations

Victoria Borges

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.

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