Category Archives: Illustrator

You’ll Never Guess What Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn has Illustrated

Illus­tra­tor Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn high­lights the things you don’t want to click on… but often do.  Her Click­Bait Project fea­tures the obnox­ious arti­cle titles that are like Sirens, call­ing our on atten­tion until we can’t ignore them any longer. You  know, the ones that make you ask, “who should be my sugar daddy?” Or, “how did I die in my past […]

Strange, But Sweet: Illustrations by Esmé Shapiro

Esmé Shapiro is a Brooklyn-based illus­tra­tor who recently grad­u­ated from the Rhode Island School of Design.  Her col­or­ful works are a com­bi­na­tion of tight draw­ing and free-flowing pig­ment, with some strange char­ac­ters sprin­kled in her com­po­si­tions. A giraffe with four(?) eyes, a cat island, and plenty of naked buns are seen through­out. My favorite illus­tra­tions fea­ture her lush veg­e­ta­tion (which […]

Boyoun Kim’s Visually-Enticing Illustrations

File the above illus­tra­tion under “things I want to eat.” I live across the street from a Dunkin Donuts, and it takes all my willpower not to buy a sour cream donut from there every morn­ing! Great job, Boy­oun Kim, for mak­ing these treats look so appeal­ing. In addi­tion to food, Boy­oun has cre­ated editorial […]

Illustrations by Marina Munn

Some­times, there’s an image — an aha moment of sorts — that makes me go, “yes, I will fea­ture this per­son on Brown Paper Bag.” The above pic­ture by illus­tra­tor Marina Munn was it for me. A cosmo cat! Wear­ing a space hel­met! How great. Marina lives and works in Lon­don, and cre­ates slightly odd illus­tra­tions of […]

15 of My Favorites From “The Sexy Calendar”

The other day I was intro­duced to The Sexy Cal­en­dar, a Tum­blr that’s run by illus­tra­tors Maëlle Doliveux and Andrea Tsu­rumi. It’s described as a “beef­cake cal­en­dar for the broad-minded,” and it doesn’t dis­ap­point. “Sexy” means dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple, and Maëlle and Andrea explore that idea in a num­ber of crazy ways. Some illus­tra­tions are […]

Intimate Still Life Illustrations Are More Telling than Portraits

Babeth Lafon is a Berlin-based illus­tra­tor who cre­ates inti­mate still lifes fea­tur­ing makeup, travel items, and acces­sories. They are styl­ish and con­tem­po­rary, and based on her sub­ject mat­ter, it’s no sur­prise that Babeth has worked with clients such as Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, and L’Oréal. In gen­eral, I really enjoy these types of still life images because […]

Vikki Chu Paints Wild Animals + Beautiful Florals

Vikki Chu (pre­vi­ously) paints beau­ti­ful flo­ral arrange­ments and wild ani­mal por­traits. Her style is ges­tural with sparse line work; she lets the col­or­ful shapes do the talk­ing. Dur­ing a time when the leaves are falling off the trees, Vikki’s work come as a respite for the cold win­ter days. They are my ver­sion of Dutch flower paintings […]

Get Lost in the Wild and Colorful Worlds by Mügluck

The illus­tra­tor Mügluck writes that “her style is char­ac­ter­ized by all the lay­ers of col­ors she uses and her kalei­do­scope com­po­si­tions.” And, I’d have to agree. Just take the time to look at all of these gor­geous details and you’ll get lost in the paint­ings. But, I’m not com­plain­ing; Mügluck’s world is a fas­ci­nat­ing cast of char­ac­ters who […]

Leire Salaberria’s Fantastically Fun Illustrations

So, I’ve included many of Span­ish illus­tra­tor Leire Salaberria’s delight­ful work here, but the truth is that there’s a lot more to see on her web­site. She has these funny char­ac­ters in fan­tas­tic sit­u­a­tions that lend them­selves well to books, prints, and more. Be sure to check out her Etsy shop, too!

10 Amusingly Illustrated Idioms from around the World

In grad school, Lisa and I always enjoyed teach­ing our Mex­i­can pal Eduardo dif­fer­ent Amer­i­can idioms; the things we say and don’t give a sec­ond thought can really befud­dle some­one who’s a non-native speaker. In fact, these Idioms of the World totally con­fused me! Well, con­fused me and made me laugh. Some of them con­jure hilar­i­ous imagery, and my personal […]