Nancy Liang (previously) is one of my favorite GIF illustrators, using an awesome assortment of collage materials to create eerie moving pictures. She often illustrates landscapes, but here are two editorial fashion pieces. I love the surface design and the subtly moving eyeballs.
Wondering how Nancy creates her work? Check out How Did You Do That?, an interview series where she shares her process step-by-step.
Kaori Seno is a Japanese illustrator who creates delightful paintings of clothing that I wish I owned. There’s intricate lacework, strange patterns, and fancy bird brooches woven within the flattened, stylized views. Note that there’s no one wearing these clothes, a fact that’s okay with me. Clothing tells enough of a story on its own—these works speak volumes about the type of person who’ll wear these charming garments.
Kaori also paints other subjects not related to clothing. I’m not sure I’d eat candy that has eyeballs…
I want this mural in my apartment! Called Hidden Garden, illustrator Sretan Bor painted it in a private residence in Croatia. It features a host of different flora and fauna that wrap around the walls, creating an ongoing narrative that engulfs the room in illustration. Fun!
The entire scene is incredibly detailed, and this works in the mural’s favor. The client, most likely, will look at the piece everyday, so it’s got to be something that they can continually discover new things in.
Several months ago, I featured the illustrative ceramics of Madalina Andronic. Called The Awesome Project, the folklore-inspired pieces had me hooked, and I’ve been following her work—2D and 3D alike—ever since.
These beautiful images below are spreads from Fairy Dust, a “magic book” that she wrote and self-published. Each image depicts a different supernatural character, adorned with gorgeous patterning and elegant lines that have a lyrical quality to them. Buy it here!
People love their pets, so naturally, they have artworks made in their honor. Russian-based illustrators Alexey Lyapunov and Lena Erlich— aka People Too—created a delightful series that imagines their clients’ animals as decorated war heroes, dainty ladies, and learned fellows. They’re totally imaginative and constructed entirely out of paper. The creative pair layered colors and cutouts, producing 3D portraits reminiscent of historical paintings from the 17th or 18th century. Check out their work in progress below!
Simple line drawings of animals seemingly burst into bloom in these beautiful illustrations by Katie Vernon. Her colorful additions cloak parts of the creatures in rainbow-colored petals and leaves, showing just how intimately tied they are to this earth.
All of these pieces are available as prints through Katie’s Etsy shop called Chipmunk Cheeks. Right now, she’s having a sale—buy any three 8″ x 10″ prints for $45! A nice time to start a collection, huh? (Via So Super Awesome)
Aren’t these beautiful illustrations by art student Sang Miao? Loose, gestural brush strokes depict nature scenes where walks in the woods turn into fantastical adventures with critters, candies, and ghosts. Take a careful look at these compositions and you’ll see all of the great details that each has to offer. What’s your favorite part?
Not every artist can make their sketches appear like finished works, and vice versa — not every finished piece can have the qualities of a sketch. Mathilde Vangheluwe is an illustrator who rides this fine line, and she colors her drawings with the soft hues of colored pencils, often leaving her initial graphite sketch visible. This technique is great way to add some shine and polish to something that can feel raw.
Check out Mathilde’s illustrated products in her shop!
Loris Lora’s illustrations are a wonderful fusion of contemporary imagery and a retro artistic style. Using gouache, a dry-brushing technique, and sometimes cut paper, she paints portraits of people admiring their surroundings, dressing in costume, and strumming on the guitar.
Loris was recently in a show at the Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena, California. The exhibition was called An Open Diary, and it brought together artists who “share a playful sensibility and enjoy highlighting life’s small and oftentimes overlooked moments.” You can definitely see these instance in Lois’ work — she shows us that it’s not all about hustle and bustle. Sometimes, you have stop and appreciate what’s right in front of you every day.
Buy original art by Loris through Flower Pepper Gallery’s website! (Also: follow them on Instagram. They’re always posting great stuff.)
It’s been a while since I’ve shared a glimpse into my studio! Here’s a fun embroidery I’ve been working on the past couple of weeks. It combines two things I love: stitching and good food.
The [working] title for this piece is called Favorite Bites in Baltimore, and it will include a half dozen of my favorite things I’ve eaten while living in Baltimore. So far, I’ve completed S’mores in a Jar from Hamilton Tavern and the Dirtyboy from Bun Shop. Now, I’m in the middle of a slice of pizza from Joe Squared.
I’m planning on embroidering a few more foods, but narrowing down the choices has been really hard. Baltimore has some great restaurants!
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