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?
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.
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!
And, a little extra: Sara also designed and made this cute plush toy!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.