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Book Review | ‘Women Who Kill’ Illustrates 19 Female Murderers Throughout History

Women Who Kill illustrated by Sarah Tanat Jones

Any­one who knows me knows that I love true crime. Doc­u­men­taries, long form arti­cles, pod­casts… it’s the type of sto­ries I enjoy con­sum­ing in my free time. So, imag­ine my delight when I was intro­duced to a book that com­bined illus­tra­tion and true crime. Called Women Who Kill, it’s writ­ten by Anna Davies and illus­trat­ed by Sarah Tanat-Jones.

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Illustration, Interview

Libby VanderPloeg’s Love of Cooking Leads to a Career in Animated GIFs

Libby Vanderploeg illustration

Lars Book Club Poster, featuring a quote by Mary Going from In the Company of Women, by Grace Bonney

The ani­mat­ed GIF made its debut to the world in 1987, but it remains even more rel­e­vant today. It’s com­mon, espe­cial­ly for illus­tra­tions that live only on the web, that they have a motion-based ele­ment to them. Lib­by Van­der­Ploeg is one of my favorite illus­tra­tors using this for­mat to enhance her work.

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Illustration, Inspirational Instagram

Amber Davenport’s Hypnotic Illustrations Welcome You to the Jungle

Jungle illustrations by Amber Davenport

One of my favorite things about Insta­gram is when illus­tra­tors share their work in progress. I love see­ing the process! Amber Dav­en­port, a self-pro­claimed “pat­tern lover,” shares her paint­ings in the midst of being created—including the her cur­rent palette. The acrylic pig­ment is used in busy jun­gle illus­tra­tions fea­tur­ing loads of flo­rals and crea­ture friends. Their dizzy­ing com­bi­na­tion of col­or and paint­ed tex­ture makes them a joy to look at and begs you to spend some time with them.

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Illustration, The Color Series

The Color Series | 20 Gray Illustrations That Quiet Down a Busy World

Gray illustrations

If you’re a long time read­er to Brown Paper Bag, you know that I love col­or. I’ve spent more than a month (so far) on the The Col­or Series, which chron­i­cles illus­tra­tion, embroi­dery, and even sketch­books to show how cre­atives will uti­lize a sin­gle col­or in their work. So far, I’ve select­ed vibrant col­ors like pink, green, and pur­ple. But today, let’s back off from bril­liant blue and set our sights on gray  illustrations(or grey, for those across the pond).

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Illustration

Energetic Illustrations Summon You into the Middle of the Action

Illustration by Molly Fairhurst

Mol­ly Fairhurst gets back to basics in her expres­sive illus­tra­tions. Con­cen­trat­ing on form and the ges­ture of her sub­jects, the paint­ings have an ener­gy that draws you in, be it one of her 1,000 Tigers or por­traits of peo­ple in action. In my favorite of her illus­tra­tions, you get the dis­tinct feel­ing that you’re com­ing into the mid­dle of some­thing excit­ing.

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Illustration, The Color Series

The Color Series | 10 Ways Purple Electrifies Illustrations, from Lilac to Violet

Purple illustrations

After tak­ing a week off, it’s nice to return to The Col­or Series. Unfa­mil­iar with what that is? Over the past sev­er­al weeks, I’ve chron­i­cled illus­tra­tion, embroi­dery, and sketch­books that over­whelm­ing­ly use one col­or in their com­po­si­tions. (If you’ve missed my pre­vi­ous picks, check out blue, pink, green.) Now, help­ing to round this series out are pur­ple illus­tra­tions.

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Illustration, Interview

Picture Yourself as One of These Painted Women by Rachel Jo

Illustration by Rachel Jo

Last year, illus­tra­tor Rachel Jo gave her­self an assign­ment. “I decid­ed to chal­lenge myself to do a paint­ing a day for a month in Novem­ber 2016 to real­ly get my style to show some con­sis­ten­cy,” she tells me in an email. “The pro­por­tions of my fig­ures were real­ly wonky and my col­or palette was all over the place.” The 30 days were “dif­fi­cult but reward­ing,” and it’s been a big help in her cur­rent endeav­ors and over­all career.
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Illustration, The Color Series

The Color Series | 15 Illustrations + Embroidery That Form a Fortress of Green

Green illustrations

Anoth­er Mon­day, anoth­er edi­tion of The Col­or Series! Over the past cou­ple of weeks, I’ve picked illus­tra­tion and crafts where one col­or dom­i­nates the rest (in a good way, of course) in com­po­si­tion and form. So far, we’ve seen tran­quil blue and pink rever­ie. Now, it’s time for green embroi­dery and green illus­tra­tions.

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