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Intriguing Landscape Illustrations Explore Our Planet… and Beyond

Landscape illustration by Maggie Chiang

Mag­gie Chi­ang (pre­vi­ous­ly) remains as one of my favorite con­tem­po­rary illus­tra­tors. Her work is tech­ni­cal­ly beau­ti­ful and con­cep­tu­al­ly intriguing—particularly when she delves into sprawl­ing land­scape illus­tra­tion. The abstract hori­zons leave much to the imag­i­na­tion as fig­ures con­tem­plate what’s ahead. The­se spaces, no mat­ter desert or forest, per­me­ate her imagery—even when it comes to por­trai­ture. This ded­i­ca­tion to spaces both near and far play into Maggie’s larg­er ideas of her work.

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Colorful Illustrations that Celebrate Nature, Digitally

Colorful illustrations by Kiki Ljung

I want to live in the col­or­ful illus­tra­tions of Kiki Ljung. The Paris-based cre­ative crafts vibrant imagery that’s inspired by the nat­u­ral world—even her illus­tra­tions of peo­ple are seep­ing with beau­ti­ful blooms on their clothes and in the back­ground. While nature dri­ven, Kiki cre­ates an inter­est­ing jux­ta­po­si­tion: her art­work is defined by geo­met­ric shapes and dig­i­tal pro­duc­tion. It real­ly sym­bol­izes the world today; that we love the out­doors, but also our devices.

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Captivating Illustrations Depict the “Perfect” Life Through Social Media

Lee Eunjoo Goddess of Fantasy illustrations

Illus­tra­tor Lee Eun­joo explores the notion of “fan­ta­sy con­sum­ing” through her series God­dess of Fan­ta­sy. It’s inspired by Kris­han Kumar’s The Ends of Utopia, that says that “mod­ern man could con­sume their own fan­ta­sy, and in doing so cre­ate utopia.” Lee’s illus­tra­tions con­nects this with social media—specifically, the idea of “con­sum­ing images” on social media.

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Intimate Interior Illustrations of Rooms Around the World

Illustrated interiors by Liz Rowland
Melbourne, Australia

Have I ever told ya’ll how much I love inte­ri­or illus­tra­tions? Because I do—they’re fas­ci­nat­ing! You can learn so much about a per­son from the objects they own. It’s why I’m drawn to the illus­trat­ed homes of Liz Row­land. Sim­ply called Inte­ri­ors, they fea­ture “small sce­nes from around the world.” There’s a win­dow and a plant in Mex­i­co, sun­flow­ers in Lon­don, and a messy desk in Mel­bourne. Each has arti­facts telling us about the per­son who inhab­its the space, done in a style that recalls the great Jonas Wood.

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Colorful Portraits of Curious People You’ll Want to Meet

Illustrated portraits by Anne M. Bentley

Influ­enced by vin­tage pot­tery, fash­ion, and mid-cen­tu­ry archi­tec­ture, Anne M. Bent­ley paints curi­ous por­traits of mys­te­ri­ous folks. Clad in over­sized sun­glass­es and 70s-inspired out­fits, they pose with big cats, poodles, and feath­ered friends.

Anne’s bright col­ors and bold visu­al approach leave me want­i­ng more. I wish I knew the sto­ries of the­se illus­trat­ed portraits—but, I can always make up my own back sto­ries of the­se peo­ple. That’s part of the fun.

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Empowering Illustrated Signs from Women’s Marches Around the World

Illustrations for Women's March

Bodil Jane

Unless you were in an iso­la­tion cham­ber this past week­end, you prob­a­bly heard and/or par­tic­i­pat­ed in a Women’s March. I was for­tu­nate to be able to make it to the main Wash­ing­ton, DC event (Bal­ti­more is just an hour train ride away). It was incred­i­ble! The streets were full of peo­ple march­ing for the equal­i­ty of all wom­en, while also protest­ing Don­ald Drumpf’s dis­gust­ing atti­tudes and actions towards wom­en.

Art and activism go hand in hand. The signs I saw were powerful, often incorporating humor or puns to make a point. Some were beautifully illustrated to boot. Here are some of my favorites I’ve seen around the web from the marches in DC and around the world.

Carson Ellis

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Dreamy Portraits Created with a Beautiful Bounty of Textures

Brooklyn Dolly

Erin Robin­son, bet­ter known as Brook­lyn Dol­ly, cre­ates gor­geous por­traits in a smat­ter­ing of medi­ums. Look close­ly at her dreamy imagery and you’ll find water­col­or, ink, char­coal, sten­cil­ing, col­lage, as well as dig­i­tal work. Togeth­er, their lay­ers are visu­al­ly rich and cel­e­brate Erin’s subjects—the “fem­i­nine shape and the many shades and coifs of Brook­lyn.”

Erin sells her work through the Brook­lyn Dol­ly Etsy shop.

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Exquisite Portraits are “Drawn” with Carefully-Arranged Flowers

Sister Golden floral art

Dur­ing the win­ter, with­out fail, I dream of the flow­ers in spring. (There’s only so much gray I can take—especially in the con­crete jun­gle.) A wom­an (and mom) named Vicki—one half of the shop Sis­ter Gold­en—has cre­at­ed flo­ral art that’s the per­fect escape from the drea­ri­ness. Using suc­cu­lents, dried leaves, and fresh blooms, she arranges them into exquis­ite por­traits of wom­en. One of her most pop­u­lar pieces fea­tures Frida Kahlo clev­er­ly drawn using stems and sticks. They’re a great sub­sti­tute for a pen or paint­brush!

The­se pieces, and more, are avail­able through the Sis­ter Gold­en shop.

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Intricate Illustrations of Nature That You’ll Wish Were Real

Svabhu Kohli illustration

Svab­hu Kohli cre­at­ed some of my favorite illus­tra­tions this year, with his intri­cate­ly detailed nature images cel­e­brat­ing the world’s splen­dor. Full of col­or and tex­ture, the­se com­po­si­tions beg you to study them for a long time. The­se par­tic­u­lar pieces are a riff on his Ocean piece of 2015—the sea crea­tures are the focal point framed by a beau­ti­ful flo­ral land­scapes.

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