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Illustration, Interview

Illustrator Abbey Lossing Makes It Personal with Her Stylish Portraits

Abbey Lossing digital illustration

If you’ve fol­lowed my Insta­gram for a while, you’ve prob­a­bly seen the work of Abbey Loss­ing. I became enam­ored with her por­traits that com­bine styl­ish ensem­bles, a lim­it­ed col­or palette, and nature-inspired motifs. By day, she’s a staff illus­tra­tor and ani­ma­tor at Vice News, but she also main­tains an active port­fo­lio of per­son­al work.

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Embroidery, Illustration, Paper Craft, The Color Series

The Color Series | 20 Artworks That Cloak Their Compositions in Blue

Blue illustrations

You can’t under­state the impor­tance of color—especially in art. It wields its pow­er in all sorts of ways, from set­ting the mood to giv­ing us impor­tant visu­al clues. Over the next sev­er­al weeks, I’ll share a selec­tion of illus­tra­tion, paper craft, and embroi­dery that over­whelm­ing­ly uses one hue in its com­po­si­tion. Called The Col­or Series, first up are blue illus­tra­tions.

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Illustrated products, Illustration

Tropical Summer Scenes That’ll Make You Want to Escape to the Beach

Summer illustrations by Angela McKay

Today is the longest day of the year, so it seems fit­ting share the work of Angela Mck­ay, aka ohkii stu­dio. Based in Brook­lyn but hail­ing from Aus­tralia and Thai­land, her gouache and water­col­or paint­ings fea­ture sun­ny scenes of swim­ming and trekking through lush trop­i­cal gar­dens. If you’re stuck inside all day (as I am), each of these sum­mer illus­tra­tions will offer a momen­tary reprieve from the com­put­er screen.

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Julia Iredale Fuses Gorgeous Technique with What Lives Inside Our Heads

Surreal illustration by Julia Iredale

Over a year ago, I first mar­veled at the curi­ous work of Van­cou­ver-based illus­tra­tor Julia Iredale. Her sur­re­al illus­tra­tion style fus­es land­scapes and fig­ures into sin­gu­lar­ly com­pelling scenes. While Julia hasn’t depart­ed from her visu­al lan­guage, she’s con­tin­ued to refine it with a new body of work. Rather than cre­at­ing full-bleed illus­tra­tions, she plays raw edges to pro­duce pieces that deft­ly con­vey lucid dream­ing and mem­o­ries you can’t quite shake.

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Illustration, Sketchbooks

Celebrity Names Combined with Animals is a “Punny” Creature Hybrid

Celebrity Animal Puns by Lee May Foster-Wilson

Yes­ter­day, I wrote about the ambi­tious #100­daypro­ject of Cheryl Teo—she’s in the midst of build­ing vibrant cut paper scenes on match­book-sized stages. Illus­tra­tor Lee May Fos­ter-Wil­son, aka Bon­bi For­est, is also com­plet­ing this hun­dred day endeav­or. She’s going the 2D route, how­ev­er, and designed a project around celebri­ty ani­mal puns. Justin Beaver, Spaniel L. Jack­son, and Lla­ma Del Rey are just a few of the “pun­ny” crea­tures that she’s drawn.

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Intuitive Illustrations are Collision of Color, Pattern, and Cats

Interior Illustrations by María Luque

Art of art. That’s how I describe some of my favorite inte­ri­or illus­tra­tions by María Luque. The draw­ings and paintings—a blend of col­or pen­cils, mark­ers, and acrylics—feature peo­ple liv­ing and inter­act­ing with art, and many times they’re accom­pa­nied by an ani­mal who is seri­ous­ly tak­ing up their per­son­al space. Either way, I want to go to the places she illus­trates.

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Famous Ladies’ Portraits Pay Homage to Pioneering Women—While Inspiring Us to Do the Same

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Famous Ladies is an illus­trat­ed homage,” Alexan­dra Beguez writes, “to some of the most influ­en­tial and inspir­ing women in STEM, lit­er­a­ture, the visu­al and per­form­ing arts, sports, and explo­ration.” The strik­ing pen-and-ink draw­ings cap­ture faith­ful like­ness­es of these incred­i­ble women who, as Alexan­dra says, “paved the way for future gen­er­a­tions of women and men alike to work towards their dreams.”

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Illustration, Inspirational Instagram

12 Inspiring Illustrators to Follow on Instagram

Best Illustrators to Follow on Instagram

Insta­gram is my go-to social media—not only for the sto­ries and updates, but as a source to find new and excit­ing illus­tra­tors. I love the insight it gives into a creative’s process as well as their lat­est work. If you too are on social net­work, here are some of the best illus­tra­tors on Insta­gram. Each shares a snip­pet of their work, process, and life that encap­su­lates the essence of their visu­al lan­guage.

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