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.
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.
It’s the last in my installment of The Color Series! After five weeks of chronicling work that utilizes blue, pink, green, purple, and gray, the series has come to its natural conclusion. For this final week, let’s explore the rich world of brown illustrations, embroidery, and paper craft.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last Monday, I started The Color Series, in which I select illustrations, paper craft, and embroidery that overwhelming utilize one hue in their compositions. First up was blue with its tranquility and melancholy on full display. Now, I’m featuring pink; the color of beautiful blooms and cotton candy.