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Illustrated Books, Painting

Retro-Inspired Book Covers Illustrate Imaginary Titles You’ll Want to Read

Book painting by Anna Hoyle

Illus­tra­tor Anna Hoyle is a col­lec­tor of “words, phras­es, and objects,” and she trans­lates her pas­sion into an ongo­ing series of book paint­ings. But these aren’t ordi­nary texts, though. They are gouache por­traits of fic­ti­tious books with sil­ly names that are inspired by a mid-cen­tu­ry aes­thet­ic. Some resem­ble children’s books of yes­ter­year, while oth­ers are remind me of pro­lif­ic illus­tra­tors and design­ers like Dick Bruna.

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Embroidery, Painting

Together, Embroidery and Painting Create Unique Snapshots of Travels Abroad

Mixed media embroidery by Libby Williams

Innsbruck, Austria

Embroi­der­er and artist Lib­by Williams uses a com­bi­na­tion of stitch­ing and paint­ing to cre­ate unique trav­el por­traits of the places she’s been. “I’m from the U.S. but have been liv­ing in Lux­em­bourg for the past year and a half,” she tells me in an email. “I like to work back and forth between abstrac­tion and rep­re­sen­ta­tion, always tak­ing inspi­ra­tion from the land­scape.”

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Interview, Painting

Laura Berger’s Nude Paintings Are Part of an Artistic Soup

Nude Paintings by Laura Berger

There are some parts of one’s visu­al lan­guage that acts as the thread that ties years of work togeth­er. A style might shift, but a con­sis­tent ele­ment still remains. For artist and illus­tra­tor Lau­ra Berg­er, it’s nudes. For as long as I’ve been look­ing at her art, Lau­ra has always incor­po­rat­ed some form of the nude body—figures round and jovial, like they don’t have a care in the world. This visu­al main­stay has grown along side her as her col­or schemes change or explore an abstract world.

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Painting

Meticulously-Arranged Artworks Reveal Adventurous Little Worlds

Little worlds by Celan Bouillet

Artist Celan Bouil­let cre­ates “lit­tle worlds full of ani­mals, green­ery, and adven­ture.” The col­or­ful, high­ly-detailed pieces fea­ture places that are every­where and nowhere. Sloths, giraffes, trop­i­cal leaves, and peacocks—all paint­ed at the same scale—occupy the same com­po­si­tion. They are, how­ev­er, so care­ful­ly arranged while togeth­er, they nev­er ful­ly inter­act. This is Celan’s design. “These mixed media pieces are high­ly detailed and manip­u­late scale along with pat­tern to cre­ate com­plex nar­ra­tives,” she writes.

To pro­duce these pieces is an exer­cise in metic­u­lous­ness. Every branch, rock, and ani­mal is paint­ed gouache on paper which is then cut out and placed on a back­ground. Celan’s com­po­si­tions are so seam­less that at times, it’s hard to tell—but her in-progress works on Insta­gram show­case her beau­ti­ful process.

Celan sells her work as large lim­it­ed edi­tion in her Etsy shop, The Bay­ou Botanist.

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Illustrated products, Illustration, Painting

Deal Me In! Illustrated “Gender Cards” of Trailblazing American Women

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL

Illus­tra­tor Andrea Spara­cio paint­ed over 54 por­traits that depict “trail­blaz­ing women who make Amer­i­ca great” for NARAL Pro-Choice Amer­i­ca’s Gen­der Card deck of play­ing cards. Each card fea­tures a woman (or women) who has/have achieved cul­tur­al and/or his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance. For each indi­vid­ual, Spara­cio has immor­tal­ized their face in her charm­ing style.

The deck show­cas­es women through­out Amer­i­can his­to­ry. Icons like Har­ri­et Tub­man, Ruth Bad­er Gins­burg, Glo­ria Steinem, Bey­on­cé, and Hilary Clin­ton are part of this set, but there are many more—including some you might not rec­og­nize. It’s a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to sup­port NARAL Pro-Choice Amer­i­ca and learn more about the amaz­ing sheroes who have helped shape the coun­try. You can pur­chase your set of cards here.

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL
Painting

Bold and Beautiful Watercolor Paintings of Tropical Plants

Plant paintings by Living Pattern

Big, bold, and beautiful—that’s how I describe the work of Jen­ny Kik­er, aka Liv­ing Pat­tern. Her water­col­or paint­ings fea­ture the strik­ing leaves of plants like Mon­stera deli­ciosa, Val­ley Oak, and good ole ferns. To cre­ate these pieces, Jen­ny says that her process “starts with a com­bi­na­tion of draw­ing from obser­va­tion and imag­i­na­tion,” let­ting the leaf (or leaves) inform “where the line wants to go and how it wants to feel.” The results show­case the exquis­ite sub­tleties of these plants as well as the col­or achieved from water­col­or paint.

Jen­ny sells her work through her web­site, but be sure to fol­low her on Insta­gram for fre­quent botan­i­cal inspi­ra­tion!

Plant paintings by Living Pattern

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Plant paintings by Living Pattern

Plant paintings by Living Pattern

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Plant paintings by Living Pattern

Plant paintings by Living Pattern

Plant paintings by Living Pattern
Illustrated products, Painting

Cassie Byrnes Explores Her “Weird Side” With Beautifully Bold Clothing

Variety Hour by Cassie Byrnes

Beau­ti­ful sur­face design can trans­form ordi­nary objects into func­tion­al works of art. Mel­bourne-based design­er and illus­tra­tor Cassie Byrnes high­lights this in her label Vari­ety Hour, a print-focused endeav­or that’s an out­let for her to “get as weird as she wants” and to exper­i­ment with new, crazy ideas. Each sea­son, she hand-crafts a col­lec­tion of prints that are then applied to cloth­ing, scarves, clutch­es and more.

Fol­low Cassie on Insta­gram to see beau­ti­ful col­ors, pat­terns, and works in progress. (via The Design Files).
Variety Hour by Cassie Byrnes

Variety Hour by Cassie Byrnes

Variety Hour by Cassie Byrnes

Variety Hour by Cassie Byrnes

Variety Hour by Cassie Byrnes

Variety Hour by Cassie Byrnes

Variety Hour by Cassie Byrnes

Variety Hour by Cassie Byrnes

Variety Hour by Cassie Byrnes
Illustration, Painting

Marion Barraud Demonstrates the Power of a Few Brushstrokes

Marion Barraud

A long week­end is quick­ly approach­ing us here in the US, so if you find you’ve got some extra time, why not try this fun exer­cise: Use water­col­ors to dab or brush a spot of paint on the paper and then cre­ate a char­ac­ter from it (in pen or pen­cil). Illus­tra­tor Mar­i­on Bar­raud reg­u­lar­ly does this to great effect—her doo­dles are imag­i­na­tive and delight­ful. With just a few dif­fer­ent flicks of the brush, she’s able to pro­duce diverse mon­sters with a ton of per­son­al­i­ty.

Marion Barraud

Marion Barraud

Marion Barraud

Marion Barraud

Marion Barraud

Painting

Sometimes, You Just Wanna Look at Beautiful Flowers…

Carrie Schmitt
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: some­times, you just wan­na look at beau­ti­ful flow­ers. Artist Car­rie Schmitt cre­ates vibrant com­po­si­tions of blooms in a cou­ple of visu­al­ly-strik­ing styles. Some of her paint­ings fea­ture thick sculp­tur­al strokes, while oth­ers uti­lize expres­sive lines and hap­haz­ard drips. Both are love­ly.

Carrie’s career in the arts came lat­er in life.  In 2009, she devel­oped a life-threat­en­ing aller­gy to heat and couldn’t leave her home for months. She turned lemons into lemon­ade, how­ev­er, and used the time indoors to pur­sue her dream of becom­ing a painter. Car­rie explains, “Cre­at­ing became my ther­a­py and escape as I strug­gled with being home­bound.”

Carrie’s work—originals and prints—are avail­able in her Etsy shop.

Carrie Schmitt

Carrie Schmitt

Carrie Schmitt

Carrie Schmitt

Carrie Schmitt

Carrie Schmitt

Carrie Schmitt

Carrie Schmitt

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