My friends and I used to have “bad movie Mondays,” where we’d watch a bad movie and make fun of it, something akin to Mystery Science Theater 3000. One particularly bad movie was Wickerman with Nick Cage. Sophia Foster-Dimino’s illustration about the movie (above) brought back memories of this horrible film. I like the illustration much more than I did the movie. In fact, I like much of Sophia’s work, which ranges from comics, simple portraits and editorial compositions, as well as big sprawling scenes.
Sophia is also a Google Doodler, so I have no doubt that you’ve seen her images before.
All images via her Tumblr.
I featured the work of Sofia Arnold last year, and she’s the type of artist whose work I think about from time to time; it really sticks with me.
Sofia’s work — the style, colors and themes — resonate with me. Her newest paintings feature mysterious beings, light emerging from darkness, and color choices that pit the muddy with conventionally beautiful colors. All around, she makes interesting comparisons within her paintings, both thematically and through her chosen medium.
I recently reflected on illustrators and image makers whose work has influenced me over the past 8 years, and cataloged them on this website. I would say Sofia’s work fits right in.
All images via her website.
It wasn’t until this sketch by Martha Anne showed up on the Illustrated Ladies Tumblr that I saw her work. I am wondering why I hadn’t seen it before! I’m a huge fan of Mary Blair (see: my arms), so her style and colors, of course, appeal to me.
After perusing both finish illustrations and sketches, I really like Martha’s drawings. They emphasize shape and line more, and because they are monochromatic, there isn’t for them to get lost in.
All images via her Tumblr, but be sure to check out her website, too!
Did you know I have 10+ houseplants in my 1 bedroom apartment? Is that crazy? I have plans to buy more this summer, too! So, I’m on the lookout for more interesting planters and vases. I came across Atelier Stella’s Tumblr via Pinterest (I have a major love affair with this site), and fell in love with her handmade ceramics.
The vases and planters are given faces and have their own personality- a quiet smile, sassy hands on hips, and sleepy faces adorn Stella’s work.
You can buy her work from her Etsy shop. Sadly, as I write this, everything is sold out until the middle of March. You can sign up for the Atelier Stella mailing list to get the word when she’s about list new stock.
All images via her Tumblr.
I’m not sure how I came across Simon Cheadle’s work, but I first pinned it because I liked the design of his layout. When I finally looked at his website, I discovered he has created some pretty cool projects. Simon describes himself as a designer, illustrator, and printmaker whose work is not dictated by personal style. He writes, “…my work starts with an idea in accordance to the brief, with the medium and process that I use reflecting this concept.”
I personally love this approach, and so it’s no surprise that I really enjoy Simon’s projects, several of which are interactive projects.
The following are some his projects, written by him on his website. (All images via his website, too!)
Make Mistakes:An ongoing and interactive project that explores the importance of making mistakes in the creative process. Drawing tools that generate mistakes were designed and used to reinterpret objects and ideas that are considered perfect. By then printing and manufacturing the, these notions of perfection are pushed back into the realm of creativity and the imperfections of the object are celebrated.
Mental Block: ‘Usually when I am stuck I either keep at it — thinking of other possibilites from other perspectives, flipping my ideas on their head, questioning and scrutinising the brief, challenging the restrictions of what is required, applying the properties of something successful from another field to my problem, asking for advice from one of my friends, looking at another problem I am trying to solve and seeing if it applies well to my brief…or go for a beer.’
Notebook Cover: A versatile notebook cover that promotes personalisation and everyday use based on the fact that a plain notebook can be used by everyone for anything. If, however, the user decides not to adapt it, then it can be left as a decorative pattern.
Also check out “How to be Great.”
Robert Otto Epstein recently sent me works out of his new series. He uses drawing materials, graphite and colored pencil, and adheres his drawing and designs to a small grid that’s reminiscent of textiles — a loom, and for me, personally, of latch hooking patterns that I loved when I was younger (in the late 80’s, early 90’s).
If you like Robert’s work, you can purchase prints through Little Paper Planes.
All images via the artist. Check out his website!
I featured the work of Jared Andrew Schorr many years ago, when I first started this blog. I’ve been following him on Twitter and keeping up with his work ever since. Jared works with cut paper, using a lot of flat colors and a little bit of texture. The emphasis is on shape design and shadow. Because he layers his papers, wonderful drop shadows appear behind the different elements of his work giving it a slight sculptural effect.
Jared’s work is very smiley, and recently he’s taken on clients in the educational sphere. He’s also illustrated a lot of cartoon characters, including Adventure Time, one of my favorites!
All images via his blog.
I’ve featured the work of Julianna Brion on Brown Paper Bag before, and mentioned her last week because she’s apart of my newest exhibition for my online illustration gallery, eyra. Julianna is included in the exhibition Don’t Call Me Honney, a show about the city of Baltimore.
Julianna is local to me, a transplant to Baltimore by way of Connecticut. It’s interesting to see her take on the city, in a series that she’s titled Baltimore Hodgepodge 1–4. A mishmash it is! She captures the banality of row homes, highlighting them with bright accents. Roof decks were new to me when I first moved to Baltimore, so I enjoy that she makes reference to that.
You can own the originals of this work and prints as well! Take a peek in the eyra shop.
Rachel Levit is a recent graduate of Parsons School of Design. She uses gouache to create her illustrations, my favorites being her solitary portraits shown here. I love the sense of loneliness she’s captured, as well as her color palette. All images via her blog and her website.
Rachel also does some sculptural work. Her Botany series was featured in the latest American Illustration.
I’ve always enjoyed textiles, especially patterned ones. I like the story that patterns can tell, and how even a simple one can give something an instant historical context. The Design Center at Philadelphia University is home to 200,000+ objects related to textiles and fashion. They’ve created a Tumblr that is an incredible resource for samples of patterns, some dating back from the 1800’s! Here are some of my favorites, but really, there is something for everyone. Check it out.
All images via their Tumblr.