Sophia Foster-Dimino


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.










Sofia Arnold paintings


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.







Drawing, Illustration

Martha Anne illustration and sketches


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!










Atelier Stella


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.






Illustration, Printmaking

Simon Cheadle


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 Cov­erA 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


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!











Jared Andrew Schorr



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.



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Julianna Brion


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.




Illustration, Sculpture

Rachel Levit



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.





Time Travel Tuesday

Time Travel Tuesday » The Design Center at Philadelphia University



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.