Masha Rumyantseva

With pho­to­graph­ic col­lages, you can expect a cer­tain lev­el of absur­dism. That qual­i­ty can go either direc­tion — it can be humor­ous or a bit more intro­spec­tive, using sym­bols to com­mu­ni­cate a larg­er, more seri­ous theme. I think that Masha Rumyantseva’s works lean a bit more on the humor­ous end of the spec­trum, as she plays with scale to cre­ate sit­u­a­tions that are rather light heart­ed.

It’s nice to see a bit of col­or inter­ject­ed in her work as well! 

All images via Flickr.

Popshot Magazine



Mike Lay

I find these draw­ings by Mike Lay to be an inter­est­ing exam­ple of lifestyle illus­tra­tion. They are con­scious of trends and fash­ion, expres­sive at the same time, encom­pass­ing a cer­tain feel­ing from draw­ing to draw­ing.

The use of bright, elec­tric accent col­ors high­lights a hyper­ac­tive, high ener­gy, yet dete­ri­o­rat­ing lifestyle. The sub­jects of Mike’s draw­ings seem worn out but not inter­est­ed in giv­ing up what they have. This is espe­cial­ly appar­ent in the eyes — blank stares like they are pos­sessed.

All images via his Flickr.







Tom Moglu

Tom Moglu has been pret­ty pro­lif­ic in his col­lage mak­ing. Each day he cre­ates col­lages out of bills, books, among oth­er things, using a vari­ety of col­ors and papers. 

Tom’s Flickr set includes more than 130 col­lages, often arrang­ing them into small groups of five or six small­er col­lages. They look great as a set, which you can view here.

I look at these and think “land­scape”. What about you? 



Valencay #4 (detail)

Daily £15 - May 4th-10th

Big Sur

Artist, Collage

Julie Dru


This after­noon, I am real­ly enjoy­ing the seem­ing­ly quick, effort­less draw­ings of Lon­don-based artist Julie Dru.

She writes that she loves the beau­ty of imper­fec­tions, which com­ple­ments her hand-drawn, graph­ic and col­laged work. Julie also com­pletes mono­prints as well! 

All images via her web­site.






Luciano Scherer

Luciano Scher­er has two descrip­tors in his Flickr pro­file that I think sum up his work: post-naive and goth­ic. Themes in his work are a bit dark, with crea­tures loom­ing over the land­scape. They are in con­trast to an oth­er­wise idyl­lic land­scape, only adding to the feel­ing of uneasi­ness.

In addi­tion, Luciano does paint in a flat, almost naive man­ner, remind­ing me of Hen­ri Rousseau, a promi­nent folk painter. The con­trast between the endear­ing for­est and the evil lurk­ing with­in is a com­pelling part of Luciano’s work. 

All images via Flickr.


Post Mortem Vision

Experiencia ExtraCorporea




Joakim Ojanen

I first fea­tured Joakim Oja­nen last year. A stu­dent liv­ing in Stock­holm, Joakim shot me a link to his web­site with new work on it. I am a big fan of his draw­ings, with their vis­cer­al qual­i­ty. I also and real­ly enjoy­ing the tac­tile qual­i­ty of his paint­ings. I love these char­ac­ters! I think I would real­ly enjoy a mask with a duck bill attached.

All images via his web­site.






Artist, Collage

Shelby DiMarco

Yes­ter­day, Kel­ly of Lit­tle Paper Planes sug­gest­ed that I look at their cur­rent fea­tured artist, Shel­by DiMar­co. Kel­ly told me that she was only 19, and mak­ing great work already. I’d have to agree with her! 

A col­lage artist, Shel­by depicts dreamy land­scapes, hazy in their col­or­ing and float­ing in space. Lit­tle Paper Planes fea­tures an inter­view with the artist and def­i­nite­ly worth the read. 

All images are via her blog. Her blog is a good to look at. She clear­ly has an aes­thet­ic she is attract­ed to (one that I also love). 






Animation, Artist, Illustration

Niky Roehreke

There is so much good stuff on Niky Roehreke’s web­site that it’s hard to pick what to fea­ture on Brown Paper Bag. 

Niky is very tal­ent­ed and lends her skills to a myr­i­ad of projects. This includes ani­ma­tion, draw­ing, paint­ing, illus­tra­tions, and design. Although she uti­lizes the com­put­er for a lot of her work, Niky always pro­vides a hand-drawn touch to what­ev­er she is doing. 

All images via her web­site.

LOVE WILL GUIDE YOU FULL VERSION from Niky Roehreke on Vimeo.






Artist, Collage

Kathy Bouthier

I tweet­ed last week about the work of Kat­ty Bouthi­er. She is an artist work­ing in col­lage, using pho­tographs and accent col­or to make her work pop. 

The con­tent of Katty’s work tends to be fan­tas­ti­cal and almost mys­tic. There is the explo­ration of the unknown and a empha­sis on con­scious­ness, espe­cial­ly in the crop­ping of her pieces — they feel like vignettes, small and inti­mate, as if we are tak­ing a glimpse into the inner thoughts of some­one else. 

All images via her website/blog.







Chelsea Brown

Here is some beau­ti­ful work by Chelsea Brown. An artist based in San Fran­cis­co, her draw­ings and paint­ings are based around the super­nat­ur­al, Native Amer­i­can and ani­mals.

I asked Chelsea to tell me about her work, which she hap­pi­ly oblig­ed:

Most of my work deals with super­nat­ur­al themes inspired by myths, leg­ends, spir­its, cos­mol­o­gy and rit­u­als. I am espe­cial­ly amazed by Native Amer­i­can spir­i­tu­al cul­ture and a lot of the research that informs my work begins there. There are so many inter­est­ing intri­ca­cies to their cul­ture. For one thing, there is no sep­a­ra­tion between humans, ani­mals and the earth. In some Native Amer­i­can lan­guages, there is no word to dif­fer­en­ti­ate ‘humans’ and ‘ani­mals’ because they are in essence the very same thing. I find it fas­ci­nat­ing that in many cos­mol­o­gy myths, it is an ani­mal or a non-human phe­nom­e­na that is respon­si­ble for cre­at­ing the uni­verse for all beings, instead of in many oth­er ‘reli­gions’ the cre­ator is a man or some image of man cre­at­ing the uni­verse specif­i­cal­ly for man. 

Although each tribe has its own unique cul­ture, there are some inter­est­ing ways in which tribes across North Amer­i­ca are sim­i­lar in their spir­i­tu­al cul­ture. Most tribes have some vari­a­tion of a Vision Quest, which is a process where­in an indi­vid­ual seeks out their con­nec­tion to the spir­i­tu­al world. This process would yield a ‘spir­it ani­mal,’ or some kind of phe­nom­e­na that became very per­son­al, and would give that per­son strength and pur­pose through their lives. 

Chelsea’s work is clear­ly informed, and shows with­out her expla­na­tion. The com­plex, mul­ti­fac­eted imagery has a beau­ti­ful sor­row to it. 

All images via her web­site.