Japanese illustrator Ryo Takemasa is a pro at creating tranquil landscapes that depict the beauty of grandiose settings. Mountains, lakes, and fields are often featured, but he’ll occasionally paint urban settings, too. No matter the scene, they’re done with flattened perspective and lovely shape design, with texture that resembles screen printing.
Ryo sells pillows, mugs, prints, and more through his Society6 shop.
Kate O’Hara writes that, “She enjoys creating illustrations that draw people in through their nostalgic mood and intricate detail. ”
I started with the above quote because I couldn’t have said it better myself—Kate’s meticulous, realistic style composes these strange and alluring scenes, which feel oddly familiar by combining common imagery of birds, flowers, insects, and more.
Although Kate’s illustrations are client-specific, the general subject matter and beautiful style allows you to enjoy them anytime. Purchase her work as prints, totes, mugs, and more via Society6. (Via Pixel Loft)
What a colorful cast of characters! Illustrator Marion Arbona created these fun figures that come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. I’m fascinated by how unique each of them appears, with varied styles of clothing, facial features, and bodies that are both long and short. It’s no wonder that she works in animation and children’s books fields, in addition to producing vibrant matryoshka dolls.
French illustrator Julia Spiers has created Saisons, a 3D installation that depicts a sprawling, dream-like scene. To create it, she first painted the watercolor figures on paper, cut each piece out, and then arranged them in the formation you see here.
Looking at the style of these characters, with their soft colors and diffused details, I’m reminded of Harry Darger’s work. Like him, Julia infuses surreal elements into her pop-up composition, and there are a lot of things going on everywhere you look. It conjures the same types of curiosities I have when looking at Dargers work, and I would love to spend some in-person time with Saisons. I’m sure there’s a lot more to see!
1 // Love Cat Shirt by Miss Patina
2 // Allegra Pompavana underwear by Estudio Guardabosques (for Pompavana)
3 // Bird Enamel Pin by Elizabeth Graeber
4 // The Cat’s Meow Collar Pins by Minifanfan
5 // Foldover Canvas Cactus Clutch by Togetherness Design
6 // Embroidered “OLEXI” bracelet by The Mint House (for Readymade Objects Shop)
7 // Summer — Journal by Melissa Chaib
Above are seven illustrated products I’ve been obsessing over the past week (or months, whatever), and I also wanted to share one more thing. It’s the “by BULBING” optical illusion table lamp:
So cool! When viewed from the front, it looks like regular lamp, but it’s merely a clever optical illusion—as you can see, the lantern is much thinner than that. This model, plus two others, are currently available on Kickstarter. (PS — I originally wrote about this product on My Modern Met! I write there everyday, so check it out.)
As always, happy Friday, ya’ll! Hope your weekend is a great.
Ever thought about adding florals to your daily stretches? Illustrator and textile designer Caitlin Shearer has, as evidenced in her series Reproduction. The soft, airy images feature a woman as she poses with uncolored blooms. Simultaneously surreal, beautiful, and strange, the series highlights the tranquility we can feel when we just sit and chill. Take some time for yourself. You’ve earned it!
Be sure to check out Caitlin’s blog and follow her on Facebook—she updates both regularly.
Here’s a look at Caitlin’s clothing. (Available in her shop.)
Normally, I gravitate towards illustrations that are full of color. But today, I find myself attracted to the line drawings of Ryn Frank. They’re beautiful in their simplicity, consisting of mostly thin outlines with a few filled areas. This style lends itself well to details, and Ryn doesn’t shy away from depicting textured surfaces with tiny, meticulously-sketched lines and dot after dot after dot.
Many of Ryn’s illustrations are used in pattern design. These would make wonderful wallpaper, wouldn’t they? (h/t Perrin)
These colorful illustrations by Luisa Rivera are poetic and beautiful. In them, disparate elements create surreal compositions that are undoubtedly influenced by the wonders within the natural world. Often, realistic subjects are combined with patterning and stylized landscapes. It’s a nice mixture, perfect for conceptual, editorial work, so it’s no surprise that Luisa has created illustrations for clients like Variety Magazine and The New York Times.
Above: included in Coordinate Disregard
This past weekend, I went to the opening of Coordinate Disregard at the Terrault Contemporary in Baltimore. There, I saw the work Brooklyn-based fiber artist Alicia Scardetta, who I’ve been following on Instagram but hadn’t before seen her colorful weavings in person. And let me tell you, they are awesome. Intricate and jubilant, they combine a variety of weaving techniques and are “part tapestry, part friendship bracelet.”
To produce these meticulous pieces, Alicia uses frame tapestry looms and creates parameters for each weaving. Through this, she explores the possibilities and limitations of the “grid structure that forms woven textiles.” The process isn’t unlike illustration. In both fields, there are guidelines you must operate within, and part of the challenge is figuring out how to let your artistic voice shine.
If you’re local to Charm City, make sure you check out Coordinate Disregard. It’s up until September 26 and in addition to Alicia, includes work by: Randall Lear, Elissa Levy, Gabriel Luis Perez, and Curtis Miller. Plus, it’s curated by my pal Amy Boone-McCreesh, who is also an amazing artist!
1 // Small Red Foxes pencil case by Yamok
2 // Cosmos Tarot and Oracle Deck, featuring 100 artist and illustrators, by Light Grey Art Lab
3 // Handmade backpack by LORIBARCELONA
4 // Ceramic Planters by Universal Isaac (I couldn’t pick just one!)
5 // Go Away Door Mat, photo via @eh_bee_see (I don’t know who makes this, but I love it)
6 // Wise Palm Bag by Native Bear
7 // Rain Cloud Coasters by Pygmy Cloud
Happy Friday! And for my US readers, happy Labor Day! I hope you all get to enjoy a relaxing 3-day weekend.
Here’s one last illustrated product I’m obsessing over, by little birdy (follow their Instagram, it is wonderful!). Aren’t llamas the cutest?