Adults Charmingly Reinterpret Children’s Drawings in ‘The Monster Project’

The Monster Project

Mar­ijke Buurlage

I find it so charm­ing when adults rein­ter­pret children’s art­work. It show­cases how crazy and imag­i­na­tive kids are, and with an adult’s touch, it adds a level of sophis­ti­ca­tion that brings out the best of both worlds. The Mon­ster Project has a sim­ple mis­sion: to “help chil­dren rec­og­nize the power of their own imag­i­na­tions and to encour­age them to pur­sue their cre­ative poten­tial.” Kids draw mon­sters, then artists from around the world recre­ate them in their own styles. Check out their project gallery with over 100 ter­ri­fy­ingly adorable mon­sters.

The Mon­ster Project is cur­rently rais­ing fund­ing to expand their project to schools, prod­ucts, and more. Visit their Kick­starter.  (Thanks to Gian­luca Maruotti for sub­mit­ting this link!)

The Monster Project

Marie Berg­eron


Zoe Per­sico

Melanie Matthews

Melanie Matthews


Ric­cardo Zema




Gian­luca Maruotti


Essi Kimpi­maki


Matt Rock­e­feller




Julian Glan­der


Anna J.


Austin Robert


A Collision of Color: Illustrations by Linda Yan

Linda Yan

Cana­dian illus­tra­tor Linda Yan fuses strokes of color into vibrant com­po­si­tions. She mixes and matches abstracted red, blues, greens, and yel­lows shapes, cre­at­ing a col­li­sion of tex­tures that are off­set by areas of solid color. This pro­duces a visual “push and pull” effect and helps achieve visual bal­ance so that our eye isn’t com­pletely overwhelmed.

I found Linda’s work in issue 27 of Upper­case mag­a­zine, which show­cases 30 new illus­tra­tion tal­ents. As with all issues, this one is beau­ti­fully designed, but if you’re a fan of the field, you’ve got to check this one out!

Linda Yan

Linda Yan








Fun in the Sun: Vibrant Bikini-Clad Ceramic Figures by Amy Worrall

Amy Worrall

London-based illus­tra­tor Amy Wor­rall is inspired by “top­less girls in Florida and sun­burnt Brits abroad on the Costa del So.” With this in mind, she cre­ates a range of func­tional and dec­o­ra­tive objects, focus­ing on sim­ple din­ing wear and ves­sels. Her pieces are col­or­ful, often using neon pig­ments to cre­ate fun biki­nis. To do this, she uses a tech­nique called majolica—opaque white glaze is applied over earth­en­ware, then other (vibrant) glazes on top of it. This helps achieve such bright colors.

Some of these pieces are avail­able for pur­chase in Amy’s Tic­tail shop.

Amy Worrall

Amy Worrall





Illustrated products

My Weekly 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions


1.  Hand-Painted Cat Brooch by Har­riet Damave
2. Meta­mor­pho­sis Note­book by Per­rin for Anthro­polo­gie
3. Porce­lain Plate by Goisa Herba
4. Bat Scarf by Jes­sica Roux
5. Night Bloom tem­po­rary tat­too by Alyssa Nass­ner for Tat­tly
6. Banana Cup by Bobo Choses for Mokkasin
7. Swan Bag by Sonia Cavallini

Tuto­ri­als to Try 

I write for Craftsy, cre­at­ing fine art-based tuto­ri­als for any­one to try! It’s a lot of fun. Here are a cou­ple of my favorites—time to bust out your paint!

Step-by-Step Tips for Paint­ing Ani­mals in Acrylic


(This is my cat, Pauline)

Paint Realistic-Looking Birds With Acrylic Paint




Illustrator, Paper Craft, Sculpture

Isobelle Ouzman Transforms Discarded Books into Sculptural Illustrations

Isobelle Ouzman
Dis­carded books have found a new life with the work of Iso­belle Ouz­man. Her intri­cate, sculp­tural illus­tra­tion carve into the pub­li­ca­tions’ pages, cre­at­ing mys­ti­cal land­scapes that tell a whole new story—separate from the book’s orig­i­nal tale. Many of her com­po­si­tions fea­ture pen and ink draw­ings, but some­times she’ll accent areas with water­color paints.

Ouz­man sells her altered books through her Etsy shop. She occa­sion­ally takes com­mis­sions, too. Wouldn’t this be per­fect for the book lover in your life?
Isobelle Ouzman












Busy People in Dizzingly-Detailed Scenes by Natsu Wakabayashi

Natsu Wakabayashi

I know it’s not exactly win­ter, but doesn’t this illus­tra­tion by Natsu Wak­abayashi put you in the mood? Snow, ski­ing, hot chocolate…doesn’t sound so bad! This was the first image I saw by the Japan­ese illus­tra­tor, but it’s not the last. Natsu’s enthralling port­fo­lio is full of busy scenes that are fas­ci­nat­ing in the amount of detail. Using pen and col­ored pen­cil, she draws tiny pat­terns, archi­tec­tural details, let­ter­ing on sinage. It’s impressive—make sure you spend time really look­ing at each piece. You won’t be disappointed.









Illustrators with Ink

Illustrators with Ink: Nomi Chi


For my lat­est install­ment of Illus­tra­tors with Ink, Vancouver-based illus­tra­tor and tat­too artist Nomi Chi is shar­ing her ink and draw­ings. She has a fan­tas­tic artis­tic style, and I’m espe­cially fond of her tattoos—they have the spon­tane­ity and dynamism of pen­cil sketches! (All of the tat­toos you see here is work that Nomi has etched on her clients.)

So, with­out fur­ther ado, here’s Nomi!

How did you get in to tat­too­ing? Did you ever envi­sion your­self doing it?
I had a very fluid and relaxed appren­tice­ship, most of what I know I’ve learned through obser­va­tion or through the gen­eral dif­fu­sion of knowl­edge that comes with work­ing with peo­ple more expe­ri­enced than me. I began tat­too­ing quite young, but I never imag­ined my work would be sought-after, at least not to the degree that it is today.


How much of your time is spent tat­too­ing and how much of it is spent illus­trat­ing?
Most of my time is spent either tat­too­ing or doing prepara­tory draw­ings for tat­toos. In the future, I would like to be illus­trat­ing more.




How does your illus­tra­tion style trans­late into tat­too­ing? Do you see much of a dif­fer­ence between the two?
I try not to illus­trate the way I tat­too. Both prac­tices share the same ves­sel (me), so there is going to be some cross-pollination, but at the moment I try to keep them rel­a­tively com­part­men­tal­ized. Tat­too­ing is not only a tech­ni­cally restric­tive medium, it inher­ently involves the pref­er­ences, desires and vision of another per­son. In my illus­tra­tive work I try to explore themes and tech­ni­cal pos­si­bil­i­ties that I could not/would not in tat­too­ing. Tat­too­ing has its own won­der­ful qual­i­ties and does not have to look like illus­tra­tion to be visu­ally appealing.


Your tat­toos are beau­ti­ful and feel like ener­getic sketches. What are the inspi­ra­tion behind the tat­toos you cre­ate? Are most of them your vision? If not, how much input do clients typ­i­cally give?
My inter­est in visual art was spurred by ani­ma­tion, so cap­tur­ing move­ment is impor­tant to me. I also strive to impli­cate a kind of imme­di­acy in my my tat­toos, so there’s a lot of impro­vi­sa­tion — It keeps the process fresh and fun for me. I’m glad my clients like it too, of course!
As for sub­ject mat­ter, that’s usu­ally pro­vided by my client. I am often given room to apply my own kind of twist to the con­cept as well.



What is the most mem­o­rable tat­too you’ve given?
The first tat­too I made on another per­son. The expe­ri­ence is etched into me like a sigil. I remem­ber every detail of the room we were in, it’s sur­real how clearly I can recall that moment.


What’s the inspi­ra­tion for your illus­tra­tions?
Lumpy things, fleshy-ness, squishy hairy things, feel­ings, fem­i­nism, desire, death — not nec­es­sar­ily in that order.


How long have you been illus­trat­ing?
Gosh, I don’t know. I learned at a young age that there are peo­ple out there who will pay money and give me praise and atten­tion for draw­ings, so I’ve been hus­tling art for about as long as I can remember.


Any excit­ing projects on the hori­zon?
I am very soon releas­ing a sketch­book of sorts, in an uncon­ven­tional and excit­ing for­mat, with my pub­lisher von­zos! I’ll def­i­nitely be talk­ing it up all over my social media pages as the release date draws near, so keep your eyes peeled.



What tools do you use for cre­at­ing your work?
Lately I’ve been return­ing to clas­sic illus­tra­tion sta­ples: pen, ink, gouache, etc. But I’m also into CNC­ing sculp­tures from MDF board and paint­ing them, and build­ing fig­urines with Sculpey.

Thanks, Nomi! Make sure you fol­low her on Insta­gram to keep up with her work.

Illustrated products

My Weekly 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions


1.  Leather Clutch Bag by boo+boo fac­tory
2. Hand-Painted Girl Plate by Pretty Lit­tle Thieves
3. Geo Block Book­mark by Dowse
4. Stoneware ghosts by Stu­dio Arhoj (sold by Dowse)
5. Blos­som Flap Back­pack by Bagy­Bag
6. Happy Ceramic Sugar Dish by Beard­bangs
7. Flocked Dog Brooch by Sally Haysom (sold at Howkapow)

Happy Fri­day! In case you missed my tweet about it, Mal­lory over at Gems recently shared some beau­ti­fully illus­trated books, includ­ing one of her own: Here Kitty Kitty. As the title sug­gests, it fea­tures an impec­ca­bly curated series of cat illustrations.


Here are some oth­ers. Aren’t they lovely? (See the full list!)




One last thing: next Mon­day, I’m send­ing out my monthly newslet­ter! I’ve recently revamped it and added some fun fea­tures. Sub­scribe here!

Ceramics, Illustrated products

Adorable Face Pots to Brighten Your Day by Polkaros


Not too long ago, I was writ­ing about my love for face pots, shar­ing the ceramic work of Kin­ska (if you aren’t famil­iar, def­i­nitely check them out). Polka­ros is another maker of sim­i­larly adorable pieces, craft­ing small ves­sels that don sweet expres­sions and col­or­ful pat­terns. The per­son behind it all is Ros Lee, who has a pas­sion for cre­at­ing things you use reg­u­larly but with a fun twist. You’ll find that your days are bet­ter off because you have these spe­cial, unique objects in your life.

Polka­ros sells online, and you can buy more than just ceram­ics in the shop—acces­sories, tex­tiles, and paper goods are all available.












Naturalistic Collages Celebrate the Little Things in Our World

Adrienne Slane

I’m fas­ci­nated by the amount of lit­tle things that there are in the world. Going to over­stuffed antique malls and exam­in­ing all the small objects crammed onto the shelves is enthralling: peo­ple have amassed col­lec­tions of but­tons, fig­urines, flags, post­cards, and much, much more, and I love to see how these objects are grouped together. I feel the same way when I look at col­lages by Adri­enne Slane, an Ohio-based artist whose intri­cate pieces are care­ful gath­er­ing of images. Her diverse imagery includes shells, wildlife, fruit, and fungi, with sources rang­ing from the 1500s to mid-1900s. The dis­parate ele­ments come together in a pleas­ing compositions.

My work cel­e­brates the beauty and inter­con­nec­tiv­ity of the uni­verse in a time when our envi­ron­ment is in cri­sis,” she writes in her artist state­ment. “It draws its imagery from a wealth of illus­tra­tions that encour­aged explo­ration, won­der, and appre­ci­a­tion of nature in decades past.”

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