Ceramic Greyhounds’ “Tattooed” Coats Read Like Dreams

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Brazil­ian artist Eve­lyn Tan­nus paints beau­ti­ful sur­face designs on ele­gant ceramic stat­ues of Grey­hound dogs. She turns their normally-neutral-colored coats to hues like mint green, sky blue, and lilac. In addi­tion, Eve­lyn draws flow­ers, geo­met­ric pat­terns, human fig­ures, and much, much more on the dogs’ bod­ies and heads. I love see­ing how the seem­ingly dis­parate imagery flows together, as if we’re wit­ness­ing her stream of con­scious­ness or dreams.

You can find many more of these cre­ations on her web­site.

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Eve­lyn also cre­ates dec­o­rated fists. This is my way of say­ing “rock on” and happy weekend!

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Surreal Illustrations That Swim in the Unknown

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Illus­tra­tor Sonia Alins Miguel cre­ated these sur­real and eerie works titled Dones D’Aigua (trans­la­tion: Water Women), and it makes sense given the sub­ject mat­ter. Naked ladies swim in a gray-blue void. This liq­uid, lim­i­nal space could sig­nify dreams or feel­ings of unknown. And, by the looks on their faces, this could be unwel­come or down­right alarming.

I was imme­di­ately drawn to Sonia’s illus­tra­tions because of the com­po­si­tional push-and-pull. As these ladies’ limbs are out of the water, they are rep­re­sented with crisp lines. But, when they’re under the water, every­thing becomes very dif­fused and distorted.

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Classics Tales Unfolded into Beautiful Illustrations

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If you’re a fan of clas­sic tales like Romeo and Juliet and Pride and Prej­u­dice, then you’ll swoon at these illus­tra­tions by Yelena Bryk­senkova and Becca Stadt­lander. The two (sep­a­rately) painted Clas­sics Unfolded for Frances Lin­coln publishers.

Sto­ries are told in a fold-out con­certina gift for­mat that fea­tures 16 illus­trated frames. The pub­lish­ers describe it say­ing, “every title in this series is like a visual ‘spark notes’: a  learn­ing tool that sim­pli­fies plots into bite-sized pieces, and dou­bles as a beau­ti­ful piece of free­stand­ing art to shelve or frame.”

I love both Yelena and Becca’s styles and think they’re per­fect for this project. Plus, they are real-life friends — what a nice coin­ci­dence (or is it?)!

You can now pre­order these titles for release in March.

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These French Chocolate Bars Have the Best Illustrated Labels

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If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I love choco­late. LOVE. I can’t seem to turn down sweets, espe­cially in the form of a cup­cake or bar. So, when I found a choco­late brand that fea­tured awe­some illus­tra­tions on their pack­ag­ing, it was the best of both worlds.

Le choco­lat des Français is a French brand that’s made tra­di­tion­ally in a small vil­lage in Ile-de-France, near Paris. Paul-Henri Mas­son art directed these labels, and he employs the tal­ents of many, many illus­tra­tors (see list below). I love the range here. You’ve got bold, col­or­ful labels mixed with fine pen draw­ings. The sub­ject mat­ter varies, but the thread that ties every­thing together is the sense of playfulness.

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Illus­tra­tions by: Alexan­dre Doucin, Amélie Wag­ner, Arthur de Pins, Car­o­line Hoël, Edith Car­ron, Emma Valleran, Gaël Davrinche, Gally, Gas­ton de Lapoy­ade, Guil­laume Chauchat, Hervé Di Rosa, Jean-Charles Fré­mont, Jean-Christophe Valleran, Jean-Manuel Duvivier, Jen­nifer Bon­gibault, JLFQD, JUL,Julia Spiers, Julie Joseph, Julien Chheng, Laura Junger, Lau­re­line Gal­liotLau­rene Boglio, Ludovic Faledammade­line peirs­man, Marc socié,Marie Assé­nat, Matthieu Laroussinie, Maud Begon, Miss Bean, Mlle Forma, Mr Wal­ter, Pas­cal Lemaître, Quentin Willi­aume, Remi Wyart, Serge Bloch, Simon Bour­nel Bosson, Sophia Babari, Steffie Bro­coli, Stéphane Maupin, Tizieu,Vic­tor Hussenot, Yas­mine Gateau, Youloune

Wenjia Tang’s Soft and Subtly-Colored Illustrations

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With these soft col­ors and gor­geous, sub­tle details, it’s hard to believe that Wen­jia Tang is just a sopho­more in col­lege. She already has a beau­ti­ful style that lends itself well to story-telling and design.

A lot of Wenjia’s work (so far) is assign­ments for school such as redesign­ing book cov­ers (I love what she did with Rapun­zel, directly below).  I’m def­i­nitely keep­ing tabs on her illus­tra­tions to see how she pro­gresses as time goes on!

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I Want to Go There!

Happy Fri­day! Today, my illus­tra­tive round up is of places that I can best describe as “I want to go there.” (Thanks to Lisa for that phrase.) They’re fan­tas­ti­cal, dreamy, relax­ing, and best of all? No snow or frigid temperatures!

Who Needs a Pencil When You’ve Got Thread?

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Julie Van Weze­mael is an illus­tra­tor based in Ghent, Bel­gium, and she com­bines paint­ing and embroi­dery in her exquis­ite works. The use of thread is often sub­tle; here, you can see that it takes the place of lines that would nor­mally be drawn with a pen or pen­cil. I like the tex­ture it cre­ates, and it adds an unex­pected twist to her land­scape scenes.

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Julie also pro­duces ceram­ics! Here are a few of her animal-centric creations:

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Chanel Couture’s Amazing Floral Backdrop Featuring 300 Blooms

It’s no secret my love for paper sculpt­ing, and so when I saw the Chanel Spring 2015 Cou­ture Run­way, I was instantly enthralled. The flo­ral theme fea­tured an arbore­tum of white card­board palms con­structed under a glass ceil­ing. And, bet­ter yet, they moved!

It took 6 months to pro­duce the 300 flow­ers that dec­o­rated the set. Each fea­tured their own engine, and at the start of the show, Bap­tiste Giabi­coni (Karl Lagerfeld’s muse) “watered” them and brought the mechan­i­cal blooms to life.

The mostly-white back­drop had pops of color that com­pli­mented the cou­ture out­fits, some of which were heav­ily adorned with bril­liant flow­ers. Images of the set and cloth­ing below!

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Pho­tos of some of my favorite out­fits. See the entire thing on Vogue.com.

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Illustrators with Ink: Daniel Fishel

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So, it’s been a while, but I have for you another install­ment of Illus­tra­tors with Ink! Queens, New York-based illus­tra­tor Daniel Fishel was gra­cious enough to share his tat­toos with me.

Daniel grew up near Har­ris­burg, PA but moved to New York and pur­sued his MFA in Illus­tra­tion as Visual Essay from SVA. His clients include an impres­sive list: the New York Times, McSweeneys, The Globe & Mail, GQ Mag­a­zine, Wash­ing­ton Post, Baron Fig, Lands End Can­vas and National Pub­lic Radio (yay, NPR!). If you don’t fol­low him on Insta­gram, please do. He has an adorable cat named Avo­cado and likes pizza.

How many tat­toos do you have? 9 (8 patched, 1 unfin­ished sock)

How old were you when you got your first tat­too? I was 19 years old. I was going to get one at 18 but I was super broke just start­ing art school. I’m kind of glad I waited because I prob­a­bly would have got­ten some­thing really dumb but I was smart enough to avoid get­ting a nau­ti­cal star or sparrows.

My first tat­too is a pirate ship on the Susque­hanna river with the Har­ris­burg cap­i­tal build­ing and Three Mile Island on the other side. It’s framed with a ban­ner with 717, my area code, and two straight razors on the sides. It’s a com­mem­o­ra­tion of where I was from and what I believe in. Also, every­one who lis­tened to hard­core and was apart of the scene had got­ten a 717 area code tattoo.

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Did you design any your­self? If not, would you ever? For some of the cus­tom work I roughed it out but had them draw it. It’s their job to draw it in the way they typ­i­cally do. My Buddy Holly tat­too is ref­er­enced based on a Chris­t­ian Clay­ton illus­tra­tion and obvi­ously all of my punk rock band logos are just that.

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Do you have a favorite? If so, which one and why? Prob­a­bly the tat­too on the back of my arm. It’s of a T-Bone steak with a halo at the top that has a ban­ner around it say­ing “For­ever Ten­der.” I got it out of spite at 21 when most of my friends were aggres­sive hard­core veg­ans. I mean they had vegan writ­ten on their knuck­les and “xVE­G­ANx” up their shin. At the time I ate meat and it was all out of fun. Now I’m veg­e­tar­ian and it’s kind of has a whole new mean­ing to me.

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Where did you get your work done? Most of the artists who have done the work on me have moved onto other shops. In no order, Black Thorn Gallery (Mechan­ics­burg, PA), Machine Heads Tat­too (Ley­mone, PA), 717 Tat­too (Mechan­ics­burg, PA), Atom Age Tat­too (Mechan­ics­burg, PA). Ryan Spahr did my awe­some Buddy Holly tat­too and he should get a bunch of atten­tion. I’ve never got­ten a tat­too in NYC yet but it’s on my list of things to do. I’ve lived here for 6+ years so I should get on that.

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Is there any mean­ing behind any of your tat­toos? All of my tat­toos are mean­ing­ful and some­times poetic. I have a tree fort, sub­urb and kids play­ing on my leg which plays as a loose nar­ra­tive of grow­ing up in cen­tral PA. Just run­ning out and about and you came home at dusk to eat din­ner. I guess a call for sim­pler times that I kind of miss before computers/cell phones took over our lives. Before that it was just TVs.

Do you see a con­nec­tion between the type of tat­toos you have and your illus­tra­tive work? Tat­toos have been apart of my life and apart of my visual lan­guage. When­ever I can I try to add tattoo’s on the char­ac­ters I draw.

Here’s a selec­tion of Daniel’s illustrations:

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Energetic Scribbles (and Carefully-Drawn Lines) by Felicita Sala

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Ital­ian illus­tra­tor Felicita Sala cre­ates delight­ful works that incor­po­rate ele­ments of paint­ing, draw­ing, and cut paper. She’s not mar­ried to any one tech­nique and com­bines pho­tog­ra­phy with ener­getic scribbles.

I decided to dis­cover the world of art and illus­tra­tion out­side of for­mal insti­tu­tions, tak­ing inspi­ra­tion from from con­tem­po­rary art, phi­los­o­phy, music, chil­dren, archi­tec­ture and peo­ple on the street,” Felicita writes on her blog. She’s got a very active sketch­book (and reg­u­larly posts snip­pets of it on her there), which I would imag­ine has helped her in her approach.

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