Dreamy Illustrations That’ll Make You Want to Explore Outdoors

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Korean illus­tra­tor Eun­sil Chun’s delight­ful works cap­ture the quiet beauty of the out­side world. A col­or­ful casts of char­ac­ters, both peo­ple and ani­mals, tra­verse the bloom­ing land­scapes. Eunsil’s illus­tra­tions include ele­ments of fan­tasy, and every com­po­si­tion fea­tures many fairy tale-esque things. In one, a tiny house boat sits on top of a giant bird’s head. Another fea­tures a wolf (or fox?) that’s taller than a house, and way longer, too!

It’s easy to get lost in these strange places. I can’t help but want to take a ride on that tiny horse with the bow on its tail.

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Book Lovers: A Sneak Peek into Touchka’s Newest Illustrated Scarf!

For the past sev­eral months (prob­a­bly more), I have lusted after illus­trated silk scarves. I love how they tell sto­ries that are con­tained on a sin­gle panel. Plus, they have an obvi­ous prac­ti­cal use as a beau­ti­ful fash­ion acces­sory. Touchka designed these dreamy pieces that fea­ture bright col­ors and gor­geous, small details.

Touchka is a col­lab­o­ra­tion between Jenny Lumel­sky and Tomer Ronen. It was born out a love for story telling, and ini­tially, they wanted to find a way to make illus­tra­tion use­ful for every­day life. “We wanted to com­bine it with quotes and fairy tale ref­er­ences,” they write. “So, we thought the best fit would be an acces­sory item: a scarf, which allows you to add a ‘say’ to your outfit.”

All of their cre­ations have some tie to lit­er­a­ture. Designs are based on the fol­low­ing books: The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde, Peter Pan by J.M. Bar­rie; The Jun­gle Book by Rud­yard Kipling; The Lit­tle Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; and Alice’s Adven­tures in Won­der­land and Through the Look­ing Glass by Lewis Car­roll. They’re cur­rently avail­able for pur­chase through their shop.

Jenny and Tomer were kind enough to share a sneak peek of a new scarf (No. 6) they’re work­ing on. It’s inspired by The Secret Gar­den by Frances Hodg­son Bur­nett: “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a gar­den.” Check it out, as well as a peek into their gor­geous stu­dio below!

Scarves No. 1 — 5:

The Jungle Book

The Jun­gle Book

The Happy Prince

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Peter Pan

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Alice’s Adven­tures in Won­der­land

Alice’s Adven­tures in Wonderland

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Alice’s Adven­tures in Wonderland

The Little Prince

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The Little Prince

The Lit­tle Prince

A peek into Touchka’s studio:

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Here’s scarf no. 6 in progress!

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Vintage Ceramics Reinvigorated with Colorful, Abstract Designs

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Nina van de Goor, known as Ninain­vorm on her Etsy shop, uses vin­tage ceram­ics and rein­vig­o­rates them with her col­or­ful designs. Funny faces and sim­ple, bold shapes are the focus of her work. They’re play­ful and are the per­fect con­trast to the flow­ery, pre-existing imagery. I could see these as the per­fect accent to an equally-as-fun-feeling kitchen!

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BEEP BEEP! Pop Culture-Centric GIFs by Allison Kerek

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I always enjoy a good GIF, and so of course I’m lov­ing Alli­son Kerek’s work! She’s a Kansas City-based illus­tra­tor (my home­town!) who stud­ied inter­ac­tive design in Philadel­phia. Her fun ani­ma­tions fea­ture skulls mor­ph­ing into Ben Franklin, flash­ing NIKE dunks, and of course, Missy Elliot on top of a jeep. I could watch these pop-culture-centric for a looong time. Kim Kardashian’s flut­ter­ing hair is mesmerizing.

If you want to fol­low along with Allison’s GIF-making, check out her Tum­blr!

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Here are some of Allison’s non-animated illustrations:

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Lucy Kirk’s “Show Girls” Parody Sexy

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Illus­tra­tor Lucy Kirk cre­ated this series of ceramic fig­urines called The Show Girls. Aptly titled, don’t you think? They’re con­torted into shapes that real humans would prob­a­bly per­form more grace­fully, but that’s exactly what I like about them. They are mim­ic­k­ing sexy, but I don’t find them sexy. They’re hand-crafted with visual bumps and imper­fec­tions on the sur­face and in the draw­ing style. As a par­ody of a show girl, it’s great. I’d love to own one!

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Wooden People Capture the Imagination of Children

melanie rustonI posted about some wooden peo­ple ear­lier, so why not more? Melanie Rus­ton is a Baltimore-based artist who’s study­ing to be an art teacher (and about to grad­u­ate!). Her paint­ings are influ­enced by work­ing with chil­dren as a camp coun­selor and an intern; specif­i­cally, them draw­ing from their imag­i­na­tions with­out fear of the final result.

When I paint, I take char­ac­ters from my sketch­book and flesh out their exis­tence in imag­ined stores, where they deal with embar­rass­ment, tri­umph, and rela­tion­ships with oth­ers,” she writes in an artist state­ment. Melanie goes on, stat­ing, “Com­bin­ing a Renais­sance tech­nique with the artis­tic skills of a child, I leave clues for the viewer to solve and under­stand these moments for themselves.”

Fol­low Melanie on Tum­blr.

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Here are some non-wooden peo­ple, includ­ing a mural!

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Strange Combinations Immortalized on Wood

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Late last year, I dis­cov­ered the magic of illus­trated prod­ucts on wood. I find them so delight­ful! In par­tic­u­lar, I’m inter­ested in orig­i­nal paint­ings on thin pieces of cut wood. Aus­tralian illus­tra­tor San­dra Eterovic has a whole series of work (for sale on Etsy) that fea­tures hang­ers, clocks, and small sculp­tures. They’re real­is­ti­cally painted and often fuse strange objects and sit­u­a­tions.  San­dra writes, “I love mak­ing up strange com­bi­na­tions just to see what happens!”

Check out her Flickr, too!

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Illustrators with Ink: Tarmasz

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I’m really excited, ya’ll. Today’s install­ment of Illus­tra­tors with Ink is extra spe­cial. Not only do we have a tat­tooed cre­ative, but one that tat­toos oth­ers with her won­der­ful draw­ings! Faus­tine Tar­masz, sim­ply known as Tar­masz, is a tal­ented French illus­tra­tor whose works look as lovely on skin as they do on paper. Check out my inter­view with her below!

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How many tat­toos do you have?
Well, it is quite dif­fi­cult to count tat­toos, but I would say around 20, big and small pieces.

How old were you when you first got tat­tooed?
I was 17, I did 3 tat­toos the same day, and now all of them are cov­ered… tat­toos before 20 years old are mistakes. ;)

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Did you design any your­self?
I would say the half are designed or tat­tooed by myself. It was a way to train myself at tat­too­ing when I started to prac­tice, but since few years I stopped tat­too­ing myself, because I want to save some space for all the super great tat­too artists I am tat­tooed by!

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Are there any spe­cial sto­ries attached to your tat­toos?
I like tat­toos for what they look like and not for what they mean, so I do not have deep per­sonal emo­tions related to my tat­toos. But each of them of course have a story, depend­ing on the tat­tooist, the sit­u­a­tion, the place and the way it has been done. I don’t have so many things to tell about them, except that each time they’re great human encounters!

One of the things I really like in tat­too­ing and get­ting tat­tooed is that it makes you meet so many peo­ple! Illus­tra­tion is a lonely activ­ity, you spend your time draw­ing all alone at your desk; tat­too­ing is for me a way to go out and social­ize. I already met so many awe­some peo­ple thanks to tattoos!

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tarmaszHow did you get in to tat­too­ing? Did you ever envi­sion your­self doing it?
Well, I started to tat­too because I was in a period of my life I really wanted to exper­i­ment dif­fer­ent art medi­ums. It was basi­cally curios­ity but, I started to like that and this shit got seri­ous… but before I never planned to do it as a job since I never thought there would be enough peo­ple request­ing my draw­ing to get tattooed.

How much of your time is spent tat­too­ing and how much of it is spent illus­trat­ing?
I tat­too 1 week a month and the rest of the time, I spend it draw­ing illus­tra­tions and work­ing on comics.
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Adorable Assemblages Beautifullly Tie Together Disparate Matrials

blanca helgaSpan­ish illus­tra­tor Blanca Helga takes seem­ingly dis­parate mate­ri­als — card­board, painted papers, string, and pack­ag­ing — and assem­bles it all into adorable col­lages. Hansel and Gre­tel, smil­ing horses, col­or­ful drag­ons, and googly-eyed fly­ing crea­tures all make an appear­ance in her work.

I’m a big fan of shapes and how they’re designed, and this aspect is some of my favorite parts of Blanca’s work. I love how she takes oddly-formed card­board and papers piece and trans­forms them into heads and bod­ies. The small bits of string and paper also give me the dis­tinct feel­ing that she’s “paint­ing” with scis­sors (or torn edges).

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The fol­low­ing images are from Blanca’s Self Por­trait Project. Her por­trait fits into a small, neat book that uses trans­paren­cies to layer flow­ers and dif­fer­ent shapes. Very cool!

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