Illustrator

Simple Line Drawings Burst in Beautiful Blooms

Katie Vernon

Sim­ple line draw­ings of ani­mals seem­ingly burst into bloom in these beau­ti­ful illus­tra­tions by Katie Ver­non. Her col­or­ful addi­tions cloak parts of the crea­tures in rainbow-colored petals and leaves, show­ing just how inti­mately tied they are to this earth.

All of these pieces are avail­able as prints through Katie’s Etsy shop called Chip­munk Cheeks. Right now, she’s hav­ing a sale—buy any three 8″ x 10″ prints for $45! A nice time to start a col­lec­tion, huh? (Via So Super Awe­some)

Katie Vernon

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Speckled Canary

EXTENDED! Sign up for Mapping Memories (in Washi Tape) Until August 31!

This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about my washi tape project called Map­ping Mem­o­ries. I started it through Speck­led Canary, my newest endeavor that plans fun art projects for every­one to enjoy!

The orig­i­nal dead­line to sign up was August 16… but I’m happy to announce it’s been extended until August 31. So if you were think­ing about sign­ing up, you still have the chance!

Never heard of Map­ping Mem­o­ries? Find out more below.

Washi tape art­work by Marisa of Omiyage!

Map­ping Mem­o­ries revolves washi tape, which I absolutely love. It’s great—there are so many bright col­ors and pat­terns. Washi tape makes every­thing more fun! Map­ping Mem­o­ries takes advan­tage of these slightly-transparent tapes and invites par­tic­i­pants to make art with it. I’ve part­nered with Marisa of the won­der­ful shop Omiyage for this project. She’s gen­er­ously pro­vided an exclu­sive dis­count code for participants.

Theme: The project theme is “mem­o­ries,” (your mem­o­ries, specif­i­cally). Once you’re done, you’ll send their fin­ished piece to me and I’ll add it to a spe­cial map show­cas­ing everyone’s washi tape mem­o­ries around the world. See what that map looks like - it’s a cus­tom Google map.

The dead­line for art­work is Novem­ber 15, 2015. 

Con­test: Map­ping Mem­o­ries is also a con­test! Prizes will be awarded to the top three art­works. Omiyage and Speck­led Canary are pro­vid­ing prizes.

Some of the "Washi Tape Starter Kits" I've sent!

Some of the “Washi Tape Starter Kits” I’ve sent!

No tape? No prob­lem! There is so much vari­ety in washi tape that it can be over­whelm­ing to choose! For par­tic­i­pants who don’t have any tape, we’re offer­ing a spe­cial Washi Tape Starter Kit that comes with 5 rolls of custom-selected tape from the fol­low­ing brands: MT, maste, and Clas­siky. The kit is $15 and avail­able internationally.

For those who already have a ton of tape, the cost to par­tic­i­pate is cut by a third — $3 gets you into the project + an exclu­sive promo code for 20% off any­thing in the Omiyage shop.

Hope you participate!

Illustrated products, Lately & Liked

My 7 Weekly Illustrated Obsessions

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1 // Illus­trated Play­ing Cards by 1canoe2 (via So Super Awe­some)
2 // Alpaca cook­ies by Kobito (the entire Insta­gram is ADORABLE)
3 // Druids by Pete Cromer
4 // Lit­tle Hand sil­ver neck­lace by hirn&herz
5 // Spotty Bear Planter by Jo Luck­sted Ceram­ics
6 // Illus­trated Pen­cil Case by Mal­ota
7 // Dog Leather Key Ring by noraklotz

And in other illus­trated prod­uct news…

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Remem­ber the Mem­ory game by Aitch and Saddo that I fea­tured in June? Well, it’s now offi­cially for sale via Aitch’s Etsy shop. Pick it up if you haven’t already.

Happy week­end!

Paper Craft

Yelena Bryksenkova’s Beautiful Hand-Cut Window Display in Montreal

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I need to plan a visit to Mon­treal! Yelena Bryk­senkova has recently com­pleted a win­dow dis­play at Cit­i­zen Vin­tage, a vin­tage cloth­ing store. She hand-cut the design out of paper and attached it directly to the glass with strategically-laced double-stick tape. If you’re local to the area, be sure to stop by and check it out—the design, along with prints and cards, are avail­able for sale at the shop all month long.

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Illustration Education

Start Where You Are: A(n Illustrated) Journal for Self Exploration

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Have you ever thought about start­ing a new project, talked about start­ing it, but kept hold­ing off for the “right” time? I often suf­fer from this, even going as plan­ning to make a plan. Ha! Most of the time, I end up procrastinating.

The truth is, there’s often no right time to start something—you just have to jump in with both feet and fig­ure things out as they come. It’s a scary prospect, but one that’s made a lit­tle eas­ier with the help of Meera Lee Patel’s beautifully-illustrated Start Where You Are: A Jour­nal for Self Explo­ration. The book, which is avail­able as of TODAY, is intended for you get to know your­self bet­ter with exer­cises that include writ­ing, draw­ing, and chart-making.

In addi­tion to the help­ful work­book aspect, the jour­nal is packed with hand-lettered quotes and water­color paint­ings done in Meera’s sig­na­ture style. Look­ing through it, I’m excited to begin! If you buy it, please let me know (in the com­ments). Maybe we can orga­nize a lit­tle online meet up every once and a while to dis­cuss it!

Below are some of my favorite spreads, but the over­all book is so beau­ti­ful. I’d rec­om­mend look­ing through the entire thing again and again!

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Paper Craft

Sweet Sentiments in Cut Paper Illustrations by Jotaká

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Ya’ll know I love cut paper illus­tra­tions. So, imag­ine my delight when I dis­cov­ered the work of Jotaká, an illus­tra­tor from Valen­cia, Spain. His project called La siesta is a per­sonal project “about hugs, the impor­tance and the ideal time to receive them.” The bright por­traits are a tan­gle of limbs as peo­ple wrap their arms around each other in a lov­ing embrace. Not only humans, though, but other things, too—cats, dogs, books, and records.

There are cou­ple of things I really enjoy about Jotaká’s series: one is the sweet sen­ti­ment that the images con­vey; another is the styl­is­tic choice of lay­er­ing the paper shapes to cre­ate some depth and three dimensionality.

FYI — I first posted La siesta on my Tum­blr last Thurs­day night. Fol­low it for some fun illus­tra­tion extras!

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Illustrated products

My 7 Weekly Illustrated Product Obsessions

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1  // Gomi Doll by Andrea Kang for Momiji
2 // Donut Paper Plates by Leif Shop
3 // Wooden Nest­ing Dolls by Helen Dardik for the lit­tle dröm store
4 // Cac­tus Sculp­ture by Willis Brewer for Gen­eral Store
5 // Fancy Spaniel Bowl by For­age Stu­dios
6 // Fox Mask by Ninn Apouladaki
7 // Exotic Taste Swatch

Happy week­end, ya’ll! I hope you have some­thing fun planned. I’m in Cleve­land vis­it­ing one of my best pals and awe­some illus­tra­tor, Per­rin. I’ll be back on Monday.

In the mean­time, don’t for­get to check out my Map­ping Mem­o­ries project with Speck­led Canary—make art using washi tape and win awe­some prizes! Sign up now and I’ll send you 5 rolls of tape to start.

Lately & Liked

10 Fantastic Podcasts to Listen to While You Work

 

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Illus­tra­tion can be a lonely activ­ity, but it feels infi­nitely less so when you lis­ten to a great pod­cast! I cur­rently sub­scribe to about 25, and the gen­res range from com­edy to crime to inter­views… and much more.

Here are 10 of my favorites — give ‘em a try — and let me know the pod­casts you enjoy! I’d love to cre­ate a giant list that we can all refer to when want to lis­ten to some­thing new.

In no par­tic­u­lar order…

1. This Amer­i­can Life // TAL is the first pod­cast I ever sub­scribed to, and it’s my Monday-morning rit­ual to lis­ten to it. The episodes, which are dif­fer­ent sto­ries revolv­ing around a cen­tral theme, will make you laugh, cry, and even con­tem­plate your own mor­tal­ity. Plus, Ira Glass is great.

2. Death, Sex, & Money // Host Anna Sale inter­views peo­ple, both famous and not, about their lives, specif­i­cally about death, sex, and money. She has the incred­i­ble gift of get­ting peo­ple to open up and be vul­ner­a­ble, which makes her inter­views even more fascinating.

3. Strangers // Do/did you ever lis­ten to The Moth? Lea Thau was its for­mer direc­tor, and she started Strangers pod­cast fea­tur­ing, “true sto­ries about peo­ple we meet, the heart­breaks we suf­fer, the kind­nesses we encounter, and those fright­ful moments when we dis­cover that we aren’t even who we thought we were…” This tale blew my mind: the teacher who couldn’t read.

4. Reply All // This podcast’s tagline is “A show about the Inter­net,” but it’s so much more. Many of the episodes start on the Inter­net, but go deeper and explore how we rec­on­cile the online with basic human nature.  Also, the ban­ter between the hosts PJ and Alex is totally delightful.

5. Crim­i­nal // Crim­i­nal is a pod­cast about crime, often focus­ing on more “off­beat” wrong doings. One of their lat­est episodes was about peo­ple steal­ing pet­ri­fied wood from a US National Park!

6. You Must Remem­ber This // Do you enjoy film? If so, you’ve got to lis­ten to this won­der­ful show. Karina Long­worth explores the secret and/or for­got­ten his­to­ries of Hollywood’s first century.

7. Love + Radio // It’s hard to describe this story-telling pod­cast. The off­beat tales, often explicit in nature, are some of the most inter­est­ing things I’ve ever lis­tened to. There’s often lit­tle con­text in the episodes — they just begin, and you’re left try­ing to fig­ure out the details. I love it.

8. Mys­tery Show // This pod­cast is so much fun! Host Star­lee Kine solves a new mys­tery each episode. The catch: it can’t be some­thing that can be solved by sim­ply Googling the answer. As you might imag­ine, this sends her down some enter­tain­ing rab­bit holes. “It’s the jour­ney not the des­ti­na­tion” is an apt way of describ­ing it.

9. Uhh Yeah Dude // Hosts Jonathan and Seth describe their show as “Amer­ica Through the Eyes of Two Amer­i­can Amer­i­cans.” It’s a funny cur­rent events pod­cast with great ban­ter from two long-time friends.

10. StartUp // If you’re inter­ested in entre­pre­neuri­al­ism, StartUp is a great lis­ten. Each sea­son cov­ers a new busi­ness, and you get an in-depth look at strug­gles and tri­umphs that go along with it. Totally not bor­ing and you can learn a lot, too! Be sure to start from sea­son 1.

So, what pod­casts do you lis­ten to? Let me know in the com­ments or on Twit­ter!

Paper Craft

Amazing Hand-Crafted Paper Sculptures by Miguel Dias

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Color me impressed with these vibrant paper sculp­tures by Miguel Dias! He’s crafted a pair of binoc­u­lars, a meat grinder, and a soap bot­tle all by hand, fold­ing and cut­ting the mate­r­ial into the proper low-poly shapes. The geo­met­ric forms also include fun details like paper typog­ra­phy and vibrant repeat patterns.

Dias says that the Meat You project was used for self pro­mo­tion. Con­sid­er­ing how intri­cate this meat “machine” is, let’s hope he gets/got a few jobs out of it. After all, Miguel took the time to craft it a tiny crank AND blades! I can’t say I’d do the same. (via Brown Paper Bag sub­mis­sions)

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Illustrator

Beautifully Fantastical Adventures Painted by Sang Miao

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Aren’t these beau­ti­ful illus­tra­tions by art stu­dent Sang Miao? Loose, ges­tural brush strokes depict nature scenes where walks in the woods turn into fan­tas­ti­cal adven­tures with crit­ters, can­dies, and ghosts. Take a care­ful look at these com­po­si­tions and you’ll see all of the great details that each has to offer. What’s your favorite part?

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