BPB’s October Header Illustration: “Lucy” by Katy Horan


Another month, another new header image for Brown Paper Bag! I’m delighted to share with you Katy Horan’s gor­geous, haunt­ing illus­tra­tion that she calls Lucy. It’s based on the char­ac­ter  Lucy West­enra from the clas­sic story Drac­ula by author Bram Stoker.

Per­fect for the spooky month of Octo­ber, right? As always, the work is for sale in the Brown Paper Bag shop as a 4″ x 6″ print — per­fect for fram­ing! Grab one before they’re all gone.

Name: Katy Horan
Loca­tion: Austin, Tx
Web­site: www.katyart.com
What was your dream job when you were 7 years old? Cos­tume Designer/ Vet­eri­nar­ian
Your pro­fes­sion now: artist / illus­tra­tor
What’s your favorite thing to draw? It’s prob­a­bly a tie between pretty dresses and spooky ghosts
What was the inspi­ra­tion for this piece? I like to lis­ten to movie scores and was lis­ten­ing to the score from Bram Stoker’s Drac­ula. It got me think­ing about the char­ac­ter of Lucy. I find her to be very beau­ti­ful and sad and I wanted to do some­thing appro­pri­ate for Hal­loween, so I decided to cre­ate my own inter­pre­ta­tion of Miss Lucy.
How did you cre­ate your illus­tra­tion? Was it any dif­fer­ent than your reg­u­lar process? I started with a loose water­color under­paint­ing then added lay­ers of tis­sue paper and gouache on top and filled in the back­ground with black gouache. That is pretty much my stan­dard process, aside from the water­color. Usu­ally I just jump straight to the gouache.
Do you have a favorite scary movie or story? It would be impos­si­ble to pick one sin­gle favorite, so I will list the first few that come to mind: The Oth­ers (with Nicole Kid­man), The Shin­ing and any story out of the Scary Sto­ries to Tell In the Dark book series.

Thanks, Katy!

Life-Like Paper Sculpted Birds by Diana Beltran Herrera


Paper sculp­ture has always wowed me. How do artists form such intri­cate works?! It’s incredible.

These small, sculpted birds by Diana Bel­tran Her­rera are gor­geous and eerily life-like; you might not even know they were made of paper. The fowl fea­ture small details like bustling chest feath­ers and long, del­i­cate tails. Plus, just look at that minute fringe for even more tex­ture! There’s no won­der why they look so realistic.

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Friday Roundup: 10 Beautifully Animated Illustrations

Ani­mated GIFS are won­der­ful, and so many illus­tra­tors have cre­ated col­or­ful, beau­ti­ful works that are like watch­ing a tiny film. I love the sub­tly that some of these ani­ma­tions use, and how you really must study them to see the small move­ments that are con­tained within.

Enjoy, and happy Fri­day, ya’ll!

Small Ceramic Spoons with Big Personalities by Nayanai


For some rea­son, I’m really par­tic­u­lar about the spoons that I like to use. They can’t be too large or small (I don’t want to feel like I’m hold­ing a uten­sil made for a baby), and it’s best if they are beau­ti­ful, too. With those stip­u­la­tions in mind, I’d totally use these ceramic spoons by French illus­tra­tor Nayanai. They have per­son­al­i­ties all their own! Sur­prised, pen­sive, and goofy — they run the gamut.

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Vintage-Inspired Illustrations by Gosia Herba Are Sorta Dark… And I like It

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Gosia Herba is a Pol­ish illus­tra­tor whose edi­to­r­ial images fea­ture larger-than-life women, reflec­tions that have a mind of their own, and other sur­real sit­u­a­tions. It’s this, cou­pled with her vintage-inspired style (even some ele­ments of Cubism thrown in there!), that ini­tially drew me to her work.

I love illus­tra­tions that offer me some­thing beneath the sur­face. Goisa’s work looks won­der­ful, but it’s also strange and a lit­tle dark, and it leaves a last­ing impres­sion on me.

(H/T my pal Per­rin)

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Yvonne Ellen Pairs Vintage Plates to Create Playful Diptychs

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Yvonne Ellen’s up-cycled ceramic plates are delight­fully whim­si­cal. Instead of keep­ing an image con­fined to a sin­gle cir­cle, the illustrator’s designs span mul­ti­ple vin­tage pieces. We see an animal’s head on one plate with its tail on another; it cre­ates an engag­ing diptych.

Yyonne’s Etsy shop is com­prised of orig­i­nal pieces and no two designs are a like. What a nice addi­tion to any table setting!

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Friday Roundup: 15 Ways to Say “Happy Birthday!”

Fun fact: This com­ing Tues­day (Sep­tem­ber 23) is my birth­day! To cel­e­brate, I’m head­ing to New York this week­end where I’ll snarf down a piece of Crack Pie at Momo­foku Milk Bar, among other things. (Fol­low me on Insta­gram to see it all: @brwnpaperbag).

So, it feels appro­pri­ate for this Fri­day Roundup to revolve around birth­day cards. Not just for me, of course, but that spe­cial per­son in your life.

Farewell Paperie. (I actually am a twin!)

Farewell Paperie. (I actu­ally am a twin!)

I guess it’s safe to say I like ani­mals and flowers.

Travis Bedel’s Anatomical Collages Made from Vintage Illustrations

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I real­ize that it’s been awhile since I’ve posted some col­lage, so let’s take a look at the work of Travis Bedel. Metic­u­lous, eh? Travis uses illus­tra­tions from old sci­ence guides and text­books and trans­forms them into new and excit­ing imagery. He lay­ers count­less flow­ers, but­ter­flies, and other insects on top of one another, which cre­ates this sur­real mass of color that explodes from dif­fer­ent parts of the human body. Instead of blood, we’re filled with the most beau­ti­ful parts of the nat­ural world.

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Barbara Dziadosz’s Illustrations are Channeling Bubble Gum

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…How could I not imag­ine bub­ble gum after see­ing that pink? Don’t get me wrong — that’s not an insult. Gum is delicious.

I had a hard time select­ing what illus­tra­tions by Bar­bara Dzi­a­dosz to dis­play here. They’re all great! I’m espe­cially fond of the ter­rar­ium that has a cat inside of it.

Bar­bara says that she has a back­ground in print­mak­ing and char­ac­ter design. And after see­ing these figure-centric com­po­si­tions, I’m not sur­prised. Each per­son has fun, dis­tinct fea­tures despite being so graphic and sim­ple. The mul­ti­lay­ered work is a col­li­sion of col­ors, and I love how the opac­ity in the lay­ers cre­ate a col­li­sion of col­ors. The flat shapes are visu­ally excit­ing thanks to a wiped and slightly dis­tressed texture.



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Illustrators with Ink: Tuesday Bassen


I love tat­toos and have sev­eral of them. They’re another form of illus­tra­tion — except these are per­ma­nently etched into your skin! And, whether or not you have any of your own, I think most of us agree that they (gen­er­ally) look pretty neat. So why not show ‘em off? Let’s check out the tat­toos of the tal­ented and pro­lific illus­tra­tor, Tues­day Bassen!

Your name: Tues­day Bassen
Web­site: tuesdaybassen.com
How many tat­toos do you have? 7
Do you have a favorite? If so, which one? The tiger by Mike Adams!
Where did you get your work done? (Place and artists if applic­a­ble) Leviti­cus Tat­too (Min­neapo­lis), Nash Hogan at Hand of Glory (Brook­lyn), Reuben Col­ly­more in his kitchen (NYC), and Mike Adams at Hold It Down (Rich­mond).
Is there any mean­ing behind any of your tat­toos? Any sto­ries (funny or sad): They all have some sig­nif­i­cance, but were mostly aes­thet­i­cally dri­ven. I have an eye friend­ship tat­too that I drew, a Shel Sil­ver­stein draw­ing, Nancy by Ernie Bush­miller, the Utz girl, a tiger, a kew­pie, and a knife.
Do you see a con­nec­tion between the type of tat­toos you have and your illus­tra­tive work? Absolutely! I hope that my work is an exten­sion of myself and I think of my tat­toos as the same.

Full sleeves are great, but I enjoy see­ing these smaller tat­toos. Their black ink is sim­i­lar to the bold out­lines that Tues­day uses in her illustrations.

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Thanks, Tues­day!

Here’s a cou­ple of her illus­tra­tions, for context: