It’s another month, which means that Brown Paper Bag has a shiny new header. Illustrator and letterer Kelly Lasserre has lent her fine pictorial skills and depicted a block of business in her neighborhood in Queens, New York. I love all of her hand lettering and tiny details on the signs and buildings. Makes me want to take a walk down this street!
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.
Here’s the scoop on Kelly, who I’ve had the pleasure of knowing since our undergraduate illustration days:
Name: kelly lasserre
Location: queens, new york
Website: kellylasserre.com / kellylasserre.tumblr.com
What was your dream job when you were 7 years old? a professional female rock climber
Your profession now: a semi professional illustrator and maker of things
What’s your favorite thing to draw? objects of sentimental value and subjects otherwise overlooked in our daily lives. and food.
What was the inspiration for this piece?
my neighborhood is really interesting and i love it, it is extremely ethnically diverse and predominately filled with small businesses like this. i’ve always wanted to paint the places i walk by every day, to record their unique facades in an image.
How did you create your illustration? Was it any different than your regular process?
it was only different in that i very rarely work from photographs but i did here. the rest of the process was how i typically work. i simplified the details, like the writing on the papers in the windows. and omitted any background or sidewalk, because that’s not meant to be a focus. then i just worked in layers of colors– i use holbein acryla gouache and tiny brushes.
Have you ever tried the Fiesta Grill? If so, how is it? yes several times! you can get a combo with rice and one side for $3.95 or two sides for $6.95. you just point to what you want and they have a ton of options. great for quick tasty filipino food and all the folks working there are really kind.
Thanks to Amy, I was recently acquainted with the lively work of Enemies Yay. It’s the brainchild of Australian artists and designers Pete Cromer and Laura Blythman. They collaborate on vibrant collages that use hand-painted and cut papers that form happy animals, fruits, specters, and more. I love their technique and all of the kooky characters that are made of fun shapes.
You can purchase prints, cards, and more in their online shop.
I’m loving these small objects by Chau Nguyen. The Houston-based artist and teacher created them as an experiment. She writes, “For my second test [below] of these tiny pieces (still unnamed) I used a rougher textured clay. Dreaming of a wall covered with these?”
An entire wall? Yes, please!
Here’s more work by Nguyen. In addition to teaching and art-making, she’s also a buyer/partner of the shop Myth + Symbol.
What makes something cute? Is it the size? The material? The content? Obviously, it’s a subjective term that varies from person to person. To me, something that is small, colorful, and occasionally cuddly is adorable. Some people might think otherwise. Here are 10 of ‘em for your Friday. Enjoy!
It’s been a while since I’ve featured photographic collages. I picked these works by Rocio Montoya because I like them and because they have a flora twist to them, loosely relating to yesterday’s post about Michelle’s Morin’s illustrations. The blooms seen here peek from behind flesh and distort the face with a beautiful mix of color and delicate textures.
These images are from Montoya’s Behance page.
I really love nature, ya’ll. Although I live in a city, it’s comforting to me to spend time in the grass and underneath the trees. I was in Cleveland this past weekend (see my Instagram) near Lake Erie, and it was great sitting on a rock and overlooking the vast body of water. This love is partially why I enjoy the work of Michelle Morin so much. She illustrates different flora and fauna in bright colors and patterns using water-based media.
Morin worked for many years in the horticultural field to cultivate a relationship with plants, wildlife, and their idiosyncrasies. She writes:
With many years designing and maintaining gardens, I have narrowed my primary focus to nature as a subject to reference. I work to convey the beauty and complexities of nature using texture, pattern, and narrative elements throughout my work, which range from elaborate watercolor and gouache compositions…
Buy her prints in her Etsy shop!