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
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.
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!
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)
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!
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.
I guess it’s safe to say I like animals and flowers.
…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.
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
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.
Here’s a couple of her illustrations, for context: