Not every artist can make their sketches appear like finished works, and vice versa — not every finished piece can have the qualities of a sketch. Mathilde Vangheluwe is an illustrator who rides this fine line, and she colors her drawings with the soft hues of colored pencils, often leaving her initial graphite sketch visible. This technique is great way to add some shine and polish to something that can feel raw.
Check out Mathilde’s illustrated products in her shop!
1 // Metal Fox Bookends by DesignAtelierArticle
2 // Many People shirt by G.Kero
3 // Friends will be friends tote bag by Daniela Tieni (on Society6)
4 // Floral Science Brooches by Andsmile Studio
5 // Animal Woman (sculpture) by Monica Ramos
6 // Vans x Eley Kishimoto joggers (via Design Milk)
7 // Swan Patch and Pins by Rosehound Apparel (via @fieldguided)
Happy Friday! I hope your weekend will be better than mine — this weekend, I move once and for all! Packing up my entire life always takes much longer than I think it will…
Tell me what illustrated products you’re obsessing over! Leave me a comment with a link.
Loris Lora’s illustrations are a wonderful fusion of contemporary imagery and a retro artistic style. Using gouache, a dry-brushing technique, and sometimes cut paper, she paints portraits of people admiring their surroundings, dressing in costume, and strumming on the guitar.
Loris was recently in a show at the Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena, California. The exhibition was called An Open Diary, and it brought together artists who “share a playful sensibility and enjoy highlighting life’s small and oftentimes overlooked moments.” You can definitely see these instance in Lois’ work — she shows us that it’s not all about hustle and bustle. Sometimes, you have stop and appreciate what’s right in front of you every day.
Buy original art by Loris through Flower Pepper Gallery’s website! (Also: follow them on Instagram. They’re always posting great stuff.)
It’s been a while since I’ve shared a glimpse into my studio! Here’s a fun embroidery I’ve been working on the past couple of weeks. It combines two things I love: stitching and good food.
The [working] title for this piece is called Favorite Bites in Baltimore, and it will include a half dozen of my favorite things I’ve eaten while living in Baltimore. So far, I’ve completed S’mores in a Jar from Hamilton Tavern and the Dirtyboy from Bun Shop. Now, I’m in the middle of a slice of pizza from Joe Squared.
I’m planning on embroidering a few more foods, but narrowing down the choices has been really hard. Baltimore has some great restaurants!
(Follow me on Instagram to see regular updates of what I’m working on.)
For many years, I embroidered on paper. It’s not the easiest way to work, but it sure creates an interesting, unexpected effect that can act as a substitute for a pen, pencil, or paint. With this idea in mind, illustrator Izziyana Suhaimi combines drawing and thread in her series of portraits called Friends to keep you warm. The images are what you might expect from the title — people are depicted wearing colorful, whimsical hats and scarves. Izziyana draws their faces with a fine-tipped pen and adds a little shading. Then, she stitches and knits their accessories so they’ll never be without something on their head or neck.
(Thanks for the link, Marisa!!)
Nebraska-based artist Meghan Stratman fashions her colorful portraits into telling vignettes, as if you were looking at a film still or a comic book panel. “I am drawn to stories and lore in all forms,” she writes, “books, movies, video games, theatre, myths, and urban legends.” Subjects like ghosts, girls, monsters, and animals are paired with themes of friendship and loneliness, with a nod to urban decay and abandoned spaces.
Meghan’s beautiful illustrations are crafted out of paper with some tiny details drawn using colored pencils. Look closely and you’ll see all of the carefully-cut shapes and speckled paper. Lovely!
Check out Meghan’s Etsy shop called Bunny Pirates and pick up a print or postcard.
Aren’t these the cutest? I think I’m in love. Melbourne-based MIMAW (short for Micro.Macro.Workshop) created these character bowls, which double as delightful pencil holders and planters. They have 3D-printed bodies and hand-painted details (like those smiling faces!). MIMAW uses biodegradable PLA (Poly Lactic Acid), which is used in food packaging and containers. It’s strong, durable, and won’t shatter like porcelain.
MIMAW is passionate about combining emerging technologies and traditional methods of working, producing functional pieces that “inject delight and embed itself in the everyday.”
Now, the big question is… which one do I pick?
1 // Handpainted Floral Spring Shirt by Purple Fishbowl
2 // Scandinavian Retro Toy Folk by Gunna Ydri
3 // Soft Leather Cactus Pouch by Amelie Mancini
5 // Vessels by Louise Madzia
4 // French Bulldog Patches by Natali Koromoto
6 // Eye Ear Jacket Earring by Boo + Boo factory
7 // Poppy Bouquet Necklace by Layla Amber
In other illustrated product news…
// On Monday, I did a roundup of 10 illustrated shower curtains available on Society6. They’re all great, and I ended up buying this one by Teagan White!
// For YEARS, I’ve coveted the sweet ceramics of Atelier Stella. Every once and a while, she has these flash sales that seem to sell out in minutes. This past week, she sent out an email announcing a sale at 11:30AM UK time — 6:30AM my time — so needless to say, I totally missed it. Oh well! Better luck next time, I guess.
// I’ve been getting steady sign ups for my Mapping Memories project! Not sure what that is? It’s the inaugural project under my newest endeavor, Speckled Canary. How it works: using washi tape, you’ll create artwork based on a memory, submit it to me, and maybe win a prize! Sign up now and receive 5 rolls of washi tape to get you started. You won’t be sorry.
I love it when embroidery is in used in unconventional applications, and designer Elliot Schultz has done so in a super creative way. He created a series of embroidered zoetrope!
If you aren’t familiar with a zoetrope, it’s an animation technique that uses a series of pictures on an inner surface. When they’re rotated and displayed — either with a strobe light or by photographs — the illusion of motion is created.
For his final project at the ANU School of Art in Australia, Elliot created six discs with animated sequences embroidered on their surfaces. They were designed to be played on standard turntables, borrowing the shape and size from a 10″ vinyl record. Once they were hit with a strobe light, the animations came to life.
Check out the GIFs and video to see these pieces in action. How cool! (Via Colossal)
Are you interested in illustration as a career, but aren’t sure how to turn your talents into a business? Well, you’re in luck! Modern Thrive is hosting an online workshop called Build a Freelance Illustration Business with Salli S. Swindell of Studio SSS. You might also know her from They Draw & Cook and They Draw & Travel, which are recipes and maps drawn by illustrators around the world.
The 3-day workshop will teach you how to build and online portfolio and “leverage your unique style to land deals with name brand clients.” It takes place August 17–19 at 6pm PST // 8pm CST // 9pm EST, with three sessions that are each 1 hour long. Registration is only $97!
Don’t worry if you can’t make one of those days — all of the content is recorded so you can access anything you missed on your own time.