This past Sunday, I made my way to the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland. It’s my third year of attending and I enjoyed it, as always. One of the things I bought was a print (above) by Brooklyn-based illustrator, Natalie Andrewson. I’m excited to get this one framed and hung up!
That illustration, of course, it just one in Natalie’s impressive portfolio. I love how she uses sketchy-looking pencil lines to add depth to digital coloring. And, with her fantastically detailed work, it’s no wonder that she’s worked with clients like The New York Times, PLANSPONSOR, Simon & Shuster, and much more.
A week or so ago, I saw Buzzfeed’s list of 29 Awesome Illustrators You Should Follow on Instagram. I enjoyed reading it and ended up following some of the people that were on their list. The whole time though, I was thinking, “What about this person? Or how about them?” It inspired me to come up with my own list. So, I did just that. Here are 20 awesome illustrators to follow on Instagram! Oh, and while you’re checking them out, how about following me, too? @brwnpaperbag.
Who’s your favorite illustrator on Instagram? Tweet at me or tell me on Facebook! Maybe I’ll do a follow up post with ya’lls favorites.
Proving that you don’t have to design silk scarves using only repeating patterns, Milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre (AKA MNCQVQ) has crafted these beautiful pieces that feature a conventional subject matter — still lifes. The company is comprised of two French women named Amélie Charroin and Marie Colin-Madan. They draw and paint colorful scenes that are later printed onto the fabric. We see potted plants, blankets, plastic bags, and much more of the everyday in their garments. And, they’re far from boring. Instead, the mixture of colors and textures make them look great whether they’re worn or even displayed as a work of art. They’re reminiscent of paintings by Jonas Wood or Anna Valdez.
You can purchase one of MNCQVQ’s pieces in their shop.
PS — I first posted about this on Picture Party, a Tumblog that I run with my good pal Lisa Perrin. Follow us to see a bunch of fun, illustrated products from around the web.
Real talk: I’ve never been a fan of inspirational quotes, and if you have a Pinterest board dedicated to them, I’ve probably unfollowed it. So, imagine my delight when I saw illustrator Linzie Hunter’s Uninspiring Posters. They feature nicely hand-lettered illustrations of nay-sayings and reality checks in an amusingly subversive way. My favorite? Danger! This sign will not improve your life in any way. (Sorry.)
Via Betype, an excellent Tumblr that’s well worth your follow.
Katrin Rodegast is a German illustrator who creates cut-paper sculptures that are later photographed to create a 2D image. Using bright, solid colors she builds intimate scenes, delectable edibles, and revealing portraits.
When done well, I’m a big fan of paper-sculpted illustrations. They’re tactile and neat to look at, often with a lot of interesting details peppered throughout. Just take a look at the tiny apps on the iPhone or taped papers to the wall. Delightful.
It was a lot of fun sharing ceramics with ya’ll this week. Of course, there was a ton I didn’t have time to feature, so here’s a quick smattering of some other wonderful works. See ya on Monday! Follow me on Instagram or Pinterest, okay?
We’re closing in on Ceramics Week here, and it’s been fun! Let’s keep it going with the incredible work of of Helsinki-based artist Caroline Slotte.
I often think of antique porcelain plates as being something that you’d add to rather than subtract from. Boy, did Slotte prove me wrong! She cuts into the center of the second-hand objects and places multiple pieces on top of one another. That way, you can see what’s been carved and sanded away and how that creates an entirely new scene (and with it, story).
Here’s some more explanation from her artist statement:
The reworking of second hand objects play a pivotal role in Caroline Slotte´s practice. She manipulates found materials, primarily ceramic everyday items, so that they take on new meanings. The tensions between the recognizable and the enigmatic, the ordinary and the unexpected are recurring thematic concerns. More recent explorations reveal an expanded interest in material perception and material recognition, teasing out situations where the initial visual identification fails resulting in an unsettling state of material confusion.
Fascinating! Be sure to check out her website to get a better view of the details. (Via Colossal)
It’s day 2 of Brown Paper Bag’s Ceramics Week! Today, let’s take a look at Claire Loder’s intriguing heads…
I’m simultaneously disturbed and enthralled by Claire Loder’s work. The strange and beautifully-crafted ceramic pieces have an air of mystery about them. We see their soft facial expressions as well large, foreign-looking growths that cover the entirety of their face. Loder speaks about the concept behind her heads:
Since august 2005 I have been preoccupied with making heads and faces, exploring the possibilities for psychological narratives. Contemplation and melancholy are perpetual undercurrents. As I rarely deal with anything below the neck I’m interested in the head as a metaphor for the complete body.