Dawid Ryski is a landscape architect by profession and moonlights as an illustrator. Based on his compositions and limited color palette, this makes a lot of sense. There’s a definite structure to his work and order to the chaos. Sometimes, he uses flat fields of color and other times scanned in textures that make the whole illustration and little more interesting.
Do you know that I write for the site My Modern Metropolis? I do! If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a blog that celebrates visual creativity. The content is a bit different than what’s on Brown Paper Bag, and I really enjoy writing about the wide variety of content that it has to offer (I learn so much!). Anyways, I wrote about these tattoos on My Modern Met earlier this week, and I loved them so much I’d thought I’d share on here.
As you may or may not know, I love tattoos and have several. All of mine are outlined, unlike these colorful tattoos by Sasha Unisex. Her work strays from a conventional style because they don’t use lines and instead use shape and color to define their form. The jewel tones are brilliant, and remind me of a permanent Lisa Frank sticker. Too bad Unisex is based in St. Petersburg, Russia. I’d love to get something done by her!
Also, for readers that have tattoos, how do you think they’ll hold up? Will the subtle color fade over time and them loose their shape?
The illustrations by Antwerp-based Ellen van Engelen are pretty trippy, but that’s a major part of their appeal for me. The warm, psychedelic scenes of long-haired women, odd track suits, and surreal brain exploration feel like I’m looking at at the work of Seymour Chwast. He’s one of my all-time-favorite illustrators/designers, so that means I’ll be following the work of Engelen for years and years to come.
All images via her website (which is actually a Tumblr).
Aakash Nihalani is a street artist based New York. Armed with tape as his medium, he crafts trompe l’oeil scenes by carefully considering perspective and the right vantage point for a photograph. The result is work that’s engaging, vibrant, and fun. Nihalani doesn’t try and attach a high brow meaning to his work, either. He writes:
For however briefly, I am trying to offer people a chance to step into a different New York than they are used to seeing, and in turn, momentarily escape from routine schedules and lives. We all need the opportunity to see the city more playfully, as a world dominated by the interplay of very basic color and shape. I try to create a new space within the existing space of our everyday world for people to enter freely , and unexpectedly ‘disconnect’ from their reality.
Nihalani goes on to say that this work is him connecting the dots as he sees them. I think it’s a lovely sentiment.
Not all of the following images are in New York, but all images are via his website. H/T Colossal.
Do you have about 11 minutes today? Sure you do! So, use your time wisely and check out Kristen Lepore’s new animated short, Move Mountain. You might remember her work, Bottle, which was widely popular a few years ago. This, like its predecessor, does not disappoint. Delightful yet sophisticated.
PS: If you have scardy cats like I do, they might be startled by some of the sound effects.
Last weekend I purchased a pair of shoes that was 3 month’s worth of cable. I’ve bought (and ruined) boots that were half a month’s worth of rent. And when I look at my boyfriend’s garment rack, I don’t even want to consider what kind of used car I could buy from all of the clothing that hangs there.
The point is, I could probably make myself feel bad all morning by thinking about the prices I pay fashion. Or, I could read Hannah K. Lee’s zine, aptly titled Shoes Over Bills, and feel better about it. I’ll do the latter, thanks.
I’ve long been a fan of the colorful, sweet illustrations by Astrid Yskout. Her vintage-inspired style are full of dreamy, hazy scenes and chock-full of fun details that require more than a seconds-glance.
How would you describe your day, and would you ever think of expressing it through the objects/icons you encounter? That’s what designer Denis Lelic did; He drew pictograms of his daily routine, which features a sandwich, cereal, lightbulbs, an office chair, and more. They are simple, black and white drawings that focus on the most significant details for easy, quick recognition. Lelic writes about his series and states, “Its hard to track every single detail over a day, but here are some points of mine expressed through pictograms and later posters. Some of them are a bit comic but they were my association and triggers for my memories.”
It’s the first time in nearly 5 years that I’ve even had Valentine’s Day on my radar, so it feels kind of strange to be writing this post. But, this year I have a valentine, so naturally I’ve had my eye on things themed for this Hallmark holiday.
Kim Tucker’s ceramics are crafted with an air of whimsy, yet feel very Freudian and loaded with phallic symbols and latent content. You see the face of a figure smiling, innocent even, but then on the other, you quickly notice the obsession with identity and body parts; Eyes on butts, eyes on genitalia, and other metaphors are all apart of Kim’s work.
…the entire menagerie evokes not only Tucker’s inner children, but also our own, as they engage in “psychological storytelling”– narrating open wounds we are inclined to protect, lick, mother, or share: a deep commiseration over the tragedy of bodily confinement.