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Stylish Figurative Illustrations by Alessandra Genualdo

Alessandra Genualdo

London-based illus­tra­tor Alessan­dra Gen­u­aldo paints fan­tas­tic gouache works that are a sat­is­fy­ing fusion of shapes and a lim­ited color palette. She pairs pale pinks, mus­tard yel­lows, and fiery reds with blacks, grays, and whites, which are a great jux­ta­po­si­tion of cheer­ful and dull. And, I espe­cially love it when she mixes these hues with her pat­terns and blob-like forms. They have a visual ease about them, mak­ing them feel con­tem­po­rary and stylish.

Are you a zine lover? If so, Alessan­dra has made a few that are avail­able in her online shop.

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Aimee Bee Brooks’ Illustrations Inspired by the Past

Aimee Bee Brooks

Aimee Bee Brooks is a recent art school grad who cre­ates col­or­ful illus­tra­tions fea­tur­ing styl­ish vin­tage ladies and famil­iar objects.

My work is inspired by the past,” Aimee explains. “I don’t have a strong inter­est in con­tem­po­rary things. My art­work gen­er­ally depicts items and peo­ple from the time peri­ods I find aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing. I believe the items I sur­round myself with, the music I lis­ten to, and the art I’m fond of have an affect on the work I cre­ate.” It’s this sen­ti­ment that I find so com­fort­ing about her illus­tra­tions. They’re often things I grew up (tape cas­settes and all), and that I attach a cer­tain nos­tal­gia to.

Buy Aimee’s zines, scarves, pins, and more in her Etsy shop!

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Make Your Bathroom Snazzy: Illustrative Shower Curtains on Society6

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Tegan White

In less than 2 weeks, I’ll be mov­ing. Not far, just to another neigh­bor­hood in Bal­ti­more — one where I have my own stu­dio space and a bath­room. I’m super excited about this, because I’ll have total con­trol of the decor. Nor­mally, it’s a com­pro­mise — my boyfriend tends to favor neutral-colored fur­nish­ings, but I usu­ally go for more illus­tra­tive, bright decor (as you can prob­a­bly tell from read­ing this blog!).

I’ve already started planning/scheming my new bath­room, includ­ing the shower cur­tain. As I began look­ing, it quickly occurred to me — hey! Society6 makes shower cur­tains! So, I started perusing.

I didn’t real­ize how many of my illus­tra­tors have shower cur­tains on the site. I went through all of the pages, and here are some of my favorites. Maybe one of them will inspire you to give a fun update to your bath­room, too!

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Georgiana Paraschiv

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Note: Society6 did not approach me to write this post — I am gen­uinely super excited about their shower curtains!

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My Weekly 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions

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1 // Cotélac dress by Mar­ion Fay­olle, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cotélac for Kib­lind mag­a­zine
2 // Sloth Neck­lace by Yel­low Tree store (via Artis­tic Moods)
3 // Ceramic tas­sels by Junghwa Park  (con­tact her if you want one!)
4 // Sad Dog Patch by Buried Dia­mond
5 // Mix and Match Note­book Bun­dle by Wrap Mag­a­zine (fea­tur­ing var­i­ous illus­tra­tors)
6 // Ocean Dweller cards by Vikki Chu for teNeues
7 // Fly­ing Wiener Dog with Rain­bow Brooch by Danadamki

Happy week­end, ya’ll. Here are 7 illus­trated prod­ucts I’m obsess­ing over this week. What about you? Let me know in the comments!

Also, are you an artist who loves washi tape? Or at least wants to try? Join my project and receive 5 rolls of tape!

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Mai Ly Degnan’s Illustrations of Curious Ladies in Strange Places

Mai Ly Degnan

Mai Ly Deg­nan is a Baltimore-based illus­tra­tor and a for­mer grad school cohort of mine. Since grad­u­at­ing in 2014, she has kept her­self busy by draw­ing all sorts of curi­ous ladies in strange lands. They’re great — her char­ac­ters don cos­tumes, have swim par­ties, and best of all, scheme! I love it when she releases a new illus­tra­tion — it’s always a joy to see what her styl­ish girls will be doing next, crafted with a metic­u­lous atten­tion to detail.

A cou­ple of weeks ago, I men­tioned that Mai Ly’s Insta­gram is one you should fol­low. Check it out to see her sketches, illus­trated prod­ucts, and more.

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In addi­tion to illus­tra­tive prints, Mai Ly has made mer­maid brooches. They’re all avail­able in her Etsy shop.

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Colorful Illustrations of People on the Move by Teresa Bellon

Teresa Bellon

Teresa Bel­lon is a Span­ish illus­tra­tor who caught my eye with the young Frida Khalo piece that’s above. I love the color, sim­plic­ity, and shape design, in addi­tion to the dis­tressed print­mak­ing tex­ture that gives her works a hand-crafted touch.

Teresa’s illus­tra­tions often depicts jun­gles, oceans, and peo­ple gen­er­ally on the go. I don’t know about you, but they make me want to get up and start moving!

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Ceramics, Illustrated products

Roootreee Ceramics Capture the Joy a Field of Wild Flowers Bring

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When you check out roootreee’s (AKA Kaori) blog, you’ll see pho­tographs fea­tur­ing col­or­ful fields of flow­ers. This bucolic imagery undoubt­edly influ­ences her ceram­ics work, which fea­tures white porce­lain plates, pitch­ers, cups, and saucers that are hand-painted with beau­ti­ful blooms. My favorite pieces are ani­mal sil­hou­ettes made from lus­cious out­lined flow­ers. They’re gorgeous!

If you reg­u­larly read my blog, you’ll know I fea­tured one of her pieces as part of my 7 Weekly Illus­trated Obses­sions. I enjoyed them so much that I just couldn’t help myself from show­cas­ing them today!

Check out more of roootreee’s designs on Etsy.

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The “World’s Smallest Portfolio” Fits on the Tip of Your Finger

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When you’re try­ing to pro­mote your­self, you often have to fig­ure out how to “cut through the noise,” and do something/have that’ll make you stand out above the rest.  Illus­tra­tor Michael Lester cer­tainly accom­plished this with his unfor­get­table “world’s small­est port­fo­lio.” It’s so small that the entire thing can fit on the tip of your finger!

Michael’s project was cre­ated as part of a brief set by jelly Lon­don for the D&AD New Blood Fes­ti­val. They wanted to get stu­dents putting them­selves out there and get­ting their worked noticed.

When com­ing up with this play­ful con­cept, Michael con­sid­ered what was it about his work that he wanted peo­ple to talk about. He tells jelly Lon­don, “For me, ideas have always come before style, so to com­mu­ni­cate that I was an ideas-driven visual com­mu­ni­ca­tor I decided to shrink my port­fo­lio, in size and con­tent, leav­ing just a tiny book of visual ideas.”

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My 7 Weekly Illustrated Product Obsessions

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1  // It’s Dif­fer­ent Every Day: 2016 Daily Cal­en­dar by Boaz (avail­able for pre-order via Kick­starter)
2 // Lit­tle Treats Tray by Ingrid Rei­thaug and Tonje Holand
3 // Mir­ror Wall Hang­ings by McK­ean Stu­dio… so cool!
4 // Orange Dog Wooden Brooch by Hello Mr. April (via So Super Awe­some)
5 // Lanky Miss Icy­pole by Vanessa Bean
6// Polar­bear in Wild­flow­ers by roootreee
7// Blue Tit and Flower Neck­lace by Layla Amber

As always, happy Fri­day! Here are some illus­trated prod­ucts I’ve been obsess­ing over this week. And in the case of some — the Blue Tit and Flower Neck­lace — even longer!

Call­ing all artists! This past Mon­day, I made a cou­ple of big announce­ments: one, that I started a new art project-planning busi­ness called Speck­led Canary. And two, that I launched my first art project called Map­ping Mem­o­ries (in Washi Tape)! The washi-tape cen­tric endeavor was cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the shop Omiyage, who sells the best cute and clever crafty goods — includ­ing all kinds of washi tape.

Not sure what washi tape is? It’s amaz­ing Japan­ese adhe­sive that comes in all sorts of col­ors and pat­terns. With it, we’re going to make art­work about the things we remem­ber the most.  Learn more and join us, won’t you? Sign up for Map­ping Mem­o­ries and receive 5 rolls of washi tape!

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Madeline Kloepper Explores the Relationships We Forge with Nature

Madeline Kloepper

Illus­tra­tor Made­line Kloep­per explores the rela­tion­ships we forge with nature through her gor­geous and allur­ing paint­ings. The works have ele­ments of sur­re­al­ism as drag­ons, danc­ing bears, and larger-than-life birds all make an appearance.

I really enjoy Madeline’s more detailed com­po­si­tions, specif­i­cally the ones fea­tur­ing a quilted blan­ket fort and clothes line. The heavily-patterned tex­tiles tell us a lot, like  char­ac­ters’ per­son­al­ity and their aes­thetic pref­er­ences. In addi­tion, we under­stand more about the char­ac­ters in how they inter­act with these objects. Here, it com­mu­ni­cates a rev­er­ence for sim­pler times that are away from screens and stresses of every­day life.

Fol­low Made­line on Tum­blr, too! (H/T Per­rin)
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