Spotted at SPX: Illustrations by Natalie Andrewson

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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.

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Friday Roundup: My List of 20 Awesome Illustrators to Follow on Instagram

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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.

Dinara Mir­tal­ipova

Eleni Kalorkoti

Llew Mejia

Yelena Bryk­senkova

Decue Wu

John Bond

Per­rin

Kate Pugs­ley

Lisa Hanawalt

Jean­nie Phan

Sam Kalda

Fideli Sundqvist

Ping Zhu

Lisk Feng

Betsy Wal­ton

Anna Bond

Karin Soderquist

August Wren

Leah Goren

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Rami Kim’s Playful Ceramic Dishes Feature a Eerie Suprise

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Is that a… float­ing head in that dish? Why, yes it is! Rami Kim cre­ated these whim­si­cal ceramic pieces that inter­act with food in a play­ful way. They fea­ture small, painted faces that sit in the mid­dle of the bowls and con­tinue to stare up at you as you’re fill­ing them with salt, fruit, and more. They’re also your ever-present din­ing companion!

Kim’s back­ground is in ani­ma­tion, and you can see the influ­ence in her work. It’s character-driven and expres­sive, adding a fun twist to every­day objects (can’t you imag­ine that salt as snow?). You can pur­chase Kim’s work on Etsy.

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Who Needs a Repeat Pattern Silk Scarf? Not MNCQVQ!

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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.

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Uninspiring Posters for People That Don’t like Motivational Quotes

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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.

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Katrin Rodegast’s Detailed Paper-Sculpted Illustrations

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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.

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Friday Roundup: A Smattering of Ceramics

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?

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Caroline Slotte Cuts Away at Antique Plates to Create New Stories

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.

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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)

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Studio Arhoj’s Ceramics Drip with Colorful, Thick Glaze

Day 3 and count­ing of Brown Paper Bag’s Ceram­ics Week! Yes­ter­day fea­tured Claire Loder’s beautifully-strange heads while Mon­day saw ani­mal fig­urines by Jen Collins. And today? The small, drip­ping sculp­tures by Stu­dio Arhoj. So, with­out fur­ther ado…

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Stu­dio Arhoj is a Dan­ish inte­rior and design stu­dio run by Anders Arjhoj. It was orig­i­nally founded in Tokyo in 2006 but is now based in Den­mark. The mashup of the two places defines their work; they strive to explore “the rela­tion­ship between Scan­di­na­vian sim­plic­ity and tra­di­tional Japan­ese cul­ture,” and keep­ing the tra­di­tions of old crafts alive (think wheel throw­ing and glaze construction).

We are in love with the hon­esty of clay, glaze and the magic that one set of human hands can
pro­duce, cre­at­ing objects that are both afford­able and unique,” Stu­dio Arhoj writes. And, they def­i­nitely achieve it;  I love the psy­che­delic col­ors, sweet and wor­ried faces, and the lus­cious drips that hang off the edges.

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Claire Loder’s Intriguingly Strange Ceramic Heads

It’s day 2 of Brown Paper Bag’s Ceram­ics Week! Today, let’s take a look at Claire Loder’s intrigu­ing heads…

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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.

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