Illustration Education

New Years Special! Modern Thrive is Offering ‘BOGO’ for Illustration Workshops

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Look­ing for a new start for the new year? Mod­ern Thrive has a BOGO offer just in time for 2016!

Mod­ern Thrive is an online learn­ing plat­form that was designed to help you fig­ure out what you should do with your life, then help you find the path to get there. Their live online work­shops con­nect you to the resources you need to build a career you love.

Any­one that pur­chases a work­shop before Jan­u­ary 2nd using the dis­count code NewYearNewYou will get a sec­ond work­shop totally free! They will be launch­ing new work­shops every sin­gle week in 2016, and your free work­shop can be redeemed on any of the pro­grams. It does not expire.

Mod­ern Thrive offers a vari­ety of cre­ative work­shops. Here are my picks, per­fect for artist and illustrators!

» Build a Free­lance Illus­tra­tion Business

» Insta­gram for Artists

» Pub­lish­ing Paths for Illustrators

» Mon­e­tiz­ing Your Art Through Licensing 

» Sell Your Hand­made Goods Online

Check out the entire work­shop port­fo­lio here. And remem­ber, you don’t have to pick just one. Using the code NewYearNewYou, you can select two classes for the price of one! It’s a great way to build on your skills, by say, learn­ing the basics of free­lance illus­tra­tion and then fig­ur­ing out how to mar­ket your work online.

If you sign up for a work­shop, let me know how you like it!

Ceramics

Delightful Candlesticks ‘Friends’ for Your Rustic Table Setting

Laura Bird

Lately, I can’t get enough of can­dles. When­ever I’m in my office/studio, there is a can­dle burn­ing. What can I say—I love the com­fort­ing glow! Ceramist Laura Bird (pre­vi­ously) cre­ated these delight­ful hold­ers per­fect for burn­ing two tall taper can­dles. Nor­mally, you’d find those types of torches accom­pa­ny­ing fine and spe­cial occa­sion din­ing. Here, Laura has shifted their focus, using an imper­fect con­struc­tion and car­toon­ish faces to give them a rus­tic feel for every­day table decor.

All of these pieces are avail­able in Laura’s Etsy shop.

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In addi­tion to her can­dle­stick hold­ers, Laura has also cre­ated a smil­ing vases:

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Sculpture

Delightfully Fanciful and Incredibly Detailed Dioramas by Sean Chao

Sean Chao

Using mate­ri­als such as poly­mer clay, wood, and paper, artist Sean Chao cre­ates intri­cate, fan­tas­ti­cal dio­ra­mas. The minia­ture sculp­tures depict landscapes—including dense forests and oceans—as well as bizarre crea­tures such as cat-controlled robots. Each hand-crafted scene feels like it’s a moment frozen in time, and Sean’s atten­tion to detail begs you to pore over his won­der­ful handiwork.

Itch­ing to see Sean’s work in per­son? Right now, he has a piece in the Flower Pep­per Gallery’s 4th Year Anniver­sary Show, which is open now until Jan­u­ary 19, 2016. If you’re local to Pasadena, Cal­i­for­nia, be sure to check it out!

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Illustrator

A Feast for the Eyes: Olaf Hajek’s Food-Inspired Paintings

Olaf Hajek

In Octo­ber of this year, illus­tra­tor Olaf Hajek cre­ated 13 orig­i­nal paint­ings for the food com­pany Vom Fass. These stun­ning works appear in their 2016 Art Cal­en­dar, as well as 12 dif­fer­ent recipes for you to try. Con­cep­tu­ally, Olaf’s images are inspired by those dishes, but like many of his illus­tra­tions, they can stand alone as sin­gu­lar, vibrant pieces. They’re full of rich col­ors, imagery, and patterns—a feast for the eyes—fitting, no?

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Textiles

A Baroque Lovebird For You!

HL Tyler

Hey friends, I’ll keep this post short and sweet, because I’m out of town for Christ­mas and been busy—like eat­ing deli­cious food and see­ing the new Star Wars…

Here’s one of my favorite things I’ve seen in a while—a Baroque Love­bird by HL Tyler. The com­bi­na­tion of wool “hair” and embroi­dery is exquis­ite, and not to men­tion odd. If only I could feel this elegant.

And with this, I’m tak­ing a break until Mon­day, Decem­ber 28. For those who celebrate—Merry Christmas!

Ceramics

Heidi Anderson’s Ceramic Totems Offer Endless Squad Arrangements

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Using sandy-colored clays, artist Heidi Ander­son com­bines human fig­ures with ani­mals (namely, owls). These char­ac­ters, along with their sur­face dec­o­ra­tion, are rem­i­nis­cent of art from the Aztecs or ancient Mex­ico. While they recall these styles, it’s hard to put my fin­ger on any one influ­ence. They are unique to Heidi and her hand!

Thanks to their mod­u­lar con­struc­tion, there are many com­bi­na­tions of totems pos­si­ble. I love see­ing the dif­fer­ent arrangements.

Although Heidi has an online shop, there aren’t any of these fig­ures for sale through it—check out sites like Gen­eral Store to pick up one (or two or three) of her totems.

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Illustrated products, Paper Craft

Mlle Hipolyte Now Sells Her Meticulous Cut Paper Creations on Etsy (Yay!)

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Mlle Hipolyte is one of my favorite cut-paper artists work­ing today. I love the metic­u­lous­ness of her sculp­tures and the mask-like appear­ance that they all have. Their exag­ger­ated col­ors and fea­tures give Mlle’s pieces a car­toon­ish qual­ity, inject­ing some whimsy into her ani­mal characters.

Mlle has recently opened an Etsy shop where she sells her hand­made cre­ations. There, you can pur­chase hang able busts of pan­das, bears, foxes,  and more. In addi­tion, she also fea­tures DIY kits to make your own low-poly owls. Fun!

Check out Mlle’s gigan­tic cut-paper mural that she made last summer.

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Illustrated products

My 7 Weekly Illustrated Product Obsessions

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1. Pen­cil Case by Mal­ota
2. Chee­tah Plate by Bodil Jane (via Artis­tic Moods)
3. Han­dled Plant Pot by Hin­kleville
4. Alien Skin Cuff by Earth­ling Jew­elry
5. Small Girl Ring Dish by Lisa Junius
6. Mini Leather Pan­ther Bag by La Lisette
7. Folk Laser-Embossed Rolling Pin by Valek

Happy Fri­day! Once again, here are my 7 illus­trated prod­uct obses­sions. I don’t know about you, but with Christ­mas a week away, I’ve already got my shop­ping done. Now, I’m eye­ing up a few post-holidays “gifts for myself,” like that laser embossed rolling pin by Valek. I love the design—what an easy way to add some flair to your cookie dough.

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Illustrator

Willian Santiago Beautifully Harmonizes Printmaking with Illustration

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Brazil-based illus­tra­tor Willian San­ti­ago has a gor­geous way of using tex­ture in his enig­matic works. They have the look of a print, with their rough, dis­torted edges and vis­i­ble color over­lay. These tech­niques break up the bold, solid pig­ments and give our eye a lit­tle excite­ment. This is per­fect for giv­ing Willian’s illus­tra­tions a lit­tle edge—taking the roman­tic feel of the com­po­si­tions and bring­ing it down a notch.

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Illustrator

Victoria Fernandez Illustrated 30 Days of Colorful Cats

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I’ve spoke of daily, short-term projects before—like #100daysofpapercutz by Melissa McFeeters. You can learn a lot from explor­ing a sin­gle topic for a set num­ber of days. In this same vein, illus­tra­tor Vic­to­ria Fer­nan­dez suc­cess­fully com­pleted #30daysofcats. Each day, she would cre­ate a cat-themed art­work and post it on her Insta­gram. Some are cute, oth­ers are sad, but all are done in Victoria’s bold, vintage-inspired style.

The result was a beau­ti­ful and inter­est­ing expe­ri­ence,” she writes on her web­site, “not only due to the illus­tra­tions I pro­duced, but also due to the unex­pected par­tic­i­pa­tion and sup­port of so many peo­ple rein­forc­ing the project.” She ended up com­plet­ing #30daysofdogs afterwards—this one a com­mis­sioned gig by La Guia del Perro, a Span­ish guide for dog owners.

Here are some of my favorite cats. You can buy Victoria’s book of them in her Etsy shop. Meow!

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