Yvonne Ellen’s up-cycled ceramic plates are delightfully whimsical. Instead of keeping an image confined to a single circle, the illustrator’s designs span multiple vintage pieces. We see an animal’s head on one plate with its tail on another; it creates an engaging diptych.
Yyonne’s Etsy shop is comprised of original pieces and no two designs are a like. What a nice addition to any table setting!
Fun fact: This coming Tuesday (September 23) is my birthday! To celebrate, I’m heading to New York this weekend where I’ll snarf down a piece of Crack Pie at Momofoku Milk Bar, among other things. (Follow me on Instagram to see it all: @brwnpaperbag).
So, it feels appropriate for this Friday Roundup to revolve around birthday cards. Not just for me, of course, but that special person in your life.
I guess it’s safe to say I like animals and flowers.
…How could I not imagine bubble gum after seeing that pink? Don’t get me wrong — that’s not an insult. Gum is delicious.
I had a hard time selecting what illustrations by Barbara Dziadosz to display here. They’re all great! I’m especially fond of the terrarium that has a cat inside of it.
Barbara says that she has a background in printmaking and character design. And after seeing these figure-centric compositions, I’m not surprised. Each person has fun, distinct features despite being so graphic and simple. The multilayered work is a collision of colors, and I love how the opacity in the layers create a collision of colors. The flat shapes are visually exciting thanks to a wiped and slightly distressed texture.
I love tattoos and have several of them. They’re another form of illustration — except these are permanently etched into your skin! And, whether or not you have any of your own, I think most of us agree that they (generally) look pretty neat. So why not show ‘em off? Let’s check out the tattoos of the talented and prolific illustrator, Tuesday Bassen!
Your name: Tuesday Bassen
How many tattoos do you have? 7
Do you have a favorite? If so, which one? The tiger by Mike Adams!
Where did you get your work done? (Place and artists if applicable) Leviticus Tattoo (Minneapolis), Nash Hogan at Hand of Glory (Brooklyn), Reuben Collymore in his kitchen (NYC), and Mike Adams at Hold It Down (Richmond).
Is there any meaning behind any of your tattoos? Any stories (funny or sad): They all have some significance, but were mostly aesthetically driven. I have an eye friendship tattoo that I drew, a Shel Silverstein drawing, Nancy by Ernie Bushmiller, the Utz girl, a tiger, a kewpie, and a knife.
Do you see a connection between the type of tattoos you have and your illustrative work? Absolutely! I hope that my work is an extension of myself and I think of my tattoos as the same.
Full sleeves are great, but I enjoy seeing these smaller tattoos. Their black ink is similar to the bold outlines that Tuesday uses in her illustrations.
Here’s a couple of her illustrations, for context:
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.