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.
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!
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!
Note: Society6 did not approach me to write this post — I am genuinely super excited about their shower curtains!
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!
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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.
In addition to illustrative prints, Mai Ly has made mermaid brooches. They’re all available in her Etsy shop.
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!
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.
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.”
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!
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)