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