Get a Little Weird with These Gorgeous Pencil Drawings

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Alessan­dra De Cristofaro’s beau­ti­ful draw­ings make me want to pick up a pen­cil. They’re rich in tone and sub­ject mat­ter, often depict­ing inte­rior scenes and the idio­syn­crasies of rooms. I love her style, and she places an empha­sis on tiny, visual marks that cre­ate a feel­ing of move­ment. It’s as if energy is flow­ing through­out every part of her drawing!

Alessan­dra isn’t afraid for things to get a weird some­times: a framed pic­ture of a woman hold­ing a mon­key; a cou­ple dri­ving around a soda can; and a night­time swim with a flamingo are all things you’ll find in her work.

Are you on Behance? If so, fol­low along with Alessandra’s work!

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Eero Lampinen’s Beautiful Depictions of Strange Lands

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On both Mon­day and Tues­day of this week, I’ve fea­tured illus­tra­tions that are strange. So, how about I make Wednes­day just as weird? I recently posted the work of Eero Lampinen on my Insta­gram to great response. And, why not? The beau­ti­ful images are really well drawn and fea­ture odd, inter­est­ing depic­tions of nature. Giant bugs crawl over styl­ish young peo­ple who dare to ven­ture into lands unknown.

I would love to see what Lampinen does with a graphic novel. Con­sid­er­ing the way they set up a sin­gle scene, pan­els upon pan­els of them would be amazing.

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Multifaceted Illustrations by Madison Shackell-York are Puzzles

madison-shackell-york-5Madi­son Shackell-York’s mul­ti­facted images are the kind best enjoyed when you’ve looked at them for longer than a second’s glance. They’re rich in com­po­si­tional depth and use layer upon layer of sym­bol­ism and visual metaphors. At first, the over­all illus­tra­tion might look con­fus­ing. But, when you spend time with it - dis­sect­ing what each part of the image might mean — it’s like piec­ing together a puz­zle. And puz­zles are fun!

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Dreamy Illustrations That’ll Make You Want to Explore Outdoors

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Korean illus­tra­tor Eun­sil Chun’s delight­ful works cap­ture the quiet beauty of the out­side world. A col­or­ful casts of char­ac­ters, both peo­ple and ani­mals, tra­verse the bloom­ing land­scapes. Eunsil’s illus­tra­tions include ele­ments of fan­tasy, and every com­po­si­tion fea­tures many fairy tale-esque things. In one, a tiny house boat sits on top of a giant bird’s head. Another fea­tures a wolf (or fox?) that’s taller than a house, and way longer, too!

It’s easy to get lost in these strange places. I can’t help but want to take a ride on that tiny horse with the bow on its tail.

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Book Lovers: A Sneak Peek into Touchka’s Newest Illustrated Scarf!

For the past sev­eral months (prob­a­bly more), I have lusted after illus­trated silk scarves. I love how they tell sto­ries that are con­tained on a sin­gle panel. Plus, they have an obvi­ous prac­ti­cal use as a beau­ti­ful fash­ion acces­sory. Touchka designed these dreamy pieces that fea­ture bright col­ors and gor­geous, small details.

Touchka is a col­lab­o­ra­tion between Jenny Lumel­sky and Tomer Ronen. It was born out a love for story telling, and ini­tially, they wanted to find a way to make illus­tra­tion use­ful for every­day life. “We wanted to com­bine it with quotes and fairy tale ref­er­ences,” they write. “So, we thought the best fit would be an acces­sory item: a scarf, which allows you to add a ‘say’ to your outfit.”

All of their cre­ations have some tie to lit­er­a­ture. Designs are based on the fol­low­ing books: The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde, Peter Pan by J.M. Bar­rie; The Jun­gle Book by Rud­yard Kipling; The Lit­tle Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; and Alice’s Adven­tures in Won­der­land and Through the Look­ing Glass by Lewis Car­roll. They’re cur­rently avail­able for pur­chase through their shop.

Jenny and Tomer were kind enough to share a sneak peek of a new scarf (No. 6) they’re work­ing on. It’s inspired by The Secret Gar­den by Frances Hodg­son Bur­nett: “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a gar­den.” Check it out, as well as a peek into their gor­geous stu­dio below!

Scarves No. 1 — 5:

The Jungle Book

The Jun­gle Book

The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Alice’s Adven­tures in Won­der­land

Alice’s Adven­tures in Wonderland

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Alice’s Adven­tures in Wonderland

The Little Prince

The Lit­tle Prince

The Little Prince

The Lit­tle Prince

A peek into Touchka’s studio:

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Here’s scarf no. 6 in progress!

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Vintage Ceramics Reinvigorated with Colorful, Abstract Designs

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Nina van de Goor, known as Ninain­vorm on her Etsy shop, uses vin­tage ceram­ics and rein­vig­o­rates them with her col­or­ful designs. Funny faces and sim­ple, bold shapes are the focus of her work. They’re play­ful and are the per­fect con­trast to the flow­ery, pre-existing imagery. I could see these as the per­fect accent to an equally-as-fun-feeling kitchen!

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BEEP BEEP! Pop Culture-Centric GIFs by Allison Kerek

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I always enjoy a good GIF, and so of course I’m lov­ing Alli­son Kerek’s work! She’s a Kansas City-based illus­tra­tor (my home­town!) who stud­ied inter­ac­tive design in Philadel­phia. Her fun ani­ma­tions fea­ture skulls mor­ph­ing into Ben Franklin, flash­ing NIKE dunks, and of course, Missy Elliot on top of a jeep. I could watch these pop-culture-centric for a looong time. Kim Kardashian’s flut­ter­ing hair is mesmerizing.

If you want to fol­low along with Allison’s GIF-making, check out her Tum­blr!

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Here are some of Allison’s non-animated illustrations:

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Lucy Kirk’s “Show Girls” Parody Sexy

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Illus­tra­tor Lucy Kirk cre­ated this series of ceramic fig­urines called The Show Girls. Aptly titled, don’t you think? They’re con­torted into shapes that real humans would prob­a­bly per­form more grace­fully, but that’s exactly what I like about them. They are mim­ic­k­ing sexy, but I don’t find them sexy. They’re hand-crafted with visual bumps and imper­fec­tions on the sur­face and in the draw­ing style. As a par­ody of a show girl, it’s great. I’d love to own one!

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Wooden People Capture the Imagination of Children

melanie rustonI posted about some wooden peo­ple ear­lier, so why not more? Melanie Rus­ton is a Baltimore-based artist who’s study­ing to be an art teacher (and about to grad­u­ate!). Her paint­ings are influ­enced by work­ing with chil­dren as a camp coun­selor and an intern; specif­i­cally, them draw­ing from their imag­i­na­tions with­out fear of the final result.

When I paint, I take char­ac­ters from my sketch­book and flesh out their exis­tence in imag­ined stores, where they deal with embar­rass­ment, tri­umph, and rela­tion­ships with oth­ers,” she writes in an artist state­ment. Melanie goes on, stat­ing, “Com­bin­ing a Renais­sance tech­nique with the artis­tic skills of a child, I leave clues for the viewer to solve and under­stand these moments for themselves.”

Fol­low Melanie on Tum­blr.

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Here are some non-wooden peo­ple, includ­ing a mural!

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