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!
Kansas City-based illustrator Sarah Walsh draws state flowers in a series that’s both informative and beautiful—she depicts their vibrant colors and also diagrams the parts of each bloom. So far, Sarah has completed five states: Missouri, Kansas, Virginia, New York, and California. I hope there are others in the works.
You can buy these posters as prints on Sarah’s Etsy shop, Tigersheep Friends, that she runs her husband, Colin. (Thx, Lisa!)
And how could I not include these adorable alpacas?
1. Hand Print Cosmetic Bag by belayahvoya
2. Cotton Kitchen Towel by Lisa Rupp for Herriott Grace
3. Ouroboros Brass Ring by Almanac for June
4. Hare on the Run Bookend by Design Atelier Article
5. Third Eye Glass Box by Here & Now
6. Modern Small Spiky Vase by Olis Cupboard
7. Terracotta Serving Bowl by Baskakova
Is your 2016 calendar situation figured out? If not, now’s the time to buy something for the new year. Here are a few beautiful options!
Thirteen Tables 13-Month Calendar + Attached Notepad by Little Low
Isometric Risograph Calendar by Jp King of Paper Pusher
Lunar Calendar by Jen Collins for Tiny Showcase
And one last thing! If you’re local to Baltimore, check out MICA’s Art Market. It’s been going on since Wednesday and is over tomorrow at 6PM. I attend every year and it’s got a lot of awesome stuff—like illustration, ceramics, original art, and jewelry—made by talent students, alum, and faculty.
Instagram is great for finding tattoo artists, but it’s also the worst—I have such tattoo envy every time I scroll though an artist’s feed! Hamburg-based tattooer Susanne König creates surreal portraits and whimsical animal scenes that are sure to make you smile. Although they’re sweet, Susanne adds some edge to them with her illustrative blackwork and stippling techniques. This lack of color keeps them from being totally saccharine, and they feel like an adult daydream rather than children’s book.
I’ve said it a million times before and I’ll say it again: illustration is everywhere! …even in wall murals. These gorgeous coverings are by Richele and Sydney, aka anewall (a-new-wall). They offer contemporary designs on printed panels—either self adhesive vinyl or wallpaper—that you can install in your home. It’s a great way to make a bold statement in any room. My favorite is the watercolor cactus pattern.
If you’re nervous about a full-wall commitment, anewall also sells posters, maps and more. Check it out in their Etsy shop.