Andrea Lauren is a pattern maker living in Asheville, North Carolina. Many of her colorful, designy illustrations are inspired by nature, but she also throws some toys and tea in there, too.
Andrea uses a variety of hand-rendered techniques in her pattern production, and they’re meant for digital textile printing. “I’m particularly drawn to linocuts, pen & ink, and cut paper,” she writes on her website. Check out her Spoonflower shop for more.
If you’re interested in printmaking, be sure to read Andrea’s blog, Ink Print Repeat. She shares helpful tips (including supplies she uses) as well as fun in-progress work.
So it’s not exactly the new year, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy this cut paper piece by Ink Studio. Look closely, and you’ll see that this colorful landscape spells out “15” (as in 2015). It’s part of their yearly paper design project.
This hand-crafted piece utilizes a variety of textures and construction techniques. It was made by several people, and the eclectic style is reflected in the different-looking low-poly and X-acto cut outs. My favorite part is the bird with its pink and green plumage.
Here’s their 2014 creation:
This illustration by Monica Ramos is currently on her Tumblr, and it was my favorite thing I saw yesterday . It’s for Justina Blakeney’s new book, The New Bohemians, Cool and Collected Homes. So good!
Did you ever play with paper dolls? I did when I was younger, and so I was instantly attracted to Sara Guindon’s delightful paper toys. They feature characters dressed to the nines who do things like play guitar, look through their binoculars, and draw in their sketchbooks. Fun!
Each puppet is handmade and printed on acid-free card stock. Their moveable joints are secured by brads and are able to move up and down. Some are available for purchase on Sara’s Etsy shop.
Ashlee Woo creates portraits of celebrities, artists, and political leaders using a combination of digital embroidery and silk screen. The abstract images feature thick stitched lines that define the large, bold shapes of the subject. Smaller, more expressive embroidery adds fun details like crazy hair styles and delicate facial features. This combination produces unique profiles that capture both a likeness as well as an essence of their personality. Love!
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I’m trying a new segment on Brown Paper Bag where I list the illustrated products I’ve lusted over the past week. I always try to buy things that have illustration on them (or an illustrative quality to them) because I find that it makes me happier. And, we have choices when we purchase things, so why the heck not?
Above: Strawberry bowl by Jordan Sondler
Chiffon scarf by Aimee Bee Brooks / Brass fly studs (earrings) by Datter Industries / Empathy Cards by Emily McDowell (I also wrote about these on My Modern Met) / Wooden Sriracha sauce bottle by Herman Marie / Planty Tea Towel by Leah Duncan / Small Octopus plush toy by BigStuffed / Heavenly Honeycomb blanket by Anna Backlund / Polymer clay arctic fox by Victoria Lucy
What have you been obsessing over this week? Submit a link via this form and I might feature it on this post next Friday!
Polish illustrator Marta Kubiczek combines soft textures and digital colors with a heavy emphasis on shape design. Figures, flowers, and animals are often comprised of one elegant form.
Storytelling is at the forefront of Marta’s work. Often, her images are based on mythologies and poems. It’s a rich basis for image creation and gives her the opportunity to incorporate imagery that she might not have used otherwise.
I’ve only recently become acquainted with Daniel Shaffer’s illustrations, but I am sure glad that I did. His paintings are great. They’re lusciously colored, imaginative, fun, and have a bit of geeky charm. (Zelda has made an appearance a couple of times.)
Daniel says he’s a digital-freelance illustrator. For working on the computer, he does a fantastic job at making his work feel like it’s hand painted. The dry brushing definitely gives it a vintage feel, and I’m reminded of Mary Blair — one of my favorite illustrators!
Pick up some of Daniel’s prints on INPRINT.
This illustration (above) by Melissa Castrillon is one that I’ve admired for a long time. I love the minimalist use of color and all of the delightful things that are hidden within the composition. It isn’t just about this big, castle-like house. There are small creatures romping around the oversized flowers and trees.
These busy landscapes are a recurring theme in Melissa’s work. Below, you’ll see other similarly-colored compositions and tiny lines. Much of it is screen printed with traces of offset pigments visible
Some of these images are available as prints in Melissa’s online shop. She also has ceramics for sale, too!