I don’t know how best to describe these works (are they paintings? partially photographs?) by Husmann/Tschaeni, so I’ll just let them speak for themselves. The in-your-face color, texture, and patterns are a dizzying combination that I find captivating. They draw me in and I can’t look away. See more images on Husmann/Tschaeni’s website, which includes equally as intense series of photographs.
Ya’ll, I am so impressed with this cut paper sculpture by artist Elsa Mora; the details within it are incredible! Using just acid-free paper and glue, she creates depth and texture through well-placed cuts and minuscule, hand-punched holes. Close-up shots reveal wonderful things like the tiniest decorated books on a shelf. Get lost in this piece titled Garden of Books.
You might be familiar with Mora via her excellent blog, Art is a Way. If you don’t read it, I highly recommend that you start. It’s one of my go-to blogs, and it features ceramics, artists, crafts, and more.
With a variety of fabrics, Olga Ezova-Denisova creates portraits of animals using an applique technique. They’re fun: dogs are dressed for both cold weather and a day at the beach, and we see them donning scarves, caps, rosy cheeks, and more.
I love the mixing of materials and how they’re handled in a painterly way. Small shapes of fabric create highlights and show the direction of fur. They also define its contours and form. Additional embroidery stitches refine details that give these pieces even more depth.
And these pieces are a combination of linocut and embroidery:
I was first introduced to Kris Chau’s work when I was in undergrad. She was a guest professor for a “lifestyle” illustration class I was taking, and I fell in love with her way of drawing. Chau uses beautiful lines throughout each piece that have a lyrical feel to them. And when she’s not doing that, she peppers her work with lovely patterns.
If you check out Chau’s blog, she does a lot of sketching. I’ve included some of them here, and they are handled more loosely than her paintings. She couples this treatment with ethereal depictions of goddesses, mermaids, and spirits. It creates an appropriately dreamlike world.
Okay, so maybe the title is a bit misleading. I don’t know if you’d necessarily hug these soft sculptures, but most of them on this list look pretty cuddly.
I’ve always been one to collect stuffed creatures. In my bedroom is a collection of Ugly Dolls from college and an assortment of Heidi Kenney’s plushes. I think I’ll always have a place in my heart for these soft objects even if I don’t own them.
And a BONUS, because I just love candy so much:
Internet, get ready. Tonight, August 21, at 7PM ET, Monica Ramos’ (previously) online shop, Rituals, will release some more of her delightful ceramic alpacas. If you missed ‘em last time around (like I did), now’s your chance! Set an alarm on your phone and be near a computer so you too can own an adorable planter of this stately animal.
PS — I found out about this via Ramos’ Instagram!
Hye Jin Chung creates collage illustrations (my favorite!), mixing and matching papers to build exciting images. After arranging cut-out shapes, she’ll draw on top of them for even more delightful details. Just check out those smiley, happy horses above.
I’ve always been a fan of miniatures. When I was younger, I remember that my mom had printer drawers mounted to our walls with tiny goodies on display. Now it’s come full circle, as I too collect small art objects! So it’s no surprise, then, that I fell in love with Lauren Delaney George’s Etsy shop. She hand produces tiny books, pencils, scrolls, perfume bottles, and so much more (there are over 700 items for sale!). Everything is roughly the size of a penny, or sometimes smaller.
These pieces are meant for doll houses, and George’s career started when she made miniatures as Christmas gifts for her grandparents. Now, she creates them for hobbyists, writing, “One of my frustrations as a child was the high expense of the available dollhouse accessories, whose quality was inconsistent at best.” If you have an idea for a tiny object, you can let George know via Etsy.
Marianna Sztyma is a Polish artist and illustrator who creates beautiful images in both and collage. Here, I’ve featured many of her paintings, but take note of her mixed media works, too. They both are tied together in their use of soft, dry-brush/airbrush shading and penchant for pattern and the female figure.
I have the feeling that illustration is Sztyma’s primary way of working, and that her paintings are a secondary way that she expresses herself. Artists, illustrators, and general creative people: do you have something like this? Another media you work in to break up the monotony of working in one way or style? Let me know on Facebook!
PS: These paintings came from her Flickr!
Here we are, at the end of another work week! What are your plans for the weekend? I, for one, am going to check out this BUS stop in east Baltimore (please click the link to see that I’m not totally nuts).
As you cruise into Saturday, enjoy these 10 illustrations that I’ve seen lately and liked. Some feature long-time favorites like Andrea Wan, while others are created by people I’ve never heard until recently, like the work of Michela Picchi.
Making a list like this is always fun. You start to notice patterns in what you’re picking based on your current interests. Can you see that that I’m really into bright colors and floral drawings right now?