Travis Bedel’s Anatomical Collages Made from Vintage Illustrations

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I real­ize that it’s been awhile since I’ve posted some col­lage, so let’s take a look at the work of Travis Bedel. Metic­u­lous, eh? Travis uses illus­tra­tions from old sci­ence guides and text­books and trans­forms them into new and excit­ing imagery. He lay­ers count­less flow­ers, but­ter­flies, and other insects on top of one another, which cre­ates this sur­real mass of color that explodes from dif­fer­ent parts of the human body. Instead of blood, we’re filled with the most beau­ti­ful parts of the nat­ural world.

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Barbara Dziadosz’s Illustrations are Channeling Bubble Gum

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…How could I not imag­ine bub­ble gum after see­ing that pink? Don’t get me wrong — that’s not an insult. Gum is delicious.

I had a hard time select­ing what illus­tra­tions by Bar­bara Dzi­a­dosz to dis­play here. They’re all great! I’m espe­cially fond of the ter­rar­ium that has a cat inside of it.

Bar­bara says that she has a back­ground in print­mak­ing and char­ac­ter design. And after see­ing these figure-centric com­po­si­tions, I’m not sur­prised. Each per­son has fun, dis­tinct fea­tures despite being so graphic and sim­ple. The mul­ti­lay­ered work is a col­li­sion of col­ors, and I love how the opac­ity in the lay­ers cre­ate a col­li­sion of col­ors. The flat shapes are visu­ally excit­ing thanks to a wiped and slightly dis­tressed texture.



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Illustrators with Ink: Tuesday Bassen


I love tat­toos and have sev­eral of them. They’re another form of illus­tra­tion — except these are per­ma­nently etched into your skin! And, whether or not you have any of your own, I think most of us agree that they (gen­er­ally) look pretty neat. So why not show ‘em off? Let’s check out the tat­toos of the tal­ented and pro­lific illus­tra­tor, Tues­day Bassen!

Your name: Tues­day Bassen
How many tat­toos do you have? 7
Do you have a favorite? If so, which one? The tiger by Mike Adams!
Where did you get your work done? (Place and artists if applic­a­ble) Leviti­cus Tat­too (Min­neapo­lis), Nash Hogan at Hand of Glory (Brook­lyn), Reuben Col­ly­more in his kitchen (NYC), and Mike Adams at Hold It Down (Rich­mond).
Is there any mean­ing behind any of your tat­toos? Any sto­ries (funny or sad): They all have some sig­nif­i­cance, but were mostly aes­thet­i­cally dri­ven. I have an eye friend­ship tat­too that I drew, a Shel Sil­ver­stein draw­ing, Nancy by Ernie Bush­miller, the Utz girl, a tiger, a kew­pie, and a knife.
Do you see a con­nec­tion between the type of tat­toos you have and your illus­tra­tive work? Absolutely! I hope that my work is an exten­sion of myself and I think of my tat­toos as the same.

Full sleeves are great, but I enjoy see­ing these smaller tat­toos. Their black ink is sim­i­lar to the bold out­lines that Tues­day uses in her illustrations.

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Thanks, Tues­day!

Here’s a cou­ple of her illus­tra­tions, for context:


Spotted at SPX: Illustrations by Natalie Andrewson

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This past Sun­day, I made my way to the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Mary­land. It’s my third year of attend­ing and I enjoyed it, as always. One of the things I bought was a print (above) by Brooklyn-based illus­tra­tor, Natalie Andrew­son. I’m excited to get this one framed and hung up!

That illus­tra­tion, of course, it just one in Natalie’s impres­sive port­fo­lio. I love how she uses sketchy-looking pen­cil lines to add depth to dig­i­tal col­or­ing. And, with her fan­tas­ti­cally detailed work, it’s no won­der that she’s worked with clients like The New York Times, PLANSPONSOR, Simon & Shus­ter, and much more.

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Friday Roundup: My List of 20 Awesome Illustrators to Follow on Instagram


A week or so ago, I saw Buzzfeed’s list of 29 Awe­some Illus­tra­tors You Should Fol­low on Insta­gram. I enjoyed read­ing it and ended up fol­low­ing some of the peo­ple that were on their list. The whole time though, I was think­ing, “What about this per­son? Or how about them?” It inspired me to come up with my own list. So, I did just that. Here are 20 awe­some illus­tra­tors to fol­low on Insta­gram! Oh, and while you’re check­ing them out, how about fol­low­ing me, too? @brwnpaperbag.

Who’s your favorite illus­tra­tor on Insta­gram? Tweet at me or tell me on Face­book! Maybe I’ll do a fol­low up post with ya’lls favorites.

Dinara Mir­tal­ipova

Eleni Kalorkoti

Llew Mejia

Yelena Bryk­senkova

Decue Wu

John Bond


Kate Pugs­ley

Lisa Hanawalt

Jean­nie Phan

Sam Kalda

Fideli Sundqvist

Ping Zhu

Lisk Feng

Betsy Wal­ton

Anna Bond

Karin Soderquist

August Wren

Leah Goren

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Rami Kim’s Playful Ceramic Dishes Feature a Eerie Suprise

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Is that a… float­ing head in that dish? Why, yes it is! Rami Kim cre­ated these whim­si­cal ceramic pieces that inter­act with food in a play­ful way. They fea­ture small, painted faces that sit in the mid­dle of the bowls and con­tinue to stare up at you as you’re fill­ing them with salt, fruit, and more. They’re also your ever-present din­ing companion!

Kim’s back­ground is in ani­ma­tion, and you can see the influ­ence in her work. It’s character-driven and expres­sive, adding a fun twist to every­day objects (can’t you imag­ine that salt as snow?). You can pur­chase Kim’s work on Etsy.

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Who Needs a Repeat Pattern Silk Scarf? Not MNCQVQ!


Prov­ing that you don’t have to design silk scarves using only repeat­ing pat­terns, Mil­leneuf­cen­tqua­trevingtqua­tre (AKA MNCQVQ) has crafted these beau­ti­ful pieces that fea­ture a con­ven­tional sub­ject mat­ter — still lifes. The com­pany is com­prised of two French women named Amélie Char­roin and Marie Colin-Madan. They draw and paint col­or­ful scenes that are later printed onto the fab­ric. We see pot­ted plants, blan­kets, plas­tic bags, and much more of the every­day in their gar­ments. And, they’re far from bor­ing. Instead, the mix­ture of col­ors and tex­tures make them look great whether they’re worn or even dis­played as a work of art. They’re rem­i­nis­cent of paint­ings by Jonas Wood or Anna Valdez.

You can pur­chase one of MNCQVQ’s pieces in their shop.

PS — I first posted about this on Pic­ture Party, a Tum­blog that I run with my good pal Lisa Per­rin. Fol­low us to see a bunch of fun, illus­trated prod­ucts from around the web.


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Uninspiring Posters for People That Don’t like Motivational Quotes


Real talk: I’ve never been a fan of inspi­ra­tional quotes, and if you have a Pin­ter­est board ded­i­cated to them, I’ve prob­a­bly unfol­lowed it. So, imag­ine my delight when I saw illus­tra­tor Linzie Hunter’s Unin­spir­ing Posters. They fea­ture nicely hand-lettered illus­tra­tions of nay-sayings and real­ity checks in an amus­ingly sub­ver­sive way. My favorite? Dan­ger! This sign will not improve your life in any way. (Sorry.)

Via Betype, an excel­lent Tum­blr that’s well worth your follow.

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Katrin Rodegast’s Detailed Paper-Sculpted Illustrations

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Katrin Rode­gast is a Ger­man illus­tra­tor who cre­ates cut-paper sculp­tures that are later pho­tographed to cre­ate a 2D image. Using bright, solid col­ors she builds inti­mate scenes, delec­table edi­bles, and reveal­ing portraits.

When done well, I’m a big fan of paper-sculpted illus­tra­tions. They’re tac­tile and neat to look at, often with a lot of inter­est­ing details pep­pered through­out. Just take a look at the tiny apps on the iPhone or taped papers to the wall. Delightful.

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Friday Roundup: A Smattering of Ceramics

It was a lot of fun shar­ing ceram­ics with ya’ll this week. Of course, there was a ton I didn’t have time to fea­ture, so here’s a quick smat­ter­ing of some other won­der­ful works. See ya on Mon­day! Fol­low me on Insta­gram or Pin­ter­est, okay?