My parents place or yours?
For those of you (this includes me) in your 20’s what do you think? Better or worse than you expected? Illustrator Natalie Adkins has a scathing, tongue-in-cheek look at what we thought life would be like vs. what it actually is.
The titles for these pieces are hilarious, so I’m including them in the captions. Via The Fox is Black.
If You Fell In The Shower and No One Was There To Hear You Fall, Would You Still Make a Sound?
It’s Not That People Won’t Give You The Time of Day, They Won’t Give You The Morning After.
Adkins created image-changing volvelles with these illustrations that create a new message as they’re turned.
And finally, here’s a collag animal for good measure. I really enjoy her cut paper stylizations.
Almas Pieters is an illustrator based in the Netherlands who creates her illustrations with things like textiles and embroidery thread. She uses a variety of stitches to create full color and highly textured works of three-eyed beasts, masks, and severed heads.
I’m really impressed with the craft of Pieter’s work. The stitches are neatly applied, and there’s a real sense of movement in each piece. Perfect for depicting waves, limbs, and more.
Sorry for the radio silence lately. I’m taking advantage of the long fourth of July weekend here in the US, so I’ll be back on Monday with more illustrative goodies to share with you.
Above: The inside of a firework. Photo by Andrew Waits.
This isn’t the first time I’ve featured the work of Romanian-based illustrator Aitch on Brown Paper Bag, but it is the first time I’ve shared her ceramics. The flattened and stylized depiction of animals and women focus a lot of decorative surface design. Aitch’s illustrative sensibilities translate well to clay, and their treatment is looks similar to the Harriet Damave’s traditional Dutch technique of painting cobalt oxide on porcelain.
It’s JULY! Can you believe it? So, you know what that means — swim suits, cookouts, baseball games, and all the fun stuff that happens when it’s warm out. The start of a new month also means another header for Brown Paper Bag. Hooray! This month, we have an illustration by the wonderful Sarah Jacoby. She’s crafted an image perfect for the summer months, and I’m excited to share it with you today.
As always, the work is for sale in the Brown Paper Bag shop as a 4″ x 6″ print — perfect for framing! Grab one before they’re all gone.
Here’s some info on Sarah, who happens to be a grad school cohort of mine and an award-winning illustrator.
Name: Sarah Jacoby
Location: Philadelphia, but possibly soon to be Brooklyn/NY.
What was your dream job when you were 7 years old? I wanted to be everything all of the time. I think at age seven I was going through a forensic paleontology phase. I think I in truth I just liked saying those words out loud.
Your profession now: Illustrator! The best job.
What’s your favorite thing to draw? Flora and fauna are my jam. You can see if I’m stuck on a piece if I have piles of papers with tiny vines drawn all over them.
What was the inspiration for this piece? I want to be at a swimming hole very badly now that its July. I’m currently stuck in the city. The pools aren’t even open here. For a short period I lived in Austin, Texas for a summer and I will never forget their swimming hole situation. Very dreamy. For those who know Austin, I’m thinking of Hamilton Springs though there’s no huge jumping cliff there.
How did you create your illustration? Was it any different than your regular process? I like to make little water colors on bristol paper, then scan them and digitally collage them. It’s how I do most of my stuff. I didn’t stray from the path this time.
How high do you reckon that tall cliff is? So high! I’m scared of heights, so this is basically my nightmare situation. I’d like to be a the little swimmer with the pink bathing cap though. Swimming in style.