Illustrated products, Sculpture

These are the Cutest 3D-Printed Characters You’ll See Today


Aren’t these the cutest? I think I’m in love. Melbourne-based MIMAW (short for Micro.Macro.Workshop) cre­ated these char­ac­ter bowls, which dou­ble as delight­ful pen­cil hold­ers and planters. They have 3D-printed bod­ies and hand-painted details (like those smil­ing faces!). MIMAW uses biodegrad­able PLA (Poly Lac­tic Acid), which is used in food pack­ag­ing and con­tain­ers. It’s strong, durable, and won’t shat­ter like porcelain.

MIMAW is pas­sion­ate about com­bin­ing emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies and tra­di­tional meth­ods of work­ing, pro­duc­ing func­tional pieces that “inject delight and embed itself in the everyday.”

Now, the big ques­tion is… which one do I pick?












Illustrated products

My Weekly 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions


1 // Hand­painted Flo­ral Spring Shirt by Pur­ple Fish­bowl
2 // Scan­di­na­vian Retro Toy Folk by Gunna Ydri
3 // Soft Leather Cac­tus Pouch by Amelie Mancini
5 // Ves­sels by Louise Madzia
4 // French Bull­dog Patches by Natali Koro­moto
6 // Eye Ear Jacket Ear­ring by Boo + Boo fac­tory
7 // Poppy Bou­quet Neck­lace by Layla Amber

In other illus­trated prod­uct news…

// On Mon­day, I did a roundup of 10 illus­trated shower cur­tains avail­able on Society6. They’re all great, and I ended up buy­ing this one by Tea­gan White!

// For YEARS, I’ve cov­eted the sweet ceram­ics of Ate­lier Stella. Every once and a while, she has these flash sales that seem to sell out in min­utes. This past week, she sent out an email announc­ing a sale at 11:30AM UK time — 6:30AM my time — so need­less to say, I totally missed it. Oh well! Bet­ter luck next time, I guess.

// I’ve been get­ting steady sign ups for my Map­ping Mem­o­ries project! Not sure what that is? It’s the inau­gural project under my newest endeavor, Speck­led Canary. How it works: using washi tape, you’ll cre­ate art­work based on a mem­ory, sub­mit it to me, and maybe win a prize! Sign up now and receive 5 rolls of washi tape to get you started. You won’t be sorry.

Animation, Textiles

Amazing Animations: Embroidered Zoetropes by Elliot Schultz

 Elliot Schultz

I love it when embroi­dery is in used in uncon­ven­tional appli­ca­tions, and designer Elliot Schultz has done so in a super cre­ative way. He cre­ated a series of embroi­dered zoetrope!

If you aren’t famil­iar with a zoetrope, it’s an ani­ma­tion tech­nique that uses a series of pic­tures on an inner sur­face. When they’re rotated and dis­played — either with a strobe light or by pho­tographs — the illu­sion of motion is created.

For his final project at the ANU School of Art in Aus­tralia, Elliot cre­ated six discs with ani­mated sequences embroi­dered on their sur­faces. They were designed to be played on stan­dard turnta­bles, bor­row­ing the shape and size from a 10″ vinyl record. Once they were hit with a strobe light, the ani­ma­tions came to life.

Check out the GIFs and video to see these pieces in action. How cool! (Via Colos­sal)

 Elliot Schultz

 Elliot Schultz




Illustration Education

Build a Freelance Illustration Business” Workshop with Modern Thrive


Are you inter­ested in illus­tra­tion as a career, but aren’t sure how to turn your tal­ents into a busi­ness? Well, you’re in luck! Mod­ern Thrive is host­ing an online work­shop called Build a Free­lance Illus­tra­tion Busi­ness with Salli S. Swindell of Stu­dio SSS. You might also know her from They Draw & Cook and They Draw & Travel, which are recipes and maps drawn by illus­tra­tors around the world.

The 3-day work­shop will teach you how to build and online port­fo­lio and “lever­age your unique style to land deals with name brand clients.” It takes place August 17–19 at 6pm PST // 8pm CST // 9pm EST, with three ses­sions that are each 1 hour long. Reg­is­tra­tion is only $97!

Don’t worry if you can’t make one of those days — all of the con­tent is recorded so you can access any­thing you missed on your own time.

Learn more and sign up here!



Stylish Figurative Illustrations by Alessandra Genualdo

Alessandra Genualdo

London-based illus­tra­tor Alessan­dra Gen­u­aldo paints fan­tas­tic gouache works that are a sat­is­fy­ing fusion of shapes and a lim­ited color palette. She pairs pale pinks, mus­tard yel­lows, and fiery reds with blacks, grays, and whites, which are a great jux­ta­po­si­tion of cheer­ful and dull. And, I espe­cially love it when she mixes these hues with her pat­terns and blob-like forms. They have a visual ease about them, mak­ing them feel con­tem­po­rary and stylish.

Are you a zine lover? If so, Alessan­dra has made a few that are avail­able in her online shop.

Alessandra Genualdo










Aimee Bee Brooks’ Illustrations Inspired by the Past

Aimee Bee Brooks

Aimee Bee Brooks is a recent art school grad who cre­ates col­or­ful illus­tra­tions fea­tur­ing styl­ish vin­tage ladies and famil­iar objects.

My work is inspired by the past,” Aimee explains. “I don’t have a strong inter­est in con­tem­po­rary things. My art­work gen­er­ally depicts items and peo­ple from the time peri­ods I find aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing. I believe the items I sur­round myself with, the music I lis­ten to, and the art I’m fond of have an affect on the work I cre­ate.” It’s this sen­ti­ment that I find so com­fort­ing about her illus­tra­tions. They’re often things I grew up (tape cas­settes and all), and that I attach a cer­tain nos­tal­gia to.

Buy Aimee’s zines, scarves, pins, and more in her Etsy shop!

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Illustrated products

Make Your Bathroom Snazzy: Illustrative Shower Curtains on Society6

Tegan White

Tegan White

In less than 2 weeks, I’ll be mov­ing. Not far, just to another neigh­bor­hood in Bal­ti­more — one where I have my own stu­dio space and a bath­room. I’m super excited about this, because I’ll have total con­trol of the decor. Nor­mally, it’s a com­pro­mise — my boyfriend tends to favor neutral-colored fur­nish­ings, but I usu­ally go for more illus­tra­tive, bright decor (as you can prob­a­bly tell from read­ing this blog!).

I’ve already started planning/scheming my new bath­room, includ­ing the shower cur­tain. As I began look­ing, it quickly occurred to me — hey! Society6 makes shower cur­tains! So, I started perusing.

I didn’t real­ize how many of my illus­tra­tors have shower cur­tains on the site. I went through all of the pages, and here are some of my favorites. Maybe one of them will inspire you to give a fun update to your bath­room, too!

Teagan White

Tea­gan White

Bianca Green

Bianca Green


Mouni Fed­dag




Ash­ley Percival



Georgiana Paraschiv

Geor­giana Paraschiv



Hannah Margaret

Han­nah Margaret

Note: Society6 did not approach me to write this post — I am gen­uinely super excited about their shower curtains!

Illustrated products

My Weekly 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions

1 // Cotélac dress by Mar­ion Fay­olle, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cotélac for Kib­lind mag­a­zine
2 // Sloth Neck­lace by Yel­low Tree store (via Artis­tic Moods)
3 // Ceramic tas­sels by Junghwa Park  (con­tact her if you want one!)
4 // Sad Dog Patch by Buried Dia­mond
5 // Mix and Match Note­book Bun­dle by Wrap Mag­a­zine (fea­tur­ing var­i­ous illus­tra­tors)
6 // Ocean Dweller cards by Vikki Chu for teNeues
7 // Fly­ing Wiener Dog with Rain­bow Brooch by Danadamki

Happy week­end, ya’ll. Here are 7 illus­trated prod­ucts I’m obsess­ing over this week. What about you? Let me know in the comments!

Also, are you an artist who loves washi tape? Or at least wants to try? Join my project and receive 5 rolls of tape!


Mai Ly Degnan’s Illustrations of Curious Ladies in Strange Places

Mai Ly Degnan

Mai Ly Deg­nan is a Baltimore-based illus­tra­tor and a for­mer grad school cohort of mine. Since grad­u­at­ing in 2014, she has kept her­self busy by draw­ing all sorts of curi­ous ladies in strange lands. They’re great — her char­ac­ters don cos­tumes, have swim par­ties, and best of all, scheme! I love it when she releases a new illus­tra­tion — it’s always a joy to see what her styl­ish girls will be doing next, crafted with a metic­u­lous atten­tion to detail.

A cou­ple of weeks ago, I men­tioned that Mai Ly’s Insta­gram is one you should fol­low. Check it out to see her sketches, illus­trated prod­ucts, and more.

Mai Ly Degnan

Mai Ly Degnan



In addi­tion to illus­tra­tive prints, Mai Ly has made mer­maid brooches. They’re all avail­able in her Etsy shop.





Colorful Illustrations of People on the Move by Teresa Bellon

Teresa Bellon

Teresa Bel­lon is a Span­ish illus­tra­tor who caught my eye with the young Frida Khalo piece that’s above. I love the color, sim­plic­ity, and shape design, in addi­tion to the dis­tressed print­mak­ing tex­ture that gives her works a hand-crafted touch.

Teresa’s illus­tra­tions often depicts jun­gles, oceans, and peo­ple gen­er­ally on the go. I don’t know about you, but they make me want to get up and start moving!

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