Melissa Chaib’s Colorful Illustrations and Beautiful Hand Lettering

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Melissa Chaib’s work first appeared to me as a sub­mis­sion on the Brown Paper Bag Tum­blr, and I’m so glad it did. The illustrator’s col­or­ful images are illus­trated prod­ucts, includ­ing cards, prints, and soon-to-be notebooks.

If you visit her shop, you’ll find that a lot of the stock is of cards. Chaib’s empha­sis is on these social expres­sions, writ­ing, Our work cel­e­brates the adven­tures in life, our mis­sion is to cre­ate orig­i­nal, inspir­ing greet­ing cards and prod­ucts that con­nect and enrich people’s lives… We make prod­ucts for you to enjoy the funny, crazy moments with the peo­ple you love. ”

Check out the hand let­ter­ing, too! It’s on nearly every­thing Chaib paints, and is very well done.

All images via her shop and web­site.

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Nina Jun’s Balloons Are Enjoyed Forever (Because They’re Ceramic)

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Artist Nina Jun crafts del­i­cate, life-like bal­loons from ceram­ics. Seems con­tra­dic­tory, no? Bal­loons are so light, and here they are made from some­thing that is unable to float. But with Jun’s bal­loons, they will never deflate, and we’re able to cap­ture their fun for­ever. From her artist statement:

Fly­ing is everyone’s desire. When a helium bal­loon escaped from my hand one day and went into infi­nite space I began to won­der what is there beyond the blue sky? Even though we can­not see with our eyes, we know that there in the uni­verse are lay­ers of galax­ies merg­ing con­stantly with dying and form­ing stars. My won­ders about space inspired me to cre­ate this series of ceramic bal­loons. The pat­terns and motifs on some of my ceramic bal­loons reflect the abstract images of con­stel­la­tions and views of the cosmos.

Per­pe­tu­ity is also one of the unsolved prob­lems we face. What if a bal­loon never deflated, so that the joy it brought us never ended? What if our mem­o­ries never escaped us? What if these bal­loons could lift us up while also keep­ing us grounded? I make these ceramic bal­loons to remind us our unob­tain­able desire to be in charge of time and space.

The sell­ing point for believ­abil­ity in Jun’s work are the seams that she’s formed into her pieces. With­out them, they wouldn’t look like bal­loons and would just be dense, col­or­ful shapes.

Even though I know that Jun’s work will never leave the ground, that doesn’t stop me from enjoy­ing it. A lot.

Via Design Boom.

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Ed J. Brown Illustrations Are a Big Sexy Jigsaw

ejb9 Ed J. Brown seems like a fun guy based on the bio on his “About” page, prov­ing that you should never under­es­ti­mate the power of a well-written blurb about your­self. Its tone is an easy way to give the viewer a sense of who you are. Read his amus­ing prose:

Ed would describe him­self as a dig­i­tal artist with print based ten­den­cies. Inspired by ana­logue print tech­niques such as etch­ings, wood­cuts and silk screens. Ed is a bit of a tex­ture freak.

All his work con­sists of com­pletely hand drawn and hand made images, even the colours he uses come from scanned in sugar paper — this is all assem­bled in Pho­to­shop like a big sexy jigsaw.

…Big sexy jig­saw. Yes. All images via his web­site. Fol­low him on Tum­blr, too.

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Sebastian Bieniek’s “Doublefaced” is a Series of Optical Illusions

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The por­trait series Dou­ble­faced by pho­tog­ra­pher Sebas­t­ian Bie­niek fea­tures a woman who drew a face (or faces) on her head and posi­tioned her­self in such a way that it she appears to be not one, but two peo­ple. This project is an opti­cal illu­sion, a bit of a mind ben­der, and over­all pretty clever, if not slightly creepy. I think that the ele­ment of con­fu­sion is what makes it suc­cess­ful, and I espe­cially like when Bie­niek ven­tures into pub­lic. I’m sure that the model’s pres­ence elicited some strange reac­tions and dou­ble takes from passer­bys. (Via iGNANT)

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Josephin Ritschel’s Drawings Illustrate A Slice of Life and More


I recently redis­cov­ered look­ing at my Flickr on reg­u­lar basis, and I’m so happy I did. It’s been a trea­sure trove of good stuff by tal­ented artists that I in turn get to share with you, such as the works of Josephin Ritschel. Ritschel’s works cap­ture a slice of life (like the cat above), illus­trate sto­ries about crim­i­nal activ­ity, and are also comics, too. In gen­eral, find graphite draw­ings really sooth­ing; I think it’s some­thing about the soft, warm tex­ture that reminds me of days when I was younger and would just spend them draw­ing. Her works make me feel the same, even if the sub­ject mat­ter is a lit­tle unnerving.

Below I’ve shared some of her sin­gle draw­ings, but be sure to check out her Flickr or web­site to see spreads from her sequen­tial illustrations.

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Lindsey Hampton’s Ceramics are Clever And Jubilant

lindsey hampton Lind­sey Hamp­ton is a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary artist who designs, pho­tographs, and more. For now, I am going to focus on her ceram­ics and instal­la­tions because it’s what orig­i­nally drew me to her port­fo­lio. The ves­sels that Hamp­ton sculpts have an under­stated sophis­ti­ca­tion to them. They are col­or­ful but not over­whelm­ing, jubi­lant with­out being sac­cha­rine, and as a whole really clever. I love how sub­tle they are — the sil­hou­ettes are clean, and you’re able to focus on details like the skewed plant stand (below) or the retool­ing of the aver­age table lamp (above).

Here’s part of a short state­ment about Hampton’s work, and how she achieves con­ti­nu­ity no mat­ter what she’s crafting:

Hampton’s use of colour, pat­tern and shape speak together across all plat­forms, she thrives in the del­i­cate bal­ance between pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive space. Hamp­ton believes that every­thing is design, whether  cre­at­ing a poster or logo, a ceramic ves­sel or mug; her approach is equal.

All images via her web­site.

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Accolades, Badges, and Banners I’ve Seen Lately and Liked

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With the begin­ning of the 2014 Win­ter Olympics, it feels appro­pri­ate to have a post ded­i­cated to acco­lades and badges. Not nec­es­sar­ily the type you’d find given at the Olympics… but I don’t have a prob­lem with that, do you?


ll_secretholiday3 I love these pos­i­tive reminders by Secret Hol­i­day.

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ll_myokubithreads4 ll_myokubithreads3 ll_myokubithreads2 ll_myokubithreads Silly and not-so-silly patches by Mokuy­obi Threads. How do I get into the Bear Friend Society?

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ll_pinestreet Pine Street Mak­ery makes an East pen­nant. Per­fect for if you live on the east coast, or just the east side of town.

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Dawid Ryski’s Structured Illustrations Exercise Restraint

Dawid Ryski Dawid Ryski is a land­scape archi­tect by pro­fes­sion and moon­lights as an illus­tra­tor. Based on his com­po­si­tions and lim­ited color palette, this makes a lot of sense. There’s a def­i­nite struc­ture to his work and order to the chaos. Some­times, he uses flat fields of color and other times scanned in tex­tures that make the whole illus­tra­tion and lit­tle more interesting.

All images via Behance, but check out Dawid’s web­site and his start up, Pinata Unique.

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Sasha Unisex Tattoos Remind Me of Lisa Frank Stickers

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Do you know that I write for the site My Mod­ern Metrop­o­lis?  I do! If you’re not famil­iar with it, it’s a blog that cel­e­brates visual cre­ativ­ity. The con­tent is a bit dif­fer­ent than what’s on Brown Paper Bag, and I really enjoy writ­ing about the wide vari­ety of con­tent that it has to offer (I learn so much!). Any­ways, I wrote about these tat­toos on My Mod­ern Met ear­lier this week, and I loved them so much I’d thought I’d share on here.

As you may or may not know, I love tat­toos and have sev­eral. All of mine are out­lined, unlike these col­or­ful tat­toos by Sasha Uni­sex. Her work strays from a con­ven­tional style because they don’t use lines and instead use shape and color to define their form. The jewel tones are bril­liant, and remind me of a per­ma­nent Lisa Frank sticker. Too bad Uni­sex is based in St. Peters­burg, Rus­sia. I’d love to get some­thing done by her!

Also, for read­ers that have tat­toos, how do you think they’ll  hold up? Will the sub­tle color fade over time and them loose their shape?

All images via her Insta­gram.

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