Illustrated products

My Weekly 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions

Illustrated product obsessions
1. Eyes Pouch by Zana Products
2. Serpent Heart Clutch by Poppy Lissiman (thx, Lisa!)
3. Wooden Girl Clock by Lawrence Slater at Beach London
4. Mirror Masks by Areaware
5. Anteater Ceramic Planter by Cumbuca Chic
6. Mirka Serpent Earrings by Gorman
7. Cat Toy Catnip Sardines by Miso Handmade

I love making these collages each week—and looking back on the old ones. There are definitely themes that emerge throughout my illustrated product obsessions, such as eyes. I love things with eyes on them!

What about you? Are there certain design elements that you gravitate towards?

Ceramics, Illustrated products

Ceramic Animals Add Some Welcome Color to Everyday Decor

Ceramics by Dodo Toucan

Of all my favorite things to collect, ceramics are it. Charming in nearly any size, I have many—including animals, people, and ghosts(!)—scattered throughout my home. And after seeing the shop Dodo Toucan, it’s time I add to my hoard of porcelain. Created by Sarah Theron, her colorful creature masks and totems are intended to brighten your everyday decor. Some will sit on your kitchen table while others attach to your wall—whatever the use, their elegant forms and electric hues are a visual delight.

Dodo Toucan is produced in Paris, but has an online shop that ships worldwide.

Ceramics by Dodo Toucan

Ceramics by Dodo Toucan

Ceramics by Dodo Toucan

Ceramics by Dodo Toucan

Ceramics by Dodo Toucan

Ceramics by Dodo Toucan

Ceramics by Dodo Toucan

Ceramics by Dodo Toucan

Ceramics by Dodo Toucan

Ceramics by Dodo Toucan

Ceramics by Dodo Toucan

Ceramics by Dodo Toucan

Ceramics by Dodo Toucan

Ceramics by Dodo Toucan

Ceramics by Dodo Toucan
Illustrator

Grandiose Landscapes to Offer You a Moment of Zen

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

We all have our own ways of achieving ~zen~, and for me, it’s witnessing the beauty of grandiose natural landscapes. The vast, seemingly never-ending horizon reminds me of just how big the world is, dwarfing whatever worries occupy my brain. Maggie Chiang captures this feeling with exquisite snapshots of open spaces. Inky and drawn textures mimic desert scenes, rapid waters, and gray skies. In every image, the Earth looks magnificent and makes me want to find the nearest hiking trail!

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

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Animation

Illustrated GIFs with a Cinematic Twist by Rebecca Mock

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This past week, I was in Austin for ICON9, an illustration conference that occurs every two years. If you ever have the opportunity to attend, I highly recommend it—there is great programing, great people, and it’s a great excuse to explore a new city! The first two days of the conference featured various workshops, and I attended one called Deconstructing the Animated GIF lead by Rebecca Mock. As the name suggests, she went through her process in creating an animated illustration, including some basic movements that bring an image to life.

Rebecca is trained as a painter and self-taught in the ways of GIF making. It’s this background, however, that makes her work so compelling—the composition-focused images are like scenes from a film, capturing small, looping movements that make a big impact.

Animated GIF by Rebecca Mock

Animated GIF by Rebecca Mock

Animated GIF by Rebecca Mock

Animated GIF by Rebecca Mock

Animated GIF by Rebecca Mock

Animated GIF by Rebecca Mock

Animated GIF by Rebecca Mock

Animated GIF by Rebecca Mock

Illustrated products

My Weekly 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions

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1. Wooden House Plants by
2. Get Your Chlorophyll Duvet Cover by Modcloth
3. Bear Pin by Hörtie shop
4. Smiling Pillow by Elena Sánchez Santos
5. Personalized Cat Brooch by Makiko
6. Clay + Pattern Hand Painted Necklaces by
7. House Plant Mobiles by Natalie Joy

I was really into soft colors (and gold) while making this list.

I’m currently in Austin, Texas at ICON9, an illustration conference. It’s a great creative recharge, so I’ll see ya’ll next week. And if you’re at ICON9, come find me and say hi!

Artist, Sculpture

When is a Tree Stump Not a Tree Stump? When It’s a Book.

Handmade book by Pochiko HO

If it looks like a stump of wood… it might not be a stump of wood—it could be a book! Artist Pochiko HO has done exactly this with a handmade text that’s about insects. The clever book’s natural-colored pages are contained within a small chunk of tree bark. Simply remove the book from the circular stump and reveal the winged insects that live inside.

Handmade book by Pochiko HO

Handmade book by Pochiko HO

Handmade book by Pochiko HO

Here’s another mixed media piece, also about insects:

 Pochiko HO

Handmade book by Pochiko HO
Illustrator

Aster Hung Captures Beauty and Horror in Fantastical Illustrations

Aster Hung

There are some images that just stick with you, and Aster Hung‘s above illustration is one of them—the combination of beauty and horror is both compelling and thought-provoking. It’s one part of her series called Garden in the Dark, which features figures whose bodies are ravaged—by nature or by man—yet surrounded by the splendor of blooms. Aster describes it (and with her other work) as capturing “fantastical spaces with ties to more sobering realities.”

Aster sells her work through Society6.

Illustration by Aster Hung

Illustration by Aster Hung

Illustration by Aster Hung

Illustration by Aster Hung

Illustration by Aster Hung

Illustration by Aster Hung

Illustration by Aster Hung

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Illustrator

7 Hypnotic Artist Process Videos to Soothe Your Soul

7 hypnotizing art process videos

One somewhat-recent trend that has emerged on Instagram is artist process videos. The idea is nothing new, obviously—but with the ease of posting video to Instagram, the short broadcasts are both informative and oddly soothing.

I love watching them for their hypnotic qualities, but it’s also a great way to learn a new techniques. Andrea Lauren, for instance, just posted a 3-video series on how she creates her charming layered prints. It showed me a printmaking technique that I wasn’t familiar with.

To start your week (or day) off on a creative note, here are 7 art process videos that will soothe your soul.

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Illustrated products

My Weekly 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions

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1. Small Round Herringbone Pinched Planter by Elizabeth Benotti
2. Tiger Mask by dodo toucan
3. Thistle Bralette by Thief & Bandit
4. Eye Statement Choker by Tzunuum
5. Palm Tree Sandal by Kate Spade
6. Screen Printed Ladies Cactus Top by Doops Design
7. Leaning Lady Swimmer by Laura Bird

Happy Friday! Here’s a bonus—all hail Queen Bey. Isn’t this vase ~amazing~ ? Lovestar created it:

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