Embroidery

Embroidered Denim Jacket has a 3D Floral Crown Stitched on It

Denim Jacket Embroidery by Ezgi Pamir

Ezgi Pamir (pre­vi­ous­ly) has recent­ly cre­at­ed a den­im jack­et embroi­dery that’s a snap­shot of con­tem­po­rary pop cul­ture. The large por­trait adorns the back of the gar­ment, and it fea­tures a woman wear­ing a flo­ral crown with a bub­ble of one Insta­gram “Likes” next to her. As with Ezgi’s pre­vi­ous embroi­deries, she incor­po­rates real objects—in this case, it’s a love­ly selec­tion of blooms.

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Illustrated products

15 Illustrated Mother’s Day Gifts to Give to Your Creative Momma

Creative Mother's Day Gift Ideas

For U.S. folks, Mother’s Day is just around the corner—May 14. But, there’s still time to buy your mom a spe­cial gift. If you’re look­ing for a present that’s cen­tered around illus­tra­tion, I’ve got you cov­ered. Here are 15 cre­ative Mother’s Day gift ideas, all avail­able through Etsy. And if you’re look­ing for every­day play­ful illus­trat­ed prod­ucts, check out my Pin­ter­est board ded­i­cat­ed to them!

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Ceramics

Lively Painted Vases are a Modern Spin on an Ancient Tradition

Laura Bird Illustrated Ceramics

Paint­ed ceram­ics have a long place in our his­to­ry. The rise of vase dec­o­ra­tion was seen in ancient Greece, which used the sur­face as a way of depict­ing every­day life. Today, illus­tra­tors loose­ly fol­low in this tra­di­tion and cre­ate their own sort of his­to­ries on fired clay objects. Ceram­i­cist and illus­tra­tor Lau­ra Bird is no stranger to Brown Paper Bag. I’ve mar­veled at her many times before.

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Leah Goren Reveals How to Keep a Sketchbook in Her Skillshare Class (Sponsored)

keeping a sketchbook by leah goren for skillshare

It’s no secret that learn­ing new things helps keep your brain sharp. In art, it’s espe­cial­ly valu­able to take time and gain a new skill. Doing so, at the very least, can improve the way you work. But more impor­tant­ly, it can change the way you think about your art. Luck­i­ly, you can learn new things from the com­fort of your own home. That’s where Skill­share comes in. They’ve got 15,000 online class­es avail­able for you to take from peo­ple at the top of their field. I recent­ly enrolled in a class that I was eager to try: Illus­tra­tion & Inspi­ra­tion: Keep­ing a Sketch­book by Leah Goren. You too can try this class with 2 free months of Skill­share Pre­mi­um.

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Illustrated products

Get Sprung’ For Spring with Wearable Art by Isa Beniston

hand-painted clothing by Isa Beniston

Last year, Isa Benis­ton wowed me with her play­ful cloth­ing that looked like the pages of a sketch­book. She’s been busy since then; through her retail line called Gen­tle Thrills, she’s released her most recent col­lec­tion for spring, the apt­ly-named Get Sprung. Here, Isa branch­es out from hand-paint­ed cloth­ing and includes revamped vin­tage and mil­i­tary sur­plus pieces into her one-of-a-kind gar­ments. They’re adorned with embroi­dery based on her own draw­ings, and the col­or­ful addi­tions add a con­tem­po­rary look and feel to these upcy­cled pieces.

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Illustration

Folk-Inspired Florals Find an Unexpected Fusion with Science

folk science

Fus­ing folk art with the Latin names of men and beasts, illus­tra­tor Sarah Walsh has pro­duced a col­or­ful series called Folk Sci­ence. She’s tak­en eight subjects—from rab­bits to lions to a guy with a healthy beard—and dec­o­rat­ed their bod­ies with flo­rals. In every paint­ing, Sarah includes a hand let­tered label with their sci­en­tif­ic moniker—creating an unlike­ly fusion of the two worlds.

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Ceramics

Dripping” Face Planters and Pots Look Like They’re Melting from Within

Drip planter by Kinska

Drips are in. Sweet, sticky drip cakes are one of Pinterest’s 2017 wed­ding trends, and the same goes for ceram­ics. The lat­est drip pots by the Lon­don-based Kin­s­ka use her sig­na­ture min­i­mal­ist palette and tiny faces that are over­run by drib­bles of black and white glaze. But rather than look­ing messy and hap­haz­ard, it adds visu­al ten­sion to the oth­er­wise sweet, tran­quil faces—like these pot peo­ple are slow­ly melt­ing from with­in.

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Illustration History

#TBT | The Many Creative Hats Worn by Margaret Evans Price

Margaret Evans Price

Most of us have prob­a­bly heard of the toy com­pa­ny Fish­er-Price. They’re the man­u­fac­tur­ers of clas­sics like Lit­tle Peo­ple, Pow­er Wheels, and the View Mas­ter. It’s been around since the 1930s, and was co-found­ed by Gold­en Age illus­tra­tor Mar­garet Evans Price. Before she found­ed one of the world’s most pop­u­lar toy man­u­fac­tur­ers, how­ev­er, she was a young girl inter­est­ed in art. And, tal­ent­ed, too; she sold her first illus­trat­ed sto­ry to the Boston Jour­nal when she was just 12 years old.
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Illustration

Delightful ‘Of Cats and Men’ Book Profiles Fellas Who’ve Found Inspiration in Felines

of cats and men

Men are often por­trayed in the com­pa­ny of dogs,” Sam Kal­da writes in his book Of Cats and Men. “They hunt togeth­er, run hap­pi­ly side by side, and ride shoul­der to shoul­der in mud-splat­tered pickups—the per­fect image of mas­cu­line bliss. The dog is, after all, man’s best friend. Some men, that is.” But what about the feline mus­es that inspired some of history’s great artists, writ­ers, and thinkers? Well, they’re pro­filed in this beau­ti­ful­ly illus­trat­ed and delight­ful­ly writ­ten book.
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