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My Weekly 7 Illustrated Obsessions

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Happy Fri­day! Here are some illus­trated objects I’ve been obsess­ing over this week:

1 // Panko the Cat Cush­ion by Eeva Mar­gita
2 // Leop­ard Palm Day Cush­ion by These Walls
3 // Cac­tus Flower Vase by Marie Michielssen
4 // Paper­heroes by Steph Wern­ing
5 // Nev­er­land Col­lec­tion by Pur­ple Fish Bowl
6 // Furoshiki — Hida Express by Han­nah Waldron

What are you obsess­ing over? Sub­mit a link and let me know! It might end up here.



Dizzyingly Psychedelic Illustrations by Sam Dean Lynn

Sam Dean Lynn

Sam Dean Lynn is another recent illus­tra­tion grad whose work I’ve fallen in love with. I typ­i­cally enjoy com­po­si­tions that are col­or­ful and busy, and her dizzy­ingly psy­che­delic pieces cer­tainly fit the bill. Take a close look and you’ll dis­cover tiny insects, roam­ing crea­tures, and twist­ing vines that are all woven together. They’re fas­ci­nat­ing tapes­tries, and the amount of detail (and odd­i­ties) remind me of Sey­mour Chwast and the Push­pin Graphic.

Fol­low her on Tum­blr, too!

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How Did You Do That?

How Did You Do That? Irma Gruenholz’s Whimsical 3D Works

Irma Gruenholz portrait3It’s another install­ment of How Did You Do That?, a series that focuses on how mak­ers cre­ate the things that we love. So far, we’ve learned how Nancy Liang crafts her spooky GIFs and had a peak into Tinybop’s inten­sive app-making process. Now, Irma Gru­en­holz shares how she forms her whim­si­cal 3D illustrations.

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Brown Paper Bag: How do you pre­pare to cre­ate your clay illus­tra­tions? Do you do a lot of sketch­ing before­hand or make any sort of mock-ups for how they’ll look?

Irma Gru­en­holz: I do not make sketches in detail, and I pre­fer to delve into the illus­tra­tion work­ing directly in vol­ume so I begin to model as soon as I have the path clear. My sketches are very schematic draw­ings to help me direct the illus­tra­tion and spec­ify the mate­ri­als and a palette that I will use, rather than an action map.

Some­times I build quick sketches in three dimen­sions with foam board and plas­ticine to check dimen­sions, com­po­si­tion, and framing.

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Lively Dry-Brush Illustrations Molly Mendoza


Molly MendozaMolly Mendoza’s vibrant illus­tra­tions are com­posed of strong, lively brush strokes that pro­duce an incred­i­ble amount of visual energy. At times, they’re sort of a jum­ble of col­ors, shapes, and lines. You need to spend a lit­tle time with them to make sense of every­thing, but it’s totally worth it. Let your­self get lost in these splen­dorous compositions.

Fol­low Molly’s work on Tum­blr.

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Haejin Park’s Illustrations of Colorful Imaginary Worlds

Hae­jin Park is a very recent grad­u­ate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) illus­tra­tion pro­gram. She loves build­ing imag­i­nary places and devel­op­ing char­ac­ters that live within them. They’re lively and often col­or­ful, inter­ject­ing a lot of play­ful line work with many small details that con­cep­tu­ally enrich each piece. I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing what she cre­ates in the future!

Fol­low Hae­jin on Tum­blr and Insta­gram!

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Lately & Liked

My Weekly 7 Illustrated Obsessions

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1 // Nail Salon Neon Pen by Big Bud Press
2 // The Blue Jour­nal by Lily­Moon
3 // Nature Walks To Do List by Jes­sica Roux
4 // Fruit­ing Dish­towel by Becca Stadt­lander
5 // Trop­i­cal Gar­den Wall Clock by Papio Press
6 // Small Fluffy Cat Pouch by Keora Keora
7 // Porce­lain Table­ware by The Awe­some Project

Do you have an illus­trated prod­uct that you’re obsessed with? Fill out this quick form, and it might be fea­tured on here! The Nature Walks To Do List was a sub­mis­sion — and I’m so glad I know about it now.


Maggie Chiang’s Revealing Landscape Illustrations

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If you scroll through illus­tra­tor Mag­gie Chiang’s Tum­blr, you’ll find that there are a lot of shots of the out­doors. I can’t help but think that these visu­als are what seep into her own art­work, as evi­dence of what’s fea­tured here. Each illus­tra­tion includes some ele­ment of the great big world (and even uni­verse). Often, there’s some sort of reveal. They’re beau­ti­ful, allur­ing, and at times poignant, as her sub­jects look dwarfed by what’s around them.

Mag­gie also has a web­site. Check it out here.
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Herikita Expresses the Feels in Her Series of Odd Illustrations


On Herikita’s Face­book page, she writes, “I do things with my hands that I imag­ine in my head, so peo­ple can see it too.” This sen­ti­ment describes her soft, illus­tra­tive work per­fectly. Her images and imagery are undoubt­edly strange, but in a way that’s relat­able. Many of the inte­rior scenes are like an dia­logue ver­bal­ized, and as a viewer, I rec­og­nize what that is and how it feels to say those things out loud.

In addi­tion to the feels, Herikita also cre­ates loose, delight­fully odd col­lec­tions. A beet, hair­less cat, and bed all make up a sin­gle illus­tra­tion. They seem like a non-sequitur to me, but per­sonal to the illustrator.

Check out more of Herikita’s works on her Tum­blr. You won’t be disappointed.

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Hang a Whale on Your Wall with Lorien Stern’s Ceramics

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Ever wanted to own a giant sperm whale? What about a ple­siosaur? Well, thanks to Lorien Stern’s Etsy shop, these are achiev­able goals. The ceramic artist crafts large-scale crea­tures to hang on your wall, and they evoke the giant game tro­phies that hunters might dis­play in their den. Unlike those taxi­dermy ani­mals, how­ever, Lorien’s works are much more humane and fun.

I wish more of these pho­tos showed off their scale, but check out below just to get an idea. At over 20 inches long, these aren’t tiny. They’re a cen­ter­piece of a room!

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Lorien Stern