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.
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!
It’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.
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.
Molly 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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Let’s make it an alphabet-themed day! Here’s Leah Goren’s Nudie Alphabet, which is exactly how it sounds: naked bodies forming the shapes of letters. Or, demonstrating some interesting interpretative dance/yoga moves. However you want to look at it.
Purchase this alphabet as a print. It’s currently available in Leah’s shop.