Square paintings by Nathalie Du Pasquier


I posted a cou­ple of these paint­ings on my Tum­blr last week­end, and wanted to show them on here as well. Nathalie Du Pasquier has a series of square paint­ings that depict still lifes.

Nathalie sets up scenes that are of forms with no spe­cific tex­ture or pat­tern­ing on them. Through these paint­ings we can see that they are mostly about com­po­si­tion, color, and shape rela­tion. I think it’s also about the chal­leng­ing the square com­po­si­tion to make it dynamic.

All images via her web­site.






Feast your ear tongues on these podcasts

I’ve been doing a ton of work on my com­puter lately, and while I dili­gently worked my way through Netflix’s House of Cards, I’ve also been lis­ten­ing to pod­casts! Pre­vi­ously I lis­tened to just NPR and a cou­ple of com­edy pod­casts, but I’ve turned my atten­tion to a cou­ple of illus­tra­tion and design related pod­casts. Check them out:

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Design Mat­ters with Deb­bie Mill­man: A really inter­est­ing design show that has guests includ­ing graphic design­ers, artists, writ­ers, and edu­ca­tors. They talk about their projects, their process, and other design-related issues. Deb­bie has the oppor­tu­nity to talk to some big names (a per­sonal favorite: Steven Heller) in a casual way.

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Your Dreams My Night­mares: This is an audio side project by illus­tra­tor Sam Weber. He inter­views illus­tra­tors, design­ers, and art direc­tors in another casual con­ver­sa­tion about dif­fer­ent aspects of illus­tra­tion, the indus­try, and image-making.

I per­son­ally like back and forth ban­ter in a less for­mal set­ting, which I think is a strength of these pod­casts. They are insight­ful and funny, too!

Illustrator, Painting

Rebecca Green’s people


Illus­tra­tor Rebecca Green has per­fected pink cheeks and red noses. Using del­i­cate brush strokes and sub­tle col­or­ing, she con­structs a world that is full of dream­ing, wist­ful­ness, and a lot of celebration.

I think I most enjoy her paint­ing. The strokes and glaz­ing give her ladies and ani­mals more visual weight and place them firmly in their composition.

All images via her web­site.



Grace Danico


Illus­tra­tion is a form of prob­lem solv­ing. You take an arti­cle, a cre­ative brief, etc., and apply your unique lens to the prob­lem. Some illus­tra­tors have a style that is very dis­tinc­tive and gen­er­ally looks the same. Not every­one chooses to work this way. Some peo­ple enjoy let the tone of a project dic­tate the exact visual solution.

I would put illus­tra­tor Grace Dan­ico in the lat­ter camp. While her shapes and visual lan­guage are con­sis­tent, she is obvi­ously com­fort­able with sev­eral dif­fer­ent ways of work­ing, whether this be sim­ple line draw­ings, dig­i­tal col­or­ing, or printmaking.

You’ve prob­a­bly heard of Grace before, espe­cially if you read the illus­tra­tion and design blog Grain Edit. She writes for it and is the illus­tra­tion editor.

All images via her web­site.








Emily Haasch collages

bucket o' blood

Emily Haasch is a col­lage artist and designer liv­ing in Chicago. Her gen­eral col­lage aes­thetic is min­i­mal and con­trolled, with bursts of ges­ture and some­times may­hem. A pho­to­graph or care­fully cut paper is often joined with paper that’s been torn or crum­pled, some­times using ink. Emily writes about her process, say­ing, “In my prac­tice, I like to work with the lush­ness of phys­i­cal mate­r­ial, space, and color in order to illus­trate par­tic­u­lar moments of emo­tion. In many pieces, the vari­a­tions of prox­im­ity, exclu­siv­ity, and escapism are the major focus.”

I intro­duced Emily as a col­lage artist and designer. In addi­tion to her art­work, she is com­plet­ing a degree in visual com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the School of the Art Insti­tute of Chicago. This has helped yield the pub­li­ca­tion Offline, which focuses on self-initiated projects by design­ers, artists, and mak­ers within Chicago.

All images via Flickr. Check out her web­site, too!


a long time




Time Travel Tuesday

Time Travel Tuesday » Tales of Uncle Remus


Today on Time Travel Tues­day, let’s take a look at the story Tales of Uncle Remus by Joel Har­ris. Pro­duced in 1979, the char­ac­ter­i­za­tion, funky shapes, and bold color com­bi­na­tions imme­di­ately caught my attention.

The prob­lem with Tales of Uncle Remus is that the entire tale is in Russ­ian. I don’t know any Russ­ian! But, I can glean that Uncle Remus is the fox-looking char­ac­ter and he is either the keeper of the peace or an insti­ga­tor of trou­ble. Read­ers that under­stand the lan­guage, help me out!

The book’s for­mat is rather nar­row, so the illus­tra­tions are all spots, with no robust, full-bleed scenes. But, the draw­ings them­selves though are pull of pat­tern and color and stand on their own.

Read the book here (all images found there).












Shugo Tokumaru » Katachi

Happy Mon­day, ya’ll! And how about those Ravens, huh?

I wanted to extend a huge THANKS to you for your patience over this past week. I had some irri­tat­ing tech­ni­cal issues to deal with (and am still deal­ing with), but I am grate­ful for your readership.

So, how about some­thing jubi­lant for the start of the week? Chad Kouri posted this on his Tum­blr last week, and I fell in love. It is a music video by Shugo Toku­maru for the song Katachi.

I really like the song, and the ani­ma­tion has me in awe. As some­one who has been dab­bling in stop motion ani­ma­tion lately,  this is an excel­lent use of it. The color, the rhythm and con­tents of the video are very appro­pri­ate for the feel of the music. It’s also amaz­ing how water and swim­ming is con­veyed in an envi­ron­ment that feels rather cold.


Ching Ching Cheng

The water-based media that Ching Ching Cheng uses in her work takes advan­tage of its prop­er­ties, cre­at­ing bursts of washes and some whose shapes call (to me) of ships and ocean life.

Despite this, she states that her work has no defin­i­tive sub­ject, writ­ing, “…but only a med­i­ta­tion on per­sonal expe­ri­ence and emo­tion. The sub­ject mat­ter that influ­ences and inspires my work the most comes from psy­chol­ogy and nature.“

All images via Ching Ching’s web­site.









Matte Stephens

You are most likely no stranger to the illus­tra­tions of Matte Stephens. He has worked for many large clients, includ­ing Her­man Miller, NPR, and Chron­i­cle Books. A fan of vintage-esque illus­tra­tions, I am cap­ti­vated by his muted palette, lively scenes, and knack for design. I am impressed that Matte uses col­ors that can become so eas­ily mud­dled — but I don’t think that they are. The color adds to his aes­thetic of a flat­tened space, sup­ported by bold shape design and crisp lines.

All images via his blog. He also has an Etsy that does very well.








Naomi Kolsteren

Much of Naomi Kolsteren’s work focuses on small moments, be it abstracted or not. Tex­ture is an obvi­ously impor­tant part of her port­fo­lio and takes var­i­ous forms. Naomi looks to be using it via pho­tog­ra­phy, col­lage, ink, and more.

All images thanks to Naomi’s Flickr. She is also apart of the col­lec­tive Stu­dio Fluit.
collaboration with Vincent Vrints





And, from tex­ture to lack of tex­ture, Naomi also puts together plas­tic still lifes that I enjoy:

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