Collage, Illustration

Happy, Colorful Paper Collages by Hye Jin Chung

hye jin chung Hye Jin Chung creates collage illustrations (my favorite!), mixing and matching papers to build exciting images. After arranging cut-out shapes, she’ll draw on top of them for even more delightful details. Just check out those smiley, happy horses above.

It looks like Chung’s has been busy since I saw her work at SPX last year.  Oprah magazine and Planadviser are a couple of her past clients, and I’m looking forward to seeing more from her.
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The Tiniest Books and Records by Lauren Delaney George

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I’ve always been a fan of miniatures. When I was younger, I remember that my mom had printer drawers mounted to our walls with tiny goodies on display. Now it’s come full circle, as I too collect small art objects! So it’s no surprise, then, that I fell in love with Lauren Delaney George’s Etsy shop. She hand produces tiny books, pencils, scrolls, perfume bottles, and so much more (there are over 700 items for sale!). Everything is roughly the size of a penny, or sometimes smaller.

These pieces are meant for doll houses, and George’s career started when she made miniatures as Christmas gifts for her grandparents. Now, she creates them for hobbyists, writing, “One of my frustrations as a child was the high expense of the available dollhouse accessories, whose quality was inconsistent at best.” If you have an idea for a tiny object, you can let George know via Etsy.

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Illustration, Painting

The Differences Between Marianna Sztyma’s Paintings and Illustrations

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Marianna Sztyma is a Polish artist and illustrator who creates beautiful images in both and collage. Here, I’ve featured many of her paintings, but take note of her mixed media works, too. They both are tied together in their use of soft, dry-brush/airbrush shading and penchant for pattern and the female figure.

I have the feeling that illustration is Sztyma’s primary way of working, and that her paintings are a secondary way that she expresses herself. Artists, illustrators, and general creative people: do you have something like this? Another media you work in to break up the monotony of working in one way or style? Let me know on Facebook!

PS: These paintings came from her Flickr!

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Illustration, Lately & Liked

Round Up: 10 Gorgeous Illustrations to End Your Work Week

Here we are, at the end of another work week! What are your plans for the weekend? I, for one, am going to check out this BUS stop in east Baltimore (please click the link to see that I’m not totally nuts).

As you cruise into Saturday, enjoy these 10 illustrations that I’ve seen lately and liked. Some feature long-time favorites like Andrea Wan, while others are created by people I’ve never heard until recently, like the work of Michela Picchi.

Making a list like this is always fun. You start to notice patterns in what you’re picking based on your current interests. Can you see that that I’m really into bright colors and floral drawings right now?

Illustration, Sculpture

Sweet and Subversive Sculptures by Eun-Ha Paek

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I first saw Eun-Ha Paek’s ceramics while attending ICON7 in 2012.  Her small, bizarre characters captivated me, and I’ve followed her work ever since. Today, Paek is still creating sculptures with clay, in addition to wood and cardboard. I enjoy her exaggeration of ears, hair, and more; the melted eyeballs and an unhappy drumstick are simultaneously subversive with a candy-colored surface treatment that feels jubilant.

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Interview: Angela Dalinger and Nicholas Stevenson Talk about Their New Show

Nicholas Stevenson

Nicholas Stevenson

If I had my druthers, I’d be in London right now and attending the opening for Home Sweet Home at Atomica Gallery on Thursday. The exhibition features the work of two artists: Angela Dalinger and Nicholas Stevenson. They collaborated and created a series of imaginary homes that allows you to indulge on voyeurism that we all love so much.

I find rooms really intriguing (remember how much I love Anna Valdez’s paintings?), so you know I’m into the work in this show. Plus, I had the opportunity to interview Dalinger and Stevenson about Home Sweet Home, which you’ll find below. Their answers are great.

The show is up from August 14 to September 11 of this year. Atomica Gallery is located at 29 Shorts Gardens, London WC2H 9AP.

Angela Dalinger

Angela Dalinger

Since this exhibition centers around voyeurism, do you find yourself actively people watching, too?

Nicholas: Absolutely, when you’re on the upper deck of a bus in London, you can see all sorts through windows… Usually it’s just real sparse and ugly decor, sometimes you think you see something really interesting but you don’t quite get time to catch it. Is he naked or just wearing a pink body suit? Is that a huuuge cat? I often look at anonymous doors and dull facades and wonder what goes on inside. My paintings try and imagine the more exciting possible scenarios.

Angela: I can’t say that it’s one of my hobbies to stalk people, I’m anyway always too afraid they might stare back, maybe from the corner of my eye. When I’m on the bus or train I always feel forced to listen to peoples conversation, even if its the most boring small talk you’ve ever heard.

Nicholas Stevenson

Nicholas Stevenson

I love the dark themes in these images. What do you imagine these peoples’ lives to be? Who has it worse off?

Nicholas: In my paintings there a few insects which appear to be facing persecution. Either the people are actually very small, or the bugs are very big, but at any rate they don’t seem to be getting on too well with each other.

As far as Angela’s work goes, she painted a giant being killed with a gardening tool in an allotment. It’s hard to say whether it was in self defence or not, but I painted the giant a nice funeral, because I got the feeling he might have been a little misunderstood.

Angela: I often try to paint stupid people but when I see the paintings I don’t think they are as stupid as they are supposed to be. They mostly feel misplaced and stuck in an uncomfortable situation.

I think the women in Nicholas painting that seems to have a relationship with a giant insect got it worse off, or maybe its my girl in the bathtub with a horrible case of trots.

Angela Dalinger

Angela Dalinger

Before this show opens, you’ve never met Angela face-to-face. How did you get to know her initially, and what do you think it’ll be like once you meet “in real life?”

Nicholas: We met through our blogs, and an obvious affinity between our artwork. There’s a certain kind of the very wild, painty brüt illustration were both championing and collecting. I really have no idea what it’ll be like to hang out in real life! But I’m hoping we can work on a few last minute pieces for the exhibition together and I can show her some good parts of London. I get the feeling we both really like painting, so if all else fails we can do that all week, ha.

Nicolas Stevenson

Nicholas Stevenson

How did you find the process of working virtually close with the other person? Is this your first time collaborating like this? Who started the conversations of the paintings?

Angela: Actually it was Nicholas that started the conversation with my paintings and its a very greatcompliment to get. He did a funeral painting for my dead giant and let himself also inspire
by my colour palette, although I didn’t know I have a specific one, but he told me so. I never collaborated like this before, I wish I’d have someone living near that would come around and spend the evening painting some crazy stuff.

Angela Dalinger

Angela Dalinger


Hattie Newman’s Delightful Paper-Sculpted Maps

hattie77 Lately, we’ve seen some pretty incredible paper-sculpted illustrations by the likes of Owen Gildersleeve and Charlotte Smith.  And you can now add Hattie Newman to that list. The London-based image-maker creates maps made out of paper, working for a variety of clients like Louis Vuitton, Cadbury (yum), Sony, and more.

We see incredible details of buildings and structures, and I’m most impressed by the fine handling of thin railings. Newman also adds fun extras like a flying kite or rouge fox that you spot only after careful observation. The city landscape is made playful by virtue of her chosen media and its scale. hattie newmanhattie777 hattie newmanhattie5hattie3hattie newmanhattie1hattie


My Chat with Steven Peterman of The Sketchbook Project


Have ya’ll heard of The Sketchbook Project? If not, then let me give you a brief introduction: it’s a Brooklyn-based company that organizes collaborative endeavors. They gained fame with The Sketchbook Project, which is a crowd-sourced library that features over 31,000 (!!) artists’ books contributed by people around the world. Currently, they have that and other challenges for you to participate in.

I had the opportunity to chat with Steven Peterman, the co-founder and director of The Sketchbook Project, about it and their newly-launched website. It allows you to connect with artwork and artists in a more digitally engaging way.

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The Sketchbook Project was first started in 2006 while Steven and his friends were in collage. He said they were trying to come up with ways to make “gallery space less intimidating and more accessible,” and this idea was the one that stuck. It also became insanely popular, growing from 2,000 sign ups at the beginning to 20,000 in 2010 (it currently has between 8,000 and 10,000 people participating). The gain in numbers was organic, as Steven explains that people want to be apart of a community.

Digital-and-In-person-SearcIf you want to view the sketchbooks in person, you can do so at the Brooklyn Art Library; it houses the collection in physical form. But, what if you can’t make it all the way to Brooklyn? Have no fear – this is where the website redesign comes in.  With the extensive digital library, you can browse the books from anywhere in the world. Steven was telling me all about it – you can create collections, share work that you like, and even search by theme. It’s a way to promote creatives that you love and even find new people to collaborate with.


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So, check it out! One thing that Steven mentioned was the similarities you see among books and projects from disparate people. It’s interesting how trends – colors, imagery, patterns, and more – permeate culture and are expressed throughout the world. This is expressed with as simple as the same fabric on the cover or the same thematic images.