Ellen van Engelen’s Contemporary Trippy Illustrations

Ellen van Engelen

The illus­tra­tions by Antwerp-based Ellen van Enge­len are pretty trippy, but that’s a major part of their appeal for me. The warm, psy­che­delic scenes of long-haired women, odd track suits, and sur­real brain explo­ration feel like I’m look­ing at at the work of Sey­mour Chwast. He’s one of my all-time-favorite illustrators/designers, so that means I’ll be fol­low­ing the work of Enge­len for years and years to come.

All images via her web­site (which is actu­ally a Tumblr).

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Aakash Nihalani’s Playful Street Art Made With Tape

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Aakash Niha­lani is a street artist based New York. Armed with tape as his medium, he crafts trompe l’oeil scenes by care­fully con­sid­er­ing per­spec­tive and the right van­tage point for a pho­to­graph. The result is work that’s engag­ing, vibrant, and fun. Niha­lani doesn’t try and attach a high brow mean­ing to his work, either.  He writes:

For how­ever briefly, I am try­ing to offer peo­ple a chance to step into a dif­fer­ent New York than they are used to see­ing, and in turn, momen­tar­ily escape from rou­tine sched­ules and lives. We all need the oppor­tu­nity to see the city more play­fully, as a world dom­i­nated by the inter­play of very basic color and shape. I try to cre­ate a new space within the exist­ing space of our every­day world for peo­ple to enter freely , and unex­pect­edly ‘dis­con­nect’ from their reality.

Niha­lani goes on to say that this work is him con­nect­ing the dots as he sees them. I think it’s a lovely sentiment.

Not all of the fol­low­ing images are in New York, but all images are via his web­site. H/T Colos­sal.

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Move Mountain, a Short Film by Kristen Lepore

Move Mountain by Kristen Lepore

Do you have about 11 min­utes today? Sure you do! So, use your time wisely and check out Kris­ten Lepore’s new ani­mated short, Move Moun­tain. You might remem­ber her work, Bot­tle, which was widely pop­u­lar a few years ago. This, like its pre­de­ces­sor, does not dis­ap­point. Delight­ful yet sophisticated.

PS: If you have scardy cats like I do, they might be star­tled by some of the sound effects.

Shoes Over Bills! Shoes Over Bills!

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Last week­end I pur­chased a pair of shoes that was 3 month’s worth of cable. I’ve bought (and ruined) boots that were half a month’s worth of rent. And when I look at my boyfriend’s gar­ment rack, I don’t even want to con­sider what kind of used car I could buy from all of the cloth­ing that hangs there.

The point is, I could prob­a­bly make myself feel bad all morn­ing by think­ing about the prices I pay fash­ion. Or, I could read Han­nah K. Lee’s zine, aptly titled Shoes Over Bills, and feel bet­ter about it. I’ll do the lat­ter, thanks.

Buy the zine here.

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Denis Lelic’s Daily Routine in Pictograms

Denis Lelic How would you describe your day, and would you ever think of express­ing it through the objects/icons you encounter? That’s what designer Denis Lelic did; He drew pic­tograms of his daily rou­tine, which fea­tures a sand­wich, cereal, light­bulbs, an office chair, and more. They are sim­ple, black and white draw­ings that focus on the most sig­nif­i­cant details for easy, quick recog­ni­tion. Lelic writes about his series and states, “Its hard to track every sin­gle detail over a day, but here are some points of mine expressed through pic­tograms and later posters. Some of them are a bit comic but they were my asso­ci­a­tion and trig­gers for my memories.”

All images via his Behance. H/T to the Explore blog.

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Sappy and Not-As-Sappy Things I’ve Seen Lately and Liked

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It’s the first time in nearly 5 years that I’ve even had Valentine’s Day on my radar, so it feels kind of strange to be writ­ing this post. But, this year I have a valen­tine, so nat­u­rally I’ve had my eye on things themed for this Hall­mark holiday.

Real quick though, can we all agree this is the best Valentine’s Day card ever? Does any­one any­where sell recre­ations of “I Choo Choo Choose You”? (Tweet at me if so.) If not I’ll be mak­ing my own version.

PS: If you live in Bal­ti­more and do the whole din­ner thing, might I sug­gest Fork and Wrench? Deli­cious food and won­der­ful, fancy cocktails.

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The always amus­ing Gemma Corell.

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yarnkitchen Felted planter by the Yarn Kitchen.

Whipped Bake Shop Whipped Bake Shop Whipped Bake Shop Cook­ies by Whipped Bake Shop out of Philadel­phia. They also have “sexy time” cook­ies, too, if that’s your thing.

Kim Tucker’s Ceramics Play to the Surreal and Symbolic (NSFW-ish)

Kim Tucker Kim Tucker’s ceram­ics are crafted with an air of whimsy,  yet feel very Freudian and loaded with phal­lic sym­bols and latent con­tent. You see the face of a fig­ure smil­ing, inno­cent even, but then on the other, you quickly notice the obses­sion with iden­tity and body parts; Eyes on butts, eyes on gen­i­talia, and other metaphors are all apart of Kim’s work.

I like how Stacey Dacheux wrote about her pieces on Beautiful/Decay:

…the entire menagerie evokes not only Tucker’s inner chil­dren, but also our own, as they engage in “psy­cho­log­i­cal sto­ry­telling”– nar­rat­ing open wounds we are inclined to pro­tect, lick, mother, or share: a deep com­mis­er­a­tion over the tragedy of bod­ily confinement.

All images via Kim’s web­site. H/T Sarajo Friden’s Pin­ter­est!

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GIFs, GIFs, GIFys

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Who doesn’t like a good GIFs? Seri­ously. They are the love lan­guage of the web, immor­tal­iz­ing moments in time so we can revisit them for­ever. Guadalupe Cor­doba cre­ated the site umbu.com, which doesn’t sound like it’s a site ded­i­cated to GIFs (umbu is actu­ally the name of a fruit), but it is. It’s full of ran­dom, user sub­mit­ted GIFs, and some of them are pretty obscure. There’s a spe­cial place for art, too. So, if you are an artist or illus­tra­tor who makes gifs, your work could be on umbu!

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Before this week, I didn’t know about the .GIFYS, an award cer­e­mony that’s the inter­net ver­sion of the Oscars. It was cre­ated by edi­tors at Mash­able, Buz­zfeed, Gawker, and more, the mis­sion being to “honor the ani­mated GIF as a medium, social com­men­tary, and art form.” If you peruse Red­dit, Twit­ter, Imgur, etc., on a reg­u­lar basis, you’ll prob­a­bly rec­og­nize many of these. These are a few of my favorites, but what are yours? (Via Fast Com­pany)

Maaike Bakker’s Colorfully Bizzare Illustrations

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The work of South African illus­tra­tor Maaike Bakker is some­times silly, some­times abstract, and always very inter­est­ing. It seems to take inspi­ra­tion from folk art and myth­i­cal tales, pit­ting beasts against one another in these styl­ish and col­or­ful com­po­si­tions. Enjoy the plethora of inter­est­ing col­ors and tex­tures. You’ve earned it.

All images via her Behance page.

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