Kevin Lucbert’s Mysterious, Monochrome Drawings

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These mys­te­ri­ous draw­ings by French artist Kevin Lucbert pique my curios­ity. They are a lit­tle strange, hint­ing at another world beyond what we can see. The artist uses blank space to his advan­tage and the fully-colored areas only make it look more unusual in comparison.

From a for­mal stand­point, I’m really impressed by the visual inter­est that Lucbert achieves with only one color. He varies the direc­tion of his drawn strokes and uses them to cre­ate direc­tion and implied tex­tured. (Via It’s Nice That)

PS — I got these images through his Flickr. He also has a Tum­blr, too.

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Klaus Haapaniemi’s Modern Twist on Traditional Decorative Art

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I love these beau­ti­ful, ornately illus­trated tex­tiles by artist Klaus Haa­paniemi. Together with designer Mia Wal­le­nius, they use fine mate­ri­als to cre­ate lux­ury pil­lows, throws, scarves, and more.

Their approach is influ­enced by nature and Finnish folk­lore. It’s a mod­ern twist on tra­di­tional dec­o­ra­tive arts, and each piece is full of exquis­ite details and large-eyed crea­tures. The sophis­ti­cated color palette illus­trates fun sub­ject mat­ter, like buzzing bees and jump­ing rab­bits, with­out feel­ing juve­nile at all.

(H/T Amy Boone-McCreesh)

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My Studio: Floral Embroidery in Progress

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I was in New York this past week­end (check out the awe­some Airbnb I stayed in via my Insta­gram), and the four hour bus ride gave the me the oppor­tu­nity to get some embroi­dery done.

I still have a long ways to go, but I’m happy with how it’s turn­ing out so far. Does any­one else find embroi­dery soothing?

Embroidery in progress - May 19

Embroidery in progress - May 19

Embroidery in progress - May 19

Embroidery in progress - May 19

Bonus! My cat Pauline (and a blurry look into my kitchen).

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Friday Roundup: Nail Art I’ve Seen Lately and Liked

I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve got­ten a man­i­cure. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t admire the heck out of all the crazy cool things that peo­ple put on their nails. Seri­ously, tiny works of art, you guys.

I’ve shared awe­some nail art here before, so how about an encore? Do you have a col­or­ful man­i­cure (or pedi­cure?) Let me know!

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Klara Kristalova’s Grotesquely-Beautiful Ceramic Busts

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Klara Kristalova is a sculp­tor who mostly works ceram­ics that have cap­ti­vated me with their beau­ti­ful grotesque­ness. She fash­ions a lot of busts that fea­ture some­thing odd about them, includ­ing moth and masks that are attached to their faces. The nar­ra­tive they con­vey is a dark one.

Kristalova’s fan­tas­ti­cal works are inspired by tra­di­tional myths, fairy tales, old DC comics, and the author Oscar Wilde. In addi­tion, she explores inno­cence and hor­ror that recall child­hood night­mares and fan­tasies. I can def­i­nitely see these ceram­ics as a series of stress dreams! What do you think?

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Nancy Liang’s Rich Palette of Neutral Tones

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Since yes­ter­day fea­tured some col­laged houses, why not con­tinue the trend? Nancy Liang is an Australian-based illus­tra­tor whose proves my the­ory that kraft paper is the best thing to draw on. I love how graphite looks on it, and Liang’s ges­tural marks add some seri­ous visual inter­est. Espe­cially when you look at her squig­gly, out-of-control shadows.

In addi­tion to draw­ing, I’m also dig­ging the color palette. Or, rather, lack thereof — there’s a rich com­bi­na­tion of neu­tral papers that illus­trate the strange (and not so strange) activ­i­ties that we do under a bright moon.

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And finally, a col­or­ful illus­tra­tion by Liang:
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Happy Red Fish’s Collaged Houses Held by Forcefields

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Build­ings and thread. Two things I love. Oh, and col­lage too. Given these pref­er­ences, it’s no sur­prise that I really enjoy the work of Happy Red Fish, aka Hagar Vardimon-van Heum­men. This Ams­ter­dam based designer adores the com­bi­na­tion of paper and embroidery.

Thread can act as another way to draw a line or to build a struc­ture. So, it’s appro­pri­ate that Heum­men uses it in this con­text, and the thin marks cre­ate a unique exoskele­ton to each build­ing. That, or they act as a force­field that holds these homes in place. Either way, I am really intrigued by these beau­ti­ful works.

Visit the Happy Red Fish shop for orig­i­nal, hand-threaded collages.

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Publications: “Beasts of Fancy” by Erin Zingré

Erin Zingré Beasts of Fancy zines

You might know Erin Zin­gré as the tal­ented lady who illus­trated the awe­some header at the top of my blog’s page (prints avail­able). But, she’s also pro­duced two zines that I love and want to share with you today.

The Beasts of Fancy series focuses on humor­ous mytho­log­i­cal crea­tures from around the world. In vol­ume one, Erin col­or­fully illus­trates beasts from Greek, Islamic, Celtic, and Euro­pean folk­lore. The recently-published vol­ume two focuses on Amer­i­can mythos from the 19th and 20th cen­tury. For each crea­ture, she writes a short blurb describ­ing these imag­ined (or real?) phenomena.

Both are very well illus­trated, designed, and pro­duced. Beasts of FancyFear­ful Crit­ters is my per­sonal favorite, with beau­ti­ful hand let­ter­ing on the cover with a cool extra — clear var­nished mon­ster eyes who are sneak­ily lurk­ing beneath it all.

I’ve always admired Erin’s style and I think that it really shines in this project. She adds her own twist to crea­tures of leg­end, and I think her illus­tra­tions are delight­ful. They are styl­ized depic­tions with added tex­ture and repeat pat­tern­ing to make them visu­ally interesting.

You can pur­chase Erin’s zines in her online shop.  Do it!

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Erin Zingré Beasts of Fancy zines

Erin Zingré Beasts of Fancy zines

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Erin Zingré Beasts of Fancy zines

Friday Round Up: Paper Shapers I’ve Seen Lately and Liked

If you couldn’t guess, today’s round up focuses on paper, and those who use it to cre­ate cool things. Some are illus­tra­tive and oth­ers are sculp­tural, but all of the artists and illus­tra­tors fea­tured here wield the Exacto knife like a pro.

Happy week­end, ya’ll!

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Star Wars paper toys, via Monde Mosaic

Star Wars paper toys, via Monde Mosaic

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Rebecca Louise Law’s Stunning Floral Installations

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Aren’t these instal­la­tions by Rebecca Louise Law just beau­ti­ful? The London-based artist uses both wild and cul­ti­vated flow­ers to arrange them high above the floor on nearly invis­i­ble threads. It fills the sky with color and is awe-inspiring in the sheer vol­ume of blooms. I love it. Here’s a short state­ment from Law about her work:

Most of my instal­la­tions are reflect­ing what’s hap­pen­ing in nature, by look­ing at plant pat­terns or observ­ing the way some­thing grows. Then I imag­ine these themes in real life and times that by a thou­sand so that it becomes fantasy,”

Via Yel­low­trace.

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