Lucy Kirk’s “Show Girls” Parody Sexy

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Illus­tra­tor Lucy Kirk cre­ated this series of ceramic fig­urines called The Show Girls. Aptly titled, don’t you think? They’re con­torted into shapes that real humans would prob­a­bly per­form more grace­fully, but that’s exactly what I like about them. They are mim­ic­k­ing sexy, but I don’t find them sexy. They’re hand-crafted with visual bumps and imper­fec­tions on the sur­face and in the draw­ing style. As a par­ody of a show girl, it’s great. I’d love to own one!

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Wooden People Capture the Imagination of Children

melanie rustonI posted about some wooden peo­ple ear­lier, so why not more? Melanie Rus­ton is a Baltimore-based artist who’s study­ing to be an art teacher (and about to grad­u­ate!). Her paint­ings are influ­enced by work­ing with chil­dren as a camp coun­selor and an intern; specif­i­cally, them draw­ing from their imag­i­na­tions with­out fear of the final result.

When I paint, I take char­ac­ters from my sketch­book and flesh out their exis­tence in imag­ined stores, where they deal with embar­rass­ment, tri­umph, and rela­tion­ships with oth­ers,” she writes in an artist state­ment. Melanie goes on, stat­ing, “Com­bin­ing a Renais­sance tech­nique with the artis­tic skills of a child, I leave clues for the viewer to solve and under­stand these moments for themselves.”

Fol­low Melanie on Tum­blr.

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Here are some non-wooden peo­ple, includ­ing a mural!

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Strange Combinations Immortalized on Wood

Sandra Eterovic

Late last year, I dis­cov­ered the magic of illus­trated prod­ucts on wood. I find them so delight­ful! In par­tic­u­lar, I’m inter­ested in orig­i­nal paint­ings on thin pieces of cut wood. Aus­tralian illus­tra­tor San­dra Eterovic has a whole series of work (for sale on Etsy) that fea­tures hang­ers, clocks, and small sculp­tures. They’re real­is­ti­cally painted and often fuse strange objects and sit­u­a­tions.  San­dra writes, “I love mak­ing up strange com­bi­na­tions just to see what happens!”

Check out her Flickr, too!

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Illustrators with Ink: Tarmasz


I’m really excited, ya’ll. Today’s install­ment of Illus­tra­tors with Ink is extra spe­cial. Not only do we have a tat­tooed cre­ative, but one that tat­toos oth­ers with her won­der­ful draw­ings! Faus­tine Tar­masz, sim­ply known as Tar­masz, is a tal­ented French illus­tra­tor whose works look as lovely on skin as they do on paper. Check out my inter­view with her below!


How many tat­toos do you have?
Well, it is quite dif­fi­cult to count tat­toos, but I would say around 20, big and small pieces.

How old were you when you first got tat­tooed?
I was 17, I did 3 tat­toos the same day, and now all of them are cov­ered… tat­toos before 20 years old are mistakes. ;)


Did you design any your­self?
I would say the half are designed or tat­tooed by myself. It was a way to train myself at tat­too­ing when I started to prac­tice, but since few years I stopped tat­too­ing myself, because I want to save some space for all the super great tat­too artists I am tat­tooed by!


Are there any spe­cial sto­ries attached to your tat­toos?
I like tat­toos for what they look like and not for what they mean, so I do not have deep per­sonal emo­tions related to my tat­toos. But each of them of course have a story, depend­ing on the tat­tooist, the sit­u­a­tion, the place and the way it has been done. I don’t have so many things to tell about them, except that each time they’re great human encounters!

One of the things I really like in tat­too­ing and get­ting tat­tooed is that it makes you meet so many peo­ple! Illus­tra­tion is a lonely activ­ity, you spend your time draw­ing all alone at your desk; tat­too­ing is for me a way to go out and social­ize. I already met so many awe­some peo­ple thanks to tattoos!


tarmaszHow did you get in to tat­too­ing? Did you ever envi­sion your­self doing it?
Well, I started to tat­too because I was in a period of my life I really wanted to exper­i­ment dif­fer­ent art medi­ums. It was basi­cally curios­ity but, I started to like that and this shit got seri­ous… but before I never planned to do it as a job since I never thought there would be enough peo­ple request­ing my draw­ing to get tattooed.

How much of your time is spent tat­too­ing and how much of it is spent illus­trat­ing?
I tat­too 1 week a month and the rest of the time, I spend it draw­ing illus­tra­tions and work­ing on comics.
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Adorable Assemblages Beautifullly Tie Together Disparate Matrials

blanca helgaSpan­ish illus­tra­tor Blanca Helga takes seem­ingly dis­parate mate­ri­als — card­board, painted papers, string, and pack­ag­ing — and assem­bles it all into adorable col­lages. Hansel and Gre­tel, smil­ing horses, col­or­ful drag­ons, and googly-eyed fly­ing crea­tures all make an appear­ance in her work.

I’m a big fan of shapes and how they’re designed, and this aspect is some of my favorite parts of Blanca’s work. I love how she takes oddly-formed card­board and papers piece and trans­forms them into heads and bod­ies. The small bits of string and paper also give me the dis­tinct feel­ing that she’s “paint­ing” with scis­sors (or torn edges).

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The fol­low­ing images are from Blanca’s Self Por­trait Project. Her por­trait fits into a small, neat book that uses trans­paren­cies to layer flow­ers and dif­fer­ent shapes. Very cool!


Noa Snir’s Gorgeous Illustrations Teeter on the Edge of Strangness

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When I was read­ing about illus­tra­tor Noa Snir on her web­site, she men­tioned that she enjoys all things illus­trated. “Just about any­thing that can serve as an excuse to sit down and draw long into the night,” is how she put it. I love that sen­ti­ment! I am some­one who goes to bed early, but still.

Noa’s illus­tra­tions teeter on the edge of strange­ness. Many of them are very col­or­ful and include gor­geous flower arrange­ments cou­pled with lus­cious land­scapes. But, with that beauty comes sev­ered heads, lone­li­ness, and pools of blood. I find this both intrigu­ing and alarm­ing, and ulti­mately enjoy how not every­thing is so sac­cha­rine. See more (NSFW) illus­tra­tions on Noa’s Flickr.

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Eerie, Aged-Looking Illustrations Inspired by the Occult

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Tin Can For­est a moniker for the col­lab­o­ra­tive work of Cana­dian artists Pat Shew­chuk and Marek Colek. Together, they cre­ate sequen­tial art, film, and books that are inspired by the forests of Canada, Slavic art, and occult folklore.

When I first saw their illus­tra­tions, I thought that they might’ve been pro­duced years and years ago. They have an aged look to them because of the dis­tressed tex­ture that Tin Can For­est uses. It knocks all of their col­ors down in sat­u­ra­tion, mak­ing it look like you’d find them in the pages of a worn-out (and well-loved) book.

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Find a Comforting Glow in These Cardboard Homes

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Vera van Wolferen calls her­self a “card­board­craftswoman,” because she cre­ates intri­cate and meticulously-constructed scenes out of card­board. They’re incred­i­ble! Using the white/gray vari­ety, she adds a few other mate­ri­als that result in dream-like scenes. I love how the shut­ters, weather vanes, and wind­mills are all artic­u­lated, as if they’re placed one by one. You can tell that Vera puts a lot of care into her work.

Much of Vera’s card­board sets are made for stop-motion ani­ma­tions. In addi­tion, she cre­ates lamps, which are per­fect for her houses. They fit over the top of light bulbs and cast a com­fort­ing glow from the win­dows. Find a few of them on Etsy.

Vera seems like she’s on all the social media — fol­low her on Insta­gram, Behance, and Face­book! (Via iGNANT)


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10 (More) Submissions From the Collage Scrap Exchange

Happy Fri­day, ya’ll! I fig­ured it’s a fine time to post some more Col­lage Scrap Exchange sub­mis­sions. At this point, I’ve received so many (hun­dreds upon hun­dreds!), and not shar­ing at least some felt like a crime. Here are 10 sub­mis­sions! Remem­ber, the extended dead­line is March 15.

Thank you, to every­one, who has sub­mit­ted a col­lage so far. I’m delighted to see all of the cre­ative ways you used your scraps and inter­preted the New Land­scapes theme. While I can’t share all of the images on Brown Paper Bag, all entries will be on dis­play on the Col­lage Scrap Exchange web­site once the dead­line passes.

See past sub­mis­sion posts here and here.

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Please note: These are merely selec­tion of sub­mis­sions, and their inclu­sion in this post has no impact on the over­all out­come of the #col­lage­con­test with Papir­mass.

Stacey Page Adds Bizarre Embroidery onto Vintage Photos


Stacey Page trans­forms dis­carded vin­tage pho­tographs from banal to fan­tas­tic in her on-going series of embroi­dered por­traits. Since 2008, she’s adorned men and women with bizarre head­dresses, cos­tumes, facial hair, and much more. This is both con­cep­tu­ally and visu­ally inter­est­ing. I love that the stitch­ing cre­ates a “sec­ond skin” and a new nar­ra­tive onto the old pic­tures. And, at the same time, it’s a great con­trast between the smooth sil­ver gelatin pho­tos beneath the fuzzy threads.