Ann Khokhlova’s Poetic Embroidered Illustrations

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I’m blown away by all of the color and tex­ture that’s in these illus­tra­tions by Ann Khokhlova. The lus­cious appli­ca­tion of thread/yarn makes for dense com­po­si­tions that are very expres­sive. They are a sea of stitches, and I like how Khokhlova uses the chain stitch to cre­ate waves of color that sends your eye on a jour­ney as she depicts nar­ra­tive folk-inspired tales.

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Header Picture Project: Take a Ride With Melissa Chaib

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It’s a new month, so it’s another iter­a­tion of the Header Pic­ture Project! June’s illus­tra­tion was cre­ated by the lovely Melissa Chaib, whose work I’ve fea­tured on Brown Paper Bag before. I think she cre­ated a super fun and col­or­ful image that per­fectly cap­tures the magic of summer.

You can own a gor­geous mini 4″ x 6″ print of this work for only $8!

Here’s a short inter­view I con­ducted with Melissa about her work. Thanks, Melissa!

Name: Melissa Chaib
Loca­tion: Mex­ico
What was your dream job when you were 7 years old? I don’t remem­ber actu­ally, but I’ve always been into cre­at­ing things, as far back as I can remem­ber.
Your pro­fes­sion now: Graphic Designer & Illus­tra­tor
What’s your favorite thing to draw? Women going on adven­tures
What was the inspi­ra­tion for this piece? I think life in gen­eral was my biggest influ­ence
our jour­ney explor­ing and seek­ing answers to the many doubts that rise up in our every­day life with the curi­ous feel­ing that there is more than we have been told to believe.
How did you cre­ate your illus­tra­tion? Was it any dif­fer­ent than your reg­u­lar process? It was really excit­ing to col­lab­o­rate with a blog that I admire so much
I always want to push myself with every project and make sure I am learn­ing some­thing new along the way.

I tried out dif­fer­ent ideas and lay­outs, cre­ated a mood board with image ref­er­ences and colours.
Which place would you go to on this block? I think I’d get my nails done. Me too, and then I could seri­ously go for a huge choco­late cake across the street. Yup.

Guest Post: Hana Kim Introduces Us to Vanessa Ramirez

Another guest post! This time, from Hana Kim of Supah­cute, who is intro­duc­ing us to the work of Vanessa Ramirez. Hana is a Cura­tor of Cute & Expe­d­i­tor of Awe­some Projects. She is the founder/editor of, an arts blog inspired by cute cul­ture and the cute aes­thetic. You can find her on Insta­gramTwit­ter , and Face­book. Take it away, Hana!


Mon­sters Galore by Vanessa Ramirez

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Vanessa Ramirez is a Ser­ial Doo­dler and self taught Sculp­tor. A love of odd toys and resin fig­ures led her to reignite a pas­sion for draw­ing and new found pas­sion for sculpting.

Her work tends to bounce between styles both cre­at­ing soul­ful crea­tures that weave their own sto­ries as you fol­low them suf­fer­ing through life and a dis­tinct illus­tra­tion style that uses lines and line weight to build form.

You can see Vanessa’s newest work in the upcom­ing group exhi­bi­tion Sum­mer­land Movie Club A Trib­ute to Our Favorite Sum­mer Movies. Curated by Hana Kim of, Sum­mer­land Movie Club opens at Leanna Lin’s Won­der­land on July 12, 2014.

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Thanks, Hana!

Guest Post: Daniel Fishel Introduces Us to Dasha Tolstikova

Since I’m on vaca­tion this week, I have a cou­ple of guest blog­gers fill­ing in for me! Today the won­der­ful Daniel Fishel is shar­ing the work of Dasha Tol­stikova with us. Daniel is an illus­tra­tor and hand let­terer who paints things for mag­a­zines, book cov­ers and other things. He has a cat named Avo­cado who answers work emails for him sometimes.

So, with­out fur­ther ado, here’s Daniel!

 Dasha Tolstikova

Dasha Tol­stikova is an illus­tra­tor based out of Brook­lyn, NY. After receiv­ing her MFA from School of Visual Arts, she has been keep­ing things steady by work­ing with folks such as the NY Times, Wall Street Jour­nal, and the New Yorker. She’s been pretty pre­oc­cu­pied lately with cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful Children’s books. She also has a reg­u­larly updated blog called “A Foxes Diary” where she illus­trates the thoughts and feel­ings of a foxes day to day life. I can also per­son­ally say that not only is Dasha’s work inspir­ing but she is also one of the kind­est peo­ple I know.

 Dasha Tolstikova

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Thanks, Daniel!

Nicole Gastonguay Crochets Everyday Objects and Makes Them Totally Adorable

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It’s a fact that goo­gly eyes make every­thing bet­ter. So, when those things are cro­cheted ver­sions of the real objects? Infi­nitely cooler. Nicole Gas­tonguay is graphic designer and fiber artist who repli­cates every­day things using yarn. Polaroids, pick­les, and even boom boxes are impres­sively pro­duced in a happy and engag­ing way thanks to their large eyes and sweet smile (or even frown).

Gastonguay’s sub­ject mat­ter and the color choice in yarn make her work feel vin­tage, as if you’d find it in an antique mall. It has an air of nos­tal­gia about it.

(Via Art is a Way)

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Saturday Roundup: Tattoos I’ve Seen Lately and Liked

I recently shared the work of Jes­sica Har­ri­son, with her tat­tooed porce­lain ladies… so how about some tat­toos on real peo­ple? I am itch­ing to get some more ink this sum­mer (shh… don’t tell my par­ents), and have really been inspired by the beau­ti­ful body art that peo­ple have. So, with­out fur­ther ado, here you go. Tat­too fans, what are some of your favorite pieces? Let me know!

Diana Severinenko via  You got a henna tattoo that said forever

Diana Sev­er­i­nenko via You got a henna tat­too that said forever

Josh Stephens... I've been wanting to get some work done by him for a long time!

Josh Stephens… I’ve been want­ing to get some work done by him for a long time!


Jessica Harrison’s Tattooed Porcelain Ladies

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I’m sure that by now you’ve seen Jes­sica Harrison’s tat­tooed porce­lain fig­urines, because why not? They’re awe­some and because of it, have made their way around the blogs. As some­one who grew up see­ing these type of antique objects and has sev­eral tat­toos her­self, I feel like these works are def­i­nitely in my wheel­house. So, despite all the visual sat­u­ra­tion you’ve prob­a­bly have from them, I want to share the on Brown Paper Bag, too!

I love the jux­ta­po­si­tion between what’s tra­di­tion­ally “dainty” (pet­ti­coats and dresses) with what’s seen as “hard” or “alter­na­tive,” although now tat­toos have entered the main­stream. Who’s not to say that the tat­toos Har­ri­son has depicted here reflect a more fem­i­nine sen­si­bil­ity (within the realm of tat­toos). It’s a con­tem­po­rary rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of these anti­quated objects.

(H/T Colos­sal)

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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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