Today’s Friday roundup revolves around 10 illustrations I’ve seen lately and liked. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, there’s so much awesome work out there, and I lament that I don’t have time to share it all. I hope you enjoy them!
A long time ago, one form of communication was through the surface design of ceramics. Stories were told on vessels that were handed-down pieces of history. A lot has changed since that time, but we still use this medium to tell a story. Kjersti Johanne Barli’s narrative ceramic pieces revolve around the theme of the 7 Deadly Sins. They include watercolor-esque drawings that feature cats, costumes, hamburgers (yum), and guns.
Drawn in blue, they reference the tradition of blue china patterns. Barli’s work is more subversive and silly (at times), of course, and the visual artist also works in comics. Can you tell?
I love these collaged heads. Just wanna throw these in the post, too!
Hudson Christie is a design student at the Ontario College of Art and Design. They use sculpture and photography to craft their images, and specifically use polymer clay, paper, wood, and foam as materials. Not surprisingly, Christie is influenced by Gumby, among other things.
These illustrations are part of their thesis series, Work-Life Balance. I am absolutely loving the tactile style, exquisite details (like the sewn-on heart), and humorous content. They’re cute, but a little sinister at the same time.
(H/T Amy Boone-McCreesh for introducing me to Christie’s work!)
Beautiful! I love the subtle variations in the horse’s coats.
Many moons ago, I saw a knitted man on Pinterest. I didn’t know much about it, aside from the fact that I liked his goofy smile and the novelty of a life-sized textile. Years later, this project popped back up on my radar. I found out it’s titled My Knitted Boyfriend and is created by design studio Noortje de Keijzer. Here’s a description of it:
My Knitted Boyfriend is a cushion with a story. A cushion with a personality. A cushion to kiss! Or, well… to cuddle, to caress, to hug, and to smile with. Because this man is always happy. And he is flexible as well. He will have a mustache if you prefer mustaches. He will wear glasses if you prefer glasses. He likes to sit on your floor, on your couch or at you dinner table. But most of all he likes to lay down next to you in bed. With your head on his chest and his arms wrapped around you. This way you will never feel alone ever again. With this man you can be sure, he will never leave you.
I love seeing the knitted man go from being a drooping pile of yarn on someone’s lap to a full-bodied person brushing their teeth (although there is a real human being under the yarn).
PS — he comes with accessories, like a mustache.
Right now, right this second, I am a guest curator for the website UGallery.com. If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s a place to buy original art by a variety of creative people. Painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture are all for sale through this site.
Over the past couple of weeks, I pinned some of my favorite things I’ve seen while clicking around UGallery. I’ve definitely discovered some new folks to admire and emerging talent to watch. If you’re a Pinterest user, check out my board! Otherwise, be sure to see all my picks here.
These are some of my very favorites. Thanks for the opportunity, UGallery!
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 11th this year. If you’re prone to forgetting, then why not buy your gift ahead of time? This week, I’m happy to be working with UncommonGoods on a selection of products perfect for yo momma. They offer a bevy of items like jewelry, artwork, gardening tools, and baking supplies, that appeal to a wide range of tastes.
As I went through their collection, I couldn’t help but pick out things I’d want to buy my own mom (and probably will — so mom, try and act surprised!). She enjoys making sweets, like decorating sugar cookies for all the major holidays. Gardening and plants are also another of her interests, so a terrarium is perfect (we had one growing up!). And, my mom is a fan of illustrated products, so the colorful dish towels caught my eye. See some more of my favorites below!
Visit UncommonGoods for more Mother’s Day gifts (and fun stuff for everyone)!
Dana Bechert’s ceramics planters, plates, and funnels are hand-crafted pieces whose intricate patterns create simple beauty. She adorns her limited-color objects with quirky geometric drawing, where lines aren’t perfectly straight and triangles are different sizes. I love seeing this — it’s like I’m looking at a stream of consciousness translated on a pot.
Be sure to visit her shop!
H/T Sarah Jacoby)
Sorry for the radio silence yesterday! Tuesday is by far my busiest day of the week and full of deadlines. Sometimes, my beloved blog has to fall on the back-burner (temporarily).
Onward! Today I’m featuring the work of Kyler Martz. He’s a Seattle-based illustrator whose portfolio is chock-full of old-school style tattoos/tattoo-esque drawings. And while this isn’t the style of body art I have, I love the limited color, stylized depictions of animals and everyday objects.
See more here.
I try to make it a habit to not spend my weekday evenings on the computer. Sometimes, of course, it’s unavoidable, but after a long day I just wanna draw or embroider. You might recall my latest embroidery of a floral hand. Continuing on this theme, I’m working on some sketches with new flowers.
Everything is drawn on tracing paper. I love its smooth surface and the fact that’s cheap to buy. In addition, you can easily layer images and see different options for your drawings. It erases pretty well, if that’s your thing.
Don’t forget, these prints by Erin Zingré are available in the Brown Paper Bag shop. High quality, 4″ x 6″ prints! I’m so happy with how they turned out.