It’s been a while since I’ve featured photographic collages. I picked these works by Rocio Montoya because I like them and because they have a flora twist to them, loosely relating to yesterday’s post about Michelle’s Morin’s illustrations. The blooms seen here peek from behind flesh and distort the face with a beautiful mix of color and delicate textures.
These images are from Montoya’s Behance page.
I really love nature, ya’ll. Although I live in a city, it’s comforting to me to spend time in the grass and underneath the trees. I was in Cleveland this past weekend (see my Instagram) near Lake Erie, and it was great sitting on a rock and overlooking the vast body of water. This love is partially why I enjoy the work of Michelle Morin so much. She illustrates different flora and fauna in bright colors and patterns using water-based media.
Morin worked for many years in the horticultural field to cultivate a relationship with plants, wildlife, and their idiosyncrasies. She writes:
With many years designing and maintaining gardens, I have narrowed my primary focus to nature as a subject to reference. I work to convey the beauty and complexities of nature using texture, pattern, and narrative elements throughout my work, which range from elaborate watercolor and gouache compositions…
Buy her prints in her Etsy shop!
These beautiful images are by French illustrator Amélie Fléchais. They’re from her children’s book Le Petit Loup Rouge that was released in June of this year. It starts out saying:
“Once upon a time in the middle of a thick and mysterious forest stood a strange tree house, the home of a little wolf know to everyone as ‘Little red wolf’…”
Fléchais’ delicate, vintage-inspired illustrations depict a dark inner forest, a lot of light, and a cute wolf in an adorable red coat. I’d love to read the words to get the entire story!
Illustrator Judy Kaufmann recently unveiled Hello Pattern, a collection of surface designs that she created. It features a wide selection of geometric, organic, and typographic forms that can be licensed and applied to paper, fabric, wood, and walls!
While there are many more patterns available on her site, I was drawn to these images where she cloaks the entire scene in her work. It abstracts objects and space in an engaging way, and I can imagine how her playful aesthetic could be used in a variety of projects.