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.
And finally, a colorful illustration by Liang:
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.
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 Fancy: Fearful 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!
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!
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,”
Do you know how to crochet? If so, good for you! (I am very bad at it.) Joana Vasconcelos is very adept at this craft, and uses it to cover cement statues and as the basis for paintings.
Dainty-looking crochet covers an otherwise nude woman, adding not only modesty but religious overtones as well. Vasconcelos impressively forms the decorative netting and dollies to strategic parts of the woman’s body.
This painting, composed within an ornate gold frame, bursts out of its confines and towards the viewer. Vasconcelos creates abstract forms that read as a living organism, like a coral reef on the ocean floor.
I don’t know about you, but I am very happy about the warmer temps. With a harsh winter, I’m excited to be buying short-sleeve shirts and looking for a new pair of black sandals. You know what else I’m looking forward to? Swimming! And, with Monica Ramos’ fun-in-the-sun illustrations, it makes me even more eager to get in the water.
These two triptychs convey different types of aqua adventures. One looks a little dangerous (bathing with a tiger!) and another that’s the quintessential crowded beach scene. Which would you rather have? I’m partial to tigers, and they look pretty friendly…
Happy weekend! I’m going to deviate from my normal patterns for a moment and do a round up of treats that I’ve wanted to try. If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll see that I have a huge sweet tooth. I’m constantly pinning recipes. Here are 7 of them (with links).
Maybe I’ll make one of these this weekend. If I do, I’ll let you know! If you happen to try one, let me know how you like it.
Not a recipe, but still oddly satisfying: