I’ve got serious envy of Charlotte Jacobs (aka @charrrl_iie) illustrative outfits. The Belgium-based fashionista adorns her daily attire with playful pins, necklaces, and sweaters, creating a collision of characters, color, and pattern. She’s not afraid to mix patterns and colors, and for that—I commend her. I wish I was as bold!
I’ve included her original Instagram posts because she tags her photos with the makers who created the charming products.
Happy Halloween! I am a big fan of the holiday (because, candy) but never really made an elaborate costume before—until this year. Finally , I got my act together and worked on an outfit months and months beforehand (I’m a marathoner, not a sprinter).
I’m a bouquet of flowers!
To produce this project required a lot of felt and hot glue. It was time consuming, but not difficult. (Process-oriented people, you’d probably enjoy making this costume.) Basically, it’s a green hood (made from felt) with a bunch of handcrafted felt flowers glued on top and around the crown of the base. These are the tutorials I used:
They’re super easy to follow and well-documented so that you can follow along. I wish I had an excuse to make more! After the flowers were assembled, arranged, and glued, I wrapped tulle around the hood to create the appearance of tissue paper. I completed it by tying it with a coral-colored bow.
I tried to get a picture with my little baby Sadie. She was not pleased.
1. Santa Serpiente Candle by Collette Marie Shop
2. Wood-Book Clutch by vosk.studio
3. 2017 Calendar by Sarah Andreacchio
4. Pencil Chopstick Holders by Yinfan Huang
5. Everyday Bravey Enamel Pins by Emily McDowell
6. Monkey Pot by Charlotte Mei
7. Eye Notebook by Designs Tandem
As someone who uses a sleep mask (a must-have if your partner just has to fall asleep with the TV on), I am super excited to make this project by The House That Lars Built. My current sleeping mask is so boring!
It’s that wonderful time of year again when #Inktober (previously, 2014 and 2015) makes an appearance on social media. If you’re unfamiliar with this annual tradition, it’s a creative challenge for artist and illustrators to ink something during the month of October. Many people choose to post something everyday, but Jake Parker writes, “You can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.”
While I don’t participate, I love seeing what other people come up with! Jake provides some prompts, but you’re totally welcome to go off script and create your own themes. Here are 5 illustrators who showcase the possibilities with #Inktober.
For this year’s #Inktober, Julia Bereciartu is painting “spontaneous portraits in ink and watercolor” every two days or so. Composed of people and animals, these small artworks are for sale through her online shop.
Gina Triplett has one of my favorite Instagram accounts, and her version the October challenge mostly takes place in her sketchbook. The focus is on black and white with splashes of vibrant color.
While Gina stuck with the striking black and white combo, August Wren lets her inky hues explode over the page. The carefree fluidity and diffused edges are created with both a dip pin as well as brush.
In addition to #Inktober, August also creates a painting a day. She’s prolific!
Designy illustrator Gian Wong uses #Inktober to make sure his “trad[itional] hands aren’t getting rusty,” His bold, typography-centric pieces feature letters as the burst from bold patterns and colors.
Kathleen Marcotte created an apt theme for this month—horror movies! Her black and white drawings are a much less scary reinterpretation of some seriously spooky films.
Ceramicist Suzanne Sullivan produces pottery with intricate surface decoration that creates an awesome illusion. When viewed from a certain angle, the objects look like 2D ink drawings. They’ve got bold, flattened designs reminiscent of a sketchbook, with a consistency in line weight that often remains unchanged across the surface—because of this, our eye is fooled.
Suzanne wrote a quick FAQ on her Instagram, including some shops that sell her work:
I’ve written here before about my penchant for 100 days projects, and artist Samantha Russo has recently completed one that’s full of color and pattern—plus, it’s all contained in her sketchbook. Page after page, she uses paint, markers, and pastels to create vibrant abstract compositions that experiment with scale and texture.
If you’re looking for a project to start 2017 (or finish 2016), this seems like a good one. It makes you focus on play, and I’m sure that elements from these pages will be incorporated into Samantha’s work somehow.
Stephanie Kelly Clark calls herself a “thread painter,” using embroidery to create picturesque landscapes and natural splendor. Her style of stitch is often subtle with various hues mixing on fabric to depict crashing waves, vibrant sunsets, rolling hills, and cloud formations.
Stephanie is formally trained in drawing and painting and uses it to inform her embroidery process. “My background in painting has allowed me to explore the material using techniques from the worlds of drawing and painting,” she writes. “Engaging both traditional and innovative techniques in employing formal qualities with density, texture and pattern.”
1. Black Rabbit Enamel Pin by Eradura
2. Girl and Tiger Dish by Lisa Junius
3. Embroidered Collar by Casa Tienda de Amelia B
4. Mystery Cactus! by Close Call Studio
5. Red Fox Sleeping Mask by Julien & Emily Design
6. Cat Clutch by Bunnie Reiss and pskaufman (see more of Bunnie’s work!)
7. Cave Creatures Coaster by Meg Hunt for the SALUT! Show at Nucleus Portland
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Creating typography, in general, is challenging, but it’s even more so when done by hand. Lavanya Naidoo has excelled at producing clean, bold text, and she did it entirely out of paper. Her beautiful piece A Thorn in My Side features black block type paired with sculpted and quilled florals. The visual heaviness of the white petals—that look incredibly realistic—offsets the pink lines to create balance that excites the eye. This piece is even better when viewed from the side because you see all of the great three dimensional details.
Lavanya sells this image as a print through her online shop.
Earlier this fall, Anja Sušanj shared a series called City, based on a book by Alessandro Baricco. The text influenced her greatly through the years, and was part of the inspiration for these drawings. “City is also the name of my graduation project that tries to recreate the mysterious and whimsical world of Gould, a child genius,” she explains.
The surreal illustrations are created with graphite, and they’re are a beautiful use of the material. Through her line work and shading Anja has communicated movement and drama, as people stand in fishbowls, navigate through the stomach, and wear a house around their head. Each is intriguing and begs a closer look.