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Leah Goren Reveals How to Keep a Sketchbook in Her Skillshare Class (Sponsored)

keeping a sketchbook by leah goren for skillshare

It’s no secret that learn­ing new things helps keep your brain sharp. In art, it’s espe­cial­ly valu­able to take time and gain a new skill. Doing so, at the very least, can improve the way you work. But more impor­tant­ly, it can change the way you think about your art. Luck­i­ly, you can learn new things from the com­fort of your own home. That’s where Skill­share comes in. They’ve got 15,000 online class­es avail­able for you to take from peo­ple at the top of their field. I recent­ly enrolled in a class that I was eager to try: Illus­tra­tion & Inspi­ra­tion: Keep­ing a Sketch­book by Leah Goren. You too can try this class with 2 free months of Skill­share Pre­mi­um.

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Illustrated products

Get Sprung’ For Spring with Wearable Art by Isa Beniston

hand-painted clothing by Isa Beniston

Last year, Isa Benis­ton wowed me with her play­ful cloth­ing that looked like the pages of a sketch­book. She’s been busy since then; through her retail line called Gen­tle Thrills, she’s released her most recent col­lec­tion for spring, the apt­ly-named Get Sprung. Here, Isa branch­es out from hand-paint­ed cloth­ing and includes revamped vin­tage and mil­i­tary sur­plus pieces into her one-of-a-kind gar­ments. They’re adorned with embroi­dery based on her own draw­ings, and the col­or­ful addi­tions add a con­tem­po­rary look and feel to these upcy­cled pieces.

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Illustration

Folk-Inspired Florals Find an Unexpected Fusion with Science

folk science

Fus­ing folk art with the Latin names of men and beasts, illus­tra­tor Sarah Walsh has pro­duced a col­or­ful series called Folk Sci­ence. She’s tak­en eight subjects—from rab­bits to lions to a guy with a healthy beard—and dec­o­rat­ed their bod­ies with flo­rals. In every paint­ing, Sarah includes a hand let­tered label with their sci­en­tif­ic moniker—creating an unlike­ly fusion of the two worlds.

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Ceramics

Dripping” Face Planters and Pots Look Like They’re Melting from Within

Drip planter by Kinska

Drips are in. Sweet, sticky drip cakes are one of Pinterest’s 2017 wed­ding trends, and the same goes for ceram­ics. The lat­est drip pots by the Lon­don-based Kin­s­ka use her sig­na­ture min­i­mal­ist palette and tiny faces that are over­run by drib­bles of black and white glaze. But rather than look­ing messy and hap­haz­ard, it adds visu­al ten­sion to the oth­er­wise sweet, tran­quil faces—like these pot peo­ple are slow­ly melt­ing from with­in.

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Illustration History

#TBT | The Many Creative Hats Worn by Margaret Evans Price

Margaret Evans Price

Most of us have prob­a­bly heard of the toy com­pa­ny Fish­er-Price. They’re the man­u­fac­tur­ers of clas­sics like Lit­tle Peo­ple, Pow­er Wheels, and the View Mas­ter. It’s been around since the 1930s, and was co-found­ed by Gold­en Age illus­tra­tor Mar­garet Evans Price. Before she found­ed one of the world’s most pop­u­lar toy man­u­fac­tur­ers, how­ev­er, she was a young girl inter­est­ed in art. And, tal­ent­ed, too; she sold her first illus­trat­ed sto­ry to the Boston Jour­nal when she was just 12 years old.
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Illustration

Delightful ‘Of Cats and Men’ Book Profiles Fellas Who’ve Found Inspiration in Felines

of cats and men

Men are often por­trayed in the com­pa­ny of dogs,” Sam Kal­da writes in his book Of Cats and Men. “They hunt togeth­er, run hap­pi­ly side by side, and ride shoul­der to shoul­der in mud-splat­tered pickups—the per­fect image of mas­cu­line bliss. The dog is, after all, man’s best friend. Some men, that is.” But what about the feline mus­es that inspired some of history’s great artists, writ­ers, and thinkers? Well, they’re pro­filed in this beau­ti­ful­ly illus­trat­ed and delight­ful­ly writ­ten book.
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Paper Craft

10 Cut Paper Illustrations to Put You in Tune with Nature

paper illustration

Jayme McGowan

Out of all the approach­es to image mak­ing, cut paper illus­tra­tion is my favorite. The process is often a tedious one, but the results are awe-inspir­ing. Paper can quick­ly trans­form from a 2D com­po­si­tion into 3D, and these types of illus­tra­tions have the look of sculp­tures with ele­ments that cast shad­ows. This visu­al depth is the best part of about paper illus­tra­tion. In addi­tion, it gives you a dis­tinct feel­ing that the piece is made by hand, and that the metic­u­lous snips of the scis­sors or the slice of an X-Acto knife were all part of the jour­ney into cre­at­ing the final result.

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Illustrated products

Get Comfy with Illustrated Floor Pillows from Society6

comfy seating from Society6

The longer that Soci­ety6 is around, the more prac­ti­cal prod­ucts it car­ries. (Years ago, I bought a show­er cur­tain that I still use!)  And I’m con­tin­u­al­ly impressed with how they offer illus­tra­tors the oppor­tu­ni­ty to sell their work through prod­ucts oth­er than prints. One of their lat­est offer­ings is com­fy seating—floor pil­lows! Avail­able in square or round shapes, they’re per­fect for mak­ing a cozy read­ing nook. Or, if you’ve got a large fur­ry friend, it could be a fan­cy bed.

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Ceramics

Colorful Illustrated Ceramics That’ll Remind You of Watercolor Paintings

colorful illustrated ceramics by Elise Lefebvre
Like so many peo­ple on the inter­net, I’ve fall­en in love with the work of Elisa Lefeb­vre. The col­or­ful illus­trat­ed ceram­ics fea­ture a water­col­or-esque appli­ca­tion of glaze. So despite their strong, often stout forms, the pieces have a feel­ing of lev­i­ty and airi­ness. It’s this jux­ta­po­si­tion that makes them irre­sistible and draws you towards them—especially the ani­mal pieces. I like the peek­a­boo holes cut in cats and dogs that show­cas­es small cut leaves.

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