Essi Kimpimäki’s Beautiful Illustrations Inspired by Travel

Essi Kimpimäki

Essi Kimpimäki’s illus­tra­tions depict jour­neys and archi­tec­ture of dif­fer­ent lands. Nor­way, Morocco, and even Cal­i­for­nia are places that she’s crafted with her col­or­ful, heav­ily tex­tured style. I espe­cially love the top image, which was inspired by the nar­row alleys of Alfama in Lis­bon. With a clear divide in the com­po­si­tion, it’s as if we’re look­ing at two sep­a­rate pieces. But, the hard angle is a nice con­trast to the wind­ing steps and clothes that flut­ter in the breeze.

Check out Essi’s Etsy shop to buy some of her prints!

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Mary Kate McDevitt Illustrates Whimsical Relationships of People and Pets

Mary Kate McDevitt

Have you ever heard of the #The100DayProject? It’s exactly what it sounds — for 100 days, you work on one cre­ative endeavor. The project is about the process, and at the end of it, you can learn some valu­able things about how you work. Illus­tra­tor Mary Kate McDe­vitt is cur­rently com­plet­ing her own iter­a­tion called #100daysofpeopleandpets. The whim­si­cal Insta­gram series is exactly as it sounds — peo­ple and their pets! In every post, she intro­duces us to her char­ac­ters with a short sen­tence and a funny scene. I love the funny quips and vintage-inspired style.

At the time of writ­ing, Mary Kate is on day 55/100, so there’s still time to fol­low her on Insta­gram and see this series hap­pen in real time.

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Illustrated products, Lately & Liked

My Weekly 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions


1 // Pizza Every Day Meal Plan­ner Notepad by Julia Lav­i­gne
2 // My Ghostie is Gonna Gitcha limited-edition print by Katy Horan
3 // Cecil the Croc­o­dile Plush Toy by Sara Carr
4 // Three Cats Tea Tow­els by Gin­giber
5 // Tiger Fish Bag by Don Fisher (I fea­tured more of them here… still obsess­ing over them!)
6 // Illus­trated Planters by Damián Quiroga (via Beach Lon­don)
7 // Ani­mal Planters — Foxes, Capy­baras, and Anteaters by Cum­buca Chic (I orig­i­nally wrote about these adorable pieces on My Mod­ern Met)

Happy Fri­day, ya’ll! Here are some of my illus­trated obses­sions this week — click the links and score ‘em for your­self. Also, if you have a minute, why not sub­mit a link? It just might show up here!

And if you enjoy illus­trated prod­ucts, I’d rec­om­mend check­ing out Emme­line Pidgen’s new series, Illus­trated Life.

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Aitch and Saddo Reimagine The “Memory” Game with Their Folk-Inspired Art

Aitch and Saddo

Did you ever play the game Mem­ory? I used to, and this is the neat­est iter­a­tion I’ve seen yet. Illus­tra­tor Aitch (pre­vi­ously) and artist Saddo col­lab­o­rated on the all-ages activ­ity by cre­at­ing col­or­ful cards fea­tur­ing their beau­ti­ful art­work. There are 24 unique scenes on 48 cards that are printed on thick cardboard.

Aitch describes why they cre­ated this set, writ­ing, “This March we took a trip to Berlin and in the apart­ment we rented for a few days we dis­cov­ered a sim­ple but fun lit­tle game — a mem­ory game that we could not wait to play as soon as we got back from the city. We were hooked :)” Once they returned to Roma­nia, they made their own ver­sion and adorned it with stuff they love - flow­ers, plants, birds, ani­mals, patterns.

To fund this project, Aitch and Saddo are try­ing to raise a mod­est amount of money through IndieGogo. They’ve sold out of their Mem­ory game, but you can still pur­chase the orig­i­nal art­work pro­duced for it.

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Illustrated Bowls That Talk Back to You While You Eat


How would you like it if your plates and bowls talked back to you? In this col­lab­o­ra­tion between illus­tra­tor San­ti­ago Uceda and artist Nancy Froehlich, you don’t have much of a choice! They occupy the bot­toms of dishes, direct­ing you, cheer­ing you on, and telling you what you already know — that the meal you just ate was so good. The amus­ing char­ac­ters were cre­ated by San­ti­ago and then placed onto forms cre­ated by Nancy.

I would love to own one of these delight­ful pieces. Alas, I can’t find any­where to buy them! It looks like, accord­ing to Santiago’s Insta­gram, that they were for sale a while ago… and have prob­a­bly sold out since!









Fanciful Fashions and Foods by Camilla Perkins

Camilla Perkins

Camilla Perkins is a Brighton-based illus­tra­tor whose images are inspired by “encoun­tered odd­i­ties, whether human, flora or fauna.” The wildly-colorful com­po­si­tions com­bine a dizzy­ing amount of hues, pat­terns, and tex­tures. Camilla’s style is reminiscent/created with print­mak­ing in mind. Most of her illus­tra­tions fea­ture off­set color reg­is­tra­tion, as if each hue is its own layer.

I really love Camilla’s styl­ized por­traits of peo­ple. She draws vibrant pat­terns onto fash­ion­able shirts and pants, pair­ing unlikely gar­ments into awe­some ensembles.

How about a print? Camilla has ‘em for sale in her shop.

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Curious Illustrations of Beautiful Women in Odd Situations

Helena Perez Garcia

Helena Perez Garcia’s col­or­ful illus­tra­tions depict beau­ti­ful women in odd sit­u­a­tions. The lush scenes com­bine dec­o­ra­tion and sur­re­al­ism, fea­tur­ing screw-in body parts and lit­tle men inside of heads. They’re lus­cious with gor­geous details, and they’re as intrigu­ing in their conceptually-strange compositions.

Real talk: some­times I wish I had a bunch of heads with dif­fer­ent hair­styles. It’d make get­ting ready much easier!

Inter­ested in own­ing these images as prints? Check out Helena’s shop. (Via This Isn’t Hap­pi­ness)

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My 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions


1 // DIY Col­lage Kit by Anthony Zinonos
2 // Felt pizza sticker by Kitiya Palaskas
3 // 2016 Meta­mor­pho­sis Cal­en­dar by Per­rin (for Anthro­polo­gie)
4 // Illus­trated ceramic vase by Kin­ska
5 // Flo­ral Bowl by Jor­dan Sondler
6 // Zoo Troop 128 — Elliot Ele­phant — Merit Badges by Ellen Sur­rey
7 // Lit­tle Mir­ror Girl by The Printed Peanut

Col­lages! A cal­en­dar! Felt piz­zas! This install­ment of “Illus­trated Prod­uct Obses­sions” has some fun stuff, if I do say so myself! The links above will show you where to score these sweet wares.

Have an illus­trated prod­uct you want to share? Take a sec­ond and sub­mit a link!


Colorful Mixed Media Illustrations Tied Together Using Humor


Natalie K. Nel­son is an Atlanta-based illus­tra­tor who isn’t afraid to switch up her choices in media. Depend­ing on the project, she uses pen, ink, paint, and pho­tographs, some­times com­bin­ing them all into her col­or­ful com­po­si­tions. It’s not always easy to to work this way. With so many tools at your dis­posal, things can look dis­jointed. Not Natalie’s illus­tra­tions, though! They look effort­less with all of the ele­ments liv­ing har­mo­niously on the page and/or screen. Humor and joy are the com­mon con­cept thread that ties all of her pieces together.

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Escape to APAK’s Magical, Mystical Worlds


APAK is an illus­tra­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion between Aaron Piland and Ayumi Kajikawa Piland. They’re self described as a fan­tas­ti­cal mag­i­cal duo, and they’re also mar­ried! The Portland-based cou­ple “live among the fury conifer giants in a lit­tle cot­tage,” and their whim­si­cal cre­ations are a way to explore the beauty and mys­ter­ies of life. This sen­ti­ment is reflected in the col­or­ful com­po­si­tions and del­i­cate, small char­ac­ters that exist in great big worlds.

Love these images? Well, you’re in luck! They’re all avail­able in APAK’s Etsy shop!

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