Nancy Liang’s Rich Palette of Neutral Tones

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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.

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And finally, a col­or­ful illus­tra­tion by Liang:
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Happy Red Fish’s Collaged Houses Held by Forcefields

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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.

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Publications: “Beasts of Fancy” by Erin Zingré

Erin Zingré Beasts of Fancy zines

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 FancyFear­ful 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!

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Erin Zingré Beasts of Fancy zines

Erin Zingré Beasts of Fancy zines

Friday Round Up: Paper Shapers I’ve Seen Lately and Liked

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!

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Star Wars paper toys, via Monde Mosaic

Star Wars paper toys, via Monde Mosaic

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Rebecca Louise Law’s Stunning Floral Installations

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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,”

Via Yel­low­trace.

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Sarah Burwash Draws “The Summit”

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I’ve been a fan of Sarah Bur­wash (pre­vi­ously) for years now, ever since I saw her ceram­ics appear on Buy Some Damn Art (I am the proud owner of one her limited-edition hands).

She’s released a new series of draw­ings titled The Sum­mit, which are sprawl­ing works where each com­po­si­tion has a lot going on. We see peo­ple and ani­mals inter­act­ing with the great out­doors, and I love the the free­dom she exer­cises with her water-based medium. If you look at the detail shots below, you’ll see the rocks and how she uses a wet-on-wet tech­nique to let the pig­ment go where it may.

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Joana Vasconcelos’ Impressively Crocheted Statue and Painting

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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.

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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.

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Monica Ramos Makes Me Excited for Fun in the Sun

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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…

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Saturday Roundup: 7 Sweet Treats I Want to Try

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:

Sophie Woodrow’s Ceramics Feature Mysterious Characters

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When I first saw Sophie Woodrow’s ceram­ics on The Jeal­ous Cura­tor, I instantly fell in love. The mys­te­ri­ous, highly-textured char­ac­ters and their vacant eyes intrigued me. I like that she’s cloaked her fig­ures in all white and relies on light and shadow to high­light their sub­tle details.

If are you won­der­ing about Woodrow’s inspi­ra­tion for these bizarre char­ac­ters, then look no further:

Her work has been informed by an inter­est in the Vic­to­ri­ans as the first gen­er­a­tion who chose to define nature in oppo­si­tion to what is human. In a spirit of wild curios­ity, tinged with fear, the Vic­to­ri­ans idolised nature, ‘pack­ag­ing’ it into highly roman­ti­cised, palat­able works of art. Our modern-day under­stand­ing is very dif­fer­ent, so that we now inter­pret much Vic­to­rian art as ‘unnat­ural’ or kitsch.

(Via The Jeal­ous Cura­tor)
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