Your Twenties Sorta Suck, According to Natalie Adkins

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My par­ents place or yours?

For those of you (this includes me) in your 20’s what do you think? Bet­ter or worse than you expected? Illus­tra­tor Natalie Adkins has a scathing, tongue-in-cheek look at what we thought life would be like vs. what it actu­ally is.

The titles for these pieces are hilar­i­ous, so I’m includ­ing them in the cap­tions. Via The Fox is Black.

If You Fell In The Shower and No One Was There To Hear You Fall, Would You Still Make a Sound?

If You Fell In The Shower and No One Was There To Hear You Fall, Would You Still Make a Sound?

It's Not That People Won't Give You The Time of Day, They Won't Give You The Morning After.

It’s Not That Peo­ple Won’t Give You The Time of Day, They Won’t Give You The Morn­ing After.

Adkins cre­ated image-changing volvelles with these illus­tra­tions that cre­ate a new mes­sage as they’re turned.


And finally, here’s a col­lag ani­mal for good mea­sure. I really enjoy her cut paper stylizations.

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Whooli Chen’s Illustrations of Palm-Sized Ponies and Tigers in Jars

whooli chenI’ve always enjoyed illus­tra­tions that were slightly odd, a lit­tle off-beat, and well, sur­real. Such is the work of Taiwan-based illus­tra­tor Whooli Chen. Her water­color works depict palm-sized ponies, float­ing objects, and draw­ers that take the places of eyes. Strange, yes, but not dis­turb­ing as Chen’s del­i­cate tech­nique and calm­ing col­ors put the viewer at ease.

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Incredible Stitched Illustrations by Almas Pieters

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Almas Pieters is an illus­tra­tor based in the Nether­lands who cre­ates her illus­tra­tions with things like tex­tiles and embroi­dery thread. She uses a vari­ety of stitches to cre­ate full color and highly tex­tured works of three-eyed beasts, masks, and sev­ered heads.

I’m really impressed with the craft of Pieter’s work. The stitches are neatly applied, and there’s a real sense of move­ment in each piece. Per­fect for depict­ing waves, limbs, and more.

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Beautifully-Adorned Ceramics by an Illustrator Named Aitch


This isn’t the first time I’ve fea­tured the work of Romanian-based illus­tra­tor Aitch on Brown Paper Bag, but it is the first time I’ve shared her ceram­ics. The flat­tened and styl­ized depic­tion of ani­mals and women focus a lot of dec­o­ra­tive sur­face design. Aitch’s illus­tra­tive sen­si­bil­i­ties trans­late well to clay, and their treat­ment is looks sim­i­lar to the Har­riet Damave’s tra­di­tional Dutch tech­nique of paint­ing cobalt oxide on porcelain.

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Cliff Dive with Sarah Jacoby: July’s Header Picture Project

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It’s JULY! Can you believe it? So, you know what that means — swim suits, cook­outs, base­ball games, and all the fun stuff that hap­pens when it’s warm out. The start of a new month also means another header for Brown Paper Bag. Hooray! This month, we have an illus­tra­tion by the won­der­ful Sarah Jacoby. She’s crafted an image per­fect for the sum­mer months, and I’m excited to share it with you today.

As always, the work is for sale in the Brown Paper Bag shop as a 4″ x 6″ print — per­fect for fram­ing! Grab one before they’re all gone.

Here’s some info on Sarah, who hap­pens to be a grad school cohort of mine and an award-winning illustrator.

Name: Sarah Jacoby
Loca­tion: Philadel­phia, but pos­si­bly soon to be Brooklyn/NY.
What was your dream job when you were 7 years old? I wanted to be every­thing all of the time. I think at age seven I was going through a foren­sic pale­on­tol­ogy phase. I think I in truth I just liked say­ing those words out loud.
Your pro­fes­sion now: Illus­tra­tor! The best job.
What’s your favorite thing to draw? Flora and fauna are my jam. You can see if I’m stuck on a piece if I have piles of papers with tiny vines drawn all over them.
What was the inspi­ra­tion for this piece? I want to be at a swim­ming hole very badly now that its July. I’m cur­rently stuck in the city. The pools aren’t even open here. For a short period I lived in Austin, Texas for a sum­mer and I will never for­get their swim­ming hole sit­u­a­tion. Very dreamy. For those who know Austin, I’m think­ing of Hamil­ton Springs though there’s no huge jump­ing cliff there.
How did you cre­ate your illus­tra­tion? Was it any dif­fer­ent than your reg­u­lar process? I like to make lit­tle water col­ors on bris­tol paper, then scan them and dig­i­tally col­lage them. It’s how I do most of my stuff. I didn’t stray from the path this time.
How high do you reckon that tall cliff is? So high! I’m scared of heights, so this is basi­cally my night­mare sit­u­a­tion. I’d like to be a the lit­tle swim­mer with the pink bathing cap though. Swim­ming in style.


Sarah Green’s Illustrations of Dinosaurs and Tiny Men That Fix Your Hair

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Happy Mon­day! Here are some delight­fully col­or­ful illus­tra­tions by Sarah Green. They fea­ture a lot of out­door scenes that are full of foxes, bun­nies, and even dinosaurs. Occa­sion­ally, her images are strange and we see fan­tas­ti­cal two-headed dogs, a woman’s long hair full of scis­sors and combs, rab­bit that’s sad­dled up and ready to ride.

Green uses a lot of tex­ture in her work. It’s dig­i­tally drawn, but she uses a vari­ety of paint brushes to give vari­ety to her line work and a sketchy, rough qual­ity to each image.

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Lisa Rupp Illustrates Entire Gardens on Dishtowels

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If you haven’t already noticed, I have a thing for flo­ral print and pat­terns. So, it’s no sur­prise that I’m in love with these bold, graphic illus­trated dish­tow­els by Lisa Rupp. There’s a nice give-and-take of small flow­ers and large blooms, and they cre­ate an entire gar­den on a linen/cotton blend.

Pur­chase these babies in Rupp’s Etsy shop! (Along with other goodies.)

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