Illustration, Sketchbooks

Celebrity Names Combined with Animals is a “Punny” Creature Hybrid

Celebrity Animal Puns by Lee May Foster-Wilson

Yes­ter­day, I wrote about the ambi­tious #100­daypro­ject of Cheryl Teo—she’s in the midst of build­ing vibrant cut paper scenes on match­book-sized stages. Illus­tra­tor Lee May Fos­ter-Wil­son, aka Bon­bi For­est, is also com­plet­ing this hun­dred day endeav­or. She’s going the 2D route, how­ev­er, and designed a project around celebri­ty ani­mal puns. Justin Beaver, Spaniel L. Jack­son, and Lla­ma Del Rey are just a few of the “pun­ny” crea­tures that she’s drawn.

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Ceramics, Inspirational Instagram

11 Inspiring Ceramic Artists to Follow on Instagram

Best ceramic artists on Instagram

It’s the final stop on my unof­fi­cial “Insta­gram tour” that high­lights some of my favorite feeds worth your fol­low. So far, I’ve high­light­ed paper artistsillus­tra­tors, embroi­dery artists, and sketch­books that are inspire me—and others—with their incred­i­ble artistry. Last but not least, I’m chron­i­cling some of the best ceram­ic artists on Insta­gram.

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Illustration History

#TBT | 15 Vintage New Yorker Covers That Still Feel Modern

Vintage New Yorker covers

Ilonka Karasz

For many illus­tra­tors, hav­ing their work on the cov­er of The New York­er is a dream. Since the mag­a­zine launched in 1925, it has pro­duced some tru­ly icon­ic cov­ers that, in a sin­gle image, demon­strate why illus­tra­tion is an impor­tant part of our visu­al cul­ture. Not one to shy away from rep­re­sent­ing time­ly and/or con­tro­ver­sial top­ics, the images pro­duced are a snap­shot of soci­ety at that par­tic­u­lar time.

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Colorful Fish Float on Fabric, Transforming the Embroidery Hoop into a Fish Bowl

Fish embroidery on tulle

Embroi­der­ing on tulle seems like a chal­lenge. It’s more del­i­cate than your tra­di­tion­al cotton—making it less for­giv­ing than oth­er fab­rics. But when done well, the effect is mes­mer­iz­ing. We’ve seen how tulle and flow­ers can frame the world in beau­ti­ful bou­quets. And with work of Kate­ri­na Marchenko, the hoop is like an aquar­i­um; her col­or­ful fish embroi­dery seem­ing­ly floats on the gauzy sur­face. Con­fined to their cir­cu­lar frame, it’s like an old fash­ioned fish bowl. Kate­ri­na stitch­es more than fish, how­ev­er, bring­ing whales into the mix. But don’t wor­ry about them—they are lat­er freed from the hoop and adorn her styl­ish cloth­ing.
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Inspirational Instagram, Paper Craft

10 Inspiring Paper Artists to Follow on Instagram

Follow the best paper artists on Instagram

Over the past 4 weeks, I’ve shared over 30 of my favorite Insta­gram feeds from some of my must-fol­low cre­atives. Through embroi­dery artists, illus­tra­tors, and sketch­book keep­ers, it’s so easy to be inspired by sim­ply turn­ing on your phone.

In one of the final stops of our tour, I’ve select­ed 10 of the best paper artists on Insta­gram. They each have their own way of work­ing and turn­ing the 2D mate­r­i­al into spec­tac­u­lar 3D sculp­tures.
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Illustrated products

7 Creative Products That’ll Help Illustrate Your Life This Week

Best Creative Products

1. Niñas y Chicos by Uni + Ichi
2. Bub­blegum the Pink Fuzzy Alpaca by Sleepy King
3. Cir­cu­lar Gar­den at Night by Fran­cis­comf­fon­se­ca
4. Fox­es in the For­est Illus­trat­ed Ban­ner by Papio Press
5. Scal­lop Clutch by La Lisette
6. Cica­da Ear­rings by Eri­ca Wein­er
7. Mini Lla­ma Air Plant Hold­er by Bits of Sil­ver

I’ve got some lla­ma and alpaca love fea­tured this week. Did you know you can hire these crea­tures for your wed­ding? In for­mal wear, no less!

Do you have an illus­trat­ed prod­uct sug­ges­tion? Sub­mit the link here.


Dazzling Animal Planters Add Glittering Gold to Green Blooms

Animal Ceramics by Minty Mountain

My love for planters is well doc­u­ment­ed on Brown Paper Bag. And on Insta­gram, too—one of the hap­pi­est areas of my apart­ment fea­tures a cou­ple of thriv­ing suc­cu­lents in crea­ture-shaped pots. Emma Jo Alford of Minty Moun­tain con­tin­ues this trend with her daz­zling ani­mal ceram­ics. The hand-sculpt­ed hedge­hogs, rab­bits, and bears are adorably sleepy crea­tures that have gold accents and in some instances, fan­cy acces­sories. The polar bear planter, for instance, has an ici­cle head­dress. How regal!

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