Take a Peek into Fútbol! The Dynamic Doodle Book by Taleen Keldijan

One of my fondest mem­o­ries grow­ing up was play­ing soc­cer (bet­ter known as fút­bol). I was enthralled by the fact that you had to con­trol a wild bounc­ing ball with just your feet. It soon became a big part of my social life with games and tour­na­ments dur­ing three sea­sons of the year. (I still have scars on my knees from indoor soc­cer turf!)

In her first children’s book called Fút­bol!, author and illus­tra­tor Taleen Keldi­jan has cap­tured the spir­it of the game that’s enjoyed around the world. Through activ­i­ties like col­or­ing, puz­zles, and draw­ing, kids ages four to nine can learn about soc­cer, exer­cise their imag­i­na­tion, and be intro­duced to oth­er cul­tures. That’s an aspect I real­ly like about this book—its inclu­siv­i­ty, and show­cas­ing how dif­fer­ent places cel­e­brate the fúbtol.

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Embroidered Portraits Dazzle with Real Objects Sewn In

Ezgi Pamir embroidery

Embroi­ders, have you ever tried incor­po­rat­ing oth­er objects into your hoop art? Ezgi Pamir does this to a great effect; she uses fab­ric, but­tons, and branch­es that add an unex­pect­ed sculp­tural ele­ment to her work. Her pieces are portraits—of styl­ish folks—and there’s always a spe­cial accent to them. The wom­en wear scarves that seem­ing­ly whip in the wind, giant hats that flop in the breeze, and stiff col­lars to provide some com­fort from the rain.

With this empha­sis on fash­ion, is it any sur­prise that Ezgi is a cos­tume design­er? Because she is!

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Make “Unexpected Discoveries” with Illustrator Mark Conlan

Mark Conlan

From Unex­pect­ed Dis­cov­er­ies

Illus­tra­tor Mark Con­lan’s engag­ing and play­ful work revolves around find­ing and being found. One of my favorites from him is called Unex­pect­ed Dis­cov­er­ies, in which he describes, “This lit­tle four part series is all about being able to find cer­tain things that you nev­er knew exist­ed. Its just a mater of shin­ning light on to the sub­ject. May­be then you can tru­ly see a whole new world.”

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1 Year of Stitches, Embroidery

A “One Year of Stitches” Project as Seen Through One Embroiderer’s Hoop

1 Year of Stitches project by Michelle Anais Beaulieu-Morgan

Last week, I pre­sent­ed a chal­lenge for 2017, and I’m hop­ing you’ll join me! The project is called 1 Year of Stitch­es, and it’s a 365-day project in which you fill a hoop (or two) with a crazy amount of col­ors, pat­terns, and stitch­es. 1 Year of Stitch­es is the brain­child of Han­nah Claire Somerville, who has invit­ed any­one inter­est­ed to join in this impres­sive endeav­or. Inspired by her work, Michelle Anais Beaulieu-Mor­gan embarked on this craft jour­ney in mid-2016. Now, she’s about halfway through (you can start at any time of the year).

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Women Who Draw: A New Open Directory of Female Professional Illustrators

Women Who Draw

I saw my new favorite thing on the inter­net yes­ter­day, and it’s called Wom­en Who Draw. The site is an “open direc­to­ry of female pro­fes­sion­al illustrators”—specifically, it is trans-inclu­sive and encom­pass­es wom­en, trans and gen­der non-con­form­ing illus­tra­tors.

As you scroll through the web­site, you see a pletho­ra of dif­fer­ent artis­tic approach­es, in addi­tion to wom­en of dif­fer­ent races/ethnicities, reli­gions, loca­tions, and sex­u­al ori­en­ta­tions. Click­ing on any of indi­vid­u­al char­ac­ter­is­tics will fil­ter the illus­tra­tors who iden­ti­fy with it.

Need­less to say, I love this project. It’s a fan­tas­tic resource—especially if you’re look­ing to hire a wom­an illustrator—and encour­ages oth­er art direc­tors, etc, to do the same. And if you just wan­na browse, it’s a great way to effort­less­ly dis­cov­er new and excit­ing image mak­ers.

If you’re female-iden­ti­fy­ing illus­tra­tor, join today!

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Illustrated products

Gift Guide: 20 Gifts from Illustrators You’ll Only Find on Society6

Society6 holiday gift guide

Last week, I shared 35 illus­tra­tive hol­i­day gifts you can only find on Etsy, so let’s switch gears this week and check out what’s on Society6—another plat­form for artists. Where­as Etsy often focus­es on one-of-a-kind-pieces, Soci­ety6 offers a wide vari­ety of the prod­ucts that artists have their work print­ed on. The good news is that if you like an illustrator’s work, you can own it in many dif­fer­ent forms. Soci­ety6 is a mix of expen­sive art prints to quirky cloth­ing to fun stock­ing stuffers. (I even bought my show­er cur­tain on the site!)

If you’re still search­ing for some last min­ute gifts, you’re in luck! Today, Decem­ber 12, they’re offer­ing 25% off and free ship­ping world­wide. Have fun!

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Illustrated Daily Affirmations to Make Your Day an Empowered One

Illustration by Noa Snir, daily affirmations by Amy Rose Spiegel

At the end of Novem­ber, writer Amy Rose Spiegel shared dai­ly affir­ma­tions—mantras to help you start your day. Illus­trat­ed by Noa Snir, the short sen­tences are reminders to trust your­self, love your­self, and not to be afraid of what it is you want. Book­mark the­se mantras to look at when­ev­er you need a men­tal boost. One of my favorites is “Trust­ing your own thoughts is the high­est form of prayer.”

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Intriguing ‘Upside Down’ Worlds of Gemma Capdevila

Gemma Capdevila illustration

Gem­ma Capdev­ila turns the world top­sy-tur­vey in her col­or­ful col­lage illus­tra­tions. They often show­case both land and sea, in flat­tened, halved views that are a less scary ver­sion of the Upside Down. In this par­al­lel place, it’s as if there are peo­ple liv­ing above and below the water in the same way. The homes look iden­ti­cal whether they reach the sky or deep­er into cerulean blue. Which side would you choose?

Insta­gram­mers, you can also follow her work that way!

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1 Year of Stitches

Make 2017 Your Year of Embroidery: Join the “1 Year of Stitches” Project

1 year of stitches: join the fun!

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Han­nah Claire Somerville’s ambi­tious 365-day project called 1 Year of Stitch­es. The name says it all—each day, she adds at least one stitch to the same embroi­dery hoop. Through­out the year, the design grows and grows, tak­ing on a life of its own inside of this cir­cle. In addi­tion to the stitch­es, each day is chron­i­cled via Insta­gram and includes a short post. It’s a com­pelling pub­lic diary of sorts.

I’ve thought a lot about Hannah’s project and decid­ed that I want 2017 to be my 1 Year of Stitch­es. Han­nah has always invit­ed peo­ple to join her, and yes—I will take her up on the offer! I heard from many of you through my week­ly newslet­ter that you’d be inter­est­ed in work­ing on it, too.

So, let’s do it! Let’s make 2017 the year of embroidery. 

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