Drawing, Illustrator

11 Highlights from Inktober 2015 (So Far)

Every year, the Inktober (#inktober) project encourages artists and illustrators around the world to draw something everyday for the whole month of October. It’s a fun exercise that can inform later work, which is the whole idea behind the project. The creator, Jake Parker, writes, “You can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.”

So, I know that we’re only halfway(+) through October, but here are some of my favorite illustrations I’ve seen so far. You can find them with the hashtag #inktober on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Behance.

And: Check out 17 of my favorites from Inktober 2014!

Illustrated products

My Weekly 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions


1. Owl Mask (printable pattern) by Wintercroft (anyone need a Halloween costume?)
2. Black Floral Stockings by Strathcona Stockings
3. Plant Patch by The Scout Project
4. Green Leopoard Square Tray, illustration by Waylande Gregory
5. Flower Pin by Kris Mukai for Big Bud Press
6. Cat Pot by GailCCeramics
7. Black Vampire Bowl by Barruntando (perfect for Halloween candy!)

This week, I came across Beech Hall, a multidisciplinary artist collective founded by Bev Beaulieu, Wade Keller and Danielle Kroll. They have an awesome online shop with some beautiful illustrated products. This Goose Trinket Tray is one of my favorites, and they also feature  jewelry, bags, and other accessories. Check ’em out!





Illustrators with Ink

Illustrators with Ink: Jessica Roux


Illustrators with Ink is back! After months of radio silence, Jessica Roux is here to share her gorgeous tattoos and illustrations. She’s an animal and plant enthusiast (which you’ll see shortly) who’s originally from the woodlands of North Carolina, where she grew up surrounded by an abundance of nature. Now, Jessica is in Brooklyn, New York, where her clients include The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Garden & Gun Magazine, Anthology Magazine, and many more. Read my interview with her below!


How many tattoos do you have? 5

How old were you when you got your first tattoo? 19 – it’s the lowercase Delta on my wrist. [See below!]


Did you design any yourself? If not, would you ever?
Nope! I try to find artists with a similar but different enough aesthetic to my own work. I think I’d end up hating something I drew myself in a few years.

Do you have a favorite? If so, which one and why?
My favorite is the wild boar! She’s my most recent addition. I got her right before one of the toughest, saddest weeks of my life. She makes me feel strong and powerful, and wild boars are my favorite animals.

Where did you get your work done? 

Wild Boar – Sue Jeiven, East River Tattoo, Brooklyn
Dogwoods – Rachel Hauer, East River Tattoo, Brooklyn
Laurel – Magic Cobra Tattoo Society, Brooklyn
Key – Ricky McGee, Anonymous Tattoo, Savannah
Delta – Avail Tattoo, Savannah

Is there any meaning behind any of your tattoos?
Some are just pretty things, and some go a little deeper. I got the dogwoods for my home state of North Carolina. I got the key with my husband, who has a matching lock, a few months into dating him. I love sappy love stories, romance, and true love, but our couples tattoos probably make most people gag. That’s okay though, because I think they’re sweet!



What sort of visual connection do you see between your tattoos and your illustration, if any? 
My tattoos are mostly flora and fauna, the same subject matter as the vast majority of my work. I find plants and animals so inspiring that they’re a part of who I am through my tattoos.

Now that you’ve seen her tattoos, check out these same sensibilities—such as subdued colors and rhythmic shapes—are imbued within her illustrations.


Lincoln's Funeral




Jessica describes her images as “old world beauty,” and I’d have to agree.

Thanks, Jessica!!


Artist, Painting

Keri Oldham’s ‘Labyrinth’: Fashion, Demons, and the Search Within Ouselves

Keri Oldham

Brooklyn-based artist Keri Oldham has recently opened her latest solo exhibition at Kirk Hopper Fine Art in Dallas, Texas. Entitled Labyrinth, her beautiful watercolor paintings are an allegorical series that’s inspired by the 1980 cult-classic film, as well as the ancient myth of the Minotaur.

The gallery describes the work in Keri’s show as combining “images of demons and warriors with tragic figures and victorious ones. With armored women at its center, these pieces spin a new story on Theseus entering the maze and confronting the beast within.” The alluring pieces fuse medieval beasts with fashion and fantasy, representing inner turmoil and desires the many of us feel—to find meaning and success in our adult lives.

I love both the concept of Labyrinth and the style of Keri’s at-times grotesque paintings. They’re created with pigment, graphite, and applied paper pulp, adding these brilliant textures to her dizzying colors and patterns.

If you’re in Dallas, check out her exhibition! It’s up until November 14 of this year.

Keri Oldham







Illustrator, Painting

Meticulous Monochromatic Paintings by Kreh Mellick

Kreh Mellick

Kreh Mellick creates gorgeous monochromatic paintings that are alluring in their sheer amount of meticulous detail. The tiny leaves, facing all different directions, create a luscious movement throughout each piece and frame their curious cast of characters. I can’t help wondering—where are these people, and what is their story? They feel like they’re somewhere but nowhere, like they’re occupying someone’s dream.

Kreh Mellick

Kreh Mellick



Outside of that series, Kreh creates pieces that are less scrupulous, but still have the same, dream-like quality. Check out her Instagram for more! (Via Art Hound)





Paper Craft, Sculpture

Beautifully Delicate Paper Flowers and Insects by Woodlucker


Ann Wood and Dean Lucker are the duo behind Woodlucker, a studio that creates interactive mechanical sculptures and botanical paper creations. I’ve been on a paper flower kick for a while now, so that’s what I was instantly drawn to when looking at their beautiful Instagram.  Each petal, wing, and stem is crafted with care, and this attention to detail is evident in every facet of the work, including the tiny brush strokes that adorn paper’s surface.

If you’re local to Minneapolis, you can visit the Woodlucker studio and see these gorgeous pieces in person. They open their work space to the public at least a couple of times a year. Find out more here. Otherwise, admire them from afar, just like me! (H/T Perrin)







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Illustrated products

My Weekly 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions


1 // Bowl H by Jen Collins and Shayna Stevenson
2 // Raga Oxford Kimono by Fictive Fingers
3 // Little Bud Vase House by 2of2
4 // Crowned Swan Platter by Ninainvorm
5 // Coin Kosumepochi by Aiko Fukawa
6 // Breakfast Cookies by Baked Ideas (Check out her awesome Instagram!)
7 // Folklore Canister by Dots & Loops

Happy Friday! I hope you have some fun things in store for this weekend. I’m participating in Light Grey Art Lab’s upcoming exhibition, Bower Bird, so I’m planning on starting a new embroidery for that.  The show is based on collections, so I’ll be creating a piece that revolves around my collection of small, quirky ceramics!

And speaking of ceramics, I received this adorable creation from Il Sung Na on Wednesday! I’m in love.



Kinska’s Ceramics Celebrate the Quirkiness of Face Pots


I don’t know why, but I’ve always had a thing for head pots. I’m so delighted by the thought of flowers growing out of the top of someone’s noggin, that I’ve started a small collection of them in my home. Kinska is a ceramic shop creating these very products that I covet. No matter the vessel—be it mug or vase—it’s stylistically the same person or few people. They have black hair, dark eyes, and bright red lips. I like this, because you can collect all and have a little Kinska family sitting on your window sill.

Follow Kinska’s Instagram to see fun works in progress!










This Hot Pink Room has a Patterned Wallpaper Comprising 5,000 Intact Bugs

Jennifer Angus

Artist Jennifer Angus has created an installation that might gross you out, but it’s sure to fascinate you! Called In the Garden, she has wallpapered a hot pink-painted room with a gorgeous textured pattern that comprises 5,000 (!!) bugs. She collected the critters from southeast Asia and arranged them on the wall with their natural coloring intact—think iridescent greens, blues, and pearly mauves.  The creatures form skull shapes and other decorative motifs and take over a room in the newly-renovated Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. (This space officially opens on November 13.)

Jennifer’s piece is one of nine artworks in Wonder, the inaugural exhibition of the Renwick Gallery. In addition to her bugs, the other artists will each occupy a different gallery in the building and turn their space into a room-size installation.  I’m not far from its location in Washington, DC, so I’m going to pop in one weekend and check it out. Fun! (Via designboom)

Jennifer Angus






‘Sweet Smelling Ashes’: Sprawling Landscapes Tell Many Tales

Sarah Burwash

Sarah Burwash is no stranger to Brown Paper Bag.  Over the years, I’ve admired both her ceramics and drawings and have been following her work ever since. One of her latest endeavors is Sweet Smelling Ashes, a recently-opened exhibition at Latitude 53 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The busy, detailed paintings showcase figures living their lives in ritual and routine. They occupy sprawling landscapes where everyone is at work, whether it be in physical feats or intimate interactions towards others. Success, failure, struggle, and grace are all visible in her work.

If you’re local to Edmonton, check out Sweet Smelling Ashes until November 14 of this year. Here are some selected images. Click on them to see ’em in a larger size!

Sarah Burwash