Ya’ll know I love cut paper illustrations. So, imagine my delight when I discovered the work of Jotaká, an illustrator from Valencia, Spain. His project called La siesta is a personal project “about hugs, the importance and the ideal time to receive them.” The bright portraits are a tangle of limbs as people wrap their arms around each other in a loving embrace. Not only humans, though, but other things, too—cats, dogs, books, and records.
There are couple of things I really enjoy about Jotaká’s series: one is the sweet sentiment that the images convey; another is the stylistic choice of layering the paper shapes to create some depth and three dimensionality.
FYI — I first posted La siesta on my Tumblr last Thursday night. Follow it for some fun illustration extras!
Illustrator Madeline Kloepper explores the relationships we forge with nature through her gorgeous and alluring paintings. The works have elements of surrealism as dragons, dancing bears, and larger-than-life birds all make an appearance.
I really enjoy Madeline’s more detailed compositions, specifically the ones featuring a quilted blanket fort and clothes line. The heavily-patterned textiles tell us a lot, like characters’ personality and their aesthetic preferences. In addition, we understand more about the characters in how they interact with these objects. Here, it communicates a reverence for simpler times that are away from screens and stresses of everyday life.
Follow Madeline on Tumblr, too! (H/T Perrin)
How would you like it if your plates and bowls talked back to you? In this collaboration between illustrator Santiago Uceda and artist Nancy Froehlich, you don’t have much of a choice! They occupy the bottoms of dishes, directing you, cheering you on, and telling you what you already know — that the meal you just ate was so good. The amusing characters were created by Santiago and then placed onto forms created by Nancy.
I would love to own one of these delightful pieces. Alas, I can’t find anywhere to buy them! It looks like, according to Santiago’s Instagram, that they were for sale a while ago… and have probably sold out since!
APAK is an illustrative collaboration between Aaron Piland and Ayumi Kajikawa Piland. They’re self described as a fantastical magical duo, and they’re also married! The Portland-based couple “live among the fury conifer giants in a little cottage,” and their whimsical creations are a way to explore the beauty and mysteries of life. This sentiment is reflected in the colorful compositions and delicate, small characters that exist in great big worlds.
Love these images? Well, you’re in luck! They’re all available in APAK’s Etsy shop!
Not too long ago, I shared some of Mlle Hipolyte’s amazing paper-crafted masks. Since then, I’ve been keeping an eye on her work. I was perusing Instagram yesterday and saw snippets of her mural-sized paper project. How great! And, better yet, Mlle posted the entire Tropical Jungle on her website.
She explains on Bored Panda that everything was cut by hand, and it took two weeks to get the paper elements ready to go up on the wall. Afterwards, it took six hours to apply it to the vertical surface. Totally worth the time and energy. I love the colors and all the small details.
Doesn’t this (above) illustration by Aniek Bartels perfectly capture the essence of Spring? I am wishing for temperatures warm enough to ride on a bike without a jacket.
If you think that image is fun, check out the rest of her happy drawings below. Marching elephants, narwhals with ukuleles… that’s a party I want to go to! Aniek has a Society 6 shop, too, in case you want any of these characters on your iPhone case.
Norwegian craft artist Anna Talbot produces colorful jewelry that’s beautifully unconventional. Vibrant, bold shapes are layered and create complex scenes featuring birds, floral arrangements, and tall trees. Each piece is special and dazzling, and conjures fairy tales and other fantastic stories. Wearable art indeed. (Via Lustik)
On both Monday and Tuesday of this week, I’ve featured illustrations that are strange. So, how about I make Wednesday just as weird? I recently posted the work of Eero Lampinen on my Instagram to great response. And, why not? The beautiful images are really well drawn and feature odd, interesting depictions of nature. Giant bugs crawl over stylish young people who dare to venture into lands unknown.
I would love to see what Lampinen does with a graphic novel. Considering the way they set up a single scene, panels upon panels of them would be amazing.
I posted about some wooden people earlier, so why not more? Melanie Ruston is a Baltimore-based artist who’s studying to be an art teacher (and about to graduate!). Her paintings are influenced by working with children as a camp counselor and an intern; specifically, them drawing from their imaginations without fear of the final result.
“When I paint, I take characters from my sketchbook and flesh out their existence in imagined stores, where they deal with embarrassment, triumph, and relationships with others,” she writes in an artist statement. Melanie goes on, stating, “Combining a Renaissance technique with the artistic skills of a child, I leave clues for the viewer to solve and understand these moments for themselves.”
Follow Melanie on Tumblr.
Here are some non-wooden people, including a mural!