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Sketchbooks

Illustrated Art Journals Offer Exquisite Ways to Spark Your Creativity

Art journals by Lily Moon

Hav­ing a good jour­nal is like hav­ing a trusty com­pan­ion. I have so many small art jour­nals and keep every one of them; I can’t bear to part with my scrib­bled (and often inde­ci­pher­able) notes or doo­dles. Artist Lily Moon cre­ates blank hand-bound note­books that are per­fect for your writ­ing, draw­ing, or col­lages. The dif­fer­ent themes—such as The Blue Jour­nalWild Ideas Pock­et Book, and Run­away Thoughts—each have their cov­ers adorned with a dif­fer­ent detailed illus­tra­tion. In addi­tion to their pret­ty paint­ed cov­ers, Lily includes stick­ers that will help get your cre­ative juices flow­ing.

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Interview, Painting

Laura Berger’s Nude Paintings Are Part of an Artistic Soup

Nude Paintings by Laura Berger

There are some parts of one’s visu­al lan­guage that acts as the thread that ties years of work togeth­er. A style might shift, but a con­sis­tent ele­ment still remains. For artist and illus­tra­tor Lau­ra Berg­er, it’s nudes. For as long as I’ve been look­ing at her art, Lau­ra has always incor­po­rat­ed some form of the nude body—figures round and jovial, like they don’t have a care in the world. This visu­al main­stay has grown along side her as her col­or schemes change or explore an abstract world.

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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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Paper Craft

10 Cut Paper Illustrations to Put You in Tune with Nature

paper illustration

Jayme McGowan

Out of all the approach­es to image mak­ing, cut paper illus­tra­tion is my favorite. The process is often a tedious one, but the results are awe-inspir­ing. Paper can quick­ly trans­form from a 2D com­po­si­tion into 3D, and these types of illus­tra­tions have the look of sculp­tures with ele­ments that cast shad­ows. This visu­al depth is the best part of about paper illus­tra­tion. In addi­tion, it gives you a dis­tinct feel­ing that the piece is made by hand, and that the metic­u­lous snips of the scis­sors or the slice of an X-Acto knife were all part of the jour­ney into cre­at­ing the final result.

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Ceramics

Colorful Illustrated Ceramics That’ll Remind You of Watercolor Paintings

colorful illustrated ceramics by Elise Lefebvre
Like so many peo­ple on the inter­net, I’ve fall­en in love with the work of Elisa Lefeb­vre. The col­or­ful illus­trat­ed ceram­ics fea­ture a water­col­or-esque appli­ca­tion of glaze. So despite their strong, often stout forms, the pieces have a feel­ing of lev­i­ty and airi­ness. It’s this jux­ta­po­si­tion that makes them irre­sistible and draws you towards them—especially the ani­mal pieces. I like the peek­a­boo holes cut in cats and dogs that show­cas­es small cut leaves.

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Illustration

Fabulous Fashion Illustrations Redefining the ‘Ideal Body Type’

Isabelle Feliu fashion illustration

Last week, I fea­tured the work of Isabelle Feliu as part of my list of 16 fan­tas­ti­cal fash­ion illus­tra­tions. Since then, her paint­ings have been on my mind. Comb­ing women of all shapes and sizes, she out­fits them in fab­u­lous fash­ions from real-world design­ers like Vivet­ta and Guc­ci. The cloth­ing is con­tem­po­rary, but the Isabelle’s style of water­col­or paint­ings is rem­i­nis­cent of artists long ago. Matisse comes to mind—especially in the ges­ture of Isabelle’s fig­ures, as well as her use of bold, flat­tened shapes.

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Embroidery

Black Fabric Sets a Spectacular Stage for Colorful Embroidered Hoop Art

Embroidered hoop art by Tusk and Cardinal

When it comes to hoop art, light-col­ored fab­rics are a pop­u­lar choice to embroi­der on. But, don’t over­look dark cloth. As Lind­say Swearin­gen demon­strates, it too can cre­ate beau­ti­ful pieces. Under the moniker Tusk and Car­di­nal, the Cal­i­forn­ian sews nature-inspired pieces that show­case, most notably, flow­ers and hands on a black back­ground. The con­trast makes her designs pop, and I love the tat­too aes­thet­ic that she has in some of her pieces. The crea­tures, in par­tic­u­lar, have the dis­tinct feel­ing of black­work-style body art.

Follow along with Lindsay’s hoop art on Instagram. And for her embroidered goods, head to the Tusk and Cardinal Etsy shop.

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