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Patterned Illustrations by Ryn Frank Showcase Beauty in Simplicity

Ryn Frank

Nor­mally, I grav­i­tate towards illus­tra­tions that are full of color. But today, I find myself attracted to the line draw­ings of Ryn Frank.  They’re beau­ti­ful in their sim­plic­ity, con­sist­ing of mostly thin out­lines with a few filled areas. This style lends itself well to details, and Ryn doesn’t shy away from depict­ing tex­tured sur­faces with tiny, meticulously-sketched lines and dot after dot after dot.

Many of Ryn’s illus­tra­tions are used in pat­tern design. These would make won­der­ful wall­pa­per, wouldn’t they? (h/t Per­rin)

Ryn Frank

Ryn Frank









Drawing, Illustrator

Wave Your Flag for Mathilde Vangheluwe’s Fantastic Drawings

Mathilde Vangheluwe

Not every artist can make their sketches appear like fin­ished works, and vice versa — not every fin­ished piece can have the qual­i­ties of a sketch. Mathilde Vangheluwe is an illus­tra­tor who rides this fine line, and she col­ors her draw­ings with the soft hues of col­ored pen­cils, often leav­ing her ini­tial graphite sketch vis­i­ble. This tech­nique is great way to add some shine and pol­ish to some­thing that can feel raw.

Check out Mathilde’s illus­trated prod­ucts in her shop!

Mathilde Vangheluwe

Mathilde Vangheluwe








Exquisite Illustrations Created with Thousands of Tiny Lines

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Count­less tiny lines form these exquis­ite illus­tra­tions by Sara Cor­bett. The Brooklyn-based cre­ative uses the minia­tur­ized ticks in design­ing crea­tures like zebras, bats, fish, and more. They’re seen frol­ick­ing in the woods in unlikely pair­ings. (Who would imag­ine that a rac­coon and ele­phant are hang out?)

We all know the power of a small line, but it’s nice to be reminded that even the sim­plest mark can imply tex­ture, move­ment, and the dif­fer­ence between tree bark and a rabbit’s fur.

If you enjoy Sara’s style, be sure to check out her comics, too!

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And, a lit­tle extra: Sara also designed and made this cute plush toy!sara-corbett8


Wonkyvision: A Delightful Look into the Strange World of Kyle Pellet

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Artists, illus­tra­tors, and mak­ers: do you keep a lot of your work from years past? Per­son­ally, I’m bad at that. I have the itch to clean and dis­card, which means I’m often get­ting rid of work that’s on my com­puter but is tak­ing up too much space in my apart­ment. That’s why, when artist Kyle Pel­let con­tacted me about his new pub­li­ca­tion, Wonkyvi­sion, I was intrigued. It’s a col­lec­tion of his draw­ings from 2010 to now.

Pub­lished by Val­ley Cruise Press, this 32-page zine show­cases Kyle’s sense of humor and his wacky char­ac­ters through­out the years. They pep­per the pages, bring­ing an absur­dest joy to the entire thing. Check out some of the spreads below. I love how he manip­u­lates pho­tos, paint­ings, and other draw­ings. They all look like they’re in Kyle’s “world,” but occupy dif­fer­ent parts of it.

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Drawing, Illustrator

Get a Little Weird with These Gorgeous Pencil Drawings

Alessandra De Cristofaro

Alessan­dra De Cristofaro’s beau­ti­ful draw­ings make me want to pick up a pen­cil. They’re rich in tone and sub­ject mat­ter, often depict­ing inte­rior scenes and the idio­syn­crasies of rooms. I love her style, and she places an empha­sis on tiny, visual marks that cre­ate a feel­ing of move­ment. It’s as if energy is flow­ing through­out every part of her drawing!

Alessan­dra isn’t afraid for things to get a weird some­times: a framed pic­ture of a woman hold­ing a mon­key; a cou­ple dri­ving around a soda can; and a night­time swim with a flamingo are all things you’ll find in her work.

Are you on Behance? If so, fol­low along with Alessandra’s work!


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Stacey Rozich’s Paintings Are a Pattern-Filled Cultural Mash Up

stacey_rozich8stacey_rozich5 I’ve fol­lowed the work (and admired) of Stacey Rozich for years. I think it was since she was fresh out of school, but who knows. Either way, it’s always inter­est­ing to see how one’s work evolves over time. Rozich’s work still focuses heav­ily on pat­tern, masks, and draw­ing inspi­ra­tion from folk­lore, but now incor­po­rates a con­tem­po­rary cul­tural mash up. A lit­tle more about her work via Rozich’s website:

Since mov­ing on from a world of Japan­ese ani­ma­tion and mean pen­cil draw­ings she has cre­ated a vibrantly painted folk­loric nar­ra­tive that draws inspi­ra­tion from many cul­tural ref­er­ences, build­ing sce­nar­ios pulled from a realm of indige­nous and con­tem­po­rary sym­bol­ism. Rozich cre­ates a para­ble for present day built on sit­u­a­tional vignettes that are imag­ined through the lens of famil­iar fic­tional archetypes.

Deeply rooted in cul­tural tra­di­tion and rit­ual, these alle­gor­i­cal accounts join ances­tral folk­lore with ele­ments of moder­nity and sur­re­al­ism. Influ­ence is taken from travel, world tex­tiles, child­hood mem­o­ries and the many many hours spent watch­ing television.

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Drawing, Illustrator

Kevin Lucbert’s Mysterious, Monochrome Drawings

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These mys­te­ri­ous draw­ings by French artist Kevin Lucbert pique my curios­ity. They are a lit­tle strange, hint­ing at another world beyond what we can see. The artist uses blank space to his advan­tage and the fully-colored areas only make it look more unusual in comparison.

From a for­mal stand­point, I’m really impressed by the visual inter­est that Lucbert achieves with only one color. He varies the direc­tion of his drawn strokes and uses them to cre­ate direc­tion and implied tex­tured. (Via It’s Nice That)

PS — I got these images through his Flickr. He also has a Tum­blr, too.


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Harriet Lee-Merrion’s Quietly Strange Illustrations

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Har­riet Lee-Merrion is an illus­tra­tor who’s based in Bris­tol, UK. Her quiet illus­tra­tions are minimalist-style draw­ings that fea­ture a lot of soli­tary fig­ures and deserted spaces. Even when they are bustling scenes, every­one and every­thing still feels like they are on their own.

I love the odd and sur­real qual­i­ties in her work. The illus­tra­tions aren’t overtly strange, but once you really look at them you’ll see some sur­pris­ing things — peo­ple who have more than one set of eyes or even heads.

You can pur­chase some of Lee-Merrion’s work in her shop. Fol­low her on Tum­blr, too, if that’s your thing.

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BPB Projects

My Studio: Sketches for an Embroidery and Prints

My studio: Sketch for a new embroidery

I try to make it a habit to not spend my week­day evenings on the com­puter. Some­times, of course, it’s unavoid­able, but after a long day I just wanna draw or embroi­der. You might recall my lat­est embroi­dery of a flo­ral hand. Con­tin­u­ing on this theme, I’m work­ing on some sketches with new flowers.

Every­thing is drawn on trac­ing paper. I love its smooth sur­face and the fact that’s cheap to buy. In addi­tion, you can eas­ily layer images and see dif­fer­ent options for your draw­ings. It erases pretty well, if that’s your thing.

My studio: Sketch for a new embroidery

My studio: Sketch for a new embroidery

My studio: Sketch for a new embroidery

Don’t for­get, these prints by Erin Zin­gré are avail­able in the Brown Paper Bag shop. High qual­ity, 4″ x 6″ prints! I’m so happy with how they turned out.

Brown Paper Bag's Header Picture Project - Erin Zingré

Ceramics, Drawing

Lili Scratchy’s Drawings Jump Off the Page and Become Ceramics


It’s safe to say that for years, YEARS, I have cov­eted the work of Lili Scratchy. There are a lot of things I like about her work, but must of all adore the style of her col­or­ful char­ac­ters. They are uncon­ven­tional and imag­i­na­tive, and I’ve always been impressed how well her work trans­lates from draw­ings to ceram­ics. They prac­ti­cally leap off the page and into your hands.

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Here are some of her draw­ings. How awe­some is this sketchbook?