Golly Bard, aka Holly Ward Bimba, has long been one of my favorite nature illustrators. Her exquisite works capture the tiny details of winged creatures, with an approach that’s simultaneously realistic and stylized. Each piece is produced with watercolor paints, and she combines light washes with tiny, meticulous lines—they really bring out the feathers, don’t you think? (If you’re interested in her technique, she offers insight in her Watercolor 101 blog series)
Golly sells prints of her work on Etsy. I like the idea of creating your own custom “flock”—collecting several of her pieces and displaying them together.
Anshuman Ghosh, aka @moography, creates a quirky, imaginative world using his iPhone. With seamless illusions, he transforms his device from a phone into a toaster, vase, window, and much more. This effect requires a steady hand and acute attention to detail—Anshuman first sketches a drawing on paper, cuts it out, and aligns everything together. Coupled with vibrant colors, this playful trick produces engaging illustrations that blur the line between what’s real and fake.
Anshuman’s illustrations live on his Instagram account. Check it out to see more of his prolific portfolio! (via Escape Kit)
1. Embroidered Peter Pan Collar by Casa Tienda de Amelia B
2. Animal Cushion by Anny Who
3. Unifox Totem by Whimsy Calling
4. Needle-Felted Octopus by Petit Felts
5. Poppy Kitchen Towel by Lisa Rupp
6. Flower Power Flamingos Midi Skirt by bouffants-broken-hearts (via Print All Over Me)
7. Sober Tooth Tiger by MinPin
Happy Friday! If I had to pick a theme for this week’s Illustrated Product Obsessions, it would be animals. Inadvertently, five out of the seven items revolve around creatures.
If you follow me on Instagram (and please, do!), you might know that I bought this strange magnet a couple of weeks ago:
I’m happy to report that it arrived on Tuesday and it’s awesome! Looks just like the picture, and it’s an adorably weird thing to have on my fridge. Definitely an item that brings joy to my life. Buy it here.
I am not a flashy dresser—I have a few colors that I wear, but mostly I let my accessories do the talking. These silk scarves by Leila + Olive are great for someone like me, because they’re ornately-illustrated statement pieces that add some visual POP to an outfit. Plus, they’re versatile and can be worn on your head or around your neck.
Leila + Olive is the brain child of Nicole Rallis. Each of her pieces are lovingly illustrated and colored by hand in small batches. They conjure romantic notions, as Nicole notes, “We hope this collection might carry you to simpler, sweeter times, where days are spent barefoot in the woods, nights spent stargazing with hair adorned by flowers.”
Check out the Lelia + Olive shop for scarves, pins, and other tapestries!
Make no mistake about it: rugs are an important part of interior decor. Their presence can tie a room together and transform an otherwise drab space into something special. I love it when rugs and illustration collide, like in the case of Celia Esteves’ online shop, GUR. Using a handloom, she creates tapestries with an embossed technique and finishes them with basic sewing—a process that’s very specific and traditional in Portugal.
In the early stages of GUR, Celia had talented illustrator friends design the imagery on her textiles. You can tell—the playful compositions push the boundary of conventional rugs and feature landscape scenes, animals, and strange characters featured as part of the designs. And one piece is pure rugception:
There’s more to see in GUR’s Etsy shop. Check it out!
1. Zara Woman Print Dress by Silvia Stella Osella
2. Cutie Baby Porcelain Mug by Tuesday Bassen
3. “I Do as I Please” Jumbo Pouch by Martha Rich for Blue Q
4. White Duck by Furze Chan
5. Yellow Wolf by Miriam Brugmann
6. Eye Earrings by Erin Diane
7. Jungle Leaves Pencil Set by Papio Press
East coasters (in the US), are you ready for the blizzard?! I live in Baltimore—where up to 2 feet of snow is forecasted—so I’m gearing up for a weekend indoors. Hot cocoa, anyone?
Earlier this week, I shared a list of 50 illustrative enamel pins. Check it out to get your #pingame on point!
India-based illustrator Svabhu Kohli celebrates the splendor of the natural world with her intricately crafted works of art. The colorful, multi-layered images depict the oceans and cosmos, specifically focusing on creatures like whales, seals, and turtles. Each illustration utilizes many digital textures in order to create visual depth and excitement, but they still feel very painterly with evidence of the human hand.
With so many tiny details, I’m glad that Svabhu has produced vignettes to accompany her larger pieces. Think of them like a microscope into her work!
1. Cat Cushion by Guimo
2. Fox Wallet by smallqueue
3. Embroidered Potholders by Karen Barbé
4. Neon Pink Fake Watch by Misako Mimoko
5. Jungle Alchemy Canvas Foldover by Togetherness Design
6. Hand Embroidered Canvas Moth Patch by Erika Duran
7. Gold Hand Door Knob available at Waiting On Martha
As I say every week, happy Friday! This weekend, I’m writing my newsletter to send out on Monday. Are you a part of my mailing list yet? If not, please consider joining! It’s an extension of my blog, but with bonus content that appears only to email subscribers.
And before I leave you, here’s a bonus illustrated product. Taking the adult color craze one step further is Jiggle Ma Wiggle, an Etsy shop that creates an sells color-in wallets. Like this one!
Morgana Wallace crafts fantastical female heroines with cut-paper collage. Her colorful creations feature capes, crowns, crows, and more, exciting the imagination with intricate details—each piece has multiple layers and textures that produce a three-dimensional effect.
To create these gorgeous illustrations, Morgana works with multiple types of paper. She will often use Japanese linen paper, combining it with thin card stock to create elements such as flowing hair. Not all of her work is cut paper, however, and she’ll also use watercolor, gouache, and pencil crayons to add the illusion of shading and depth.
Morgana now sells her work as prints via Deviant Art.
Mondays can be tough…but hopefully your week has started off on the right foot. If not, have no fear! I’m here to make your Tuesday great with two delightful food-themed posts. Holly Fox is a Los Angeles-based cookie designer who creates sumptuous and colorful treats. These aren’t your standard baked goods, however—they’re edible artworks! Holly uses unconventional cookie cutters to create sugar versions of diamonds, lips, apples, and much more. But that’s only part of their appeal. I also love the icing—it’s vibrant and can be customer matched to Pantone hues.
Holly sells these delicacies in her Etsy shop. Those interested in ordering must give her a 2 week lead time.