This was a fun video to make! Months ago, I received a copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and illustrated by Andrea D’Aquino. It’s a contemporary retelling of the famous story, crafted with beautiful collage imagery that’s unlike any interpretation I’ve seen. To give you a sense of that, I created a 30-second video in which I quickly flip through the entire thing. Despite the brevity, this is a book you’ll want to spend some time with.
Andrea has illustrated spot images and full-spread compositions, with some interesting use of text. One of my favorites is how “Off with their heads!” was designed—you can really hear how low the Queen shouts!
I’ve also included some selections from the book, which is now available on Amazon.
1. Swan Collar Clips by An English Garden
2. Leather Clutch with Removable Wrist Strap by Zana Products
3. Cheetah Lapel Pin by Kristina Micotti
4. Fancy Dress Silk Scarf by Karen Mabon
5. TOTEM Bear Earrings by Marine Mistake
6. Wooden Jewelry Stand by Theia Design
7. Sheep Totems by Emily Rose Thomson
As always, happy Friday! If you’re looking for a fun and easy DIY for this (long) weekend, why not try this one that I created for eBay? All you need is some cork, an X-Acto knife, and paint, and you can make your own custom summer coasters. See the full instructions here.
A long weekend is quickly approaching us here in the US, so if you find you’ve got some extra time, why not try this fun exercise: Use watercolors to dab or brush a spot of paint on the paper and then create a character from it (in pen or pencil). Illustrator Marion Barraud regularly does this to great effect—her doodles are imaginative and delightful. With just a few different flicks of the brush, she’s able to produce diverse monsters with a ton of personality.
For the past few weeks, Vikki Chu has posted a series of delightful illustrations detailing a young boy’s adventures in the jungle. The intricate compositions feature a myriad of beautiful plant life, but more importantly, they tell colorful stories. Clad in a bright orange shirt, the main character wanders the landscape while observing and snapping photos of all he sees. This curiosity is translated into books and pictures, acting as a reminder to get off your phone and see what the real world has to offer.
If you enjoy Vikki’s exquisite landscapes, check out her Etsy shop for original watercolor paintings!
For the past week, I’ve been entranced by the above illustration by Kim Salt. It’s beautiful in its thriving vegetation while being an alluring depiction of space. Splendor is a common component to many of Kim’s works, commonly seen in oversized plants that welcome her characters and keep them company.
Kim sells a selection of her work on Etsy.
Kim also creates animated GIFs! She describes it as, “A personal project inspired by the Alabama Shakes album, Sound and Color.”
If you can’t tell by my posts over the past few weeks, I’m excited for the summer time. After a whole bunch of snow, the thought of warm weather has me over the moon! One thing I love about summer is the pool. Sadly, I don’t make it there as much as I used to, but I still fantasize about riding a waterslide. Joanne Ho’s illustrations depict these sorts of fun times with whole lotta tiny figures enjoying the water. Each painting is from a bird’s eye view, dwarfing the bodies so that they look like ants poking out of fantastic fields of blue.
Joanne sells prints of her work on Etsy.
As summer approaches, I am loving one of its most prevailing trends—the off-the-shoulder shirt and dresses. Creating one of my favorite iterations of this style is Thief & Bandit, a line of clothing (among other things) that prints and sews garments in their Halifax-based studio. The all-over print patterns feature natural subjects including feathers, birds, and plants. They’re fun and glamorous, perfect for a BBQ or wedding.
Thief & Bandit sells their handiwork on Etsy. (I have a necklace and it gets a ton of compliments!)
Collage will always be a technique that’s near and dear to my heart, because it’s my chosen way of (art) working. Creating in the same vein is Chia-Chi Yu, a Taipei-based illustrator who uses a myriad of textured papers to create stunning landscapes and feathery friends. I love how the papers are paired, which gives the compositions a sense of structure while also distorting them. The slightly-abstract results are curious and marvelous places—just like the real world.
You’ve got mail! And no, not those pesky spam emails, but beautiful, hand-painted envelopes by Lucy Halcomb. The Brooklyn-based illustrator uses gouache to adorn brightly-hued paper products which she then sends to lucky recipients. Lucy chronicles her delightful creations on her Instagram called @lucy_mail. Some of my favorites are below.
Recently, I shared something off my summer wish list: shirts and tanks by Doops Design. If you didn’t see them, I suggest you check ’em out—they’re fashionable with charming cacti-themed illustrations.
You know what would look great with one of their tank tops? These ceramic accessories by Bea Bellingham! They have the same sort of warm-weather appeal with repeat-patterns of bananas, chili peppers, palm trees, and more. They’re statement pieces without being too loud, making them great for a special outdoor gathering or a Tuesday at the office.
Bea sells her jewelry, planters, and tiny pots on Etsy.