Essi Kimpimäki’s illustrations depict journeys and architecture of different lands. Norway, Morocco, and even California are places that she’s crafted with her colorful, heavily textured style. I especially love the top image, which was inspired by the narrow alleys of Alfama in Lisbon. With a clear divide in the composition, it’s as if we’re looking at two separate pieces. But, the hard angle is a nice contrast to the winding steps and clothes that flutter in the breeze.
Check out Essi’s Etsy shop to buy some of her prints!
Did you ever play the game Memory? I used to, and this is the neatest iteration I’ve seen yet. Illustrator Aitch (previously) and artist Saddo collaborated on the all-ages activity by creating colorful cards featuring their beautiful artwork. There are 24 unique scenes on 48 cards that are printed on thick cardboard.
Aitch describes why they created this set, writing, “This March we took a trip to Berlin and in the apartment we rented for a few days we discovered a simple but fun little game — a memory game that we could not wait to play as soon as we got back from the city. We were hooked :)” Once they returned to Romania, they made their own version and adorned it with stuff they love - flowers, plants, birds, animals, patterns.
To fund this project, Aitch and Saddo are trying to raise a modest amount of money through IndieGogo. They’ve sold out of their Memory game, but you can still purchase the original artwork produced for it.
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!
Camilla Perkins is a Brighton-based illustrator whose images are inspired by “encountered oddities, whether human, flora or fauna.” The wildly-colorful compositions combine a dizzying amount of hues, patterns, and textures. Camilla’s style is reminiscent/created with printmaking in mind. Most of her illustrations feature offset color registration, as if each hue is its own layer.
I really love Camilla’s stylized portraits of people. She draws vibrant patterns onto fashionable shirts and pants, pairing unlikely garments into awesome ensembles.
How about a print? Camilla has ‘em for sale in her shop.
Helena Perez Garcia’s colorful illustrations depict beautiful women in odd situations. The lush scenes combine decoration and surrealism, featuring screw-in body parts and little men inside of heads. They’re luscious with gorgeous details, and they’re as intriguing in their conceptually-strange compositions.
Real talk: sometimes I wish I had a bunch of heads with different hairstyles. It’d make getting ready much easier!
Interested in owning these images as prints? Check out Helena’s shop. (Via This Isn’t Happiness)
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!
Do you like a good story? I always do. During the summers when I was a kid, my brother and I would descend upon the public library and borrow many a colorful tales. I think that’s part of the reason why I respond so well to the illustrations of Fanny Blanc. They feel as if they’re plucked right from stories of adventure, intrigue, and tragedy. I love the stylized compositions, historical dress, and her unique color choices. A blue tree? Sure, why not!
Check out Fanny’s blog, too!
Este MacLeod is a UK-based artist whose works are full of color and personality. They’re cubist-inspired paintings that offer beautiful depictions of nature and still lifes, celebrating plants, animals, and idyllic landscapes. They use a flattened sense of perspective which makes their compositions complex. Every inch of her work is covered in vibrant hues and small shapes.
In her Etsy shop, Este sells prints, notebooks, and cards of her artwork. Brighten up your home with some of her vibrant works! How could you look at these and not feel happy?