Drawing, Woman and a Dog, 1935
I realize it’s been a while since I did a #TBT. Let’s change that with Christina Malman, an illustrator who produced work in the beginning half of the 20th century. Born in 1911 (or 1912), she came to New York City from England at the age of 2. She attended the Pratt Institute for college and pursued the illustration field from there.
If I could sum up Kimberlie Wong’s illustration in an image, it would be the tranquil monkey sitting on a surfboard amidst a pink abyss (below). “I was born and raised on the island of Oahu,” the recent Art Center grad tells me in an email, “and that has inspired my aesthetic which is warm, whimsical, and uses a limited color palette.” Continuing, “I love to include nature, usually a tropical feel with animals.”
1. Embroidered t-shirt by Cup of Needles
2. Mandarin duck embroidery pattern by Thread Folk x Pete Cromer
3. Ceramic dog vase by Katy Kimmel
4. Knitted fingerless gloves by NB Gloves and Mittens
5. Ceramic bird brooch by Fox in the Mist
6. Aria Tee by Boden
7. Monstera leaf zipper pouch by Mama Bleu Designs
Citing “worn out brushes” as one of her favorite tools, Sofia Moore paints scenes that fuse abstracted landscapes with elegant figures and animals. The imaginary places burst with color, texture, and gorgeous shape design that builds rich, dense illustrations.
Women Who Draw continues to be one of my favorite things on the internet. It’s an open directory for female (and female-identifying) illustrators, and it increases the visibility of women working in illustration, arts, and cartooning—with emphasis placed illustrators of color, LBTQ+, and other minority groups.
That’s a long-winded way of introducing their new collaborative project that recently appeared on Topic. Called One Sky, co-founders Wendy MacNaughton and Julia Rothman gave 88 artists one simple instruction: look up at August 13, 2017 at exactly 12:00PM Eastern Standard Time. The selected artists then drew and painted what they saw.
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 Journal, Wild 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.
Illustrator and graphic designer Lia Tuia creates a charming world consisting of creature characters and botanical elements. The images, which employ a limited color palette and bold black lines, have a decorative sensibility to them and feel like posters (or some other advertisement) for a larger story akin to the Moomins. But rather than resembling hippopotamuses, many of Lia’s figures are reminiscent of rabbits.
1. Mini flower vase by Honey Thistle
2. Cheetah backpack by Mia Charro
3. Cloud sponge by Snug.Studio
4. (Pizza) Party Night t-shirt by Artmars
5. Gentle Thrills Bad Dog jacket by Big Bud Press x Gentle Thrills
6. Prickly pear iPhone case by Idlewild Co.
7. Tiger Tiger storage box by Camila Prada
I love organization and finding connections between things. Because of that inclination, I had a lot of fun curating The Color Series, in which I grouped illustrations, embroidery, and paper craft by hue. In a similar vein, I’m starting a new mini series that, over the next six to eight weeks, will take us Around the World. It will feature illustrators, artists, and makers who are based in a particular locale(s).