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#TBT | The Satirical Spots of ‘New Yorker’ Illustrator Christina Malman

Satirical illustration by Christina Malman

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.
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Stylish Characters Strut Their Stuff in Fashions You’ll Want to Wear

Kimberlie Wong digital illustrations

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.”
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88 Artists ‘Look Up’ at the Same Time to Create Brilliant Portraits of One Sky

One Sky 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.

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Illustrated Art Journals Offer Exquisite Ways to Spark Your Creativity

Art journals by Lily Moon

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 Jour­nalWild 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.

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Charming Folk Art-Inspired Characters Who Have a Bigger Story to Tell

Folk art illustrations by Lia Tuia

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.

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Around the World

Around the World | 10 Crafter and Illustrators Working in the “Land Down Under”

Illustrators in Australia

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).

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