1. Niñas y Chicos by Uni + Ichi
2. Bubblegum the Pink Fuzzy Alpaca by Sleepy King
3. Circular Garden at Night by Franciscomffonseca
4. Foxes in the Forest Illustrated Banner by Papio Press
5. Scallop Clutch by La Lisette
6. Cicada Earrings by Erica Weiner
7. Mini Llama Air Plant Holder by Bits of Silver
I’ve got some llama and alpaca love featured this week. Did you know you can hire these creatures for your wedding? In formal wear, no less!
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Art of art. That’s how I describe some of my favorite interior illustrations by María Luque. The drawings and paintings—a blend of color pencils, markers, and acrylics—feature people living and interacting with art, and many times they’re accompanied by an animal who is seriously taking up their personal space. Either way, I want to go to the places she illustrates.
Last week, I shared 12 illustrators inspiring illustrators to follow on Instagram. But that’s not all of who I follow; I use my feed to track awe-inspiring sketchbooks, too. From collage to painting, these artists are using their playtime to hone their craft by trying new techniques and imagery.
José Antonio Roda creates paper cutouts that look like line drawings. Inspired by the Cubist style, his hand cut portraits have a Picasso-esque feel—like one of his famous sketches. Produced from a single sheet of paper, his careful incisions have this effortless look about them. Shape design is a huge part of cut paper illustration, and a big appeal of José’s work is their obvious dedication to detail and craft.
Illustrator Olaf Hajek is known for his gorgeous paintings that are a feast for the eyes. One his more recent series is called Black Antoinette, and it imagines Marie Antoinette—the infamous Queen of France—as a woman of color. The regal portraits pay homage to his subjects’ beauty as well as the splendor of the natural world. As their hair reaches towards the sky, it’s completely composed of flowers, birds, animals, and fruit. Each illustration is visually overwhelming (in the best way) and begs you to admire all of its fine painted details.
For U.S. folks, Mother’s Day is just around the corner—May 14. But, there’s still time to buy your mom a special gift. If you’re looking for a present that’s centered around illustration, I’ve got you covered. Here are 15 creative Mother’s Day gift ideas, all available through Etsy. And if you’re looking for everyday playful illustrated products, check out my Pinterest board dedicated to them!
It’s no secret that learning new things helps keep your brain sharp. In art, it’s especially valuable to take time and gain a new skill. Doing so, at the very least, can improve the way you work. But more importantly, it can change the way you think about your art. Luckily, you can learn new things from the comfort of your own home. That’s where Skillshare comes in. They’ve got 15,000 online classes available for you to take from people at the top of their field. I recently enrolled in a class that I was eager to try: Illustration & Inspiration: Keeping a Sketchbook by Leah Goren. You too can try this class with 2 free months of Skillshare Premium.
Fusing folk art with the Latin names of men and beasts, illustrator Sarah Walsh has produced a colorful series called Folk Science. She’s taken eight subjects—from rabbits to lions to a guy with a healthy beard—and decorated their bodies with florals. In every painting, Sarah includes a hand lettered label with their scientific moniker—creating an unlikely fusion of the two worlds.
Most of us have probably heard of the toy company Fisher-Price. They’re the manufacturers of classics like Little People, Power Wheels, and the View Master. It’s been around since the 1930s, and was co-founded by Golden Age illustrator Margaret Evans Price. Before she founded one of the world’s most popular toy manufacturers, however, she was a young girl interested in art. And, talented, too; she sold her first illustrated story to the Boston Journal when she was just 12 years old.
“Men are often portrayed in the company of dogs,” Sam Kalda writes in his book Of Cats and Men. “They hunt together, run happily side by side, and ride shoulder to shoulder in mud-splattered pickups—the perfect image of masculine bliss. The dog is, after all, man’s best friend. Some men, that is.” But what about the feline muses that inspired some of history’s great artists, writers, and thinkers? Well, they’re profiled in this beautifully illustrated and delightfully written book.