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Leah Goren Reveals How to Keep a Sketchbook in Her Skillshare Class (Sponsored)

keeping a sketchbook by leah goren for skillshare

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.

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Illustration

Folk-Inspired Florals Find an Unexpected Fusion with Science

folk science

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.

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Illustration History

#TBT | The Many Creative Hats Worn by Margaret Evans Price

Margaret Evans Price

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.
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Illustration

Delightful ‘Of Cats and Men’ Book Profiles Fellas Who’ve Found Inspiration in Felines

of cats and men

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.
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Ceramics, Illustrated products

Adorable Ceramic Animals Offer a Warm Smile and Home For Your Favorite Plants

Cumbucia Chic cute animal planters

Remem­ber last week when I was declar­ing my obses­sion for planters? Cum­bu­ca Chic is anoth­er online shop that makes my list. Brazil­ian artist Priscil­la Ramos is the wom­an behind the­se cute ani­mal planters, which fea­ture fox­es, whales, sloths, and even tiny capy­bara. Each is adorned with a com­bi­na­tion of shiny glaze that’s off­set by the mat­te stoneware. I like this combination—it offers a nice visu­al con­trast that proves that some­times, min­i­mal­ism can say as much as heavy dec­o­ra­tion.

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Paper Craft

Thriving Plants You Don’t Have to Water… Because They’re Made of Paper

Paper cactus

Some peo­ple lack the green thumb nec­es­sary to take care of plants. If you’re one of them, here’s a solu­tion for you—no water­ing nec­es­sary! Tania of Lisso­va Craft cre­ates tiny paper craft cac­ti that you can hold in the palm of your hand. Each pot­ted plant is indi­vid­u­al­ly cut and intri­cate­ly detailed with things like dec­o­ra­tive planters and tiny flow­ers. Lisso­va will use a dif­fer­ent types of papers to cre­ate a vari­ety of tex­ture, as well as cut­ting fringe into the paper itself.

These paper cacti are available on greeting cards and as original art in the Lissa Craft Etsy shop. And if you want to see works in progress, follow Tania on Instagram.

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Illustrated products, Illustration

Female Activists Throughout History’ Honored in One Glorious Poster

Rachel Ignotofsky Female Activists Throughout History

This week, I’ve shared vibrant por­traits cel­e­brat­ing wom­en of col­or and strong females kick­ing the shins of the patri­archy. Let’s cap off this week with the work of Rachel Ignotof­sky, who recent­ly released a poster depict­ing Female Activists Through­out His­to­ry. “The­se wom­en have fought, orga­nized, and protest­ed the inequal­i­ty they saw around them,” Rachel explains. “This poster cel­e­brates how they helped to cre­ate a bet­ter future. I hope this illus­tra­tion inspires you to use your own unique voice to resist and fight injus­tice.” Half of the pro­ceeds from each sale will be donat­ed to the ACLU in your name.

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Illustration, Interview

A ‘Kick in the Shin of the Patriarchy’ | Interview with Illustrator Hayley Powers Thornton-Kennedy

Hayley Thornton-Kennedy illustration activism strong female figures

Hayley Thornton-Kennedy illustration activism strong female figures

I first met Hay­ley Pow­ers Thorn­ton-Kennedy when I vis­it­ed the MFA Illus­tra­tion Prac­tice pro­gram (MFA ILP) as a guest crit­ic and lec­tur­er. In their cozy, well-lit stu­dio, she showed me a selec­tion of sig­nage she had cre­at­ed for the Women’s March on Jan­u­ary 21. I was instant­ly attract­ed to the bold illus­tra­tions and, above all, imagery fea­tur­ing strong female fig­ures. I had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to talk to Hay­ley more about her work, both in per­son and via email. The con­ver­sa­tion and her illus­tra­tions seem espe­cial­ly fit­ting for today’s Inter­na­tion­al Women’s Day and A Day With­out Wom­en.

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