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Intriguing ‘Upside Down’ Worlds of Gemma Capdevila

Gemma Capdevila illustration

Gem­ma Capdev­ila turns the world top­sy-tur­vey in her col­or­ful col­lage illus­tra­tions. They often show­case both land and sea, in flat­tened, halved views that are a less scary ver­sion of the Upside Down. In this par­al­lel place, it’s as if there are peo­ple liv­ing above and below the water in the same way. The homes look iden­ti­cal whether they reach the sky or deep­er into cerulean blue. Which side would you choose?

Insta­gram­mers, you can also follow her work that way!

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Collage, Illustration

Cut Paper Collages Enhanced with the Power of a Pen

Irene Servillo illustration

For the past week, I’ve con­tin­u­al­ly admired the cut paper illus­tra­tions of Irene Servil­lo. It might come as no surprise—after all, her work is craft­ed out of col­lage, my favorite medi­um. Using cut paper and draw­ing, Irene cre­ates styl­ized fig­ures and scenes by employ­ing col­or­ful, eye-pleas­ing shapes that inter­min­gle through­out the com­po­si­tion.

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration
Embroidery, Illustration

Embroiderer Mother and Illustrator Daughter Combine Talents in an Endearing Project

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Fri­day is a project that’s sure to warm your heart. It’s an endeav­or between an embroi­der­er moth­er and her illus­tra­tor daugh­ter, Mar­ijke Buurlage; Mar­ijke cre­ates the col­or­ful, styl­ized images and then her moth­er trans­lates the flat­tened shapes into stitched form. Their Insta­gram, @stitchyfriday, is updat­ed at the end of each week with their progress and fin­ished pieces.

As won­der­ful as Marijke’s illus­tra­tions are, her mother’s hand­i­work is also admirable. I love the lush tex­ture and the mix­ing of threads—they add dimen­sion and bring 2D to life. After see­ing this sweet col­lab­o­ra­tion, it makes me want to plan a cre­ative project with my own mom! Don’t you?

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday
Illustration, Inspirational Instagram

Inspirational Instagram: Beautiful Watercolor Blooms by @carolynj

Carolyn Gavin

I’m always on the hunt for an inspi­ra­tional Insta­gram, and this week, I’ve found it in illus­tra­tor Car­olyn Gavin. Her posts fea­ture vibrant sketch­book paint­ings of ani­mals and beau­ti­ful blooms, craft­ed with the care­free flu­id­i­ty of water­col­or. See­ing them has a few effects: for starters, you’ll yearn for spring; then, you’ll want to head to the florist for a real, col­or­ful bou­quet, after­wards, you’ll have the urge to pick up your brush and cre­ate your own paint­ings!

After you’ve fol­lowed Car­olyn on Insta­gram, check out her Etsy shop for prints and orig­i­nal paint­ings of these pieces.

Carolyn Gavin

Carolyn Gavin

Carolyn Gavin

Carolyn Gavin

Carolyn Gavin

Carolyn Gavin

Carolyn Gavin

Carolyn Gavin

Carolyn Gavin

Carolyn Gavin

Carolyn Gavin

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Drawing, Illustration

Wave Your Flag for Mathilde Vangheluwe’s Fantastic Drawings

Mathilde Vangheluwe

Not every artist can make their sketch­es appear like fin­ished works, and vice ver­sa — not every fin­ished piece can have the qual­i­ties of a sketch. Mathilde Vangheluwe is an illus­tra­tor who rides this fine line, and she col­ors her draw­ings with the soft hues of col­ored pen­cils, often leav­ing her ini­tial graphite sketch vis­i­ble. This tech­nique is great way to add some shine and pol­ish to some­thing that can feel raw.

Check out Mathilde’s illus­trat­ed prod­ucts in her shop!

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Mathilde Vangheluwe

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Illustration

Maggie Chiang’s Revealing Landscape Illustrations

Maggie Chiang
If you scroll through illus­tra­tor Mag­gie Chiang’s Tum­blr, you’ll find that there are a lot of shots of the out­doors. I can’t help but think that these visu­als are what seep into her own art­work, as evi­dence of what’s fea­tured here. Each illus­tra­tion includes some ele­ment of the great big world (and even uni­verse). Often, there’s some sort of reveal. They’re beau­ti­ful, allur­ing, and at times poignant, as her sub­jects look dwarfed by what’s around them.

Mag­gie also has a web­site. Check it out here.
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Illustration

Herikita Expresses the Feels in Her Series of Odd Illustrations

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On Herikita’s Face­book page, she writes, “I do things with my hands that I imag­ine in my head, so peo­ple can see it too.” This sen­ti­ment describes her soft, illus­tra­tive work per­fect­ly. Her images and imagery are undoubt­ed­ly strange, but in a way that’s relat­able. Many of the inte­ri­or scenes are like an dia­logue ver­bal­ized, and as a view­er, I rec­og­nize what that is and how it feels to say those things out loud.

In addi­tion to the feels, Heriki­ta also cre­ates loose, delight­ful­ly odd col­lec­tions. A beet, hair­less cat, and bed all make up a sin­gle illus­tra­tion. They seem like a non-sequitur to me, but per­son­al to the illus­tra­tor.

Check out more of Herikita’s works on her Tum­blr. You won’t be dis­ap­point­ed.

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Illustration

Check Out Kyootopia, the Mythical Land of Cute

Kathleen Marcotte

Isn’t this tiger charm­ing? Illus­tra­tor Kath­leen Mar­cotte cre­at­ed it as part of a group exhi­bi­tion called Kyootopia with Bree Lund­berg and Patu Phan. “We want­ed the free­dom to inter­pret ‘cute’ with­in our own styles,” she tells me, “so we cre­at­ed the myth­i­cal land of Kyootopia, where all things are cute!”

The three illus­tra­tors divid­ed Kyootopia into nine unique islands and imag­ined their art as well as the lit­tle sou­venirs from each locale. Kath­leen cre­at­ed Avi­a­tion City, Round­about Island, and Facade Falls.

These delight­ful works are a mix­ture of dig­i­tal works and mixed media pieces. She com­bined linocut, cut paper, and pen­cil.

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Animation, Illustration

Paper Flowers and Fantastic Beasts Fit for Film

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Lila Pop­pins is an illus­tra­tor and paper design­er who uses her tal­ents to cre­ate fan­tas­tic beasts, love­ly blooms, out­door scenes, and much more. In addi­tion to sculpt­ing with paper, she also directs stop motion films. Lila’s Tum­blr fea­tures a few of these ani­mat­ed snip­pets, one of which is a com­bi­na­tion of paper and 2D illus­tra­tion. The film is an illus­trat­ed French poem writ­ten by Jacques Pre­vert and avail­able to view on Vimeo (I’ve also includ­ed it below).

And, just a note: illus­tra­tor Clé­ment De Ruyter is the per­son behind the char­ac­ter design of this crea­ture. (Lila did the paper work, obvi­ous­ly!)

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