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Illustration

Instead of a Crown, Regal Portraits Wear Nature as the Splendorous Opulence

Black Antoinette by Olaf Hajek

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.

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Illustration

Fabulous Fashion Illustrations Redefining the ‘Ideal Body Type’

Isabelle Feliu fashion illustration

Last week, I fea­tured the work of Isabelle Feliu as part of my list of 16 fan­tas­ti­cal fash­ion illus­tra­tions. Since then, her paint­ings have been on my mind. Comb­ing wom­en of all shapes and sizes, she out­fits them in fab­u­lous fash­ions from real-world design­ers like Vivet­ta and Guc­ci. The cloth­ing is con­tem­po­rary, but the Isabelle’s style of water­col­or paint­ings is rem­i­nis­cent of artists long ago. Matis­se comes to mind—especially in the ges­ture of Isabelle’s fig­ures, as well as her use of bold, flat­tened shapes.

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Ceramics, Illustrated products

Wildflower Ceramics That’ll Make You Want to Frolic in a Sunny Field

painted ceramics by roootree

Inspired by wild­flow­ers, roootree (aka Kaori) illus­trates their col­or­ful beau­ty onto porce­lain plates, cups, and saucers. My favorite pattern—a mix­ture of tall grass­es and bright buds—seems undoubt­ed­ly inspired by this mead­ow of wild­flow­ers. Kaori has trans­lat­ed the end­less rows of flow­ers into lay­ers of col­or and tex­ture. Using a com­bi­na­tion of tight draw­ing and dif­fused shapes, she cre­ates the feel­ing of depth. It’s as if her illus­trat­ed ceram­ics are actu­al­ly made of a field of blooms.

Kaori sells her wildflower ceramics on Etsy.

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Painting

Meticulously-Arranged Artworks Reveal Adventurous Little Worlds

Little worlds by Celan Bouillet

Artist Celan Bouil­let cre­ates “lit­tle worlds full of ani­mals, green­ery, and adven­ture.” The col­or­ful, high­ly-detailed pieces fea­ture places that are every­where and nowhere. Sloths, giraffes, trop­i­cal leaves, and peacocks—all paint­ed at the same scale—occupy the same com­po­si­tion. They are, how­ev­er, so care­ful­ly arranged while togeth­er, they nev­er ful­ly inter­act. This is Celan’s design. “The­se mixed media pieces are high­ly detailed and manip­u­late scale along with pat­tern to cre­ate com­plex nar­ra­tives,” she writes.

To pro­duce the­se pieces is an exer­cise in metic­u­lous­ness. Every branch, rock, and ani­mal is paint­ed gouache on paper which is then cut out and placed on a back­ground. Celan’s com­po­si­tions are so seam­less that at times, it’s hard to tell—but her in-pro­gress works on Insta­gram show­case her beau­ti­ful process.

Celan sells her work as large lim­it­ed edi­tion in her Etsy shop, The Bay­ou Botanist.

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Artist

Vivid, Ethereal Landscapes are Dreams in Painted Form

Becky Blair landscape paintings

If you’re in the mid­st of win­ter, Becky Blair’s land­scape paint­ings are a beau­ti­ful escape from drea­ry skies and frigid tem­per­a­tures. Fus­ing real­ism with abstrac­tion, she lay­ers col­ors, tex­tures, draw­ing, and print­ing to cre­ate imagery that are like vivid dreams. The­se rever­ies are inspired by her exten­sive trav­el through India, Aus­tralia, and Europe, and she, in turn, “reflects the expe­ri­ence, rather than the vis­age” of a place. Through her paint­ings, we are part of the­se moments, too.

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Artist, Illustration

Energetic Landscape Paintings Represent the Yin and Yang of Life

Kirsten Sims

Once again, Kirsten Sims has cap­tured an incred­i­ble ener­gy in her paint­ings that recall the spon­tane­ity of pen­cil sketch­es. Her lat­est series was cre­at­ed for the Tur­bine Art Fair in Johan­nes­burg, and they fea­ture vibrant out­door and indoor sce­nes that act as a yin and yang—the beau­ty of soli­tude, as well as the hus­tle and bustle of large groups. Each is live­ly in its appli­ca­tion of paint; the col­ors swirl and mix on can­vas, dif­fus­ing and abstract­ing the illus­tra­tions. It’s as if they rep­re­sent one long, fan­tas­tic dream… or bet­ter yet, a mem­o­ry!

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Illustration

Ethereal Paintings Combine Color and Emotion for a Dreamlike Feel

Illustration by Diana Cojocaru

Illus­tra­tor Diana Cojo­caru first caught my atten­tion with her col­lec­tion enti­tled Human Wings. Using water-based media, she lets the vibrant hues have a mind of their own as they bleed into one anoth­er and cre­ate a dream­like feel. Hands are a the­mat­ic occur­rence in her work, and about the series, she explains it with one sin­gle quote by Sanober Khan: “Your hand touch­ing mine—this is how galax­ies col­lide.”

Illustration by Diana Cojocaru

Illustration by Diana Cojocaru

Illustration by Diana Cojocaru

Illustration by Diana Cojocaru

Illustration by Diana Cojocaru

 

In her Beyond project, Diana was inspired by a passion for flowers, hidden messages, and again—hands!

Illustration by Diana Cojocaru

Illustration by Diana Cojocaru

Illustration by Diana Cojocaru

Diana’s current project started as a challenge to herself. 

I’ve always con­sid­ered that I’m not able to draw por­traits, with every­thing I’ve cre­at­ed so far revolv­ing around abstract con­cepts,” she tells me an in an email. “Even though my style is a clum­sy one, I want to bring my illus­tra­tions into the fash­ion area and to com­mu­ni­cate through the clum­si­ness itself that every wom­an has a beau­ty which is often hid­den behind pecu­liar fea­tures, far from the stereo­types.”

Illustration by Diana Cojocaru

Illustration by Diana Cojocaru

Illustration by Diana Cojocaru

Diana Cojocaru illustrations
Artist

Sketchbook Transformed in 100 Days as a Delightful Catalog of Pattern

Samantha Russo sketchbook

I’ve writ­ten here before about my pen­chant for 100 days projects, and artist Saman­tha Rus­so has recent­ly com­plet­ed one that’s full of col­or and pattern—plus, it’s all con­tained in her sketch­book. Page after page, she uses paint, mark­ers, and pas­tels to cre­ate vibrant abstract com­po­si­tions that exper­i­ment with scale and tex­ture.

If you’re look­ing for a project to start 2017 (or fin­ish 2016), this seems like a good one. It makes you focus on play, and I’m sure that ele­ments from the­se pages will be incor­po­rat­ed into Samantha’s work some­how.

Samantha Russo sketchbook

Samantha Russo sketchbook

Samantha Russo sketchbook

Samantha Russo sketchbook

Samantha Russo sketchbook

Samantha Russo sketchbook

Samantha Russo sketchbook

Samantha Russo sketchbook

Samantha Russo sketchbook

Samantha Russo sketchbook

Samantha Russo sketchbook
Illustration

Cinematic Illustrations Beg You to Finish Their Story

Chloe Bristol illustration

Illus­tra­tor Chloe Bris­tol is a back­ground painter for Dis­ney Junior and Car­toon Net­work, but she also cre­ates excite­ment in the fore­ground of her works. Craft­ed with a cin­e­mat­ic touch, the­se vignettes intro­duce us to many sto­ries and char­ac­ters whose sce­nes beg us to fill in the blanks. I would love to see them as ani­mat­ed GIFs—it’d add to the mys­tique that Chloe has so expert­ly craft­ed with set­ting and col­or.

Chloe Bristol illustration

Chloe Bristol illustration

Chloe Bristol illustration

Chloe Bristol illustration

Chloe Bristol illustration

And a cou­ple of por­traits, just for fun:

Chloe Bristol illustration

Chloe Bristol illustration

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Illustration

Grandiose Landscapes to Offer You a Moment of Zen

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

We all have our own ways of achiev­ing ~zen~, and for me, it’s wit­ness­ing the beau­ty of grandiose nat­u­ral land­scapes. The vast, seem­ing­ly nev­er-end­ing hori­zon reminds me of just how big the world is, dwarf­ing what­ev­er wor­ries occu­py my brain. Mag­gie Chi­ang cap­tures this feel­ing with exquis­ite snap­shots of open spaces. Inky and drawn tex­tures mim­ic desert sce­nes, rapid waters, and gray skies. In every image, the Earth looks mag­nif­i­cent and makes me want to find the near­est hik­ing trail!

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

Illustration by Maggie Chiang

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