Tuesday, July 28, 2015

"Playing Arts" A Deck of Playing Cards

"Playing Arts" is a collaborative project between the designers and illustrators from all over the world to transform something so ordinary such as playing cards into a unique art work. Each card in this deck has been individually designed by one of the 55 artists "with an idea to express their vision of an ordinary playing card using personal styles, techniques and imagination."

There are two editions of the Playing Arts cards so far. Edition one is available for purchase here and Edition two can be pre-ordered for early August. The images shown are from the first edition featuring owl card designed by Andreas Preis an artist from Germany. When the artist was asked what was the inspiration behind the concept he shared "I love owls! That’s more or less the concept… I had asked to do an ace, because I thought that’s where an owl might fit the most." 

You can view all the gorgeous cards on their website as well as on Instagram, and read wonderful interviews of the talented artists to learn more about them and their art. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Anja Mulder

Anja Mulder is a talented illustrator, a collection maker and a photographer from Holland. She has a great passion for drawing and has been drawing ever since she was a little girl. Her inspiration comes from music, nature, old books, the city, her kids, internet, friends, movies "there is a whole world of eye candy out there that is so inspiring to me." - she says.

"Usually I have a whole idea of the illustration must look like. It’s in my head, with clear lining. Then I start sketching, and the idea gets a more realistic shape. I draw a few pencil lines and ink the lines soon after that. Or, when I am impatient, I start inking immediately. It’s always a bit of a struggle to decide when a illustration is finished. Sometimes I draw too much, I can loose myself in drawing details. And then I make another drawing, just until I think it is right." - via.

You can see lot of detail in her drawings that are done on vintage paper that's sometimes patterned and have rough edges, stamped or have text on it which makes each of her drawing one-of-a-kind. You can visit her online store for prints, postcards, photographs on wooden tile.

Friday, July 24, 2015

New Work by Mike Stilkey

I featured Mike Stilkey's amazing work on the blog a while ago, here. I found some new work by him on his Facebook which are whimsical and exquisite.

Artist's statement: “I like to think of my artwork as one giant poem. I never really have a concrete idea of what I’m going to do. I just kind of feel my way through it and it comes out in a way that I don’t always expect. I really try not to edit myself too much." - via.

I would love to see his installations in person, and if you do too then he is participating in the upcoming exhibition on September 2015, titled "Unhinged: Book Art on the Cutting Edge" at Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Owl and the Pussycat Illustrated by James Marshall

I am delighted to constantly find Edward Lear's poem The Owl and the Pussycat beautiful illustrations depicted by various artists in their own distinctive styles. Today I am sharing really fun illustrations by James Marshall for the classic romantic poem from the 1800s. 

I came across this gem while browsing on Pinterest. (It's surprising how many wonderful things people share on Pinterest). I instantly got drawn towards the images by James Marshall for there humors watercolor sketches. The owl and the pussycat are shown in wide brimmed hats, driving in a chauffeured car and departing in a majestic ship , a grand take on "pea-green boat". The characters appear so real and the setting so fine that you would want to take a cruise with them. It's a story parents will love to read to their children who will then cherish it forever.

The description of the book on Amazon says it all. " The Owl and the Pussycat of Lear's ballad are truly made for each other, as depicted by James Marshall in these poignant, slaphappy illustrations. Only Marshall could have shown us the Owl serenading the pampered Pussycat on the deck of the S.S. Dorabella, or the Pussycat posing for travel photographs, or the happy couple's goofy wedding dance "by the light of the moon."

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Gorgeous Hand Painted Nesting Dolls by Periwinkle Nuthatch

Nesting dolls aka matryoshka dolls are special. Though originated from Russia, they are popular worldwide and loved by everyone (almost everyone). I wonder what is it that makes them so likeable? Their bullet like shape? The design or its style? Well, what ever it is they are undoubtedly a sought after toy. 

I recently discovered this online store called "Periwinkle Nuthatch" by Emily Thomson a New York based artist. Her handmade nesting dolls are darling! She makes limited edition dolls that are meticulously painted with acrylic paints by the artist in bright colors, and folk inspired designs and geometric patterns. The dolls are made of wood and for durability sealed with a matte varnish.

She also offers art prints, pin cushions, paper dolls, decals and jewelry pieces. You must visit her store, it's a visual treat that sure to bring a little more cheer to your day!