Friday, February 22, 2019

Watercolor Paintings With Intricate Flora and Fauna

Michelle Morin is a surface designer and an illustrator who founded Home of Dodo (formerly known as United Thread) in 2008. Her watercolor paintings are hugely inspired by flora and fauna, a world she got introduced to when she worked as a private gardener on a huge property situated on the eastern tip of Cape Cod. This job gave her an opportunity to observe the plants as well as insects and birds around them. She started to sketch during her breaks which gradually evolved into intricate paintings with complex patterns and beautiful landscapes.

Michelle Morin has collaborated with many prominent brands including H&M, Red Cap Cards, Anthropologie, Chronicle Books, Nike, Yves Saint Laurent, Land of Nod, Bespoke Letterpress, and Vilshenko to name a few.

The above shown work is something I handpicked from her Instagram and her online store here.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Illustrative Scarves, Cushions and Sleepwear by Karen Mabon

Karen Mabon Bristish designer and illustrator attended London’s Royal College of Art before founding her label in 2013. She designs illustrative accessories, sleepwear and cushions but became known for her silk scarves, each one featuring whimsical characters with a story.

She has stockists all around the world including Anthropologie, Lane Crawford, Shopbop, Nordstorm, and Colette. Her work has been published in Vogue, Elle, Grazia, Cool Hunting, and Cosmopolitan to name a few. She has designed in collaboration with Peter Alexander, Elemis, Radley London, Natural History Museum, Lush and more.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Illustrator and Surface Pattern Designer Claire Picard

Claire Picard is an illustrator currently living and working from her studio in Hampshire, in the south of England. She uses paper-cutting, collage and watercolors to create lovely illustrations inspired by florals and fauna, colors and all things vintage. With over 20 years of experience, she now works as a independent designer for creating designs for greetings cards, fabric, stationery and home decor. She has licensed and sold her artwork to several companies such as American Greetings, Papyrus, At Home, Garnet Hill, and TKMaxx. You can find her art prints in her online store.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Portraits and Bird Illustrations Bring Vintage Maps to Life


It's been few years since I featured Mark Powell's amazing work (previously featured here). His incredible portraits and illustrations are made using ballpoint pen on vintage envelopes. What he uses as canvas for his work has expanded to vintage maps. He works around the lines on the paper incorporating them in his portraits representing wrinkles in portraits of the old characters.

"Each face I choose to draw has to have character and a suggestion of a history to tell. That way the viewer can create any narrative of a life that may have been lived. The same applies to the postcards or documents etc, neither the face or document have a connection beyond the fact both have an aesthetic quality of a history."

You can find the originals and limited edition prints on his website.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Clever Doodles Created With Combining Everyday Objects and Drawings

Javier Perez is a graphic designer based in Ecuador who creates amusing illustrations. His clever doodles are made using found objects and drawings for his Instagram account Cinta Scotch. As a child he made characters inspired by his imagination from different kind of materials that were in his reach like plasticine, legos, wood, and cardboard boxes.

His style is very simple and minimal. " I want people to be able to take a break from the saturation of photos in general." The idea of the illustrations can come to him at the most random times from when he is on a bus to when he is on a morning run.

He has won many awards for his work and his work has been published in Huffington Post, ABC News, BuzzFeed, Adobe, and Behance to name a few.