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. 

Friday, February 15, 2019

Winter Landscapes by Vanessa Bowman

I am so ready to bid Winter goodbye for now. I can't wait for the sunny days, sounds of birds and  flowers filling the gardens. What about you? But before we do that, let's take one last look at snowy white landscapes through the eyes of Vanessa Bowman

Vanessa Bowman graduated from Winchester School of Art with a first class honors degree in Printed Textile Design. Her work is inspired by the textures and patterns of the countryside around her home. "She paints features left by the working of the land, punctuated by seasonal land marks – such as skeletons of trees in winter or hedgerow flowers in summer. Detailed foregrounds of vibrantly coloured berries or hips, delicate snowdrops or cow parsley lead the eye into an intimate portrait of the Dorset landscape."