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."

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Life-Like Owl Sculptures by Jose Heroys

Long-Eared Owl

Great Horned Owl

Burrowing Owls

Baby Tawny Owls

Tawny Owl
Spectacled Owl

Little Owl

Snowy Owl

Barn Owl

Short-Eared Owl

Sussex based fiber artist Jose Heroys creates life-like sculptures of birds and owls. She grew up watching the antics of birds in her garden and they still remain the biggest source of inspiration for her work. She makes every bird by hand which takes anywhere from days to make a small bird to a few weeks to make the largest owl. She starts by crocheting the main structural form and then adds fine details around eyes and face using needle-felting and embroidery.

"The finished bird is tactile, and conveys something of what it feels like to hold a real one in your hand. I love bringing these birds to life and I hope they make you smile."

Each bird comes with a uniquely numbered ring around their feet for easy identification. You can visit her website to see the birds available for purchase.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Unique Planters by Vesna Barbieri


I can't seem to have enough of planters especially when they are this cute. Vesna Barbieri is a ceramic artist from Croatia who has an experience of more 20 years in the field of ceramic art. She hand sculpts planters, cups, and vases primarily featuring angels, women figurines, characters, woodland creatures and more. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and are so adorable that they will instantly become everyone's favorite in the family.

She has participated more than sixty exhibitions all over the world. Her sculptures can be found in private collections and museums. She collaborates with art galleries, and is presently a member of Ulupuh, Croatian association of the artist.