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Posted by Thomas James on 05/21/15 under apparel,apparel / products,art for sale,artists,children's art,creativity,Humor,product review,Stuff,tshirt
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Leah Goren is a NYC-based illustrator and surface designer. Her patterns feature soft representations of people, florals and geometrics. Her color palettes are unexpected, making her portfolio a treat to sift through – you never know what you’ll find next! In additional to her own product range, Goren’s patterns have translated into numerous partnerships with brands including Anthropologie, Land of Nod, Evian and Frankie Magazine. Her work maintains a consistent and unique voice across all the products she touches, from scarves to editorial illustrations to dresses to paper products and soap packaging. Her portfolio is a shining example of how one artist’s voice can successfully span across a variety of media and applications. I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next!
Post written by Bryna Shields.
Nate Williams’ website is abundant with whimsical illustrations full of playful characters, beautiful patterns, textures and unique color palettes. His work has appeared on a variety products ranging from coffee packaging, pillow cases, tote bags and children’s books. Read the rest of this entry »
This Art Crush entry has truly been a long time coming. I first came across Lisa Congdon by way of Meighan O’Toole’s former art blog and podcast, My Love For You (which is post-worthy in its own right–it was an enormous source of inspiration for me during my college years). While I definitely gravitated to Lisa’s work on a visual level, it was her personal story that drew me in. Freelance illustration had been her second career. She didn’t start painting or making art until she was 31, and here she was, participating in museum-level shows, working with clients like Chronicle Books, and just being a genuine, successful badass. Lisa is not only someone I look up to artistically–she’s also a prime example of a human being.
Lisa’s art career was secondary, after she accumulated over a decade of experience in the education and nonprofit industries. By pure chance, she stumbled into a painting class and began making art of all kinds from that day forward–fueled by pure joy instead of the desire to succeed quickly. Having always been an avid collector, her random ephemera would find their way into countless collages as well as a series of photos, drawings and paintings that would eventually make up her A Collection A Day project. As she continued to develop her craft and share it with the ever-expanding Internet, people began to catch on. Today, she is an accomplished and prolific working artist, blogger, illustrator, public speaker and writer. Some of her most notable clients to date include The Land of Nod, The Museum of Modern Art, Harper Collins, 826 Valencia and Martha Stewart Living Magazine.
Lisa unabashedly tackles the subjects she is most passionate about, and that fearlessness is expressed effortlessly in the execution of her work. She describes herself as a “visual junkie,” and is deeply inspired by patterns, travel, architecture and vintage packaging, just to name a few. A faithful blogger, Lisa writes about her own process in addition to other artists whom she admires, as well as her life “outside the studio,” which includes swimming, biking, sewing, and traveling. In other words, she’s just making all of us look bad! (I only kid.)
One of the reasons I relate to Lisa’s work is due to the versatility and ever-evolving nature of her aesthetic. Certain characteristics like neon hues and her penchant for all things Scandinavian are mainstays, but she continues to branch out and explore all kinds of mediums (block printing and calligraphy, to name a few). These explorations fuel her work and expand her direction, which is most recently geared towards abstract painting. She’s a wonderful example of why you don’t need to narrow yourself down to one specific style (something I often grapple with).
Lisa is quite a unique artist in that she is not only a creator, but a mentor as well. Breaking into freelance illustration can be a challenging and solitary undertaking, and she continues to give her generous time to those who wish to pursue and learn more about the field through classes, speaking engagements and conferences around the country. I first met Lisa at her first Freelance Illustration class at Makeshift Society back in December 2012, and it was one of my most pivotal learning experiences to date.
Lisa recently released her new book, “Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist,” which is a revolutionary and timely answer to the starving artist stereotype. It covers all areas of the freelance artist’s domain, such as photographing fine art, finding printing services, copyright, and diversifying income. It sits on the shelf above my working desk (I like to call it my “VIP” shelf) as I reference it constantly.
On that same note, I’m very excited to be taking Lisa’s “Become A Working Artist” class through CreativeLive next week! You can follow along with the class virtually by RSVPing here.
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Posted by Rachel Frankel on 09/28/14 under abstract,apparel / products,artists,children's art,children's illustrators,creativity,design,digital,freelance,Lettering,master of the month,pattern,pen/brush and ink,typography
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Wow. Just…wow. Georgiana Teseleanu sometimes makes her work under the name Anai Greog. The sources online are varied in terms of who she is or how she does what she does (her personal sites offer no bio), so the only thing I can say for certain is that she is from Romania. Her work is beyond inspirational, it’s all based on what fits inside of a simple circle. This really gets me thinking about sacred geometry and empowering constraints. I want to get out there with my ruler and protractor and make something insane. If only I had discovered her back when I took Color 1! Definitely go to her sites and click around:
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Tang Yau Hoong’s cities rise out of thin air in his colorful illustrations. His whimsical use of light, texture, and simple design encourages his viewers to look for more in each work. “I love to play with negative space and illusion in my artwork. My illustrations are mostly conceptual, surreal and minimalist.”
Tang Yau Hoong is a self-taught illustrator currently located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His clever illustrations have been featured on apparel by Urban Outfitters, Threadless, and Gap, and displayed alongside magazine articles for Say Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, and Wired Magazine.
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Fuchsia MacAree’s crayon-like illustrations are rooted in humour and wit. They are colourful, bright and simple and definitely smile-inducing.
Since graduating from college three years ago MacAree has hit the ground running and not stopped since, working as a freelancer on a multitude of both editorial work and personal projects. Featured above are a selection from the Lookalikes series.
Most recently MacAree participated the Offset Creative Project 2013 by illustrating a quote from a previous conference speaker on a number of household items which were then sold for charity.
Find out more about the Offset conference for creatives on their website.
From the editorial inbox:
Marcella Kriebel has created very unique, illustrated cookbook with major handmade appeal. She hand-lettered every page, and each recipe features a unique layout with fun watercolor artwork. This is a hardcover cookbook measuring 9.5 x 11.25 inches, and it’s printed on premium paper and produced in the USA. It would make a great gift for a foodie, art enthusiast, or traveler (or someone who’s a combo of all three!).
The recipes are many of Marcella’s favorite dishes, desserts, and drinks from Latin America featuring tamales, ceviche, empanadas, flan and many more favorites from countries like Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, and Puerto Rico. She’s also included an overview of Latin American cheeses available in the US, and pages describing various methods of chili preparation, how to prepare cactus, and tips for frying foods.
This looks like a really wonderful addition to an art lover/cook’s shelf.
Purchase the book through Marcella’s Etsy page.
Love these detailed wallpapers by Famille Summerbelle.
I don’t think you can ever have too many canvas totes. Especially ones with fun, hand-done prints.