Pascal Campion is a French-American illustrator and animator living in San Francisco. Since 2006 he’s been creating a sketch a day, everyday Monday through Friday. It’s an impressive undertaking and the quality of these “sketches” is really quite something. Pascal is a master of capturing light and movement and every one of his images tells a story. Inspired by life experiences and moments from his day, his work is beautifully rendered and a story unto itself.
This is a great little project from Canadian illustrator Mike Ellis. Entitled Room For Rent, the work was part of an experimental installation show in Toronto and consists of a large three-dimensional miniature house filled with illustrated bedrooms. The house allows viewers to peer inside and scoop out the rooms. According to Mike, the piece uses multicolored LEDs which make the illustrations “come to life” – exposing things that may not be seen under normal circumstances.
I think I’ve mentioned on here before about how much I like when somebody takes something pretty old and traditional and puts a fresh spin on it. That’s why I love these floral still lives by the Mexican-born and London-based illustrator Elena Boils. Passionate about nature, Elena’s illustrations are a mixture of digital and hand crafted work. The combination works really well; mixing bold splashes of solid colour with occasional subtle textures and patterns. I love them!
I love these illustrations for The New Yorker. They were created by The Tree House Press, the alias of UK-based illustrator Marc Aspinall. Influenced strongly by mid-century illustration; his work is utterly charming with wonderful colors and textures and a terrific sense of energy.
It’s that time of year when Tokyo based game culture shop METEOR hosts their annual My Famiscase Exhibition, an art show unlike any other, featuring custom Nintendo Entertainment System cartridge designs. Entrants not only design original artwork, but also the creative concept behind the imagined video game. This year’s show marks the exhibitions 10th year and features talent from across the globe. It’s an interesting mishmash of video game culture and design with a unique twist on the traditional gallery experience.
Kanae Sato is a Tokyo-based illustrator whose portfolio is filled with hundreds of adorable illustrations. Made with bold and bright colors, her work is so perfectly simple that I can’t help but love it! Her images often feature concerned children and some fantastically quirky creatures. There’s a real playfulness to what she does that and the childlike innocence of her work is just fantastic.
Illustrator and mixed media artist Justin Renteria is phenomenal talent who brings a ton of detail into his work. I love the color that he brings to each piece, using vibrant blues, pinks, and yellows, which contrast nicely with the heavy blacks he uses to give definition to many of his pieces. The collage nature of his work is also extremely well integrated, the tiger piece with the weapons as stripes is a real standout.
A few days ago the London-based illustrator and textile designer Ciara Phelan launched a new website. If you’re not that familiar with Ciara’s work then you’re probably in for a treat. Her collage-based illustrations typically buzz with energy and through her client work and personal projects she has carved out a distinctive style which feels fluid and natural despite the often rigid nature of her medium.
One piece in particular which stands out for me is an ongoing personal project which mixes fashion illustration with Ciara’s love of Greek mythology. Combining collage with textures and vector shapes she has created three stunning images from Greek myth: Demeter, the goddess of the harvest; Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation; and Persephone, the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. I think they’re beautiful images.
It’s such a great series that I would love to see it continue. For now though, why not check out more work from Ciara on her website here. Enjoy!
I don’t link to Kickstarter’s very often but this is a project I can’t resist. Created by Peter Dunham and Linnea Gits, the creatives behind Uusi, they’ve created a beautiful deck of cards that are inspired by burlesque and the illustrations of Andy Warhol.
Our inspiration for Hotcakes came from traditional 17th Century, full figure court cards that have a cartoonish flair and lent themselves easily to a burlesque-style exaggeration. This new and “naughty” court was then mixed with the Pop Art era’s hot-neon colors, Andy Warhol’s playful illustration style, the one-off art decks of Charles Pry and the distinctive quality of the Italian designer & artist, Emillio Pucci’s gorgeous patterns to arrive with the final look of Hotcakes.
Love the creativity of these. If you play cards often this will certainly be a conversation starter for your next get together. You can snag yourself a set by clicking here.
Afternoons in the Kitchen is the name of a picture book by Italian illustrator and author Simona Ciraolo. Created as part of a recent Master’s project at Cambridge in London, Simona says that the book is designed to “nurture a healthy appetite for the pleasure of eating good food”. Looking at her illustrations I’m pretty certain that it works a treat!