As much as I enjoy finding street art gems while strolling along the streets, I cannot stand tags and graffiti on unwanted surfaces. Here's one that I saw on my street the other day. Curses to the derelict that did that. However, here's an act of 'vandalism' that I definitely approve of. Moscow-based Russian illustrator Nikita Golubev sees a canvas where others just see dirt. He uses . . .
It was a sad moment all around when Dandelion was announced to be retiring after 27 years - the bright yellow in Crayola's crayon set. This was decided in order to make room for a new blue shade. *cue sad music* "Our beloved Dandelion decided to announce his retirement early! There’s no taming an adventurous spirit! #NationalCrayonDay" - Crayola This isn't a first-time occurrence for the crayon . . .
I first came across Miso during my visit to the Philip Shaw winery in Australia, and immediately fell in love with her style of illustration. Ukrainian artist Miso (also known as Stanislava Pinchuk) is based in Melbourne, Australia. She started her career as a street artist but later moved her attention to mediums such as paper and installations. Although her ideas bubble up wherever she . . .
A great picture of costume designer Isabel Toledo in her studio, photographed by Biel Parklee. via W Magazine . . .
Sydney-based concept artist and illustrator Charles Santoso decided to start a project called Random Word Doodles to strengthen his brain muscles. What you can do is to give him a word via his Twitter feed, he picks one and does one of his adorable illustrations. Each one takes around 30 minutes to an hour and a half, done digitally via Photoshop. Which is your favourite? I'm voting for . . .
Illustrations with paper and collage have always impressed me - the effort taken to cut each of those layers of paper to create and illusion of depth and shadows. Estonian illustrator and graphics designer, Eiko Ojala, does just this with his work... He studies the forms of shapes and works closely with light and shadow, keeping his illustrations minimal and well-advised. According to his . . .
The illustrations I just stumbled across are seriously adorable. And when I say adorable - I mean the type that makes you all warm & fuzzy, even when it's freezing outside and you're in desperate need of a hot chocolate. Probably the same reaction as when you first saw a baby hedgehog (just to refresh your memory, have another look at it). Okay back to the illustrations. via Laura George . . .
Perhaps it is because I am quite the Daft Punk fan but I was rather blown away by the works of Ontario-based illustrator and tattoo artist, Andrew Wilson. He creates magic just using ordinary coloured pencils on paper, and his illustration actually managed to catch the attention of the French electronic music duo themselves. Impressive, I'd say. The man at work: Some of his other . . .
This is what happens when you leave an artist in Starbucks with a pen in hand... Starbucks. Avid coffee-lovers always insist that the coffee there really isn't that great, but once the green and white logo is spotted, everyone always seems to pop in anyway. Through her illustrations, it is quite clear that Japanese artist Tomoko Shintani is quite the Starbucks fan. She managed to merge . . .
Here's some playful illustrations to throw little bits of mid-week happiness your . . .