Illustration

Biodiversity Heritage Library

i thought i’d share a little resource with you today. if you’re into dabbling around with imagery, need inspiration for visual projects or graphic design moodboards or whatever – you might be interested in the Biodiversity Heritage Library. they have hundreds (thousands?) of hi-res images from a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries. you can delve into a world of insects and botanicals and fungi and sea creatures… gorgeous even just to look at.

 

 

 

 

i haven’t even scratched the iceberg of what they have to offer (mixing my idioms there, deal with it). but i couldn’t go posting all the pics ever, so i played a bit with this set of illustrated British fungi – pairing them with street style that have caught my eye recently.

street style: Vanessa Jackman

street style: Citizen Couture

street style: A Love Is Blind

street style: The Locals

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Katrin Coetzer: Honeymoon

living in Cape Town allows me to see the work of some of my favourite local artists in person, and Katrin Coetzer is one of them (who you may have seen me mention on the blog a few times – and you will probably remember her gorgeous wedding). she’s currently showing her latest exhibition Honeymoon at Salon91 in Kloof Street – it is showing until this Saturday 18 May, so get down there and have a look if you haven’t already. i walked out of there feeling so happy, you guys.

Honeymoon marks a personal current period in artist Katrin Coetzer’s life, where she is forging a connection between her inner world and the geographical spaces she visits – real, imaginary and remembered. Honeymoon further references a waning sweetness and suggests the meeting point of fantasy, place and memory. The content of this body of work is centered around themes of spatial exploration, & exotic vs local seen through the lenses of feeling and itinerary…

 

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Windows of New York

ooooooooh i LOVE projects like this!! graphic designer José Guizar illustrates and shares one window a week for his Windows of New York project. did i tell you we’re going to NYC for our honeymoon? so whenever i see anything NYC related i get even more excited. Says José,

The Windows of New York project is a weekly illustrated fix for an obsession that has increasingly grown in me since chance put me in this town. A product of countless steps of journey through the city streets, this is a collection of windows that somehow have caught my restless eye out from the never-ending buzz of the city. This project is part an ode to architecture and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up.

all images by José Guizar.

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Daily Dishonesty

Lauren Hom contacted me about her Daily Dishonesty project which is simply super rad. she’s a graphic designer based in NYC who started a series of hand lettered posters that document the little lies she tells herself on a regular basis. i can definitely relate to all of them. she also takes on weekly guest posts – this one by Emma Hopkins made me laugh. “I don’t know what’s wrong with my phone…” so true.

Lauren also shared a tutorial on her process from start to finish – really inspiring for those of you who want to dabble in hand lettering. you can also buy prints from the series at her Society6 shop.

 

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Catch Up: Art & Design

always love Bernadette Pascua’s fashion sketches:

Helsinki Food Company by Werklig:

a botanical series by Carla Fuentes:

identity design for Millswyn by Cornwall:

cute ceramics by Miga de Pan:

awesome design work by The Company You Keep:

illustrations by Grace Lee:

Bonnard macaron packaging design by Anagrama:

more cool work by Rose Blake:

identity design for Sweet Greek by Studio Brave:

illustrations by Luci Everett:

identity design for The Vine by Blok Design:

an illustrated map of Paris by Josie Portillo:

identity design for Easy Tiger by Land:

rad iPhone cases by Eva Black:

Leah Goren’s original paintings:

travel postcards by A Pair of Pears:

illustrations by Lieke van der Vorst:

New York Moon by Miso:

printable valentines gift wrap by minieco:

see more art & design here and here.

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Playlist / Painting

Rose Blake is a brilliant illustrator whose new portfolio website i was perusing when i noticed a link inviting you to buy her paintings, leading me to a little project she calls Playlist / Painting. basically Rose makes a painting and then also compiles a playlist to go along with it. unfortunately for me Spotify is not available in South Africa, but most of you will probably be able to go have a good listen to her cool playlists while looking at some rad paintings.

Rose also has another side project called Studio Music that ‘provides an insight into the creative process of visual practitioners, through the music that they listen to whilst working.’ each person contributes a playlist which you can listen to. what a GREAT idea.

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Put it on paper

i’ve been seeing some nice paper related goods around lately – notecards, prints, what have you. and since it’s almost the season to send someone a nice card or buy someone a nice print for christmas i thought i’d help you along with some suggestions.

banquet atelier & workshop has really beautiful geometric cards, neon calligraphy cards and rad prints too:

sparrow nest script has some humorous cards and other fun print related material:

everything at quill & fox is fantastic:

parrott design studio deals in beautiful calligraphic cards:

as does sugar paper:

i like these custom thank you cards by seaborn press:

a cool notecard set for any occasion set by besotted brand:

anek has a variety of nice prints for your walls:

karolin schnoor is mega talented:

so is emily isabella:

i like katie wohl’s geometric prints:

here’s the créme de la créme (print):

and, be brave and be kind.

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