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The Missed Connections of Sophie Blackall

i watched this Etsy interview with illustrator Sophie Blackall over a cup of coffee this morning and it left me feeling so incredibly happy and warm. she has such a wonderfully inviting and serene way of talking about her work…

“i like drawing animals, but i’m ashamed to say i almost always want to put clothes on them”

you’ve probably heard about her project Missed Connections where she illustrates stories from the missed connections section of Craigslist (which is now available as a book). if you haven’t definitely have a browse through her blog, and also check out her new project Drawn from my Father’s Adventures.

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Illustration Station

someone emailed me the other day asking what happened to my illustration section. i decided to group illustrations under art when i did the blog’s redesign – but you can still browse the illustration tag if you like.

which reminds me, i have been seeing some great stuff around lately. really need to get my drawing on again.

cotton candy by mick alister:

dark waters by riikka sormunen:

work in progress by denise nestor:

by lizz conley:

2012 calendar by camilla engman:

nosebleed by sepehr nabi:

by tatsuro kiuchi:

merci by emma block:

untitled by melissa castrillon:

valentino 2012 beauty by madame lolina:

les confitures bonne maman by laura manfre:

french women by isaac bonan:

yawn for me by mina milk:

the room #1 by jiiakuann:

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Wil Freeborn

i will always remember my illustration lecturer at university telling us repeatedly that the best illustrators and comic book artists always had their sketchbook with them, and were always drawing. any spare moment was spent observing, sketching and perfecting their craft. that is of course completely true and a philosophy that certainly applies to any skill.

so i was immediately taken back to that classroom when i saw the pages of Wil Freeborn’s incredible sketchbooks. had mixed feelings of admiration and jealousy when browsing through these – what a talent.

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adam simpson & the baftas

i don’t know how i hadn’t seen these until now. adam simpson was commissioned to do an interpretation of the five best film nominees for the brochure artwork of this year’s BAFTAS (which was on 13 february) – um, WOW!

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Fumio Watanabe

you know, i swear a LOT in real life. i first spotted Fumio Watanabe‘s work on Kistina’s tumblr, and when i clicked through to his portfolio i actually said, out loud, “fucking hell.” i try to keep things clean on the blog because i know a lot of people don’t appreciate swearing (apologies for all the trash talk) – but i have to be honest with you, his work is so fucking mind blowing i consequently swore more than usual. but in a good way… a great way!

and it’s not digital guys – these are painted! either acrylic or gouache, i’m not sure (lots of japanese to google translate)

 

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jacob stead

the illustrations of jacob stead put a smile on my face this morning

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paul x. johnson

paul x. johnson is a freelance illustrator who lives by the sea and likes to drink tea

all images by paul x. johnson

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jamie mills

jamie mills is an illustrator from the UK. i like his bears + trees. he has a shop, too.

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