Bold, Brash and Brilliantly Fun Floral Prints by Elena Boils

Elena Boils

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!

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Philip Kennedy

May 20, 2014 / By

Metronomy’s New Video Sees the Band Animated with Felt Tip Pens!

Metronomy

While the golden age of music videos may have now passed, there’s still a number of talented folk out there who are making amazing work. One act in particular who continue to support the art-form is the UK electropop four-piece Metronomy. Last February they worked with Michel Gondry to create a fantastic single-take video for “Love Letters” and their 2011 video for The Look still remains one of my favourite videos of recent memory.

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Philip Kennedy

May 15, 2014 / By

Adorable Illustrations from Japanese Illustrator Kanae Sato

kanaes

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.

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Philip Kennedy

May 12, 2014 / By

Eye-Catching Books Covers by Books We Made

Books We Made

Munich based duo Stephanie and Tom Ising design book covers for a living and I must say that they do a rather excellent job at it. Working under the name Books We Made, the pair have worked on book covers of all shapes and sizes, often bringing bold typographic choices and restrained colours to their designs. I reckon that a browse through their portfolio is well worth your time.

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Philip Kennedy

May 9, 2014 / By

Fragmented Narratives in the Dream-like Paintings of Amy Bennett

Amy Bennet

I was talking with a friend the other day about miniature sets and dioramas and it reminded of how great the work of artist Amy Bennett is. Bennett has an unusual method of working which involves building small 3D models which she then translates to canvas, thus creating beautiful narrative paintings in the process. It may seem a little unorthodox approach at first but it’s a process which I feel really brings a whole new dimension to both the dramatic and the emotional power of her work. I think these paintings are incredible.

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Philip Kennedy

May 6, 2014 / By

Captivating Greek Goddesses Illustrated by Ciara Phelan

Ciara Phelan

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.

Ciara Phelan

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!

Ciara Phelan

Philip Kennedy

May 5, 2014 / By

Simona Ciraolo’s Children’s Book About Food Looks Delicious

Simona Ciraolo - Afternoons in the Kitchen

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!

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Philip Kennedy

May 2, 2014 / By

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