Adorable Illustrations from Japanese Illustrator Kanae Sato

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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

Portfolio Update: Justin Renteria

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.

Justin Renteria Illustrations

Justin Renteria Illustrations

Justin Renteria Illustrations

Justin Renteria Illustrations

Bobby Solomon

May 9, 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

“Hotcakes” Combines Burlesque Illustrations and Playing Cards

"Hotcakes" Combines Burlesque Illustrations with Playing Cards

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.

"Hotcakes" Combines Burlesque Illustrations with Playing Cards

"Hotcakes" Combines Burlesque Illustrations with Playing Cards

Bobby Solomon

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

Dazzling new prints from Julian Callos

Yesterday, Los Angeles illustrator Julian Callos released a new set of prints on The People’s Print Shop. Titled “Sun”, “Moon”, and “Earth”, the captivating images are taken from his Cosmos series, a body of work that explores “the tension between light and dark and the consequences of that struggle.” I honestly can’t decide which is my favorite, though I think I’m leaning toward the middle print, “Earth”.

Dazzling new prints from Julian Callos

Dazzling new prints from Julian Callos

Dazzling new prints from Julian Callos

Bobby Solomon

April 22, 2014 / By

Snacks Quarterly: A Passionate Publication Dedicated To Snacking

Snacks Quarterly

Everyone has a weakness for snacks. I personally have a savory palette, preferring to nosh on things like wasabi cashews or walnuts and cranberries. Alexander Barrett and Brad Simon love snacks so much they decided to create Snacks Quarterly, an online publication that celebrates snacks in all their forms.

Snacks Quarterly is an internet publication that brings a variety of artists together to share their insights and ideas on the subject of snacks and snacking. Essays, illustrations, anecdotes, and practical snacking tips post four times a year on our beautifully designed, ad-free website.

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Bobby Solomon

April 22, 2014 / By

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