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

Jussi Kaakinen Illustrates the Regions of Finland

JUSSI KAAKINEN FOR THE FINNISH CULTURAL FOUNDATION

JUSSI KAAKINEN FOR THE FINNISH CULTURAL FOUNDATION

Recently The Finnish Cultural Foundation commissioned the Helsinki-based illustrator and graphic designer Jussi Kaakinen to create a series of several illustrations to promote their Regional Funds. The Foundation offers 17 funds (one for each region) and so Jussi created 17 illustrations, each showing a unique view of that part of the country. The resulting work is wonderful, offering a great insight into the architecture and landscape of the country.

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Philip Kennedy

April 21, 2014 / By

Portfolio Update: Emory Allen

Emory Allen

Illustrator, typographer, and all around talented guy Emory Allen updated his portfolio recently with some new work. On showcase is a slew of expressive illustrations which most of the time have some sort of type intermingled. The piece above is basically my Friday spirit animal. Be sure to also check out his Downloads section where he has some sweet backgrounds for your phone, tablet, and desktop.

Emory Allen

Emory Allen

Bobby Solomon

April 18, 2014 / By

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