Poppy & Red is the collected work of friends Anna Deegan and Paula McGloin. The two joined forced back in 2011 and have been developing some really wonderful pattern-based illustrations ever since.
With an art name like Cosmic Nuggets you’d probably expect some rather odd work, and that’s definitely what you get from this Scottish illustrator. But his work is also meticulously detailed and impeccably done. It’s hard to pinpoint where his inspiration comes from, but to me his work looks like a mix of folk art and Japanese kaiju, which actually make for an awesome combination.
Illustrator Jay Fleck‘s work is full of childhood ambition: his work illustrates fantasies born while staring at the ceiling on top of bunk bed during summer camp. On a large scale, his work depicts giraffes, whales, rocket ships and other figments of a healthy childhood imagination. The only way I know describe is work is that he pieces are fun–some are clever and others are more cheeky, too. All are full of childish fun pared with aspiration and daydreams.
I love coming across new work that puts a unique spin on illustration rooted in abstraction. Brooklyn-based Illustrator Michael Molfetas has a smart and reduced graphic style that has one foot in the Keith Haring school of free-form intuitive linework and the other in character-based idiosyncrasy.
This work by Japanese artist Naoko Horiguchi is so bright and cheerful – I just love it! Horiguchi’s motto is “to try out anything”, and a quick visit to her website proves that she does exactly that. Creating work in collage, inks, acrylics and rubber-stamps, her work is always fun and playful.
Personally, I love her pattern-based series tutumu+. “Tutumu” is the Japanese word for wrapping and Horiguchi says that these illustrations are printed on A3 kraft paper so they’re ideal for gift wrapping as well as for hanging on your wall. You can view the full set online here.