Archive for the ‘Illustration’ Category

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For several weeks, I’ve been noticing the playful expressions of playing card design (if that’s a thing) floating around the internets. I began collecting examples to create a blog post, then I came across the work of Illustrator Jonathan Burton for the Folio Society, which was so great, he deserved his own post. I’m absolutely in love with his “Odd Bodies” set of playing cards, the jack of diamonds above being my favorite (above). My first thought was, how amazing would these be as a large scale prints? Looks like Burton is a step ahead of me as you can purchase prints in his shop. I want one so badly!!! I can’t find a link to buy the cards online so I’m not exactly sure what these were used for. Maybe they sold out already? I can see why! See more of the Odd Bodies set below. Get into it!

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Leanne Shapton_Book Cover - Extraordinary Things to Do

Last year around this time, I stumbled across the beautiful work of New York artist/illustrator/designer (and Pratt Alum!) Leanna Shapton after a trip to John Derian here in NYC.  I found her book, The Native Trees of Canada, and was immediately hooked. Much like Maira Kalman, I love her illustration style and use of painted typography. Once I spent more time looking into Shapton, I discovered she’s designed many beautiful book covers, and written + illustrated many books of her own. I seriously can’t get enough of her work and style. As my friend Theresa pointed out, “she’s like the Sofia Coppola of graphic design.” So true and well put.  According to the bio on her site, “Shapton grew up in Mississauga, Ontario, and attended McGill Univesity and Pratt Institute. After interning at SNL, Harper’s Magazine and for illustrator James McMullan, she began her career at the National Post where she edited and art-directed the daily Avenue page, an award-winning double-page feature covering news and cultural trends. She went on to art direct Saturday Night, the National Post’s weekly news magazine.” Years later, she started a non-profit imprint, J&L Books, specializing in art and photography books, in addition to writing/illustrating her own.

Leanne Shapton_Book Cover - Native Trees of Canada

Leanne Shapton_Book Cover - A Wander in the Woods

Leanne Shapton_Book Cover - Not That Kind of Girl

Leanne Shapton_Book Cover - Swimming Studies

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Leanne Shapton_Book Cover - The Tree



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This weekend, UK-based artist D*Face posted pictures of a recently completed mural in Puerto Rico (pictured above). Much like Shepard Fairey, D*Face’s work first began popping up as “tags” and small-scale pieces on the streets. Today, his work can be seen as large-scale murals on billboards/building walls and in galleries all over the world. While Fairey is known to have a bad rap, D*Face seems to have evaded the controversy and lawsuits that plague Fairey. I began following D*Face once I saw his work plastered on walls in NYC’s Meatpacking district. I love his Lichtenstein-inspired illustration style and the characters that pop up in his work. One fun fact, he designed the album artwork for Christina Aguilera’s 201o release, Bionic. Very graphic and very colorful, just what I like!



D*Face in LA, Going Nowhere Fast show at the Corey Helford Gallery, 2011 (above and below).





The artist and his finished work!


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Windows of New York is a project by NYC-based graphic designer José Guizar. Each week Jose draws different windows he sees during his travels around NYC. You’re probably thinking, windows? Why would anyone be inspired by windows? As someone also living in NYC, I can attest to the large variety in architecture that appears throughout the city. This is such a simple idea and José illustrates his area of exploration so well. This project really speaks to his skill as an illustrator! So take a trip through NYC with José and his Windows of New York. See the entire project here.


290 Lafayette


461 W. 47th


617 9th


199 E. 4th


962 Lexington

See them all here – Windows of NY.

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Today while browsing Behance portfolios, I found a cool campaign from P&G’s Dreft + fashion illustrator Anna Halarewicz. I love the tagline paired with fashion illustration and use of watercolor. What a simple-yet-effective idea right? While looking for other examples of her work, it’s clear to see watercolor is Anna’s medium of choice and she pairs it masterfully with her illustrative style. There’s just something about fashion illustration that always catches my eye!

I found a few more examples of Anna Halarewicz’s illustration which I’ll share below.

And finally, the artist herself!

I haven’t been able to find an official website for her, but if you look on pinterest or tumblr, lot’s of her stuff pops up.



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Christopher Gray, Stop Looking at Me All the Time

Yesterday I stumbled across the work of London-raised illustrator, designer and “Renaissance Man” Christopher Gray. I found his geometric paintings on Pinterest and quickly set out to find more information about him. When I found his website, there’s remarkably little information about him. So I had to dig a bit deeper and do more research. Grain Edit did a spotlight on Christopher in 2011, where they say, “His personal poster work (above) features amalgamated geometric shapes in sophisticated compositions and color schemes. Christopher is setting the bar high on this project, and writes on his blog that he’s aiming to get 100 posters in the middle of [the] year all of which will be for sale.” To see more of this project, check out the website here. Christopher also worked for studioAKA where they write, Chris has worked for the likes of Nike, Umbro, Tiger, PlayStation and the Hilton. A large selection of his professional work can be found on his blog, We Shall See. Christopher now calls Sweden home and says of Sweden, “It suites me perfectly. I‘m so lucky to be here for the summer. I‘ve never been in a position where if I get bored of work I can stroll down to the harbour and swim out to the pontoon and soak up some sun for an hour before heading home. Absolute bliss.” Sounds like a great way to work right? During my travels to the Scandinavia two summers ago, Sweden was hands down my favorite. A beautiful place, full of energy and a great design capital. It’s great to see designers that are so prolific in their professional and side projects. There’s really no limits for what designers can do these days and it’s really inspiring seeing others working in this way.

There’s also a great interview on Christopher on Ucon’s website you can read here.

To see more of Christopher’s work, check out is website, blog and read UCon’s interview here.

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I stumbled across the work of Julio Alan Lepez on tumblr this past July and it was love at first sight. The painting above appeared on my dashboard and I quickly reblogged it (for obvious reasons), but the original post lacked information about the artist. I love the combination of realistic portraiture with writing and the scratched out parts. I wasn’t sure if it was mixed media or just paint, but I’d never seen paintings like this before. Months later I got a message on tumblr alerting me to the artist, from …. the artist himself! I was trilled to find his site and see more of his work and learn more about him. I reached out asking if I could feature him on my humble blog, and thankfully he agreed. Today I’m featuring five of my favorites, but these only represent a small snapshot of his work. Check out an extensive collection of his work on his site (here), and follow his blog (here).

In writing about his show Inventory in 2011, Chelsey Henderson writes,

“Julio Alan Lepez has been painting portraits since back when he was at Art College. It is well known by now that Lepez’ subjects are always his friends. He works from photographs he takes of them, asking them to pose according to the idea he wants to portray, and even though it is evident that he has many very willing friends, after a few years of following his work one starts to recognize them, to almost feel like part of the group, like walking up to one of them and saying “hey, how have you been, its been ages!”

Solution nr. 1

31 x 31 cms. | collage, oil on mdf | 2011

The titles Lepez gives to his works are very important. “If I don’t have a title, I don’t have a painting”, says Lepez. Often, the title comes before the painting. Other titles, such as “Retratos imposibles” (Impossible Portraits) or “Retratos psicologicos” (Psychological Portraits) are constantly re-used with different characters. “To me the title is a way of capturing the spectator’s attention, a way of intriguing him and drawing him closer to the work. The image captivates, but the title sets him thinking all the more. I go crazy if picture and title are not perfect together”, explains the artist.”

Impossible Portrait 10

90 x 60 cms | oil and collage on canvas | 2005

Impossible Portrait 17

70 x 100 cms | oil, collage and charcoal on canvas | 2006

Laboratory (polyptych)

180 x 180 cms. | | 2011

I cheated with the last one, a group shot for my final favorite! But don’t these paintings look amazing together? I hope you enjoy Lepez’s work as much as I do and if you’d like to see more, check out his site (here).

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