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Recently I stumbled across the illustration of Andreas Samuelsson and quickly fell in love with the simple style and bright colors he uses in his work. His bio states, “Letters, stylized objects, symbols and details are important elements of Andreas Samuelsson’s creativity. He likens his way of working to a musician sampling audio clips. “I like to put the pieces together and build up pictures quite freely”, he explains. “The goal is to break down an image so that it becomes as pure as possible.” –Molly & Co.  Awesome huh? Scroll below to see a few of my favorites. If you’d like to see every more, check out his entire portfolio site here. Get into it!

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Isabel + Ruben Toledo Target (1)

Isabel x Ruben Toledo for Target (above).

The other day I gave an introduction to one of my favorite artists/illustrators Ruben Toledo and his work with Nordstrom. Today I’d like to share more of his work and a little more about the artist. The piece above (actually a beach towel) was created to celebrate opening a new Target store in NYC, and I’m lucky enough to own this beauty. Cute right? So a little more about the artist: Ruben Toledo was born in Havana, Cuba in 1961. Toledo is a painter, sculptor, illustrator, fashion chronicler and critic, and surrealist. He has designed mannequins, store windows, award statuettes, scarves, fabrics, dishes and book covers for Penguin Classics. He has painted murals, portraits, album covers and gallery walls. He has also created illustrations for the top fashion magazines from around the world including The New Yorker, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Paper, Visionaire, Interview and The New York Times. Some of my favorite work from Toledo comes from the book The Little Black Book of Style by Project Runway’s Nina Garcia. The book is soooooo cute and illustrated beautifully by Toledo. Years ago in college I gave it as christmas gifts. So sit back, scroll, and get into more of Toledo’s work below.

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Buffalo Pong Wallpaper: Digital and gouache Na Kim 2012
Buffalo Pong Wallpaper, 2012.

Today I’m super excited to share illustrated patterns by Na Kim and her delightfully illustrated resume (scroll down). How great is this buffalo x ping pong wallpaper pattern? I love this style of pattern making; taking individual illustrations and repositioning them to create a repeat pattern. And I like that she’s doing so in such a playful way. They’re totally random (or at least appear to be) but work together so well. I love the unexpected combinations! Wouldn’t this pattern, and the ones below, make really cool socks or something? I’m all about it.

Buffalo Pong Gouache on Paper © Na Kim 2012

Her original Buffalo Pong illustration (above).

Mallard-mallot Pattern 2012 Digital+Gouache © Na Kim 2012

Mallard-mallot Pattern, 2012 (above).

Mallard-Mallot 2012 Gouache on paper © Na Kim 2012

Whale Ballin’ Reloaded Wallpaper © Na Kim 2012

Whale Ballin’ 2012 (above). Aren’t these fun?

So I found Na Kim’s illustrated resume first (below), and patterns second, which reminded me of a subject I’ve touched on a few times, resume design. Some months ago, I blogged about what a bad idea “creative” resumes are, especially in the graphic design field. However, in this case I absolutely love Na Kim’s illustrated resume. It just makes sense. She’s a talented illustrator and has a unique typographic style of lettering. I’m not saying all designers (or typographers) should do this, but when it speaks to your skills, and you’re able to inject a sense of personality AND skill into it, then why not.

So if you’re liking what you see, check out Na Kim’s website and blog.
Get into it y’all!

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Love love love! (everything above and below).

boys will be boys 2011 Ink on Paper

he said she said 2011

I AM NOT AFRAID OF RICHARD SERRA. 2009 Gouache on paper

im no kennedy 2011

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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.

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Leanne Shapton_Book Cover - The Tree

 

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In March, one of my favorite blogs, A Lovely Being blogged about Macon & Lesquoy‘s Travel sketchbooks from a trip to NYC. I created sketchbooks like this from my travels in Copenhagen and I keep meaning to get back in the habit. I have a fresh pack of Moleskines that are just begging for this treatment. So until I get back in the habit, enjoy these from Macon & Lesquoy!

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Jonathan Adler!

 

 

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D*Face_Puerto-Rico-Reflections

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!

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

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The artist and his finished work!

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