medium /// illustration




maria hergueta

Oh, that Frida! Yep, I came across that image and was instantly sold on the work of Spanish artist/illustrator Maria Hergueta… I love the feminine feel to her work {don’t even get me started on that cross-stitched illustration!}. But it’s not all about the ladies… nope, she’s got a little something for the kids and fellas, too:

… and the men:

: )





marcelina jarnuszkiewicz

I don’t often write about animated films, but when Warsaw based artist/illustrator Marcelina Jarnuszkiewicz sent me a link to Półczłowiek Półkoń / Halfman Halfhorse, I had no choice! It’s so lovely… and really weird. The illustrations are gorgeous, the story is wonderfully bizarre, and the music is perfect {I’d even venture to say that it’s a bit Wes Anderson-ish}. Essentially it’s a day-in-the-life of a horse/man… unfortunately he faces a very traumatic moment and turns to cigarettes and alcohol to steady his nerves. Hilarious, totally weird, and really really beautiful:

Oh dear… poor horse/man. Those were a few of my favorite stills, but here is the full animation in all it’s bizarre glory. Please watch… it’s so good!





agata krolak

Oh my. I wish I had a shelf FULL of these plants! They are the work of Polish artist/illustrator Agata Krolak… so simple, and oh so lovely! I’d also take a few things from this part of her portfolio too:

Gah! Now I want some “chipsys” and a strawberry shake!!! Yeah, I know that’s yogurt, but yogurt wouldn’t wash down my chipsys very well. Ok, I should probably stop there… I won’t though, because I also found these:

♥ … now I’m finished.

{A few of her prints can be found in her Society6 shop, and some of her beautifully illustrated books can be found here.}





CREATIVE BLOCK (my book!)

I don’t even know what to write… this has been hush-hush for so long… but finally, I can tell you all of the ins & outs of my book that has just been released by Chronicle Books {available in stores all over the world?!!} Let’s start with the title. It’s called CREATIVE BLOCK, and here’s what it looks like (an instagram taken with my very old phone, but you get the idea):

*The cover was designed by Dinah Fried at Chronicle, and then painted by Toronto based artist Amanda Happé. I love it so much and am proud to have had such talented people working on this project.

SO, WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT:

I came up with the idea for CREATIVE BLOCK for myself, just as much as for all of you. I wanted to make something beautiful – a contemporary art book filled not only with inspiring images, but also inspiring words, advice, and tips to help amateurs and professionals alike, find their way through those days when the ideas just won’t come. Because everyone who dabbles in something creative feels that way at some point – right? Right. I wanted to write this book to show you that if you’re feeling this way you’re not alone either. I’ve written hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of posts about successful, working artists who seem to have this whole “creative thing” figured out. But surely they have blocks from time to time? How do they get through them? Where do they find fresh inspiration? How do they handle negative feedback? Does it stop them in their tracks? Now, these full time artists don’t have the luxury of not finishing, or giving up on a project – not when they’ve got a gallery or art buyer waiting on them! So how do they push themselves through those moments when the ideas just aren’t there? Or when the ideas are there, but their hands or materials will not cooperate.

THE ARTISTS:

Finally! I’m thrilled to reveal the list of 50 amazingly open, honest, witty, thoughtful, funny, talented artists that allowed me to interview them about their own creative blocks, insecurities, and inner-critics. Not only did they give us a candid view into their creative process, but each of them wrote a “creative unblock exercise” to help shake us out of our own blocks. Amazing? YES!

Gah! Almost 300 pages of stunning contemporary artwork, insightful advice, and creative-unblocking tips. It’s soooo good, all thanks to that amazing list of people who have been such a huge inspiration to me. I’ll hope, actually I know, they’ll inspire you too!

WHEN & WHERE:

The book is now on shelves, all over the world, as of March 2014, and online via GREAT.LY, Chronicle Books, and all of the other usual suspects. Check the side bar for upcoming book signing events! See you there!

ps. Thank you so much to Jerry Saltz, Brené Brown, and Faythe Levine for writing endorsements that will appear on the back cover - I love that you love it!




danielle kroll

Pickles, ponies, and party dresses!! Now THAT is a sketchbook! And the creator of these amazing “sketches”… Brooklyn based artist, illustrator, AND designer Danielle Kroll. Now, if this is what her unfinished work looks like, just image the finished pieces! She has done all sorts of things for clients like Anthropologie, and Land of Nod just to name drop a couple of biggies.

One of my favorite things, aside from that fab sketchbook of course, is this personal project:

“In August 2012 I backpacked through the John Muir Trail. These photos are some of the sites I saw along the 200+ miles. There’s a lot of time to think while hiking and a few images really stuck in my mind – like what if the trail was rainbow colored? It certainly would be easier to follow.”


Sigh.





i’m jealous of claire softley

Ok, so, I’m a “dog person” … or so I thought! … I cannot get enough of these CATS! They are the work of UK based artist/illustrator Claire Softley, and I want a close up of each one of them in their own kitty-enhancing frame hung in a giant feline-grid on my living room wall! Now, I should point out that Claire makes a lot of work that doesn’t involve cats in any way. My faves are these shelves of cacti, and this lovely abstract piece:


Gorgeous. And with that, I’ll wish a happy weekend to all of you cat, and cactus, lovers out there! {apparently, that’s me!}





i’m jealous of kimiaki yaegashi

You really want a slice of pizza now, don’t you? Me too! Now I just need a bikini and a couple of weird side-kicks to help me eat a pepperoni n’ mushroom n’ green pepper special! Maybe I could invite Tokyo based artist/illustrator Kimiaki Yaegashi – I have a feeling he’d be up for it! He makes all sorts of weird and wonderful things. You know, things like stencil prints of girls riding llamas & dinosaurs:

Love! AND pretty much everything he makes is available as prints, bags or T-shirts!

{I found some of the pizza images on Booooooom, and the rest on Kimiaki’s site}





i’m jealous of ashley goldberg… again




Ah yes, there is always something new, fun and kinda weird in the portfolio of American artist Ashley Goldberg… today that includes a lemon head girl, a cactus, a couple of slightly odd foxy creatures, and of course a masked cat-girl. Have a great weekend! I hope it’s filled with new, fun, and kinda weird things!





i’m jealous of alice ferrow





Um… I love all of these pieces by London based artist/illustrator Alice Ferrow. Beautiful little collections, tiny cactus, coral, bell jars… and a bobcat. And her color choices? Don’t even get me started. Ok, now… here’s the thing. I am terrified of snakes. Terrified. But I have to say, Alice might have convinced me that they’re actually quite pretty:

Yep. When they’re 2D, and completely motionless, I like them. Kinda.





i’m jealous of brian cronin





I’m not sorry! In fact, I couldn’t be less sorry about showing you the work of Dublin born, Brooklyn based artist/illustrator Brian Cronin. Beautiful, vintage-inspired worlds that I would really love to visit … cable knit tents and baskets for bike helmets … oh yes, this is my kind o’ place! Now, not only am I smitten with Brian’s paintings, so is Milton Glaser. That’s right. Milton. Glaser. Here’s what one of the most famous graphic designers in the USA has to say about Brian’s work:

“Brian Cronin, who worked for me when he was an innocent lad from Ireland, has blossomed into one of the best practitioners for design and illustration in the field”.

Well that’s not too shabby, is it!?

{I found Brian’s work at ReneeRhynerShop.com. Pop over and have a look when you have a moment – lots of lovely work at affordable prices. I want that girl on the bike!}