illustration

two fridas

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist that lived most of her life and physical pain, yet she continued to paint until her death, her artwork records her suffering and experiences as a woman. She was born to a Mexican mother and a German father.Read More →

The Most Magnificent Thing featured image

Canadian author and illustrator Ashley Spires remind children and (big kids) about the importance of resilience.  Her illustrated Children’s book the Most Magnificent Thing is about a little girl who has in her mind a magnificent projectRead More →

AIGA promotional poster

The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) is a professional design organisation. Members practice all forms of communication design, including graphic design, typography, interaction design, user experience, branding and identity. The objective of the organisation is to be the standard bearer of professional ethics and practice in the design profession. TRead More →

The Painting of John F. Kennedy and Pope John XXIII, entitled the “Peace Sowers,” was done by Walter Molino (1915 – 1997). Molino shows the men moving hand-in-hand through a plowed field scattering “seeds of goodwill.” Molino’s placard underneath the painting reads;Read More →

Northern lights are a result of the collision of gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere.  This palette I created from the deep and cosmic colours of a photo taken in Estonia. I have called it Aurora.Read More →

Margaret Cook

“Thoughts, silent thoughts, of Time and Space and Death…” When thirty-six-year-old Walt Whitman self-published Leaves of Grass in the summer of 1855, having poured the whole of his being into this unusual and daring labor of love, it fell upon unreceptive and downright hostile ears — a rejection that devastated the young poet.Read More →

Can you name all of the movie allusions in this project? It’s general knowledge that filmmakers draw on their own experiences to create their work. Still, Federico Babina employed portraiture to remake them. Read More →

Hattie Stewart Doodlebombing featured image

Hattie Stewart is a London-based painter and illustrator. Her tongue-in-cheek artwork glides smoothly between various creative sectors, including Fashion, Music, and Contemporary Art, despite the fact that she is best known for ‘doodlebombing’ over influential Magazines.Read More →

An image of a pencil.

I am feeling nostalgic for the humble pencil.  There is a comfort and warm familiarity whenever I pick one up (rarely these days).  Pencils are inexpensive, portable, simple to operate and the marks that they make are easy to erase.  Unlike other writing tools, they do not run out of ink or skip.Read More →

Saul Bass West Side Story featured image

When the Frank Sinatra film on drug addiction “The Man With The Golden Arm” opened, a Saul Bass poster dominated the cinema billboards. No words, only artwork- a jagged arm.Read More →

Some of the best selling books online are adult colouring books. They are not like your typical children’s colouring books – which have huge illustrations and are not especially challenging to anybody who has hand-eye coordination and is over the age of 12. Read More →

Kelmscott Press

Morris believed his responsibility was “to revive a sense of beauty in home life, to restore the dignity of art to household decoration.Read More →

La Biche au Bois by Jules Cheret

Jules Cheret was a French painter and lithographer who became a master of Belle Époque poster art. He has been called the father of the modern poster.Read More →

Osamu Tezuka stars featured image

Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989) is widely regarded as the godfather of Japanese manga comics. He originally wanted to be a doctor and earned his degree before turning to what was then a children’s medium. Among his many early masterpieces was the Astro Boy series, which was popular in the United States.Read More →

Dinotopia, A Land Apart from Time: 20th Anniversary Edition

Inspired by archaeology, lost civilizations, and the art of illustration, James Gurney’s children book Dinotopia creates an extraordinary place where humans and dinosaurs live in harmony.Read More →

Resplendent Trogon Bird

These beautiful hand-drawn birds were taken from two books by Mary and Elizabeth Kirby; Beautiful Birds in Far-off Lands and Birds of Gay Plumage. Read More →

Beatrix Potter - Peter Rabbit

I spend and inordinate amount of time on Social Media sourcing and researching illustrators. The following are some of the illustrators I have enjoyed sharing over the last couple of weeks.Read More →

Small space ideas photo of a living room

A small space doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be cramped. Maybe there is not enough light; furniture doesn’t sit well, the layout isn’t right? How do you make a small room feel more spacious? With clever use of colour, furniture placing, space planning and lighting, your small space can feel as spacious as you need it to bRead More →

Game of Thrones Papercuts

These intricate portraits of our favourite Game of Thrones characters are made entirely from paper, cut in different layers and using various colours and textures to emulate the strokes of a paintbrush.

Crafted by Robbin Gregorio, an illustrator and designer from the Philippines, the attention to detail is impressive and certainly demonstrates a patient and steady hand. From the expensive, embroidered clothes and house emblems to the heavy beards and fur coats, Robbin papercuts depict every character beautifully.Read More →