Seng Soun Ratanavanh is an artist and illustrator born in Laos, she currently lives in France working in French publishing where she has recently illustrated a couple of children’s books. She is fascinated with Japanese culture, using traditional motifs and print in her work such as origami paper, kimono fabric and urban Japanese landscapes.
Currently based in Spain, Valero Doval is a freelance collage artist who works in a creative mix of editorial commissions, installations and his own personal work. His collages predominately consist of vintage imagery juxtaposed with modern illustration bringing wit and narrative to his pictures.
Had a lot of fun doing this piece. I wanted to change the header on my blog for a while and came up with the idea of doing a simple stationary illustration since I love stationary! Perfect for this little art blog.
This young artist is big in publishing, fashion and other media circles, you will understand why once you look at her work. Random House Canada, Bloomsbury, Harper Collins, TeNeues, Hardie Grant, Blue Apple Books, UNIQLO, and Orla Kiel are just some of the clients Emma Block has been commissioned by.
I have got to say looking through her portfolio I like her own personal project work inspired by old films, books, hobbies and day to day life. I can definitely learn something from Block’s techniques since I work primarily with the same medias, paper craft, ink and watercolour. The way she uses cut out silhouettes of paper combined with watercolours adds another dimension and different focus points to her illustrations.
Not nice to meet your or pleased to meet you, or how do you do but ‘Pleased To Meet’ is the name of this stationary/papercraft brand. Based in Berlin, Germany Daniela and Marcel are the duo that co-founded Pleased To Meet – Daniela being the illustrator. Her illustrations are playful and understated that conform to the main look of this lovely brand. On their website you can buy prints, notebooks, cards, wrapping paper, and gift tags all of which are designed and made in Germany.
Pleased To Meet has illustration collections which come in most of the products, I really like the fruit and & veg collection and the city prints which focus on New York, London, Paris and Berlin. Daniela captures the essence of these different cultures through architecture and daily scenes.
I was very pleased to have met these lovely designs that’s for sure!
The Frog Prince fable demonstrates how people tend to judge too quickly on what they see – ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ derives from such teachings. Compared to some of the other Grimms teachings this particular saying crops up in everyday situations or rather it should. Unfortunately some people analyse too quickly on what they see which can result in inaccurate perceptions about situations or people. I know I do it and I don’t even realise I’m doing it..it’s like a reflex!
The Frog Prince fable taken on by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm became the first story in their collection. In most versions of this tale the frog prince’s spell is broken by the kiss of the princess/heroine of the story. In the Brothers Grimm version, there is no lovers kiss but a wall slap! Rather comically The Frog Prince asks the princess if he can sleep on her other pillow sharing the bed with her. She doesn’t want him to get the wrong idea and responds by throwing him at the bedroom wall which breaks the spell revealing his original identity, a human prince.
I have deliberately kept the gold ball out of this design (another small part of the Grimm story) because I would like it to be printed in gold foiling if I eventually get it turned into a card. It will be at the top of the fountain. It was an interesting experiment using several different medias to create this illustration. Got me really thinking about what medias can work together well visually and which ones don’t work so well. Notice the heart lily pads? I had fun making those.
You can find a bigger scale of this design in my portfolio by clicking on Fable Designs
I came across this company a while ago and bought some of their stunning wrapping paper. Paper High specialises in selling Fair Trade products made in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. They sell a variety of gift type products such as journals, bags, bowls, photo albums etc that you can find on their website. They even sell Elephant Dung greeting cards which sounds rather icky but are actually adorable! The design work on the products they sell are simple yet lovely, like the prints on the wrapping paper which remind me of childhood and the pretty images that are used in children books to tell a story. The wrapping papers are handmade from a native flower in Nepal and are dyed in vibrant colours. Their website photos don’t do them justice, this is what they look like without packaging in person.