Archives: Illustration

Bright Bolds

Lauren Rolwing

Today we live in such a media-saturated world that it can be hard to really connect with art in a personal way. But I recently discovered an artist whose imagination is like a cool rain during a long Midwestern drought. With a color palette that really celebrates the bolds, it’s no wonder her pieces evoke those feelings of wahoo-it’s-Friday!

I stumbled upon Lauren Rolwing through a series of fashion illustrations she did (a few of which are pictured …AFTER THE JUMP – IS THAT YVES SAINT LAURENT TO DIE FOR OR WHAT?!


How To See Things With New Eyes


To sort of dovetail on what we were talking about yesterday – “catching magic” in the every day, – I think Ecuadorian artist Javier Perez teaches us just how accessible magic can be!  It can be as simple as looking at old objects with new eyes – a potato can be a rooster, pliers can be a cowboy, a flower can be a gramophone!   His series of everyday items turned into imaginative doodles makes me feel like I should get an agent for my kindergarten finger paintings.

My favorite illustrations AFTER THE JUMP…


Heroine Chic


There are few pairings I love as much as books and wall-worthy art.  Hugh Grant and a nicely tailored suit is another. …READ MORE!


Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird…It’s a…What?!


As a rule, I don’t look up when I’m walking for my own safety.  I have tumbled down escalators, speared myself on umbrellas, and fallen down in the middle of the street in rush hour traffic.  My body just prefers to be lying down.  (I suppose I could have chosen a career path where this might have even been practical.)  But on the rare occasion when I do look up, it occurs to me how much I’m missing – the penthouse apartments (I’ll never own), the rooftop gardens (I’ll never own), and the peeping Toms (I’ve probably dated).

And so maybe that’s why I adore this series of illustrations by French artist, Thomas Lamadieu, so much.  (Side Note: Is there ANYTHING the French aren’t good at?  Seriously, name one thing.  And then spank yourself because shame on you.  France has had my heart since Gérard Depardieu in Green Card.)

Lamadieu takes photographs of the sky between tightly stacked buildings and then illustrates the empty space between them.  At first it’s hard to discern what you’re looking at because he has so expertly drawn around the various crevices.  I wish I could see things like this.  The most imagery I can project is when I pass the Little Debbie aisle at the grocery store and can picture a Zebra Cake in my mouth. MY FAVORITE ILLUSTRATIONS AFTER THE JUMP!


Missed Love Connections

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All Illustrations: Sophie Blackall

You: tall, brown hair, incredibly voluminous moustache, blue/green checkered shirt
Me: tall, blonde, wearing all black and Burberry rain boots
I boarded the uptown C train at 14th Street at around 10:50 on Tuesday morning. You got off at 23rd. You were staring at me. Hard. You’re really really really ridiculously good-looking.

I am, you could say, a sucker for love.  I bear the curse of an overly active romantic imagination, which is probably why READ MORE…