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Artists We’re Crushing On: Designer Appreciation Part 8

We have the utmost respect for the crafters, letter-makers, and inspiration shakers out there. In digital marketing, incredible visuals are a crucial element of the whole package. Therefore, in this ongoing series, we wanted to give due props to the artists, creators, and designers we’ve taken note of lately. Thanks for making stuff beautiful!

1. Matt Blease

Heavily influenced by his background in graphic design, Matt produces minimalist illustrations that pack a serious punch. Bursting with warmth and humor, Matt channels his ideas in a way that’s as playful as it is bold. Having created work for high profile publications such as The Guardian and The New Yorker, and brands including Nike and Coca-Cola, he’s certainly becoming an illustrator to watch. Simple line work on a plain white background has never hit home like this before.

Check out his Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mattblease/

2. Elisa Sheehan

Elisa Sheehan is best known for her Kintsugi Eggshells, a collection of delicate and vibrantly painted eggshells that serve as a testament to nature’s beauty and imperfections. The art of Kintsugi originated in Japan in the 15th century. Translating literally to ‘golden joinery’, Kintsugi is the art of repairing cracked pottery with seams of gold. Elisa has applied the same technique to showcase the hidden beauty of broken eggshells, in a series she describes as “a visual representation of imperfection as a true value and where flaws are celebrated and viewed as beautiful.”

Check out her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elisasheehanart/

 

3. Toyin Ojih Odutola

Born in Nigeria and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Toyin Ojih Odutola is a visual storyteller who explores the intricacies, malleability and complexities of identity through her drawings of enigmatic figures. Toyin’s work, rendered in pastel, pencil and charcoal, challenges traditional forms of portraiture through her distinctive, mark-marking style. Her intimate subjects, emerging from the canvas against colorful backdrops of luxury and leisure, speak to the intersections of race, class and identity. With a list of achievements that already includes solo exhibitions at major galleries such as the Whitney in New York, this is definitely an artist to keep a close eye on.

Check out more of her work on her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/toyinojihodutola/

4. Lindsey Mendick

Creating multicoloured smorgasbords of gorgeous glazed ceramics, Lindsey Mendick melds comedy and color with the surreal to produce installations that are a feast for the eyes and mind. Her sculptural worlds subvert familiar, domestic objects to broach ideas of identity: what is our relationship with the domestic and how does this impact us? How does food play a role in broader political issues such as female oppression? Attention-grabbing yet deeply thought-provoking at the same time, Lindsey’s work is a celebration of life and color and a call to reflect on the everyday that surrounds us.

Check out Lindsey’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lindseymendick/

http://lindseymendick.com

http://lindseymendick.com

5. Studio Zimoun

Sound and space collide in the works of the mononymous Zimoun, a Swiss artist whose sound installations are as much architectural as they are audiovisual. Using simple elements such as cardboard boxes, cotton balls and plastic bags, Zimoun builds unlikely soundscapes that make the most ordinary of objects come alive. The viewer is invited to actively experience Zimoun’s spaces, playing witness and participant to the orchestra of anomalous sounds that his three-dimensional structures create. It’s exploration on a whole new level.

Check out their Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/studiozimoun/

What artists, designers, or creatives are you into right now? Let us know in the comments below. You can also see all of our other designer shout-outs here!

Artists We’re Crushing On: Designer Appreciation Part 7

amazing designers to follow

We have the utmost respect for the crafters, letter-makers, and inspiration shakers out there. In this ongoing visual series, we wanted to give due props to the artists, creators, and designers we’ve taken note of lately. Thanks for making stuff beautiful!

Natalia Maca

Instagram: @natalia.maca

Natalia Maca is a UK-based digital “illustrator, designer, and explorer.” With an Instagram channel that’s super easy on the eyes, we’ve been visiting over and over to get a glimpse of the cool and muted palette of her work. Natalia specializes in editorial illustration, publishing, advertising and T-shirt design, and she tends to have a slightly surreal look to her many amazing projects.

Andrea (Mky)

Instagram: @i.am.mky

We’re big fans of anyone that can take simple words and turn them into a work of art – for wordsmiths, it’s like the perfect two-fer. Romanian designer Mky’s specialty is in crafting incredibly stunning logo design and lettering. With cute fonts, design accents, and color choices, she’s got a great style that really has a voice of its own.

José Parlá

Instagram: @joseparla

José Parlá is a fairly well-known graffiti artist, street artist, and muralist that we’ve been keeping up with. His use of cotton candy color schemes, fluffy paint swatches, minimalistic detail and dreamlike style, we wish we could hire him to paint up our office walls. For now, we’ll just visit his Instagram page to get daily motivation that inspires a deep breath.

Katie Daisy

Instagram: @katiedaisy_artist

Katie Daisy’s name is perhaps the most perfect name matchup in history. With her passion for painting large, vibrant wildflowers and other bits and pieces of nature, she certainly lives up to the name. With beautiful detail and often large-scale works, Katie’s paintings make you feel as though you’re in a crisp and clean meadow.

Juliana Horner

Instagram: @claropsyche / @vesperucca

Who said makeup art wasn’t inspirational? Juliana Horner’s bright, color-popping makeup looks are the refreshing boost we need in the morning. While never able to replace the energy burst that coffee brings, her innovative and creative makeup looks are bold, daring, and absolutely beautiful. Also, how does she do those seamless lines?!

 

What artists, designers, or creatives are you into right now? Let us know in the comments below. You can also see all of our other designer shout-outs here!

Artists We’re Crushing On: Designer Appreciation Part 6

We have the utmost respect for the crafters, letter-makers, and inspiration shakers out there. In this ongoing visual series, we wanted to give due props to the artists, creators, and designers we’ve taken note of lately. Thanks for making stuff beautiful!

1. Julian Charrière

Julian Charrière is an artist that doesn’t shy away from sensitive subjects. Over the last few years, he has developed quite the reputation for taking on deep, environmental themes in his artwork; highlighting climate change and global warming in particular. For many projects, travel is necessary. Charrière journeyed as far as an iceberg in the Arctic Ocean to get the perfect photograph.

 

Check out his full website here: http://julian-charriere.net

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2. Andrew Fairclough

Andrew Fairclough‘s illustration work is positively mesmerizing. With artistic beginnings in skate and snowboard graphic design, he has since worked with huge brands and continued to create incredibly detailed illustration pieces. Andrew has described his own work as being “inspired by mid-century spot illustrations and design as well as vintage sci-fi, comics, surrealism, DIY art culture, and the textural wonders of degraded print.”

 

Check out his full website here: https://www.behance.net/kindredstudio

3. Claire Newton

We stumbled upon Claire Newton‘s work while just dipping into #designer on Instagram. In a sea of mislabeled posts, her stunning watercolors stood out like an oasis. We’ve zeroed in on the beautifully vibrant palms, flowers, and other foliage in Newton’s watercolor repertoire, and equally enjoy her work with detailed patterns and geometric abstracts.

Check out her Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/clairenewtondesign/

4. Kelsey Amy

Okay, so custom kicks haven’t really been on our mind for quite some time, BUT, we might make an exception for these beauties. Kelsey Amy founded Shme Custom Kicks, a personalized shoe business that’s run completely online. Not only do we have respect for this entrepreneurial female power, we genuinely think the shoe designs are incredibly well done.

Check out their Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/kelshmeamy/


5. Mikey Burton

We’re a little obsessed with the 50’s inspired illustration style of Mikey Burton. Currently sporting the position of a part-time designer and illustrator at Designy Illustrator, Burton has been creating, winning awards, and generally killing the corporate art game. While we’re happy he’s making the big bucks working with big brands, we’ll never stop loving the monochromatic sketches and breakfast pins.

Check out his full website here: https://www.mikeyburton.com

What artists, designers, or creatives are you into right now? Let us know in the comments below. You can also see all of our other designer shout-outs here!

Artists We’re Crushing On: Designer Appreciation Part 5

We have the utmost respect for the crafters, letter-makers, and inspiration shakers out there. In this ongoing visual series, we wanted to give due props to the artists, creators, and designers we’ve taken note of lately. Thanks for making stuff beautiful!

1. Chan Chau

Chan Chau hails from Minnesota and is an illustrator, designer, and cartoonist all-in-one. We can’t get over their beautiful, vibrant style, and portfolio of short comics and illustrations. They are a mysterious artist, as they only show their profile in sketch form, which makes us wonder that there’s still so much to find out about the person behind the stunning anime artwork and vibrant, storytelling posters. Check out their full website here: http://cargocollective.com/chanc

Update: We have edited a previous version of this article that inaccurately gendered Chan. 

2. Heidi Annalise

Heidi Annalise is someone that can look at something as small as a mint tin and see an opportunity. She paints beautiful, mini-masterpieces out in the world using just a few colors on-hand and an empty tin of mints as a canvas. Based in Colorado, much of her amazing works of art are based on the environments nearby, but maybe if you ask nicely she’ll paint something from your own world. Check out her full website here: http://www.heidiannaliseart.com/

3. Meghan Hildebrand

Contemporary painter Meghan Hildebrand is truly one-of-a-kind. Drawing inspiration from the vast and varying landscapes of Northern California, her dreamscape-like works of art are surreal, tranquil, and have an air of patchwork design that pieces together textures and patterns. She brushes through seasons and picturesque settings that involve compatible characters. Check out her full website here: http://meghanhildebrand.com

4. Gavin Worth

Working with wire sounds like a painful process, but metalworker artist Gavin Worth has shown us that it’s completely fascinating and beautiful. The accuracy of his work is impeccable, shaping designs of never before seen works of art like it. Been picked up by the likes of Tiffany & Co and Ralph Lauren, he’s one to catch your eye with these incredible pieces. Check out his full website here: https://www.gavinworth.com

5. Dina Brodsky

Artist Dina Brodsky began her craft at the young age of 19 years, letting her love of miniatures take hold. Using a unique method, she creates small oil paintings on two-inch Plexiglas circles that portray a variety of outdoor scenes: Rivers & Logs, Cloud Hands, and Giants. They are gorgeous, detailed, and adorably small. Check out her full website here: http://dinabrodsky.com

What artists, designers, or creatives are you into right now? Let us know in the comments below. You can also see all of our other designer shout-outs here!

Designer Appreciation Post: Part 4

We have the utmost respect for the visual crafters, letter-makers, and inspiration shakers. In this ongoing series, we wanted to give due props to the artists we’ve taken note of lately. Thanks for making stuff beautiful.

EMBROIDERY ART BY SHEENA LIAM

Not only is she the past winner of Asia’s Next Top Model, Liam’s art is sublte and delicate embroidery. Featuring mostly female figures and the use of string as hair, it’s evocative without being over-wrought.

 

COLORFUL MURALS BY HUEMAN

Recently, Allison Tinati AKA Hueman finished the epically gorgeous mural in downtown LA as an ode to Joel Bloom, the community activist. It’s hard not to see why her murals and paintings are both a compelling reason to pick up a spray can, but also a lesson in masterful detail and color.

 

STREET ART BY DAAN BOTLEK

Rotterdam-based artist Daan Botlek fills walls with his trademark anonymous figures as they interact with the architecture around them. The artist incorporates basic geometric elements, existing shadows, architectural elements, and found textures to depict silhouette figures that appear to fight against gravity or even themselves.

 

 

THE DEVIL’S ROPE BY ANDREW EFFENDY

The Devil’s Rope is an experimental type piece by designer Andrew Effendy.

… a series of wires pulled across two wooden posts. They are treated to look like barbed wire, except at the spiny, barbed sections where the wires form letters of the alphabet, A through Z. As a whole, the piece seems like a sinister fence of letters, its menacing script casting peculiar shadows on the walls. The allusion of language as a barricade is unavoidable. Effendy’s piece makes you mull over the role of language and how—especially, in today’s world of information overload—language has the power to encourage progress as well as impede it.

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