I've started a side project, in which I draw hair and let kids finish the rest. What started off as an accident has turned into a playful exploration and it's been fun collaborating people younger than 10. Check out my tumblr for more.
What's slightly better than a depressing Surrealist painting? Find out in this episode of Boys Review with our friends Francis, Reuben and Caleb.
I’m supposed to be doing design work but instead I’m procrastinating. But look what I tumblr’d along… these cute illustrations by Alice Ferrow.
She’s a UK-based illustrator and I’m in love with her watercolours. I’m a big fan of this medium, particularly the use of layering and messy brush strokes. Combine this with her subject matter and you get a gentle, nostalgic feel, comparable to a wonderful child’s imagination.
Check out this playful type by Sydney-based studio, MaricorMaricar, created for Hong Kong Airport.
The word “DELICIOUS” is embroidered in 6 different languages, each one spelled out using the food from the various regions. I love the macaron’s in “Bon cout” – the detail is impressive and just so sweet!
MaricorMaricar specialises in hand-crafted illustration and lettering using hand embroidered and paper cut techniques (Someone get me a job here, please?).
You can check out some of their work here.
This is possibly the best thing to wake up to: doodles by Lim Heng Swee aka ilovedoodle *swoon*
He’s an illustrator and graphic designer who’s doing a swell job at keeping up his “Doodling A Smile” mantra.
His fancy-ful depictions of everyday things are as adorable as a sleeping kitten. I’m particularly in love with the first image below, aptly named “Coffee and Donuts.”
Learning Chinese is hard. Most of the time it feels like this: ASASLSK*&^%$LSJDLKSJD@#S
But when you finally get it, it's pretty neat! (I'm still waiting for this moment)
When I was studying, I came up with this to aid my learning adventures... it was a bit of a fail though as I still wrote the main message wrong (doh).
If only I had found Chineasy sooner!
Chineasy is a super awesome website that really explores the pictorial nature of chinese. It's a visual-based learning system which teaches chinese characters through stories and illustration. Not only does it help us understand and remember words and phrases, but it's just fun to look at!
Oh, hi world! It's afternoon tea time (the hot drink variety) and I've got no biscuits. But all is not lost, as I've been perusing Ashley Golberg's illustrations instead - and they are just as sweet (and won't leave a lifetime on the hips). Nom nom nom.
for the love of type is a blog I've never checked out – I'm kicking myself though because it's so freaking inspiring. Gemma O'Brien does amazing typography. I love her work because it's creative, beautiful and every piece showcases a lot of character (no pun intended).
Her backstory is pretty neat as well, where she rose to fame after this video: Write here, Write Now
Here are a few Christmas gifts I have made and they are things you can make too.
The first thing I did was bake a lemony-special load of cookies using this recipe (FYI, I halved the amount of chocolate chips - trust me, it's better this way). I couldn't find a jar big enough to hold my treats, so I brought some paper CD sleeves (inspired by this) and twine instead then wrapped-up each individual cookie. I also made some tags to attach. Woo!
Take a look at the finished product:
The second thing I did was make lots of cards. (Ok, it was only three).
I made tiny paper buntings which I threaded onto each card. For each cover, I took pretty paper and then cut out letters using a stanley knife (see above pictures). I also made pop-out 'ornaments' for the interior. I can't really explain what I mean, so I posted pictures instead:
You might have seen my Reddit post (or not) but I decided to take part again this year - not the Secret Santa again, but a card exchange. One of these cards goes out to someone in the US, woo! (UPDATE: My card giftee received my present. You can read her response here).
... And that was basically my weekend. I wish you luck on your christmas crafting.
I leave you with two pieces of advice:
- Eating too much cookie batter makes you want to vomit.
- There's no such thing as too much tinsel.
Last year I took part in the Reddit Secret Santa, a global gift giving bonanza. Reddit is pretty cool and they do all types of exchanges (snacks, books, mugs, you name it). In 2011, they were awarded a Guiness World Record for the largest online Secret Santa! That means that I have an official Guiness World Record for participating. I can even receive the certificate if I want. Woo, life goal #39 complete!
If you haven't heard of Reddit check it out, it's really neat.
Anyway, for my secret santa last year, I made this:
I wanted to do something I would have loved to receive - I have seen many cool gifts on Reddit, so wanted to join the bandwagon (and secretly hope that someone would give me an equally cool present - sadly this was not the case).
I'm really pleased that he enjoyed it! You can read his reaction here.
Just wanted to share some cool DIY gifts. More to come (probably posted after the holidays.. don't want to give any clues away to friends :))
I love this sketch - it makes me think of the illustrations in Roald Dahl's children's books. I want to start drawing like this; to be a little more free-flowing in form and have a lot more character.