I am enamoured by the works of Alison Worman, in particular these gouache sketches/mini paintings. I find myself drawn to illustrations like these because I love the idea of being able to communicate ideas in a simple, yet effective format. I find that illustrations that manage to encapsulate a whole experience within a minimalistic (yet arresting) aesthetic is something that is harder to achieve than it looks.
See more at her Flickr stream and follow her on her blog.
I’m poring over the amazing details of Michelle Morin of United Thread’s watercolor artworks. She currently resides in Massachusetts with her fiancé and the subject of her artworks are primarily based on flora and fauna; the love of the former she picked up in Portland, Oregon where she worked at a plant farm and greenhouse.
I love watching the gradual transformation of her style and work from 2009 – it’s amazing. You can also read her blog here.
Tattoos have always been a bit of a mystery to me. I can identify and understand the reasons why people have it, but I’ve always been chicken to have one thing permanently marked on my body. Call me indecisive or that I’m being irrationally fickle – but if I had my way from the beginning, my whole body would be covered in all sorts of illustrations that you could just hang me up on the wall.
But you don’t have to go through such permanent measures any more because Tattly is here! The site was founded by Tina Roth Eisenberg (of Swiss Miss) and features adorable designer temporary tattoos from the likes of artists Julia Rothman and Marc Johns. The sets on Tattly will be able to satisfy those who have cravings of self mark-making, with all the fun but without the pain and regrets.