Illo Crush: Mallory of Where the Lovely Things Are

Today, I’m so thrilled to introduce a new column to the blog where I invite a few of my favorite bloggers to share with us their favorite illustrators (which in many cases, involved a lot of whittling down!), and our first guest is Mallory of Where the Lovely Things Are!


I love illustration. I won’t even admit to how many illustrator’s blogs I’m subscribed to because you’d think I’m semi-insane. Semi-insane because I’m not an illustrator myself (or an… art director or any other career that would logically keep tabs on the illustration world so much): I just love illustration, it’s as simple as that.

I think it all stems from my love of children’s books. Generally, people graduate to reading chapter books and leave their picture books behind: they’re packed up and tucked away. Most adults don’t touch an illustrated book again until they have children of their own: not me. Picture books have never left my shelves and never will. As someone who loves to write, I adore the stories told through words in these books, but man do I also love the illustrations.

I didn’t really get into the whole (wonderful!) world of blogs and the internet until after I graduated from college, but once I did it was only natural that I’d find myself spending hours at a time scrolling through illustrator’s portfolios / blogs. My love for illustration started through those placed in a book format, but now it encompasses the work of illustrators in all forms.

When Amy approached me about doing a guest post featuring some of my favorite illustrators, I thought I’d choose those whose work I would love to see in book form. Hey publishing companies! Make this happen.

Marisa Seguin

Marisa Seguin

Tuesday Bassen

Tuesday Bassen

Anne Emond

Anne Emond

Eleni Kalorkoti

Eleni Kalorkoti

Yelena Brysenkova

Yelena Bryksenkova

Lizzy Stewart

Lizzy Stewart

Nolan Pelletier

Nolan Pelletier

Eirian Chapman

Eirian Chapman

Denise Holmes

Denise Holmes

Dadu Shin

Dadu Shin


You can follow Mallory and her obsession with illustration (and many other lovely things!) over here:
Her Illustration Adoration pinboard over at Pinterest | Illustrated Ladies (& Gents!) tumblrs | her blog devoted to her vintage book collection | Where the Lovely Things Are | Twitter

{Thanks so much Mallory!}

13 Replies to “Illo Crush: Mallory of Where the Lovely Things Are”

  1. Rebecca says:

    Seriously awesome collection! I love them all…

  2. Katie G says:

    Oh my goodness, I am so excited you’re making this a regular feature (but also concerned….even more lovely discoveries on Pikaland than before? My bank account better watch out).

  3. nice to find you both here together!

  4. Marisa says:

    Thanks Mallory for including me! I’m honoured!

    Excited that this is going to be a regular feature!

  5. Tuesday says:

    Aw, thanks so much for including me! You rule!

  6. melanie says:

    Oh man, so many great artists here, and also a new blog to love!! Thanks!

  7. yelena says:

    aw man thanks for putting me alongside so many amazing illustrators, mallory! what an honor. i wish more non-illustrators/art directors cared about the wonderful world of illustration!

    and great to see this new column! i’m looking forward to more, amy 🙂


  8. Debbie says:

    Love this! Now I have inspiration overload…thanks!

  9. What a fabulous column idea, Amy! If this first one is any indication, it’ll be amazing. I can’t wait to explore these blogs that Mallory has introduced!!

  10. Marije says:

    This post made my day! I love illustration too but I don’t have a professional background in illustration either. Recently, when I completed the Pikaland survey if felt semi-insane too, because the questions about professional illustration things. I had to confess I’m ‘just’ a civil servant, a policy analist, who loves illustration. And this love started in my teens, when I became attracted to beautiful childrens picture books. Which, in fact, I didn’t like too much when I was a child. i just wanted to read back than. Anyway. Just glad to find out I’m not alone in this. I recently made a blogpost on a beautiful illustrated child poetry book ( and just writing that post made me so happy, I planned to do much more post like this. I already took the pictures, now all I have to do is write the posts.

  11. Amy says:


    That’s a beautiful book that you posted! Illustrations aren’t meant to scare people off, and I’m sorry if the survey made you feel that way.

    If it makes you feel better, I don’t have a professional background in illustration either, so that’s why I post from a viewpoint as someone who loves it as it is. 🙂

  12. nancy says:

    funny to see this here.
    i LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog, mallory.
    every chance i get i’m on there and just stare and scroll. it is so lovely as your title promises.

  13. Denise says:

    Ohh! Just catching up on my google reader after having the little girl…and oh my gosh so excited to see this post! Love the new colum! And so thrilled to be among such amazing illustrators!

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