Lorena Alvarez

Lorena Alvarez

Lorena Alvarez

Lorena Alvarez

Lorena Alvarez

Lorena Alvarez

Lorena Alvarez

Lorena Alvarez

Lorena Alvarez

 

I found the amazing work of Lorena Alvarez, a freelance illustrator from Bogotá, Colombia, over at Behance not too long ago. And her work is just gorgeous. They’re full of beautiful textures, colors and characters. Oh and her characters! They just seem to want to jump off the page in all their illustrated glory. Fairy tales, magic and adventure seem to be the subject matters that are close to her heart; as evidenced by her bio:

Each one of my pieces is an attempt to create a small, colorful and whimsical world. Nature as a protective and nurturing element is always present, embracing playful and elusive characters in a theatrical composition. Im deeply interested in color language, its formal qualities and symbolic meaning. An important part of my work process is putting together a strong color palette, always looking for surprising and unusual, yet pleasant matches.

Although most of my work is digital, it also includes photography, toy making and traditional media. I enjoy trying different techniques and understand their particular qualities in order to take my work to the next level. As I’ve developed my own way to work with materials like paper and fabric, my conceptual work has gained complexity. Drawing, sewing and cutting are ways to elaborate my thoughts about the projects I’m working on. I usually begin with a simple concept that evolves into a narrative piece with multiple associations and approaches that I find through sketching. This process helps me to create elaborated pieces with a strong presence that invites the viewer to sift through their details and discover their inner tales.

See more of her work at her website and follow along her journey on her blog.

Marta Madureira

Marta Madureira

Marta Madureira

Marta Madureira

Marta Madureira

I’m inspired this week by Marta Madureira, an illustrator from Portugal. Her website only links to her email at the moment, but a quick Google Image search unearthed a lovely portfolio inspired by colors and textures. I discovered her through Pinterest and fell in love with these original works, which are up for sale at the Lusa Mater website. I think what’s so beautiful about them is how the intricacy of patterns and the bright hues of colors come together to create an explosion of unique, one-of-a-kind creatures.

Quick note: I’m going to take a break from writing for a bit and indulge in a spot of visual regurgitating until January 2014! But there’s going to be fun projects in store next year and if you’d like to keep up with me, you can always sign up for the weekly newsletter here!

[Via Telma’s Pinterest account]

Kickstarter: Posters! Of animals! Playing sports!

Posters! Of animals! Playing sports!

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You gotta love Liz Starin’s enthusiasm for animals. Animals who play sports, that is – eternalized in silkscreened posters. Her Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing is ending in just less than 40 hours, so if you love animals, playing sports, and hung up on your wall as posters – head over to her Kickstarter campaign right here.

Love her video too – be sure to watch it! There’s a good lesson in there for captivating an audience.

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