Loobylu is back in action!

Image of a Christmas card illustration, 2004 from Claire’s portfolio site

For those who were disappointed when Claire Robertson stopped blogging last year, well here’s great news! She’s back in action a few weeks ago, and I’m so happy she picked up where she left off. 🙂

And as always, a browse through her portfolio site is always uplifting. My favourite are her entries from a long time ago, where I read about her leaving her job to start out as a freelance illustrator.

The Art of Katy Horan

When the Moon is Full

This Lady is Magic; Candle

Katy Horan’s illustrations and paintings are very different from many others I’ve seen. Her style is one that’s firmly rooted in a folksy way — drawing from a well of mythical creatures, witches and horned ladies. She’s been featured around the blogosphere already, but I love her work and thought that I might share.

She’s on On My Desk, and Book By It’s Cover.

A page from her sketchbook

A peek into her home studio

Have a looky at her newly designed website and there’s her blog too. She has a ton of her works up at her flickr site, and she sells her stuff here, here and occasionally, here.

Takashi Iwasaki

Harikmodome, thread and canvas

Denshinhappa, thread and canvas

Takashi Iwasaki moved to Canada from Japan five years ago, and also runs Semai Gallery in Winnipeg. I don’t remember where I heard of him before, but I was reminded again of his works in Design Sponge’s post.

Failure, mixed media on paper

From left: Dancingtothedoorway, colored pencil, graphite; Matissehaus, colored pencil, graphite

His pieces are playful and whimsical, expressing positive feelings with the consideration on the formal qualities of shape, color, composition and space. I particularly feel his embroideries, collages and abbie drawings — a generalized nickname for Iwasaki’s abstract drawings and a play on the word ab -stract — are fantastically inspiring.

Takashi’s sketchbook from Book By It’s Cover

And there’s his sketchbook that Julia has featured on Books By It’s Cover’s Sketchbook Series.

What a treat! 🙂