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Artist Crush: Clare Owen

March 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

Oh, how I’m loving Clare Owen’s illustrations via that’s happy. Her work is so dreamy and encouraging – as if anything (no matter how silly it may seem) is possible. While her Etsy shop is a little sparse at the moment, you can find plenty of her work on her lovely, inspiring blog.



Clare recently moved house (within the UK) and took the jump to full-time freelancer. Here’s a little illustration she put on her blog about her hopes for the new year and new start.

These include getting a haircut, getting a cat, cooking more, drawing more and wearing more color. See the post here.





Pretty awesome, no?

Artist Crush: Cendrine Rovini

November 4th, 2010 · 4 Comments

At the risk of sounding like a tween at a Justin Bieber concert, I am freaking out right now! I am overwhelmed by the richness and beauty of Cendrine Rovini‘s work and the following is just a tiny sampling of her body of work. Many pieces are available for sale on etsy.

In my current body of works I’m obsessed with delicacy and lightness. I would like to create some drawings slowly disappearing from the spectator’s eyes… The use of graphite and colored pencil makes possible a certain lightness of texture and the creation of some details that claims my obsession with the multiple. The silence of the white or creamy surfaces of paper or cloth makes more patent the subtle rustling of metamorphosis that takes places surreptitiously in my image.

Natural History by Anne Smith

October 5th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Feminine, detailed work by London illustrator Anne Smith via design*sponge. Smith’s series “Natural History” is a beautiful take on traditional flora and fauna illustrations.

Anne sites early Staffordshire and Russian Revolutionary pottery, Shaker gift drawings, Natural History illustrations, decorative arts archive pages and Mughal miniatures as influences.



Lorna Simpson’s Lovely Ladies

August 17th, 2010 · No Comments

I saw these mesmerizing ink and water drawings by Lorna Simpson on design*sponge. Aren’t they gorgeous? These are not your average portraits… They’re psychedelic ‘hair portraits:’ only the hair provides a glimpse into the lives of these voguish, seductive women.

I think loose watercolor (or in this case ink and water) portraits are really freakin’ cool. Storm Tharp and Manfred Naescher are two other great examples. The medium provides so much room for emotion and interpretation and these artists really take advantage of that.