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Oh, hello there.  It’s been some time.  Did you change your hair?  You look great.  After months of not posting anything, I found this draft saved from February.  Nine months later and I’m still very into these gifs by LA-based illustrator, Sachin Teng.  Enjoy.
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After months of absence, I finally came across something that warmed my chilly heart enough to share on this here blog.  Phil Ferguson, a Melbourne-based artist has been crocheting hats and posting them on his Instagram for about a year and a half now, a project that I hope will never end.  Mostly food based with the occasional object sprinkled in, his giant food hats frame his serious mustached face so perfectly.  Phil Ferguson, thank you.

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 Follow Phil to see more of his hat creations on his Instagram.

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I love these little animated scenes of simple life in Japan by Toyoi Yuuta.  They perfectly capture a quietness that I hope to one day experience in real life.  So simple.  So nice.  So Japanese.  The rainy ones remind me a little of a combination of Miyazaki and To the Moon, except they don’t make me cry uncontrollably.  Jesus God, To the Moon made me cry.  It so quickly entered and left my life and now I am changed.  If you don’t want to spend four hours of your life feeling weird, listen to this and maybe you’ll understand.

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A lot has been going on personally for me lately: a change in city, a change in job, and some much needed time to recharge.  While that doesn’t make very interesting blogging (at least not yet), I’ve had some time to think, pick up some winter projects, and hopefully post more frequently than I have been in the last couple of months.

That being said, I first came across Storm Tharp when I visited the 2010 Whitney Biennial back when I was still in college.  I don’t remember most of the work that I saw there, which doesn’t surprise me much as my memory is pretty bad but it’s been over four years and I still think of Tharp from time to time.  He and Aurel Schmidt  for some reason really stuck with me.  Impeccable rendering skills have always impressed me.  Damn, if only!  I recently watched a studio visit with him and although he’s ending “his love affair” with ink portraits, it’s this particular work that I enjoy most.

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I think I first discovered Hawk Krall when I moved to Philadelphia a few years ago and noticed his hot dog illustrations hanging on the walls of Hot Diggity on South Street.  I started following his work and was so happily surprised to see his mural at Pizza Brain, a restaurant that opened up in my neighborhood in the city.  Everything about Krall’s work is on point: the colors, the movement of all the ingredients, the text.  Just wonderful.  I’ve since left the city but continue to admire Krall’s work, making sure to pick up this print he did for Elixir coffee in Center City on my way to work during one of my last days there.

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Krall’s Pizza Brain mural in their backyard

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Oh man, now I’m starving.  To see more of Krall’s work, you can follow him on Instagram, Tumblr, or his blog.

I have a hard time when people say that they are obsessed with something.  Obsessed?  Really?  Come on now.  But it’s safe to say that when I first saw one of Justin Wallis’ MILKBBI patterns show up on my Pinterest feed, I got a little giddy.  And then when I saw that a lot of his work is animated my giddy smile got a little creepier.  After scrolling through his Tumblr, I was practically grinning like the Cheshire cat and though I’m not comfortable calling myself obsessed, I’ve got to admit that I was fanning out HARD.  milkbbi5milkbbi1
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MILKBBI’s work reminds me of my early teenage years when I couldn’t get enough of rainbow jewelry, FRUiT magazine, legwarmers, and Japanese stationary galore.  A part of my youth that I look fondly upon but have since let go because I decided to be some kind of adult or something.  I’m not quite sure.
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Anyway, despite my status as an adult and what society has put upon me, I can still stare longingly at Wallis’ work and contemplate my past, my present, and my future.  What does it all mean?  What am I doing?  How did I get here?….Colors.. patterns…happy faces…cool clothes…Ahhh What? WHERE AM I?!  In a grey cubicle?!  Oh noooooooo..

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Check out more of MILKBBI at Justin Wallis’ portfolio site and blog.  You can see more of Daniel Guerrero Fernández’s work here.

After over a month of blog silence, I come back to bring you the work of Burnt Toast Creative the design company of Canadian illustrator, Scott Martin.  There’s nothing better in the world than pastel vectors and clean cut violence.

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You can see more of Scott Martin and BTC’s work on Instagram and Behance and buy prints and other merch on Society6.

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Only in my dreams could I be as cool as one of Cameron Stewart’s girls.  Everything is perfect about them: their style, their hair, and the scenes and poses Stewart places them in.  I’ve been drooling over the Eisner Award winning artist’s personal work for some time now so it was only a matter of time until I shared.

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Follow Stewart on tumblr and instagram to see regular updates of his work.

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It’s been a while since I’ve really been inspired by an artist and today, Kim Roselier really did it.  The French artist’s graphic style in gouache and watercolor is so wonderful and makes me want to take a step away from my tablet and back to old school ways of illustration.  I was never great at painting, but looking at Roselier’s work makes me want to give it a try again.

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Check out his website here and his blog on tumblr.

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I recently stumbled upon Emily Eldridge’s work and fell in love with the cool ass ladies she draws.  Their black pointy shoes and scowling faces beautiful grace cardboard boxes and editorial pages in multiple publications the Hong Kong based American artist has been featured in.  Her color palette is tops and her work reminds a little of the late Margaret Kilgallen’s, another genius artist that we lost too soon.
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