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Anna Rusakova

Haven’t posted a sketchbook in quite a while but today we are featuring pages from the journals of Kiev-based illustrator, Anna Rusakova. In her journals the artist uses a variety of techniques and shows extraordinary humor and incredible drawings. Her sketches exhibit a strong awareness of typography, calligraphy and layout. You can follow her blog here and see more of her work on Behance, Flickr, and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Anna Rusakova.

We’ve featured the work of Harriet Damave on our older blog site but we feel her work is always worth a revisit. The Amsterdam-based artist is actually an illustrator very adept in water coloring. She has integrated that talent painting cobalt oxide on half baked porcelain and producing a line of Delftware jewelry, wall hangings, and ornaments. On the website Demilked.com she says this about her work:

“My ceramic work was born because I had gotten completely stuck — like I think everybody has at one stage in their creative career. I was illustrating for a living, mostly school books, and living in Spain; at one point I couldn’t seem to draw anymore, and I thought, maybe with a trick I can get myself painting and drawing again,” she explains.

“I decided to try to take away the ambition of making something purely artistic and instead focus on making something useful, like a cup or a plate. That lowered the pressure for me, and it’s kept me going and painting — and playing, also. Then I found the joy again, the joy of the craft.”

You can see more of her work on her website and Facebook. Some of her pieces are sold on her Etsy shop, Harriet’s Blue and White.

Images: Courtesy of Harriet Damave.

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Cabbage Stitches

Finally got around to trying our hands at embroidery. The two photos on top shows our first completed sampler. Might just try what fiber artist Renee Millette from Chicago has started, “A Stitch A Day”. Probably wouldn’t do it for a year but perhaps for 100 days. Renee’s specialty is embroidery primarily cross stitch. You can see more of her work on Tumblr and Facebook.  A few of her designs can be purchased on her Etsy shop, Cabbage Stitches.

Images: Courtesy of Renee Millette.

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