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Fran Labuschagne

Admiring the creative style of South African illustrator and animator Fran Labuschagne.  Her work often has a playful theme with a touch of humor.  We particularly like her characters and her soothing palette.  On an interview with Design Kids she says this about how she developed her style:

“I think personality also played a big role in the development of my style. The humoristic undertone is definitely due to my own tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. I’m also quite the perfectionist, so I like perfectly round corners and geometric shapes. I try to break that up a little with organic shapes and subtle rough textures, as I have a soft side to me as well.”

You can follow the artist on her website, Instagram, Behance and Dribble.

Images:  Courtesy of Fran Labuschagne.

Jack Stauffacher (1920 – 2017)

Jack Stauffacher was a self-taught master printer, typographer and book publisher.  In 1936 he established Greenwood Press printing everything from business cards and tickets to fine art books and museum monographs.  He taught at Carnegie Institute of Technology, San Francisco Art Institute and was hired as typographic director at Stanford University Press. He resigned from Stanford and in 1966 he reopened Greenwood Press in San Francisco.  

Some of his work are in the permanent collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stanford University Library and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Images:  Courtesy of various sources.

Kaori Watanabe

Kyoto-based artist Kaori Watanabe is known for employing both the traditional Japanese style painting (nihongo) and a contemporary style into her work.  She studied at Kyoto Saga University of Arts and has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions.  In 2006 origami motifs was introduced in her paintings.  We were fascinated with this theme of child and origami so we posted a few of her paintings.

You can follow the artist on Tumblr and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Kaori Watanabe.