Wish we could post all the work of Chinese illustrator Oamul Lu but unfortunately space is limited. The Xiamen-based artist works primarily in paints and watercolors but has also dabbled in animation and hand-carved sculptures. We love the simplicity and innocent quality of his illustrations depicting a lot of what he has seen, heard and experienced in daily life. In an interview on Medium he says this about his background and illustration influences:
“I always liked drawing when I was younger, but I had no idea it was something I could do full-time. I didn’t even know the word for “illustrator” (插画家) when I started! My only official training comes from those run-of-the-mill art classes in high school — the kind where you learn basic watercolors and sketching, and then there are tests.”
“I studied interior design in college, and it wasn’t until after I graduated and moved to Xiamen that I ended up befriending a lot of illustrators and started to draw again.”
“A friend told me that my work was good enough to maybe earn money off of, so I just started trying it out. Eventually, publishers started contacting me and asking to put my work in magazines. In 2014, I quit my job and started illustrating full-time.”
“Nature has always been a big inspiration. My ancestral home is a small town in the mountains, so growing up I spent a lot of time around mountains and plants. These days, I like to pick places with really unique natural landscapes when I go traveling.”
You can find the artist on his website, Behance, Instagram, Tumbler and Facebook.
Images: Courtesy of Oamul Lu.
Abigail Halpin is a designer/illustrator living in Maine. Graphic design is her background but illustration has always been her first love. She illustrates by hand using watercolor, pencils and gouache and then makes final adjustments in her computer. She is “inspired by vintage textiles, all things Slavic, mystery novels, the ocean and long-forgotten ephemera.” The artist is known widely for her intricate paintings but today we are focusing on her embroidery enhanced illustrations.
More of her work can be seen on her website, Facebook and Instagram. Some of her work can be purchased in her Etsy shop.
Images: Courtesy of Abigail Halpin.
In awe of these large scale paper cuttings of Ukranian artist, Eugenia Zoloto. Her creations are quite intricate and magical with twisting vines, large blooms, birds and flying insects. On an interview with Strictly Paper she says this about her work and inspirations:
“I discovered paper cutting a few years ago, and was impressed by the tender tiny cuts and different ways of using paper. So I immediately tried to do one with simple knife and not the correct paper, the result was ugly, but I loved the process so much – so I began to struggle with this hobby more and more. Soon after I saw a lot of interest from other people and finally turned my hobby into my profession.”
“I’ve read a lot my entire life and I think the main images and ideas were formed from romantic and at the same time dramatic, noir Russian literature. I am still amazed by it. Of course there are many other factors – my life, art, and society influence me as well. I take on inspiration from everywhere – strange dreams, spots on the wall, beautiful songs, etc.”
You can find the artist on Facebook, Behance and Instagram. Some of her designs can be purchased in her Etsy shop, ArtHeartsShop.
Images: Courtesy of Eugenia Zoloto.