Category Archives: Illustration

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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Mark Conlan

Mark Conlan is an Irish multi-disciplined illustrator currently living in Melbourne, Australia. His style shows a strong use of characters, vibrant color palettes, and whimsical situations. In an interview on Medium.com he reveal a few things about himself:

“I am a big believer in keeping notebooks on the go all the time. I believe this is a huge part of development and discovery. I also love the idea of having full notebooks to go back on and pick up ideas for future projects.”
“In these notebooks, I try experiment as much as I can. I think being experimental keeps me fresh and it can give me some great techniques to bring into my digital work.”

“I guess defined is a hard word to use when it comes to my style. I would like to think that I am beginning to find a style that I can call my own. I have only really been an illustrator for over a year now, so it could always take several more years to really define it.”
“Yeah I really do feature several elements throughout my work quite regularly. I guess the main reason is because these are subjects that really interest me and I find it easiest to express myself through them.”

You can see more of his work on his website, Facebook, Instagram, Behance, and Dribble.

Images: Courtesy of Mark Conlan.

Olga Kawa

Admiring the botanical illustrations of Polish graphic designer and illustrator, Olga Kawa. The artist created the layouts and illustrations of this book entitled, “Magic Herbarium”, which was a part of her master thesis. Some of the illustrations were used on sketchbook covers and cotton bags. You can follow this designer on Facebook and see more of her work on Behance.

Images: Courtesy of Olga Kawa.