Category Archives: Paintings

Polly Fern


We are loving these illustrated maps featuring antique shops and historical buildings of various UK locations and of Paris as well.  They are the creations of UK-based illustrator, ceramist and canary keeper Polly Fern.  She illustrates and paints not only on paper but also on various ceramic pieces which we featured on January, 2016.  On Flow Magazine she says this about what inspires her: 

“Local, everyday stories. I love to discover gardens, or buildings with a rich history of craft. I also visit my local library because it has a fantastic heritage center where I can delve into the archives and discover the history of people’s lives within Norfolk. Thinking back to my childhood also inspires me, as I grew up in the Norfolk countryside and lived on a farm at a very young age. I had previously been a working dairy farm that my grandparents ran. My grandmother had a collection of pottery, all of which featured cow motifs, and I think of it often – it helps inspire my ceramic works.”

View more of her work on her website, Facebook and Instagram.  Some of her pieces can be
purchased on Big Cartel.

Images:  Courtesy of Polly Fern.

Hiroyuki Yamada


Admiring these water-themed paintings of Japanese illustrator Hiroyuki Yamada.  A member of the Tokyo Illustrators Society he started his career in a design office and became a full-time illustrator in 1990.  His tools of trade are acrylic gouache, brush, easel, oil-based ballpoint pen, Mac, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.  Besides being a freelance illustrator the artist is also chairman of an illustration training course.

We like his work so much that we will probably feature this artist again.  Meanwhile you can view more of his designs on Tokyo Illustrators Society, Behance and Facebook.


Images:  Courtesy of Hiroyuki Yamada.

Soichiro Tomioka (1922-1994)


Soichiro Tomioka is an abstract Japanese painter of the twentieth century, born in 1922 in Takada city in Niigata Prefecture.  The artist specializes in the world of black and white consistently used a paint he developed, called Tomioka White, to paint the snowy lands of both Japan and international locales.  He says this of his work:

“At the root of my “white world”, there is a spirit of nostalgia for my snow country. My “white world” was to discover and express the mysterious beauty of white through the journey and pilgrimage of the snowy country.”


Images:  Courtesy of Soichiro Tomioka Estate.