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Brandon Ragnar Johnson

Brandon Ragnar Johnson is an illustrator and graphic designer based in California.  He graduated with honors at the Art Center College in Pasadena, California.  The artist moved around much of the west coast of California while growing up, but spent his formative years in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.  Hence the  heavy influence by florescent lights, hard shadows and midcentury design.  His work is often some combination of the things he most loves; film noir, fashion illustration, classic cartoons, the great men’s magazine artists, mid century design and architecture, punk rock, monsters and old Las Vegas.  On an interview with California Home Design he says this about his work:

“I really love simple, abstract shapes that hint at something organic – shapes that may or not be the silhouette of an animal or a plant, maybe something microscopic like an amoeba. I think a design is most
successful when it seems both familiar and completely new at the same time. Being able to accomplish that with just color,
form and line is challenging, but when it works, it’s very rewarding.”

“Mid-century designers were so adept at combining sophistication and humor, and I do my best to strike that same balance in my work. To me, that’s really what makes design appealing rather than rigid and stuffy. I think even the best design can falter when it takes itself too seriously.”

You can follow the artist on his website, Behance and Instagram.  His portfolio can be found here.  

Images:  Courtesy of Brandon Ragnar Johnson.

Raoul Dufy (1877 – 1953)

Appreciated his work more when we saw the original paintings at Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nice, France.  Raoul Dufy was a French Fauvist painter and designer whose paintings portrayed leisure activities and urban landscapes.  He created airy washes of light and shade, into which he would draw bold calligraphic brushstrokes. He painted views of the Mediterranean city of Nice, as well as scenes of horse races and regattas. His color palette was influence by Claude Monet and Henri Matisse.  The artist developed a colorful, decorative style that became fashionable for designs of ceramics and textiles.   He was also a draftsman, printmaker, book illustrator, scenic designer, a designer of furniture, and a planner of public spaces.  Following are quotes from the artist:

“Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones it will always stay blue; whereas yellow is blackened in its shades, and fades away when lightened; red when darkened becomes brown, and diluted with white is no longer red, but another color – pink.”

“My eyes were made to erase all that is ugly.”

“What I wish to show when I paint is the way I see things with my eyes and in my heart.”

Images:  Courtesy of various sources.

Fabrika Uka

Admiring the patterns on these bags created by Ayumi Toda the designer and founder of Fabrika Uka.  Since 2000 she has worked in design as an illustration production for space, graphic design, magazines and books. She started Fabrica Uka in 2012 and in 2016 she created her original textile brand, ‘Tayutou’ distributed by KOKKA Co. , Ltd.  Fabrika Uka makes cloth miscellaneous goods mainly made of linen fabric with hand-printed patterns of daily life images.

More of her designs can be viewed on her website, Instagram and Pinterest.  Her shop is located here but you may have to notify her regarding international deliveries.

Images:  Courtesy of Fabrika Uka.

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