It’s quite impossible to browse through Tara O Brien’s cheerful illustrations and not feel happy afterwards. Using beautiful color palettes, Tara celebrates diversity in whimsical imagery of beautiful characters that I would love to meet. Her works have such wonderful vibes.. and I love all the magical botanicals that surround her gorgeous ladies!
I’m a big fan of La Nonette’s lovely (and slightly moody) illustrated girls. And as I’ve been seeing some beautiful new works pass in my feed, here’s a collection of some of my favorites <3
For years, illustrator Karlijn Dammers kept herself an art journal in which she expressed her feelings in all kinds of imagery. This slowly transformed into portraiture, and into the beautiful series of illustrated girls she creates today. I love the big blushes on their cheeks and the combination of fine and messy lines. It gives her work a bit of a crude, one of a kind character. The lines in particular are very important to Karlijn, who has been carrying the nickname lijnemeis (which translates to linelady) from a young age.
It’s the eyes that first caught my attention to these enchanting portraits by artist Johanna Wilbraham. Mysterious, fierce and vulnerable at the same time. And those gorgeous structures and colors.. love!
Many of Johanna’s portraits are very large in size and her working process is quite unique: Johanna pours jars of diluted oil paint straight onto the canvas, which leaves her with limited control over her work and can bring along unexpected results. Her focus on women’s portraits comes from her fascination of the unrealistic way women are represented in the media, which is something she feels unsatisfied about.
I remember sharing a selection of Jody Erickson’s gorgeous paintings back when I just started this blog. And it’s so wonderful to see how her portraits have blossomed and become even more beautiful over these last few years. I love the botanicals and other details that surround these ladies, giving them a mysterious and powerful vibe that leave me curious to see more. Magic!
I have shared the work of artist Yelena Bryksenkova quite some times before. But really, I never get bored of staring at the countless colors, patterns and details in her beautiful illustrations. Love her work so much!
Originally from Saint Petersburg, Russia, Yelena Bryksenkova received her BFA in illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She was raised in Northeast Ohio, studied illustration in the Czech Republic and now lives in Los Angeles, California where she works as a freelance illustrator and fine artist. Her illustrations, which are often inspired by her love for home and the comfort of everyday objects, have appeared in countless prints & publications such as American Greetings, Flow Magazine & Red Cap Cards.