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Here are some illustrations I’ve been looking at as inspiration for a basis for my scrimshaw and pyrography work.

Amanda Nedham

Lisa Solomon

Nic di Genova 

After some experiments with hand techniques, I got thinking that it might be nice to try some mechanical engraving (perhaps in combination) on my bone pieces. I have designed some engraving patterns to be CNC milled into some bone pieces – more next post on that. 



i vote for art is an online boutique where artists and designers can sell their works interantionally. It works in a similar format to Etsy, and has a cute feature which allows the general public to vote on favourite works by the click of a button.

It’s a very sweet concept, but I kind of wish it wasn’t limited to 2D works – artists may sell original paintings, and limited or open edition prints – but I suppose drawing the line around 3D works is more complicated, and risks treading on the toes of etsy…

Nonetheless, its always wonderful to see fledgling galleries offering this kind of publicity to independent artists. 🙂



Kareem Rizk is a Melbourne artist/graphismo who makes gorgeous collage and mixed media works, as well as graphic design and some gorgeous photography.

I love the textural, analogue-meets-digital aesthetic of his collage pieces, which translate beautifully online. I’ve had a penchant for that kind of digital lo-fi style since discovering {ths} (Thomas Schostok) and Misprinted Type (Eduardo Recife).

Fair Suck of the Pineapple by EAMO

Annadale Installation by EAMO

Nick Cave by EAMO

I love EAMO‘s (say it like ay-moe) unabashed sense of cultural identity. His vibrant, poppy illustrations are injected with kitschy Australian-isms, displaying that tongue-in-cheek eclecticism which is so essentially Australian

The black and white image above is part of the basis for a wall installation that recently emblazoned  the rock temple that is the Annadale Hotel.

Check out his website for more visual candy and working sketches. It’s amazing to see the magic one person can weave with a brush pen and black and white ink…

La Lecon D\'Amour Dans Un Parc by Benjamin Forster on Emptybook La Lecon D\'Amour Dans Un Parc by Benjamin Forster on Emptybook La Lecon D\'Amour Dans Un Parc by Benjamin Forster 

Benjamin Forster is an amazing local artist whose work completely enraptures me. He is a graduate of the ANU School of Art and still resides in Canberra.

Benjamin Forster on Emptybook

Among his drawing explorations he has investigated computer programming and created a java program which enables his computer to create drawings based in his own pencilings. My personal favourite is the artist book La Lecon D’Amour Dans Un Parc within which he explored a personal narrative through illustrations over the pages of an old book. Apart from being technically and visually exquisite, this work really speaks to me – I love the idea of reclaiming these ‘lost’ stories or objects, these earthly, physical experiences. Like opening an old book or touching antique lace. I feel like Benjamin’s work reminds us of our own physicality somehow. *sigh* and here I am in cyberspace. I might go and draw on some walls. 🙂

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Aephilae by Rex RayTelecenesis by Rex RayRationaria by Rex Ray

The work of Rex Ray makes me happy. The San-Fran based fine artist (and also heralded graphic designer) started his collage works by cutting up magazines (if you’re a mag-hoard like I once was, this is so liberating) and then began to experiment with printing and colouration techniques on various papers as source materials. His collages are assembled
on plywood or canvas and then sealed with epoxy. Makes it sound simple, huh? The resulting works are these shimmering, lively neo-pop wall-candies. Some of his works remind me of one of my most favourite illustrators, Aya Kato.

Rex Ray’s works are sold at the online store of Jonathon Adler, which is also very deserving of special mention, not the least because of his manifesto:

” We believe minimalism is a bummer.

We believe handcrafted tchotchkes are life-enhancing.

We believe tassels are the earrings of the home.”

Also, I can’t argue with his terribly fun, pop-chic wares such as his scroll wallpaper,
needlepoint pillows, union-jack rugs, collage cushions and ‘curiosities’ such as the large leather rhino (and other pets).

Collage Pillow by Jonathon AdlerWoodhouse Chair by Jonathon Adler
Wallpapers by Jonathon AdlerSquirrel ring box by Jonathon AdlerLantern Birdhouse by by Jonathon Adler

If I had skills like this, I wouldn’t do anything else, just wallow in my own self-satisfaction.

Stephane Tartelin
Give me a cloud

Parisian illustrator Stephane Tartelin‘s dreamlike illustrations make him the latest addition to my list of favourite artists. His commercial work also ventures into the realms of animation, motion graphics, graphic design and commercial illustration, but his online sketchbook reveals his mastery of linework and sensitive eye.

Oh, and on that note, I’m starting a list of websites of my favourite artists, designers and illustrators, which you can find in the sidebar of this blog. These sites aren’t necessarily blogs, just online portfolios and personal sites, so they won’t be included in the Blogroll, they’ll be in the list beneath. 🙂

Abigail A. Percy
Anemone Outline Hoop Earrings

Abigail A. Percy is a Glasgow-based jeweller who sells her pieces through her Etsy store, and also maintains a personal design/studio blog. Her blog includes stunning photos of her studio work, as well as snippets of inspirational design and pictures of her surroundings.  Abigail has also recently launched a second online store.

It’s hard not to fall in love with this sweet designer after reading her blog. Her photography, sketches, and web design are as beautiful as her work, and through her blog her work is enriched as readers can engage with this sensitive soul. 🙂

A fabulous example of a young, independent designer/maker expanding her career by actively promoting her business online, to an international audience.



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