A very happy New Year to all Blackwork and Illustration Now friends and readers!
While some artists are inspired by large canvases, open spaces and wide brushes, the following three draw our attention to the little things – making marks in their sketchbooks, planners and on calendars, working on small daily art pieces and doodling on book margins.
Cécile Metzger @coucou_illustration is a well established French freelance illustrator, currently living in Italy. Cécile creates magic using watercolour, pencils and even embroidery. Recognized and commissioned by some of the greatest names in the industry, Cécile’s artwork is marked by a distinct charm of innocence and lighthearted fun.
Maria Carluccio @carluccio7, American artist based in Ohio, teaches illustration at Columbus College of Art and Design. Maria paints and posts daily on Instagram – something that was meant as a personal challenge, and turned into a fresh perspective on art-creating process. You can sense the joy of creation in Maria’s art, with each piece bringing that enthralling feeling of still-wet paint, playfulness and spontaneity.
Canadian artist Shayda Campbell @shaydacampbell believes “creativity is play – everyone can do it!” and proves her point on her YouTube channel, where she posts tutorials twice a week. Mostly inspired by the botany, Shayda shares her ideas on creating airy drawings and paintings, greeting cards, hand-painted cutouts, as well as art journaling and decorating planners and calendars.
Visit Lana’s Instagram gallery @calico.brush