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Between her illustrations, witty captions, and snappy zines, you should keep your eyes peeled for Ashley Ronning's work. A freelance illustrator and artist based in Melbourne, her selected clients include brands like Hop Nation, Frankie magazine, and ABC. According to Ronning, she can usually be found in her studio drawing, risograph printing, or working...
As we enter an ever-digitalized era, things like handwritten notes or the study of calligraphy are seemingly things of the past (seriously, when was the last time you actually wrote someone a letter?). Luckily for us, there are those among us who understand the value of handwriting. Heather Hardison has made it her...
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication," says the famous quote attributed to Leonardo da Vinci; and at least when it comes to art, truer words have never been spoken. Case in point: Emily Isabella's illustrations. Made primarily using gouache, they present a simple, minimalist reality sprinkled with flowers and delicacies. Based in the...
Japanese calligraphy originates from ancient Chinese calligraphy. These days, calligraphy is still very much alive, occupying spaces like formal invitations and religious art. Japanese calligrapher Aoi Yamaguchi treats it as a form of performative art. Born in Hokkaido, Japan, Yamaguchi began her calligraphy training at the mere age of six, studying the basics under...
Marianna Gefen is a Berlin-based artist whose illustrations include different techniques and mediums such as watercolor, collage, ink, vintage paper, various layers, and textures. She explores various subjects with her art, including fashion and psychology. Gefen was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and has lived in Madrid and several German cities before relocating to...
Alessandra Genualdo's paintings leave room for reflection. Focused mainly on women, her subjects seem lost in thought, with their gaze hard to decipher. Using mainly gouache and colored pencils, Genualdo tends to stick to the same color stories, promoting a sense of breeziness and romanticism. “I like to paint with similar...
Illustrator Sanny van Loon highlights the simple joys to be found in the day to day, through colorful imagery that will charm you to bits. “I think being an artist really makes you look at the world differently,” reflected van Loon in an interview with Ballpitmag. And judging by her body of work, she views...
Illustrator and author Marc Martin captures the simple joys of everyday life, through his colorful and layered illustrations. A combination of hand-drawing, water coloring, and digital rendering, his work is a celebration of human spirit and nature, often featuring a hybrid between city life and natural settings. “Most of my work starts with a...
If there's a silver lining to COVID-19, it's the return of hobbies. Being homebound means reintroducing ourselves to pastimes like baking and knitting—and Terry Cook has been doing just that. A self-proclaimed tinkerer and doodler, his hands are often busy with something: anything from the more traditional watercolor, acrylics, and inks, to the more experimental...
If you're at all familiar with contemporary painters, chances are you've run into Katherine Bradford's work. Recognized mainly for her paintings of swimmers and superheroes, her naive paintings have been exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums like the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (solo), MoMA PS1, and Brooklyn Museum. https://www.instagram.com/p/CHDp3NUJUxb/ Painted using striking...

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