MrWong’s Soup’Partments

September 30, 2010 | by admin in illustration

MrWong’s Soup’Partments is a long terminated pixel art collaboration project where artists designed a floor of an apartment skyscraper in isometric view. Over four hundred people pixelized their apartments one pixel at a time to build the world’s tallest virtual building online back. Although occupancy is no longer available, it’s still worth to visit to the archive site.


Candace Jean

September 28, 2010 | by admin in illustration

Candace Jean is a self-taught artist and has shown in many galleries and storefronts around Salt Lake. She grew up in a creative family with five younger siblings and two very artistic parents; submerged in an environment that constantly cultivated imagination and a curiosity for her surroundings. Still today, she retains her wonder of the natural world and is fascinated by flora and fauna. Her work is also inspired by her admiration for the work of great European masters, the Victorian Era, folklore, children’s fairy tales and historic fashion. She has a great love for books and swoons over the penmanship in handwritten letters of the early 1900s.

Follow @mycandacejean on Twitter, at her Etsy Shop and her
Flickr gallery.

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Charuca

September 21, 2010 | by admin in illustration

Charuca is character designer who first started to make noise online through the Mondotrendy Megamoder e-zine that was born in 2001. I first stumbled across that project in January 2003 when scouring the web for pixel illustrators. Mondotrendy was originally a joint project between the illustrator Paul Moreno and Charuca. When they started the website, she provided the illustration. Afterward, with her arrival in Barcelona, she decided to focus on her artwork and personal portfolio and Paul went on with Mondo. Obviously, those original Megamoder characters were the seeds of a wider range of cute, big-headed characters who now live in www.charuca.net.

As the years have gone by, I would often check back in on Charuca’s developing “cute style” of Japanese-influenced character design. After years of creating characters for clients around the world, she decided it was time for her own characters to go worldwide. This is how the mega-successful Charuca® licensing brand was born. From vinyl decals to vinyl toys, her brand is an icon of happiness!

Charuca has been writing her href=”http://charuca.blogspot.com/” target=”_blank”>blog since 2005, so it’s chock full of design goodness and all the latest news about upcoming products.

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Wilton Artisans

September 20, 2010 | by admin in jewelry

There’s nothing like cracking open an ice cold soda pop on a hot day. And these uniquely dome-shaped jewelry pieces made from reclaimed bottle caps are just as cool and refreshing as a fizzy sweet soda. Beth Crowell of Wilton Artisans loves the idea of taking old bottle caps and recycling them into something that’s fun to wear.

After going the Wall Street career route for 8 years, she found herself with a rekindled passion for work and a career by crafting one of a kind hand-made jewelry items. Her bottle caps have gotten a lot of attention and she was recently published in Stringing Magazine. The caps are domed and filled with resin so they won’t dent.

Don’t forgot to let her know if you’d like a specific “flavor” when you visit the wiltonartisans Etsy shop.

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Elena Dudina

September 18, 2010 | by admin in illustration

Elena Dudina turns fantasy into reality in her rich Photoshop illustrations. She was awarded as the Best Photo Manipulator during the Deviant Awards 2009-2010. Elena doesn’t have a personal website, but sells prints via Deviant Art.


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Mary Kate McDevitt

September 18, 2010 | by admin in illustration, typography

Mary Kate McDevitt is an illustrator that specializes in naive painterly art and hand-lettered typography with a witty, quirky point of view. Her custom designed hand lettering is expressive and immediately communicates the mood of her artworks and Mini Goals Chalkboards. She gives life to words – the way ordinary type never will. Her Mini Goals Clockboards allow you to track your daily to-do’s up to the minute and were featured in a recent issue of ReadyMade magazine. Take a moment and visit this happy whimsical set on her Flickr gallery.

Follow @marykatemcd on Twitter.

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One By Four

September 16, 2010 | by admin in web design

One By Four is a unique design studio based in South Florida founded by four longtime friends. Brought together by an appetite for art and design, they’ve united their diverse talents into a single identity. They specialize in small business, fine art, and personal brand design. They develop intuitive, user-centered web experiences and pixel-perfect graphics, iconography and collateral.

Check out the Mixologie section, which is a recurring series that harkens back to the days when love was best expressed through a heartfelt mixtape. And make sure you download the Happy iPhone Wallpaper, their brilliant homage to the original Apple Macintosh boot-up screen.

Follow onebyfourstudio on Twitter.

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And thereby hangs a tale

September 15, 2010 | by admin in illustration

Tis but an hour ago since it was nine,
And after one hour more ’twill be eleven;
And so, from hour to hour, we ripe and ripe,
And then, from hour to hour, we rot and rot;
And thereby hangs a tale.

As You Like It, Shakespeare

Kimberly Coles Illustration.


Felted Fido

September 11, 2010 | by admin in handmade

FeltedFido’s intricate needle felted dog designs are gorgeous. Each custom sculpture is created using a wire armature wrapped in fleece and stabbed thousands of times with a single barbed needle. Roughly 12-24 hours of work goes into each piece. The noses are sculpted from fimo clay and sealed to give a healthy wet look. She uses photos of your dog from all angles to make sure she adds any unique markings. You can choose the position you want him felted and she can even incorporate some of your own dog’s hair into the sculpture depending on the breed.

FeltedFido doesn’t have a website, but does private commissions or sells via ebay and etsy. Check out the FeltedFido set on Flickr.

Of course, I’m partial to the West Highland Terrier… a felted Westie will never need walking or have vet’s bills!

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Kelly Vivanco

September 8, 2010 | by admin in art

Kelly Vivanco is subtle in her approach to symbolism. She seems to merely whisper that something important happened to the soulful maidens in her paintings. For me, her works are reminiscent of the Pre-Raphaelites with their startling palette of rich earthy colors, abundant detail, and introspective heroines in a dreamlike never-never-land. She has obviously inspired quite a lot of people with her awe-inspiring talent.

Kelly was born and raised in front of a sketchpad and a box of colors in Southern California where she later received her BFA with honors from LCAD. Kelly enjoys setting whimsy to work in many mediums and pulls inspiration from the natural and imagined world, vintage photographs, children’s literature and the oddness of her dreams.

I first stumbled across her amazing works in 2008 through the Verpabunny Flickr page. Check out the shop filled with original paintings, cases and limited edition prints. Follow @verpabunny on Twitter.

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Website Bakery is an exhibition and inspiration showcase gallery that aggregates art, design, web design, illustration, handmade, products, etc. Curated by Kimberly Coles, Creative Director, Illustrator and Web Designer.

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