Last Friday I mentioned that my little dearests are wild about dinosaurs and I imagine they always will be. My oldest, a three-and-a-half-year-old going on forty who might be turning British, thanks to the likes of Peppa Pig and Angellina Ballerina (two shows I can never pry her away from) — with her frequent use of the word “quite” — was the first to yearn for anything dinosaur-related. It started out with books, some of which were older books purchased from a thrift store but had to shelve because since their publication date scientists has proven that there’s no such thing as a brontosaurus, and then all-too-soon escalated into amassing a collection of over 20 dinosaur toys.
I wonder if artist and web/print designer Shyama Golden grew up with the same passion for dinosaurs. Her alluring illustrations might suggest she did. Shyama, whose name rhymes with “llama”, hails from Austin, Texas, a city that I’m convinced breeds an overabundance of talent and creativity. Growing up, Shyama “learned how to write code because [she] figured one day this internet thing would help [her] share my art with nice people all over the world. Back then [she] would draw images one pixel at a time, make bad oil paintings, memorize defunct 1960s architecture books, and take pictures of neighborhood cats with [her] dad’s SLR camera.” Learn more about Shyama on her website and this interview on Method & Craft.
If you’re not already a fan of dinosaurs, Shyama just might turn you into one. A fan, that is, not a dinosaur. Behold some of Shyama’s other gorgeous artwork depicting animals in the hippest and funniest of ways:
Check out more of Shyama’s art and design work on her portfolio and her shop.
With Easter peeking around, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to post a handful of works by the stellar artist and photographer Kari Herer whose clients have included Linda & Harriett, Tiny Prints, Vera Wang Fine Papers and many others. Kari’s soft and whimsical artistic style is soothing and pleasing to the eye. I especially adore her work entitled “Rabbit no. 0059“, which depicts an illustrated rabbit with real flowers positioned over where it’s eye and ear would normally be.
I’m certainly no stranger to Kari’s beautiful work, as I’m sure many of you aren’t either. I’ve seen Kari’s work several times across the blogosphere — namely over at Design*Sponge — over the last year or so and was recently reminded of her work when I came across a wonderful DIY over at A Beautiful Mess.
I’m also completely smitten with the hand-drawn antlers and florals print. Which do you favor?
String Gardens in the spring photographed by Annelie Brujin
This morning I awoke uncharacteristically early (4:30am!) and alert and couldn’t for the life of me fall back to sleep. So, I enjoyed a little viewing of the sunrise, got to work on a couple of client projects for my design company Hello Hello Hi, then perused Pinterest for a good twenty minutes who thankfully updated their Terms of Service.
I have a project in mind that I want to try in April that involves string art, so I browsed Pinterest for inspiration and didn’t expect to come across Fedor Van der Valk‘s String Gardens (pinned by Laura Hubbell). While my project doesn’t involve gardening, I couldn’t resist sharing these incredible photos of Fedor’s String Gardens throughout the seasons.
^ Photos by Roza Sharon
I love it when form meets function and Fedor’s self-supporting string gardens fit that bill perfectly. Visit Design.nl to find out what inspired Fedor to create the string gardens.
^ Photos by Anne Dokter
These pieces are perfect for indoor or outdoor use and topsy turvy’s can’t hold a flame to these beauties. If you’re in Amsterdam, these are available for purchase at a shop called Pompon. For those of us who live elsewhere, we’re left to admiring these wondrous works of functional ar via the internets.
^ Summer photos by Paul Barbera / Fall photos by Anne Dokter
Curious about how Fedor tends to these gardens? Check out thes whimsical instructional illustrations by Elsa Dray Farges on the String Gardens website.
Black ink and watercolour print by Oana Befort
Hello everyone! It’s Mr Yen here … before I start my post today, I would just like to take this opportunity to say I’m so excited to be writing my first post as a regular Dearest Nature contributor!
For my first inspiring post, I decided to introduce you to the fantastic illustrations created by Oana Befort. I realise some of you may have already seen some of Oana’s amazing work, but for those that haven’t, Oana creates detailed illustrations that are coloured using watercolours and incorporate beautiful line work.
The piece you can see in this post is created with black ink and watercolours on 350gsm, acid-free Acquarello Fabriano paper. Just look at the striking detail that the pop of colour from the poppies creates! I think this piece works so well as the mixture of simplicity and detail really creates a strong image … plus, I think the faceless woman really adds a sense of mystery to it, too!
This illustration will be available as a print from Oana’s Etsy shop in April, so I suggest you head on over and add her to your favourites so you can get yours as soon as it is released.
Birdfamily by Britta Manger / Available for purchase in her Etsy shop
How about a little afternoon inspiration, for those of you who live on the West Coast of the US, that is. Britta Manger is an incredible artist from Berlin, Germany who sells a wide range of products ranging like wonderfully patterned origami, illustrations and collages, apparel, and more in her shop named Birdtoldme. Her shop is an absolute must-visit.
I find Britta’s illustrations and collages from her shop intriguing because all of them portray animals in a fun and unique way. A deep-sea diving bird with oil dribbling out of its beak? An cotton-bodied octopus with plants at the end of its tentacles? Those are not sights you see everyday. I hope!
Each illustration makes me think of a Tim Burton production or a fairy tale gone awry. What do you think of the Britta’s illustrations?