Happy Easter + “Sprung” Illustration of a Spring Flower

When spring is in the air, flowers leap from of the ground as if the flower’s stem was a coiled spring. That’s the inspiration for the illustration I created below. The refreshing nature of spring and the beautiful environment it creates is mirrored by the vibrant colors and the playful movement of this piece.

"Sprung" - Painting of a spring flower by Nicole Cleary

Sprung by Nicole Cleary


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Where does all music end up?

A massive amount of music is created and brought into the world every day. Some songs become hits and are played over and over again, but most music we never hear. Thousands of musical masterpieces get lost in the din and disappear.

This was the concept behind the illustration I created below titled “Music Void”.

Music Void by Nicole Cleary

Music Void by Nicole Cleary


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Unnatural Mutation – Illustrations by Caitlin Hackett

Vulpes Masquerade by Caitlin Hackett

Vulpes Masquerade by Caitlin Hackett

Caitlin Hackett is a traditional artist in my home borough of Brooklyn NY with a truly interesting style. Almost all of her illustrations start off with drawing all the lines with a ball-point pen on a large piece of paper. The size of which ranges anywhere between 4in by 6in to a baffling 4 1/2ft by 5ft. After Caitlin lays out each individual line, she goes back in with colored pencil and watercolor to add shading and depth. This technique that she has clearly mastered is a pain-staking process but yields amazing results. The final piece marries crisp, flowing line-work with subtle bleeds of color. Her technique alone is a work of art, but the roots of her inspiration behind the artwork creates a whole other level of interest.
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Dynamic Illustrations by Ture Ekroos

Beyond his amazing technical painting ability, Ture Ekroos has a knack for creating well composed illustrations which establish a large scene. As a freelance illustrator living in Finland who commonly works on book covers, I can definitely see how that medium has influenced his work. Every piece is perfect for setting a story, involving dynamically positioned characters, and placing them in an interesting background with a clear climax coming to a head in the visual. Each work immediately draws the viewer in to the situation the characters are facing and are wonderful examples of great book cover design. Which I expect jump right off the shelf and into the hands of potential readers.

Check them out for yourself and let me know what you think…

Depths by Ture Ekroos

Depths by Ture Ekroos


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