Buca Is Busy

Buca Is Busy

We’ve been very excited lately, and not just because of the sunny weather in London, as we’re getting ready for the big Thortful launch very soon.

Thortful HQ is busier than ever and even Buca shares our excitement (especially when enjoying another treat)

Motivational quotes keep us going these days (and coffee, of course) and we can’t wait to share with you all the big Thortful news soon.

If you still can’t wait for the launch, we can add you to the list for early access to our beta version, which should be ready any day soon! All you need is to email: tereza @ thortful.com

Your feedback is very welcome, so do not hesitate to contact us!

 

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Today’s Thortful blog is another example of how great illustration and design can be used to raise awareness for fantastic causes. For those who don’t know, the Tumblr/Instagram #Blackout this year was a viral hashtag event created by the Black Community to elevate a diverse and honest representation of themselves – there’s been a ton of research in the past regarding BME representation in the media, and the numbers aren’t at all progressive. So, with the general principle being that selfies help us all to feel better about our own appearance in a harmless and fun way, participants of the #Blackout all posted their best selfies, all at the same time. It was a heartwarming way to uplift a community which has generally seen more than its share of marginalisation in the mainstream media, with each #Blackout participant praising and sharing other members’ selfies.

Enter Oskar Vega, illustrator extraordinaire, whose vibrant and colourful portfolio is influenced by a range of styles and movements from pin-up to Manga. As a way to celebrate the movement, Oskar took four great selfies from Tumblr and illustrated them. So the ladies above went from humans to Disney characters in moments, which we thought was a fitting and very thortful addition to the #Blackout (Oskar’s original post has around 300,000 notes). Oskar has also illustrated the Addams family and the witches from American Horror Story, if you’re into fan art. Check out Oskar’s fun, uplifting and slightly risqué portfolio here or connect with him on twitter. Additionally, you can check out the Blackout for Human Rights blog here.

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We are welcoming the new week with another amazing image by Leonard Peng, an illustrator and designer that uses every single colour to express his creativity, serving as the right boost for Monday.

Our previous image of the day with Leonard was about food, so today we picked a vivid representation of a cat traveler, in order to perfectly combine our love for animals with the feeling of wanderlust we all need on Mondays.

Leonard was inspired for this illustration by a cat he saw the other day, which actually gives us the idea of creating an illustration with our own Buca!

Feel free to check Leonard’s work on his personal website, but also on Twitter and Instagram.

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Perhaps the reason we love typography so much is because we often find our best sources of inspiration in the quotes spelled out and used by creatives. We’ve featured Fran Efless, and the entirely different Christian Mugisha, and today our spotlight is on home-grown illustrator and designer Haydn Symons. We’re always interested in seeing different creatives’ own interpretation of the ‘personal motto’ medium, and Haydn’s work, above, is no exception.

We’d testify under oath that Haydn is a stand-up guy too, and we also love that he included the earlier drafts of the quote and hand-lettering to give us more of an insight into his process. Haydn’s work is very often handmade, which gives it an organic kind of aesthetic that sets it apart, but he isn’t afraid to create the odd razor-sharp vector with equally vibrant and eye-catching colours. Check out his personal website here, or his twitter here.

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At Thortful we’re very lucky that our headquarters are based right in the heart of Soho, which right now only means one thing: we’re right in the thick of London Fashion Week. The glitterati has descended upon our patch in a celebration of all things home-grown, well-designed and let’s face it, a bit strange. We know that our ‘thing’ is probably more character design and typography, but we can all afford to vary our interests a bit, can’t we?

So, since we’re in the mood, we thought we’d turn to exceptionally talented illustrator Zoe Volk to fill our illustration appetites. A 21-year-old graphic design student (and self-professed corgi lover) based in the great state of Illinois in the US, Zoe’s work is diverse and emphatically feminine, with an inherent softness to it. It has a strong nod to 90’s fashion (or perhaps the 2015-nod-to-90’s-fashion) and Zoe obviously has a well-practised hand. We think that, like Sunny Gu’s work, it would look very much at home among the powerful elite in fashion and beauty – who just so happen to be right outside. Connect with Zoe on her very soothing instagram or check out her Tumblr for regular inspiration.

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74948928655823.55cb4f6a28cc9Today’s image of the day comes from homegrown illustrator Alexander Wilson. As well as it being incredibly autumnal, we realised it had been a long time since we had featured illustration that appealed to children, which we feel is illustration in its purest and most timeless form. Alex trained for a year at Teesside University in the UK before transferring to the Savannah College of Art in Design in the US, and his work is reflective of both rainy English sensibilities and the open waters of the Deep South.

Alex is represented by Advocate Art, and though children’s illustration isn’t his only medium, we did think it was one of the highlights of his portfolio. Evocative of  C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll and the classical Disney era, it’s no surprise Alex was hired by Disney’s New York division in 2010 for in-house projects. Since then he’s made a very welcome return to the UK and now works out of our own North Yorkshire. We strongly encourage you to see his beautiful portfolio here or connect on twitter.

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Happy Midweek! Wednesdays are usually the kind of sluggish, flabby time we end up filling up on a lot of junk food, so we thought we’d pick today’s images to reflect this (unlike yesterday’s, which were absurdly healthy). Genius Warsaw-based illustrator Krzysztof Roslan is a huge talent when it comes to tongue-in-cheek character design that both entertains and commentates. We were just going to admire with the snotty Rubix cube, but then we saw a cookie cannibalising a doughnut and became enamoured with the absurdity of it all. Krzysztof, in general, offers the kind of brilliant ingenuity you can usually see at Pixar.

As part of a dynamic design team called Ars Thanea, also based in Poland, Krzysztof has worked as a digital painter on everything from HBO’s promotions for their incredible line-up of TV series’ including Game of Thrones, True Blood and Boardwalk Empire to working for GE and ING. That’s quite a powerful roster, and the Ars Thanea team have the cabinet full of Cannes Lions’ to prove it. Check Krzysztof’s Behance page here, connect with him on Facebook, or check out the Ars Thanea team here.

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As usual, we couldn’t pick one image for image of the day, so we thought we’d at least try and keep the two we picked within one theme we all love – food! And let it be known, we’re not indecisive for the sake of it. No, we’re indecisive because Thortful and talented New York-based illustrator and designer Leonard Peng is just this good at his job.

He hails originally from San Jose, California, and is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. When he’s not busy being a stand-up guy (we can happily attest to this), he’s creating bright, colourful pieces of work that warm the cockles of the heart for Converse, Johns Hopkins Nursing, and the San Francisco Chronicles among others. He’s exhibited in various galleries as well, but we still think he’s highly underrated. It’d be great if you showed him some love on instagram or twitter before checking out his personal website.

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It’s time for some Monday Motivation! September’s cooling down now, and as we reluctantly break out the knitwear and the hot drinks, we thought we’d turn to something timeless and reliable for our start-of-the-week inspiration.

Tadas Ciudaras’ typography and handlettering is our idea of easy, comfortable design. We’ve mentioned before how much we love to watch short videos of handlettering, and here’s why: the receptors in our brain appreciate a pen, or a paintbrush, or any other tool, gliding across the page in the same way that we watch koi ponds to calm ourselves. Watching the infinity-symbol movement being drawn on a page can lower anxiety levels, as well as aid against heart conditions, regulate blood pressure, and encourages faster recovery in stroke patients. So when we say handlettering is good for our health, you can forgive us for our obsession! We digress – check out Tadas’ instagram or dribbble for these wonderful gifs, or their Behance page to connect!

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Our Thortful Designer wrapping up the week is Amsterdam-based artist and (sometimes) web-designer Hinke Schreuders. Well-known and extremely talented, Hinke’s work seeks to bring embroidery back to the forefront of the design, which is admittedly a rare thing – how often do you see sewn-on typography or portraiture in art, especially nowadays, in the age of the Wacom (or this week, the iPad Pro)? Not that digital mediums are inferior to analogue in any way or produce results less visually dynamic.

Hinke has a tangible passion for 50’s fashion, and with typography (the pieces above are mixed from her 2005 and 2008 collections) and has shown at the Robert Mann gallery in New York , the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent and Heden in the Hague. We love her commitment to her vision. Hinke both likes to create and interact with art that is engaging in real life – you can read her thoughts on that on her blog here, or see her work here at her personal website. Show her some love and like her Facebook page too.

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