Map Illustration by Larissa Seilern

Larissa Seilern

We are starting the new week feeling inspired by the illustrated map of Larissa Seilern, as it reminds us that there’s always a reason to explore the beauty of the world (and language barrier should not be an excuse to delay your next adventure). Larissa is a freelance illustrator based in Vienna and here’s what we learned from her:

How do you find inspiration?

I guess the usual – just getting out of the studio for a while and doing the opposite of work.
For example traveling is a huge source of inspiration- especially India with all its intensity. Read more

“An Illustrator’s Lunch” by Aleesha Nandhra

'An Illustrator's Lunch' by Aleesha Nandhra

It’s lunch time and just when we were wondering what to eat, we came across the work of Aleesha Nandhra and her creative take on “An Illustrator’s Lunch.” As it seems, illustrators may be inspired from anything, beating their creative hunger in the most unique ways!

How did you come up with the idea of this illustration?

This illustration just started off as a doodle of some pencils inside a food tin and I just
progressed from there. I knew that it would be a strong visual idea and I had to go through with it and make it! I can’t recall exactly what the thought process behind the initial idea was, but I was most likely thinking about food! Read more

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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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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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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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02ace428943703.55dacee87ce91Welcome back! After a brief hiatus, we’re back with image of the day; we missed the blog very much indeed. As we said on yesterday’s update, things have been exceptionally hectic at Thortful HQ, and the entire team is going hard in the final few weeks before the launch of the platform. Luckily for us, though, we’ve still managed to be in touch with a variety of amazing creatives around the world.

Today’s image of the day (above) is by Bavarian-born, Berlin-based illustrator and art director Andreas Preis. Andreas has worked with Adidas, DC Comics, Nike, ESPN Magazine and Calvin Klein (among other huge names) to create wonderful, illustrative work, which is always distinct, and his mural on the remnants of the Berlin Wall for YAAM in Central Berlin was no different. YAAM’s been a hotspot and hub for creativity in entertainment in Berlin for quite some time, and Andreas’ mural is not the only one featured on the wall. In terms of style, Andreas has carved out a niche for himself creating beautiful portraiture from dynamic, decisive hatching and straight lines. His animal portraits in particular, like the one above, have been picked up by Landyachtz longboards for a very distinguished, stylish kind of ride. Now when you see Andreas’ work, you’ll know who created it! See behind the scenes of the mural being created at Andreas’ Behance page, or connect with him on instagram.

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a day without drawing

As it was a bank holiday this weekend, we skipped Monday Motivation and hope no one noticed (they probably didn’t).

So, what better way to kick off midweek than with an illustration from Bett Norris? We’ve talked about Bett before (see here), but let us reiterate, we think she’s a fantastic creative and exactly the kind of professional whose name, along with her work, should be better known. If you live in the UK, chances are you’ve come face to face with Bett’s work. It’s distinct in style and includes elements of everything from typography, to character and pattern design – you just didn’t know when it was in front of you. Hopefully, we’ve fixed that! Show her some love at her personal website, tumblr, facebook, twitter or instagram (pro tip: her tumblr is a great place to view her works in progress and experimentation).

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Our Thortful Image of the Day to wrap up the week is more quirky photography by Davide Luciano, because when was the last time you saw a crab playing a game of mini-pool? Seriously, if you want to check out Davide’s portfolio, be prepared to see the most ordinary things (and beings) in life, in extraordinary situations. Highlights include a pig with a cigar, an alligator (or crocodile) playing solitaire, and sheep hairdressing.

Jokes aside, though, Davide is an exceptionally talented photographer and we’re huge fans of his work at Thortful HQ, if we hadn’t already made that clear. We’re not the only ones to notice; the New York Times have featured him again and again, and it’s easy to see why. As well as throwing you off your game, and sometimes making you laugh, Davide’s work can be a biting social commentary, and when you notice this, the juxtapositions suddenly makes sense. See more at his personal website, or connect with him on twitter.

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d7282bb89c520ce8e68f4bd5e345a323If this looks familiar to you, it’s because we recently feature Gaby D’Alessandro’s stunning Darwinian image of the day, and both the images are incredibly similar. Last time, Gaby created an illustration centred on the foliage and greenery of the Galapagos Islands for Nautilus magazine, which you can see right here. This time around, she drew Erich Jarvis (an avian scientist, if the image was above wasn’t a dead giveaway) for Duke Magazine.

We were so enamoured by Gaby’s detailed, distinguished style that we had to feature both illustrations. For more illustrative inspiration, see Gaby’s behance portfolio, or see her website, twitter or instagram to connect.

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