Archive for the ‘illustration’ Category

Lucy Engleman’s Illustrations of The Doughnut Vault

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Due to the Doughnut Vault’s dangerously close proximity to the JB Chicago office, we have become quite familiar with the shop’s to-die-for doughnut selection. With weekly and seasonal flavors, there’s always something new and exciting to try. The first week of September featured a mouthwatering selection of birthday cake, pistachio, pineapple, almond and double chocolate flavors – no, these are not your everyday doughnuts.

Recently, illustrator Lucy Engleman contacted the Doughnut Vault to ask if she could create some illustrations inspired by the popular shop. Engleman is known for her ability to create cheery, optimistic scenes and we’re loving her fun doughnut illustrations.

The Doughnut Vault is located at 401 ½ N. Franklin St., Chicago IL 60653. Open Tuesday-Friday starting at 8:30 am until they run out and Saturdays at 9:30 am until they run out.


X-Ray Art by Nick Veasey

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

We were immediately drawn to photographer Nick Veasey’s fascinating X-ray images. Each piece of work is composed of a complex collage of multiple x-rays, which are layered and compiled to form the finished product.

He says that his inspiration came from his desire to counter the obsession with superficial appearances by using X-rays to expose what lies beneath the surface. He explains that he likes “to challenge this automatic way that we react to just physical appearances by highlighting the, often surprising, inner beauty.”

We would definitely agree that he has a talent for finding a unique raw, inner beauty.

Doodle doodle doodle (’till you just can’t doodle no more)

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Just like eyes are the window to your soul, I believe that doodling is also another way to get to that destination.  If you’ve ever peeked at anyone’s doodles after they’ve had a class or been on the phone for a long time, you’d be able to tell a lot about them by looking at what they drew. Regardless of quality, a sketch can display a lot about someone’s personality. Even though sometimes the sketches are awful, and sometimes they’re fabulous.

And sometimes, if you’re Christina, your doodles end up turning out like this. It’s just like Cinderella turning into a princess, except with Christina being the godmother, and the wand being talent.

In honor of sketches and personality and life and all that jazz, we give you Doodlers Anonymous, the blog for showing off doodles and sketches. They call themselves a “permanent home for spontaneous art,” which is definitely accurate; people from all over submit their work, and the best are posted in the “Featured Artists” and “Showcase” section. And I do mean “best.” All of the work shown is super-intense and drawn by obviously talented people. (All pictures below courtesy of

Instead of just posting one doodle a person, the blog showcases a lot of their work, and gives a short blurb about each doodler. This way, you can see a series of talent by one person, and learn a little bit more about them through text as well.

Although a picture really is worth a thousand words.

1+1 equals art

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

I don’t think I need to tell you that math is everywhere. Without geometry, you wouldn’t be able to put your car in a parking space without angry stares. Without addition, you wouldn’t be able to know how much more your recent paycheck is making you richer. And I don’t even need to mention what you couldn’t do without the knowledge of simple fractions.

You wouldn't get an equal portion of my famous macaroni-and-cheese casserole, and you'd be miserable. MISERABLE.

Math can create some wonderful things, and art is no exception. Maryland Institute College of Art student Jordan Sondler uses shapes—whether conventionally or slightly bent—to make illustrations, sketches and doodles. She also writes in cute, block print handwriting to write quirky little captions and text. (All pictures courtesy of

The beautiful Adele, in shapes.

I hope her illustrations soon pops up on T-shirts, bags and the like. Jordan has got some unique talent going on that could work for apparel design. She has things to say with geometrically fun text, and it needs to be shown to more of the world.

Seriously. The girl speaks truth. I want these shapes on a T-shirt.

I hope her illustrations soon become designs on T-shirts, bags and the like. Jordan has got some unique talent going on that could work for apparel design. She has things to say with geometrically fun text, and it needs to be shown to more of the world.

There’s magic in the pencil

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

I’ve worked with pencil all my life (standardize tests, crossword puzzle victories, chewing on erasers, etc.) and I’ve even sketched a little with them (and by “sketching” I mean doodling while I’m on the phone), but I’ve never known a pencil to do this:

All photos courtesy of

This is artwork from T.S. Abe. She sketches portraits of fictional everyday people using pencil art. However, she does it with such precise shading and detail that the pictures look like black-and-white photos. I could say more, but I think it’s best if I follow the philosophy that “a picture is worth a thousand words” and let you look instead

This one is my absolute favorite. How does she get it so that it looks so much like a photo?!

Wow. Just wow.

Illustration Inspiration

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Illustration may be the best way to give any campaign a fresh look. Why settle for contrived stock images? Try a more artistic interpretation to distance yourself from the competitors. Here are some examples that may inspire you to reach for your own pen and paper! All images courtesy of