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Old Boxes New Lives

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One day my sister and I were scavenging our grandfather’s attic and we stumbled upon these intricate little boxes with slide covers and carved handles. We stuck them with glue against the walls that were inside our closets and those boxes became our secret treasure compartments where we’d collect and hide our findings, like comic book clippings and little mice figures that my sister made out of cloth material.

Then I grew up and boxes just stayed with me. Now I go to antique shops and buy old cigar boxes. I try to look for the old wooden ones that are dark and deeply stained so when I carve into the wood, the lighter colored or the unstained wood shows through and creates a good contrast to the carved images.

External Link: Old Boxes New Lives

Varoom 27: The Hermenauts issue

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Hermenauts seek to interpret, and this is the theme of Varoom 27: how illustration is able to interpret text narratives, gender in images, the commissions received from clients, software glitches, Japanese comics and more.

In this issue Varoom present the full AOI Illustration Awards Shortlist, as well as articles showcasing the winning projects alongside insights from their creators. As Laurindo Feliciano describes “In the creative process, when an illustrator finds the key elements of this relation between the text and the image, something magic begins.” Highlights of the V&A Illustration Awards, the Design Museum Award and the British Animation Award are also featured.

External Link: Varoom 27: The Hermenauts issue

Hello Kitty: Hello 40

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In 1974, Hello Kitty stepped on the scene, and she’s had the world wrapped around her little red bow ever since. Here, some of her biggest fans—from comic artists to muralists to toy creators—pay tribute in story and art. Join LCS artist HABBENINK and 40 amazing illustrators on these colorful adventures with the Hello Kitty family!

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Zombie Playing Cards Kickstarter Project

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I’ve recently launched a KickStarter campaign to produce a fully illustrated deck of playing cards with a zombie theme running throughout. Each suit contains a different set of the living dead representing the King, Queen and Jack as well as a skull motif for the Ace cards.

External Link: Zombie Playing Cards Kickstarter Project

Quirky Map Illustrations by Elly Walton

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It’s been a busy year and many of my recent commissions have been fun little maps for the likes of Waitrose Weekend and UK business magazines. Here are a couple of the new pieces, illustrating an area of Tuscany for a feature about a business conference weekend and the activities available to the conference attendees, and a map of Barcelona for a feature about making an eco-friendly trip. There are lots more little n large maps on my site, do take a peek!

External Link: Quirky Map Illustrations by Elly Walton