This week I’m sharing artist Valérie Bastille also known as Naylemonstre from Montreal. I adore her style and think she does really unique compositions within her work. Her work reminds me a bit of the Sky Doll and other comic bases artists which I love. I’ve shared her work before but had a few more pieces that I thought I’d share like her coloring book Quolia, and my personal favourites the stickers which she customizes. You can check out her website here and her store.
I have already shared Jetoy in the past (here) but I really wanted to share again because not only are they my favourite stationary company but this year they’ve changed things up and have Colorful Jetoy. What’s new? Well still ridiculously cute cats but also the incorporation of their designs with the hobby of coloring. So Coloring books are insanely big nowadays, I have no idea why but every Etsy artist is making their own and craft & book stores are filled with everything from Game of Thrones to any animal you can think of in geometric patterns for ‘medication and relaxing’ hyped promises. I honestly don’t get the trend, I mean I own a lot of coloring books but I’ve always been pretty happy just buying kids ones and the odd ‘adult’ style one here and there not overpriced bland geometric patterned ones… That’s life though, and apparently the same trend happening here is in Korea so Jetoy has postcards, coloring books and year planners in their new Colorful Jetoy style. I love, not only because Jetoy cats are the cutest but because they are really well thought out and I love that some parts are pre-colored. The postcards are my favourite of course, so much detail and unique qualities to each one. But let’s get to the photos so you can see for yourself. Also do not mistaken my love for stationary from Korea and Japan as product placement, I’m not getting paid for this, I just really love anything Jetoy.
A closer look at all the stationary
Sorry about the lack of posts last week, I ended up in the hospital for a day and then had surgery and stitches so I wasn’t able to publish anything beyond Monday’s post. But I am back and feeling better.
Pick of the Week: Mel Stringer
Girliepains is an Etsy store by illustrator and visual artist Mel Stringer from Brisbane, Australia. She illustrates delightful drawings of women and offers a variety of goodies at her Etsy store and the store on her website (here). The last time I featured her work was when I received my custom made pin of my cat Butter, which was so cute that I had to get more of her work. I thought it’d be lovely to show off the illustration work she does as last time it was just the pin so I made her work a pick of the week for a second time. I’ve gotten two orders from her’s of postcards, stickers and my personal fav a coloring book. Everything is very high quality and I am so delighted by her work, it is even more colorful and playful in person. She is so kind as well and takes lot of care with her packages sending extra stickers and the last one I even got a little b&w zine and a heart lollipop along with what I had purchased. Below I’ve included shots of what I received with both packages along with a closer look at the zine and coloring book. I am hoping to have her do a commission of me and Butter done perhaps this year as that’d be most delightful. If you wish to check out just her artwork check out her website!
Somewhere Under the Rainbow is a coloring book by Tara McPherson of her artwork through Dark Horse Publications in 2008. I picked mine up two years ago and am still absolutely in love with it. It’s a coloring book mostly but you also get 4 postcards you can color, a sticker set, and with 24 crayons (the colors are custom created by her) in a cute vinyl bag. I collect postcards and stickers so these extra were amazing for me and they do not disappoint. I’ve included below photos of all the extras. It is hard to see how cute the vinyl bag is so you’ll have to trust me and I have already used two of the postcards. That leaves the coloring book itself and the custom crayons. I love coloring books, and this really doesn’t disappoint. She includes most of her artwork that she made before 2008 and the images used are very similar to her art book, “Lonely Heart“ that she put out in … also through Dark Horse. The quality of the paper is very good and it is easy to use markers or pencils crayons with it. I love that it’s in a ring style book so it is easy to flip pages over and color or if you wanted to take out. I’ve colored a few pages and the experience was really fun, you can make your own creation of her work no matter how weird it may end up looking (I am terrible at color theory). She includes all the details of her original pieces and her artwork translates well to the coloring book format. She even included her comic strip work. I guess the only downside to me was the crayons, the custom colors are amazing and I really love them however crayons by nature don’t work as well as they ever should. And anyone over the age of 5 has advance from crayons to pencil crayons so it was really a missed opportunity to not have them instead. And judging from the adult nature of her work, I don’t think the intended audience is anyone under the age of 15. I think it would be a dream to have the custom colors she made in pencil crayons instead. But buying a pack of pencil crayons is hardly a difficult thing to do so this was not a big issue for me at all. It’s simply wonderful, whether you a coloring book enthusiast, love her artwork and want to try your hand color it, or you want to perfect your color theory it’s a great book to do that with, and the extras are the icing on top. High recommended.
For more of her artwork check out here website: Tara Mcpherson
Check out below of photos of the extra items and select pages of the coloring book: