Maori Sakai

Can I just have a little fan girl moment? Just a small squee for the magical illustrations that delight me to no end!
Maori Sakai is a freelance illustrator that has been burning up the internet via Society6, and Tumblr.

Go take a look!

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All photos and gifs. by Maori Sakai

May Bookworm

May Bookworm
For those of us who were distraught about The Mortal Instruments series wrapping up, and next year can’t arrive too soon so we can dig into The Dark Artifices, Cassandra Clare, along with a who’s who of popular YA authors, offers us a short story e-book series based in the Shadow Hunters universe.
There are going to be ten stories in all, one released each month January – November of this year.
So far I’ve read the first four. I could jabber on and on but fans of the original series only need to have one word: Simon! For those who haven’t read The Mortal Instruments this is a stand alone series so you don’t have to.

And here’s a fun thing, the covers are a surprise until the day they are published. They fit together to form a mosaic of Simon drawing his bow!

“Simon Lewis never thought he’d become a Shadowhunter…and now he has the chance. After living as a Mundane and a Vampire, Simon never thought he would become a Shadowhunter, but today he begins his training at Shadowhunter Academy.”
“Simon learns the worst crime a Shadowhunter can commit: desertion of their comrades. 
In the early nineteenth century, Tobias Herondale abandoned his fellow Shadowhunters in the heat of battle and left them to die. His life was forfeit, but Tobias never returned, and the Clave claimed his wife’s life in exchange for Tobias’s. Simon and his fellow students are shocked to learn of this brutality, especially when it is revealed the woman was pregnant. But what if the child survived…could there be a lost Herondale line out in the world today?”
“Jack the Ripper stalks through London, and only the Shadowhunters can stop him. 
Simon learns the truth behind the Jack the Ripper murders—“Jack” was stopped by Will Herondale and his institute of Victorian Shadowhunters.”
“Simon learns about James Herondale’s time at Shadowhunter Academy.
It’s hard to be a Shadowhunter when you’ve got demonic powers. Simon learns about the school-time struggles of half-warlock James Herondale in this prelude to The Last Hours.”

Kirra Jamison

I’m a fan of The Design Files Melbourne Mornings series. Recently they’ve featured artist Kirra Jamison.

She’s inspired me to think about new projects. Maybe break out of my comfort zone and explore more color, bolder shapes, experiment.

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How amazing is her studio space? *swoons*

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Tactile Studio

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I love finding artists who make me gasp in amazement. Rachel’s work does just that. She captures in clay and plaster delicate details of the natural world.

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“Rachel Dein’s method of plaster casting captures everyday objects in a unique and delicate way. She makes impressions in wet clay, and then pours plaster directly over it. The clay captures the most intricate details, subtly colouring the plaster as it sets. Each clay mould can only be used once, making every piece unique. Casts are then finished and refined by hand, some casts are then painted.”

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Her technique seems so simple but a lot of forethought and mastery go into her work.

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Link Love

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Chuck Close’s wonderful and un-photoshopped portraits of the stars
Chocolate cover potato chips? Yes please!
I’ve always loved a little art with my storage solutions!
Funny doodles entertain an artist on the train during his commute.
Would YOU let the Guardian Newspaper set you up on a blind
date
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