Artist Showcase: Anne-Julie Aubry

It may be a coincidence, or it may not be, but today I received in the mail the necklace I won from Anne-Julie Aubry. I took this as a sign, so today’s artist showcase will be Anne-Julie Aubry!

Anne-Julie is an amazing illustrator and I highly recommend you check out her website and gallery. She is also a talented jewelry designer and sometimes her work can be found on her etsy shop the Nebulous Kingdom. Her work is so simple yet complex, so innocent but filled with deep meaning. Her color palette is subtle, soft, and fantastical. I just love it.

Last month I took part in a contest on her blog and ended up winning the prize: a beautiful antique-looking necklace with two of Anne-Julie’s prints inside: “Becoming a Puppet” and “La Sorcière Noire.” It wasn’t just the necklace she sent me; I also received her Mother Nature Postcard and a gorgeous little bag that the necklace came in. The whole package was put together with such thought that I felt the need to take a picture to share with you.

Necklace
Necklace

Isn’t that just breath-taking? I love it. Thank you so much Anne-Julie for the wonderful prize. It is a beautiful giveaway. I hope you continue making beautiful art for as long as you live. You have a great talent.

You can find Anne-Julie Aubry at the following sites:
Blog: Ma Petite Theiere
Website: Anne-Julie Art
Etsy: The Nebulous Kingdom
Twitter: @annejulieart

Artist Showcase: Jason Chan

Sometimes, while I’m working, I take breaks to make a cup of tea and wander through art sites such as DeviantArt.com or ConceptArt.org. Usually I’ll go through them fast, just to see if anything catches my eye, and if something does, I’ll save it so I have something pretty to look at later. Every once in awhile though, I’ll see something that makes my jaw drop and my eyes sparkle.

Today’s post is brought to you by illustrator Jason Chan. While all of his art is absolutely gorgeous, I was completely taken by one piece in particular, which is now showcased on my laptop’s desktop. The file name, Waterfall, really does no justice to it, and yet, at the same time brings out the beautiful simplicity of the painting.

Waterfall

Personally, it evokes in me the same feelings I get when watching the timeless works of Hayao Miyazaki – most especially Laputa: Castle in the Sky, with it’s ancient robotic men and innocent little girl. Jason Chan has caught a simple moment with his digital canvas – a friendship between an unlikely pair in one of the most beautifully rendered backdrops I’ve ever seen.

You can find more about Jason Chan on his website JasonChanArt.com.