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Heisuke Kitazawa: Illustrator

I was completely blown away this morning when I started to research the portfolio of 32-year-old Heisuke Kitazawa, also known as PCP, his surreal vivid work has been picked up by large clients like Sony Music and Honda, along with Kenzo (he designed the packaging for L’Eau Par Kenzo Homme) and in ’07 he designed the interior murals for San Francisco-based Hotel Tomo (large collection of photos here). One piece of his work that I must briefly highlight today is his CD cover art and website design for San Mateo, CA indie band Her Space Holiday. (They are also on My Space if you’d like to hear their music.)

The design for his own website is completely imaginative and gorgeous but the works he has recently done on the Her Space Holiday band site is just super. Make sure you view his online portfolio because I think you will really like it!



Hotel Tomo in Japantown San Francisco, CA. A great space for J-pop style! I love seeing hotels commission work like this. And to think that this is a Best Western hotel really blows me away. I’ve already asked my husband is we can stay at this place since we’re due for a visit to San Francisco next year. :)


Three original watercolors for the Tree show at Giant Robot from this past summer. Not bad for first time watercolor paintings, Heisuke!

He also designed the CD cover art for Japanese solo artist Kushibiki Sayaka (available here on Amazon Japan). I think combining photography with illustrative work has to be my favorite form of contemporary art at the moment.


A snippet of his work, “The end of ICO is beginning of another”, inspired by one of his favorite PS2 game called ICO, currently on display at Giant Robot in San Francisco, CA.

If you’d like to view his work live, he is currently taking part in a really cool art show in San Francisco called Game Over, a show featuring artwork inspired by video games (love this theme, don’t you?) now until October 29, 2008 @ Giant Robot located at 618 Shrader Street.

You can also purchase some of Heisuke Kitazawa’s drawings, prints, books, and wallets in his store right here. Fantastic!

(images: heisuke kitazawa)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Objects, Rooms, Travel on October 20, 2008

Manuela De Simone: Illustrator

This weekend I came across the work of 26-year-old Italian illustrator Manuela De Simone in one of my new favorite magazines, Advanced Photoshop (UK). My husband has been reading this magazine for quite awhile? but this is the first time I actually sat down and looked at it… Talk about a GREAT thorough publication that not only covers how advanced users of Photoshop can improve their designs (obviously) but showcases the work of up-and-coming and established artists from all over the world. I was blown away by some of the work that I found in issue #49, especially that of Manuela shown below.

Using a combination of pencils and Photoshop, she creates colorful characters that transmit good feelings and her love of children’s illustration. After researching her a bit online, I discovered that she not only has a DeviantArt page, but an Etsy shop (yes really!), a new blog, AND a calendar for 2009 (in case this post didn’t give you enough calendar options, he he). You can purchase the calendar here if you’d like.

Also in the issue I found the inspiring work of Brand Nu, Heisuke Kitazawa (who I’ll feature more in depth here in a moment), Lee Woodgate, and JeanSpezial. Mind blowing links, I seriously encourage major exploration! :)

(images from manuela de simone)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on October 20, 2008

Happy Weekend!

I’m signing off for a few days and wishing you a very happy weekend. We will be at a fun party on Saturday (time to play dress up, oh boy!) and Sunday I will learn how to use my new sewing machine and of course go for another very long walk in the forest near our apartment where I will collect pine cone branches to arrange in a glass vase for the living room.

I also plan to listen to a lot of music… it never fails to keep me focused on projects especially when I’m sewing. I plan to hit Virgin to see if I can locate the new Keane CD. By the way… any Depeche Mode fans out there? They held a press conference in Berlin last week (catch it here on You Tube) and confirmed a new album set to roll out in the beginning of ’09 along with tour dates in Europe, North America and South America. They even have a new band logo here. So exciting!

Before I go, I simply must point you to some visual candy — some of my current Flickr favorites, you can click here to view them. Once there you may click on the actual photo icon to view the full size version along with the photographer’s name and account. I hope that you enjoy them. My theme was “Inner Peace” as I pulled this particular collection together. All of these things gave me a good restful feeling, I hope that they also have this effect on you. :)

Have a lovely weekend!

(images from Flickr)

Posted in uncategorized on October 17, 2008

2009 Calendar Round Up

It’s that time again… Time for the annual decor8 Calendar round up. It’s funny, when I started writing this back in 2006 I had no idea it would stick. Then in 2007, artists automatically contacted me asking if I would be doing another round up and if so, when. Now this year, same thing. Calendars have been rolling in via email from all over the world! Yay! So thanks to all who have sent in submissions — I’ve tried to include all! If I’ve missed anyone please comment below with a link to their calendar. Enjoy!

Fun & creative calendars from Be Happy Now.

Lotta Jansdotter fabric calendar and pillow.

Kris’ Color Stripes, Avie Designs, Camilla Engman, and Anna Cote.

Ink & Wit in collaboration with Pistachio Press.

Jessica Gonacha, Tim Walker, Kate Spade, Sukie, and Jill Bliss & Saelee Oh.

Cath Kidston, Japanese animal desk calendars, Daily Color planner, and Non Planner.

Perpetual Calendar D/M/Y, Massimo Vignelli, Rex Ray, Grady McFerrin, and Calendreco.

Yellow Monday, Inkspot, Just Another Day, and Happify.

Creative Thursday.

Melissa Lund Photography, Nella Designs, Green Chair Press and Silhouette Blue.

Snow & Graham.

Cavallini calendars (huge selection), Eco-Chic, Mateo Ilasco, Bird Songs, and Orange Beautiful.

Pocket Calendars from Smosch’s Sandra Juto.

Zoozoo cards, Anne Cresci, Edesse designs, and Papered Together.

Printable 2009 calendar Little Brown Pen.

More from Silhouette Blue, Modern Art Everyday, Esta Sketch and Satsuma.

Magnolia Moonlight.

Paper and Inkling, Seventy and Sunny, Story by Mia, Turtle Papers and Michele Brusegaard.

Egg Press.

Tea towel calendar by Cicada Studio.

Wolfie and the Sneak.

J Hill Design.

365 Reasons Not to Be Bored by Kim’s Suitcase, The Beautiful Project, Stelie Designs and Yee Haw.

Linea Carta.

P.S. Paper Goods, Shalom Cottage Home, Girl Metro, Stephanie Fizer and Beau Ideal.

And of course, a calendar round up would not be complete without showing a little love to super fab Little Otsu. Swoon!

Wow! I think you have plenty of cally options for ’09, huh!? Again, if I’ve missed anyone please comment below with a link to their 2009 calendar so we can include as many as possible into this round up because you can hyperlink in the comments section, no problem-o!

I’ll be back in a moment to wish everyone a happy Friday and to announce the winner of the Fabulous Stationery contest along with our 2 runner ups!

(images linked to their sources above.)

Posted in Round-ups, Stationery on October 17, 2008

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