Rainbow Kawaii Gears

Rainbow Kawaii Gears by Eliza Stein

Workin’ together!

I was going to add these to my last post, but the Internet likes volume.

Rainbow Gears Illustration by Eliza Stein

Making things rainbow and kawaii seems to be my favorite way of cheering myself up when I’m going through something heavy. It’s the visual equivalent of eating a pile of candy. I can’t sing the blues until I’m a safe distance from it, I’ve learned.

Artists, illustrators, designers: do you have a kind of art— style, subject, practice, etc.— that you turn to when you’re going through a difficult time?

Illustration Friday: “Repeat”

Little Cogs Illustration by Eliza Stein

I started calling myself “Little Cog” when I did data entry work in a cramped, frigid cubicle. “There there, little cog,” I would say while sniffling, trying to fight off another office cold. Luckily I don’t think of myself that way any longer, but the character stuck in my mind. Hopefully it has the balance of cuteness and melancholy that I imagined.

Fragmented Head

Fragmented Head Illustration by Eliza Stein

From the sketchbook. I’m working on a million color and texture variations of this right now, all of which look a lot prettier than what’s inside my head right now, with this nasty summer cold I’ve got. Anything that makes it through my elimination round will be posted here, and I might make a few of them into prints.

Illustration Friday: “Mask”

Neon Masks Illustration by Eliza Stein

I’ve been looking for a new sketching exercise lately, and I’d forgotten how much I like to draw masks— you can delve into geometry, symmetry, abstraction, facial expressions, symbolism, pretty much anything you could improve in your art.

All of these masks are real, from different cultures and times, picked at random from an image search.

Another color version— I could make new ones for days:

Golden Masks Illustration by Eliza Stein

Aaaannnd here’s the original ink drawing:

Black and White Masks by Eliza Stein