The Joy of Swimming

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Artist Lisa Congdon’s books never fail to impress or inspire, and such is the case with her latest – The Joy of Swimming: A Celebration of Our Love for Getting in the Water. A longtime swimmer herself, Lisa has created an illustrated collection of vintage swimsuits and pool signs, hand lettered quotes on the subject, dozens of watercolor portraits paired with personal stories, and more. With summer just around the corner The Joy of Swimming is the perfect book to get you swimsuit ready!

 

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Thomas Colligan

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Thomas Colligan is an NYC-based illustrator and designer with what I’d liken to a graffiti style. It lends itself well to the subject matter – disjointed scenes telling quirky stories through color blocking.

 

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Katty Huertas

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I’m loving the illustrations and paintings of Katty Huertas, particularly her series of self-portraits. (The piece above captures the way I perceive my own internal monologue just about perfectly.) From realistic to whimsical, girl can do it all.

 

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Hope Gangloff

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Hope Gangloff‘s artistic history is fantastic to read about. These days her large-scale paintings are created from frantic and loose modeling by a long list of volunteers and inanimate objects. I love the intentionally exaggerated features in many of her pieces.

 

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Ian Thomas Miller

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The paint- and illustration-block technique of Ian Thomas Miller is a fresh and captivating approach to storytelling. Lots of hands and pop culture references pop up, and Miller also has a gift for photography. Oh, and he’s only 22-years-old, looking forward to more from this guy.

 

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Lisa Lapointe

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Three unlikely sources are the inspiration behind Sydney-based Lisa Lapointe‘s illustrations – spiritual, religious, and indigenous mythology. Her primitive works of art take us into a vibrant geometric world that is not necessarily created to please, but to make think.

 

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Victoria Semykina Antolini

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People watching is one of my all-time favorite pastimes, so I love seeing Bologna-based illustrator Victoria Semykina Antolini credits the activity as an inspiration behind her beautiful creations. She also spends a considerable amount of time indulging her love of ships by frequenting a shipyard, adding an adventurous feel to all of Victoria’s work. Be sure and check out available prints in her shop.

 

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Leonie Bos

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Leonie Bos‘ architectural illustrations make me recall how much I loved my mechanical drawing class in high school. All of those lovely angles determined by math. I really enjoy the halftones she brings to each piece by using traditional printmaking techniques as well.

 

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