HGTV.ca Editorial Team
Friday, August 29, 2008 2:19 PM EDT
This is a bit of a sneak preview of a new Style Sheet monthly feature we're debuting next week. So read on and guess what we have coming up!
I love discovering new blogs but I have to admit, I don't really enjoy reading about other people's lives. I much prefer the gossip, fashion and shopping-themed sites and am always charmed when I find art online — even better when the blogger offers to sell their work. And why not? With scanners and Photoshop and PayPal, a simple pencil drawing can become a print for your fans.
I came across The Daily Figure (left) while searching for something completely unrelated. Illustrator Kyle T. Webster sketches amusing and dynamic art for The New Yorker, New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and a veritable newsstand of other publications. His blog focuses on simple, black-and-white figure drawings, which he posts daily. If you like what you see, you can buy prints of his work on paper, t-shirts, calendars and mugs.
Torontonian, Danielle Meder, is a freelance fashion illustrator (her illustration is centre) whose style of fashion reporting involves a pencil and paper but very few actual notes. You can see her in the seats at fashion shows sketching away and the results take reality and make it even better. Meder has two blogs: Final Fashion and Rags and Mags, a fictional fashion blog written by friend, Carolyn Rohaly and illustrated by Meder. If you want to be a vision on paper, you can commission a drawing and have Meder's illustration put onto business cards or just framed on your wall.
Finally, one of my new favourite sites is Fifi Lapin (right). Fifi is an illustrated socialite bunny who shares a new ensemble or inspiration each day. Fifi has done collaborations with fashion designers and puts herself in new collections. Prints and original drawings are available to buy at Fifi's Etsy store and I want one!