Inside the Secret Sketchbooks of @graemebase
For more from Graeme’s previously-unseen library of sketches, follow @graemebase on Instagram.
If these images of mechanical, organic and otherwordly creatures feel familiar, it could be because they come from the imagination of beloved children’s book illustrator Graeme Base (@graemebase).
"I’ve been writing and illustrating picture books for something like 30 years, but for every finished piece there are dozens of sketches that have never seen the light of day," he explains. The Australian artist—perhaps best known for the 1986 alphabet book Animalia (1986)—uses his Instagram account to share this trove of beautiful, unpublished pieces.
"The recurring themes in my art are nature and fantasy with whimsical overtones," he says. "I’m slightly shocked to find myself well into my fifties now, but inside the 11-year-old schoolboy is alive and kicking."
Seeking Inspiration Midair with @manonwethly
For Dutch designer Manon Wethlij (@manonwethly), the contents of her arresting #flyingstuff photos are less important than the conversations they provoke. “People are free to see or feel whatever they want in the shapes,” Manon says. “I love that they make people talk to me and ask questions.”
“I studied architecture for two years, then graphic design, but the thing that has always made me happy is photography.” When she found Instagram, Manon says, “it was exactly what I needed to keep my photography enthusiasm alive. I was taking lots of photos every day and just storing them in my computer for no one to see.”
These days, it’s the response to her photos on Instagram that keeps Manon evolving creatively. “Everybody’s enthusiasm encourages me to try new things,” she explains, “It’s sort of addictive.”
Another, albeit wonky, perspective of the #artnoveau #secession #exhibition hall in #Vienna
#secession #Vienna - the #artnoveau #Jugendstil #exhibition house that #GustavKlimt frequented
A #green #palm-tree #greenhouse in the city centre of #Vienna - looking good
#Vienna #vista including #sculptures , a #fountain , bourgeois buildings, and a #church
Curiously dressed #footmen outside the #StephansDom #cathedral in #Vienna #Austria plying their trade
The #Innsbruck #Arch of #Triumph in #Austria
The #Alps surrounding #Innsbruck #Austria - #mountains and #forests backdropping the city
#Renaissance #castle Amras, overlooking #Innsbruck #Austria