We enjoy discovering contemporary artists. They inspire and motivate us!
We recently discovered Julia Anastasopoulos, a South African illustrator, designer and artist. You can find her art on her website knolc. Julia’s famous works include her illustrated murals from the Cape Town Myciti Bus stations, and her playful line-drawings on the walls of the Book Lounge in Cape Town. Julia’s art consists of whimsical concepts, light lines and tiny detail. She has illustrated children’s books and my kids loved her art!
She is also famous for creating a South African persona “Suzelle”, featuring her unique humour and DIY “tips and tricks” in her popular SuzelleDIY YouTube videos which have gone viral!
We used her cityscapes as our inspiration and created large murals on sheets of paper. Kate and I decided to work collaboratively, taking turns to work the cityscape in layers on each other’s pages. After the third layer, we added all the tiny people and fun details. We especially loved creating the whimsical ideas!
- Work according to an agreed scale and size. Kate’s pictures were much larger than mine and so I drew my details bigger to fit hers.
- Adapt to the style of the drawing there and yet be creative and add your own ideas! It was amusing to come to “your” picture and find completely unusual ideas on the page!
- Leave some spaces open in your layer for overlapping or unusual aspects to be added later.
Lara created her cityscape on her own.
We displayed our murals on our passage walls! We love to look at them every time we come out our rooms!
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