Impossible Bottles Animations (Loads slowly)

I see so many animated gifs that it really takes a lot for me to stop and stare at a short animation loop. But what illustrator/animator, Rafael Varona is doing is simply mesmerizing. His animations are little stories with so many fun elements all playing their part in telling the story. Follow him and his Impossible Bottle series here!

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Collage is a world I don’t have much experience in, but most definitely enjoy admiring. Our good friend Ryan Arruda has recently added some amazing new prints of his geometric photo collages to his Midnight Umbrella shop. I think it is fascinating when artists take elements out of context and reorganize them into something completely new. The contrasting textures and shadows are what really get me excited about Ryan’s work. Go check them out and the rest of his shop!

Midnight Umbrella Collages

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Recently we were extended the incredible opportunity to contribute a poster to the Fifty-Nine Parks Print Series. The timing couldn’t have been any better, as we just returned from our grand, 5 week long, road trip around the US visiting National and State Parks. We were inspired and so happy to be working on something so fun, for such a good cause.

The Fifty-Nine Parks Print Series was created by JP Boneyard of the National Poster Retrospecticus. Each of our 59 National Parks are brought to life, in the form of a screen printed poster, by a different artist. Not only is it a great way motivate us all to care about our National Parks, but it supports them as well. 5% of each poster sale is donated to the National Parks Service. Purchase yours here!

So far our Big Bend poster is only the sixth completed poster in the series, so you can expect us to do another post showcasing a whole group of amazing posters from this series in the near future. Enjoy!

Big Bend National Park Poster

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Great brand identity, and for a good cause? Yes please! Autistic Art is a a design brand of Mosoly Otthon Foundation and supports autistic children and adults by organizing regular drawing activities for them, then sells the products that feature artworks created during the classes. Fantastic work by Hungarian creatives, Laszlo Polgar and Dora Sos.

Autistic Art Branding

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The Italian Stallion’s face never looked so pretty, but this poster most definitely will on your wall! Thanks to the National Poster Retrospecticus, our Rocky illustration is now available as an 18″ x 24″ screen printed poster. NPR has agreed to a make Rocky a permanent member of their traveling poster show!  What first was just a spur of the moment illustration to adorn our studio walls, is now an amazing signed print that you can now purchase. We only have a limited amount at Brave Outpost so go claim yours quick!

Rocky Screen Printed Posters in the Shop!

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These animal number greeting cards by illustrator Koji Tomato, or Cozy Tomato, are genius. The fact that you can still tell what kind of animal they are, even after being morphed into a number is pretty impressive. This particular set was created for Lagom Design, where you can purchase these and many more of Koji’s designs. Koji has an amazing eye for simplicity and color in his illustrations. Take a look at all nine greeting cards after the jump!

Cozy Tomato Animal Number Cards

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We all remember making shoebox dioramas growing up, but this is taking it to a new level. Artist Mar Cerdà first cuts out all the tiny little pieces and then meticulously hand watercolors each piece before setting it into its spot in the miniature cut paper world. Enjoy a few of our favorites of hers, and when you are done, check out the rest on her site!


Miniature Watercolor Dioramas

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These little pool-themed environments built into all the letters of the alphabet are more than fun illustrations. Yes, they are beautiful rendered illustrations that become more interesting the longer you stare at them. But the reason for making them is even more amazing.

Illustrator Jing Zhang created this alphabet project in response to her year of completing a 5K swimming challenge in order to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care, who provide free care for people with terminal cancer. I love seeing artists inject their passions, motivations and experiences into their artwork. See the rest of the alphabet on her site.

Resort Type by Jing Zhang

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I can’t get enough of these Clue card illustrations by Andrew Kolb. What a neat personal project! I love all the halftones and slightly aged look to it all, yet it still feels contemporary and fresh. I mean, look at those amazing characters. There are a few of my favorites posted here, but go to his site to see all the rest of the cards!

Clue Cards by Andrew Kolb

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Collaborating with talented individual and shops is becoming sort of an addiction for us here at Brave the Woods. We have always been huge fans of Oxford Pennants for their quality and the amazing designs they sell in their shop. Combining our love for nature and the aesthetic of vintage pennants, we merged our powers and created this nature-themed, illustrative pennant design. Huge thanks to Oxford Pennants and their amazing team to make these turn out so incredible. Purchase your own for only $20 here!

Brave Nature Pennants

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Now this is stained glass I can get behind. If you have a more modern aesthetic, stained glass may not be the first thing that comes to mind when decorating your home or office. Though these modern, geometric stained glass designs by David Scheid might just make it on your wish list.

Stained Glass for the Modern Home

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