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Bonsai from the National Arboretum

Vectorized Bonsai Drawing

This illustration is based on a photo taken at the National Arboretum in 2007. It’s interesting, I went there yesterday and there was that same tree. It seemed like it was exactly the same. And yet it is alive and growing like any other tree. The National Arboretum has quite an amazing bonsai collection in a really beautiful setting. And as far as an artistic subject, these tiny trees just lend themselves to creating something wonderful.

Eames Chairs

6 Eames Chairs

These are some vector drawings of Eames chairs. Just for practice really. I love looking at Mid Century Modern furniture, and there’s something about the structure of it that lends itself to vector drawing.

There’s a great documentary on Charles and Ray Eames, called the Architect and the Painter. Among other things, it tells the story of how they came to make these famous molded plywood chairs. I like how Ray Eames is initially introduced in the film as “a painter who rarely painted.” Sounds like something I can relate to.

The Marshmallow Sofa

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This is a vector drawing of a marshmallow sofa. I found this is my illustrator folder and had completely forgotten about it. I think at the time I was just practicing drawing furniture, and the mid century aesthetic has always appealed to me.

The sofa itself was designed in 1956 by Irving Harper. It doesn’t actually look comfortable, does it? And yet it is the quintessential mid century modern sofa.