Carine Brancowitz

Amazing biro ballpoint pen illustrations from French artist Carine Brancowitz. The restricted nature of the medium lends itself to an extremely precise approach to drawing textures and patterns, and a wonderfully limited color palette of bright primaries. The people in her work also appear spunky without being over-thought, and seem to embody youthful innocence as much as they do intense anxiety and over-stimulation. More work on Carine's website.
- Elizabeth

Isabelle Arsenault

Love these sketchbook and illustration works by French Canadian illustrator Isabelle Arsenault! Her mark making has such a light, natural touch, and her characters and animals are adorable but extremely authentic in their actions and construction. Isabelle has been a finalist for several different illustration awards, including the Marilyn Baillie Award, and Governor General's award, which she won in 2004, and her Children's book "Migrant" was named one of the New York Time's top 10 best illustrated books of 2011. Keep it up, Isabelle! More work as well as some interesting commentary (in both French and English!) on her blog.
- Elizabeth

Issue 7 Theme and Submission Info!

Domestic Etch Issue 7: "Before"

Mythical origin stories, movie makeovers, vintage fashion, personal histories, archaeology, and even the moment right before your awkward first kiss are all fair game for this issue. We want you to explore the idea of "before" in any form, grand or small. 

Submissions should be 8.5 wide by 11" tall (publication will be trimmed to 8.25 x 10.75" with a safe zone of 8 x 10.5") and in RGB. If you have a lot to say and are interested in creating a 17 x 11" double page spread, drop us an email and I'm sure we can work something out!
Pieces may of course be in any medium, but final submissions should be sent as 300 dpi JPG or PNG files. 

Please send all submissions to by June 20th!

We are so so excited to see what you guys come up with! Please feel free to write us with any questions, or even if you just want to run some ideas by us before you start your piece. 

Thanks again for your continued support of Domestic Etch!
- Elizabeth


Japanese artist Agoera was born in 1986 in the Shizuoka Prefecture, and while he graduated from the Tama Art University with a degree in graphic design, most of his current work is far more fine arts based, using Romantic painterly techniques to depict cinematic scenes and still lives. I especially love his pieces that feature everyday objects - I think the simulated smooth textures from the smudgy layering of paint combined with the implied stories about the objects' owners makes them sweet but subtly mysterious. I'm particularly infatuated with the teapot, though, probably because it's just so perfectly unassuming and simple in its colors and composition. More of Agoera's work can be seen on his website (though I'm warning you ahead of time that you may need to run it through google translate to see his commentary, unless you speak Japanese, and if you do speak Japanese, I am extremely envious of you.) 
- Elizabeth

Adriana Torres' Miga de Pan

Hi! I am so excited to be doing my first guest post on Domestic Etch—as a textiles major and enthusiast of all things soft and fibrous, I adore these pieces by Buenos Aires-based textile design label Miga de Pan. Designed by Adriana Torres, a former art director who also studied architecture, graphic design and illustration, Miga de Pan’s work ranges from baby toys to fiber necklaces to home accessories and d├ęcor. The playful, simplified animals in the illustrations caught my eye first, but her embroidery pieces are even better—beautiful, subdued colors and charming patterns, not to mention sweet, understated content like tea sets and cats on bikes. To top it all off, I love the bigger crocheted pieces for the home, like a crocheted tree stump step stool (adorable babies modeling the pieces as well! What’s not to love?). Plus, Miga de Pan means “breadcrumb” in Spanish—a perfectly charming little name for an enchanting design label. 
- Pierie

Lauren Gregg

OH MAN these are actually fantastic. I am a sucker for anything retro-cute, and the anthropomorphic characters in Lauren's work draw so perfectly on the vintage children's book aesthetic while also using saturated colors and pop culture references to stay modern and fun. I remember seeing her Fantastic Mr. Fox piece (first below) in the "Bad Dads" show last year, and I am still especially infatuated with it - I think the symmetrical composition, the slight ombre, and the emphasis on geometry are great, and I just love love love the way she drew the little fox tail with the bow. I also think the Wet Hot American Summer Piece (below the fox) is pretty great as well, but also just because I love that movie (sequel? anyone?)
Check out her website for a lot more work, both digital and painted, as well as a bit of animation.
- Elizabeth

P.S. We're going to have a guest post tomorrow from my awesome friend, artist, and future Roommate Pierie Korostoff, who is a textiles major, and who is going to start posting on here every so often about fiber, folk, and craft art! BE EXCITED BECAUSE I AM.

Corinne Reid

Let me be honest here for a second; I absolutely love all Asian inspired watercolor illustrations. I don't care if some people consider it to be an overused style, or even mind if there are several different culturally inaccurate Chinese dragons in the piece, I just think they look great. These awesome digital watercolor inspired pieces by Corrine Reid definitely confirm my love, and even manage to avoid the cultural inaccuracies and style snark. Corrine is able to take the best parts of Eastern aesthetic - the subtle painterly ombre effects, the mythical creatures, and the monumental and dynamic compositions - and update it through digital means to add crisp lines and a wonderful textured glow. The bottom piece is one of my favorites, though you'll have to click through to see the full image to really appreciate it! More work on Corrine's website
-  Elizabeth

Carolyn Jao

Interesting mixed media work from SVA graduate Carolyn Jao. I love the range of textures she's able to create within each piece, the contrast between dense black patches of ink and thin hairline scratches especially. I'm most compelled by her urban pieces though, as I think her rough style perfectly suits the dramatic perspective of the buildings, and really evokes an amazingly deep sense of mystery and awe. Hope to see more of these cityscapes  from her soon! Here's her website.
- Elizabeth