Sunday, May 3, 2015

greetings & salutations


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now through may 17th at gallery nucleus in alhambra, CA: "greetings & salutations," an exhibition in collaboration with red cap cards. seven of my original paintings are on display and available for purchase, including three new pieces for red cap's soon-to-launch gold foil collection! i'm proud to be exhibiting alongside anna emilia laitinen, chris sasaki, christian robinson, jon klassen and my BFF becca stadtlander.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

flow magazine

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i have been working quite a bit with flow magazine lately: my illustration appears on the cover of a recent special issue (dutch edition only), and if my friends in the netherlands have been collecting issues 12-20 of flow weekly, you should have all nine parts needed to put together a mini poster!

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

classics unfolded

classics unfolded: romeo & juliet
classics unfolded: romeo & juliet classics unfolded: romeo & juliet out now from frances lincoln publishers: romeo & juliet and alice's adventures in wonderland, in a fold-out concertina gift format. each story is told through 16 illustrated panels featuring major plot points and quotes from the original text.

classics unfolded: romeo & juliet

classics unfolded: alice classics unfolded: alice

Monday, March 30, 2015

red cap cards spring 2015

two new red cap cards
happy spring! two new cards are now available in my shop or directly from red cap cards.

Monday, March 9, 2015

flow weekly: 1

flow weekly 1 by yelena bryksenkova
starting with issue 12 and for the next eight issues, flow weekly will feature a bright mini-poster that i painted exclusively for the magazine. each one can stand on its own, but if you cut out and collect all nine, they come together into one large poster!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

classics unfolded

classics unfolded
i illustrated these two concertina-style foldout books for frances lincoln publishers last fall, and already the early march publication date is near! both stories are retold through fourteen pictures with minimal text, making ideal gifts for those who already know and love them. the other two books in the series, the secret garden and pride and prejudice, were illustrated by my best friend becca stadtlander (it always just works out that way!)

Monday, February 2, 2015

mercedes benz fashion week russia

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having recently completed a number of large projects, i had time to revisit a few more of my sketches of guests from mercedes benz fashion week russia.

Monday, January 26, 2015

cara mia

cara mia 4 by yelena bryksenkova six new miniature paintings need to be named and framed, and sent to nahcotta gallery in portsmouth, NH for enormous tiny art show no. 17. cara mia - all

Friday, January 16, 2015

you will eventually be forgotten

you will eventually be forgotten
LP jacket design for you will eventually be forgotten, the new album from michigan-based emo revival band empire! empire! (i was a lonely estate).

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

the russian landscape

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“--while the sun and wind played gently in its spreading branches; the bells of the donskoy monastery would sometimes float across--tranquil and sad--and i would sit and gaze and listen, and would be filled with a nameless sensation which had everything in it; sorrow and joy, a premonition of the future, and desire, and fear of life.” (ivan turgenev, first love)

images 1-7: mikhailovskoye; final image: pskov (2012)

making of: the little book of jewish celebrations

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LBJC_final happy chanukah! in honor of the holiday, designer alison weiner and i take you through how we arrived at the final cover motif for the little book of jewish celebrations - check it out on the chronicle books blog!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

frankie 2015 calendar

frankie 2015 calendar my illustration "solitaire" is proudly alongside eleven others by a group of amazing illustrators like rachel levit, monika forsberg, and (of course!) becca stadtlander in the new 2015 wall calendar from frankie magazine.

Friday, November 21, 2014

TASCHEN illustration now! 5

TASCHEN's ILLUSTRATION NOW! 5i'm in TASCHEN's new illustration now! book, two whole pages! i know i'm a working illustrator and all that jazz, but i'm still only four years out of school and two years a full time freelancer - so, this is a very great honor.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

la fiesta de la señora dalloway

mrs. dalloway by yelena bryksenkova
mrs. dalloway by yelena bryksenkova i finally have a copy of mrs. dalloway's party! it's a beautifully designed edition, although rather difficult to come by if you don't live in a spanish-speaking country. the best part about it is that it's a companion piece to un cuarto propio (a room of one's own), illustrated by my best friend becca stadtlander.

that which we do not understand

danse macabre by yelena bryksenkova
amelia's magazine turns 10 years old this year; to celebrate, amelia is working on a special edition, collectible artists' book (with a gold leaf cover!) themed "that which we do not understand," an exploration of all things to do with mysticism, spirituality, alchemy, paganism, witchcraft, magic, folklore, occult, esotericism, astrology and more. the campaign to fund the project is well underway and needs just a little more help to see the light of day!

my submission for the book was inspired by camille saint-saëns' 1874 composition "danse macabre," a spooky but cheerful tune which describes skeletons dancing to the sound of death's fiddle each halloween night before returning to their graves at dawn for another year.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

goga nikabadze S/S15

goga nikabadze S/S15 by yelena bryksenkova
another show i loved at mercedes benz fashion week russia, the S/S15 collection of georgian designer goga nikabadze. its tasteful comfort and simplicity paired with exquisite, mostly solid colors instantly brightened my mood, and the drum music on the runway made me want to go to tbilisi. 

tiny showcase

 photo tinyshowcase_zps23c41c06.jpg an archival print of my painting "la boum" is available in a limited edition of 100 from tiny showcase. $250 from sales of the artwork go to a charity of the artist's choice - i've chosen room to read, an organization which works in collaboration with communities and local governments across asia and africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and supports girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they'll need to succeed in school and beyond.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

alena akhmadullina S/S15

alena akhmadullina S/S15 by yelena bryksenkova
one of my favorite shows from mercedes benz fashion week russia, alena akhmadullina's beautiful and highly wearable spring/summer 2015 collection. i would wear every single piece i saw on the catwalk!

mercedes benz fashion week russia

mercedes benz fashion week russia
a round-up of some of my drawings of interesting guests attending MBFWRussia (including one of my personal heroes, the inimitable evelina khromchenko). my favorite elements of personal style that i spotted among the crowd were accessories à la russe, including czarina-style headdresses and floral pavlovo posad shawls.

moscow

moscow
what an adventure! i spent the last week in moscow as a guest of mercedes benz fashion week russia, sitting in the front row at shows, watching preparations backstage and scouting for interesting guests in the crowd, drawing whatever i saw and liked alongside two fashion illustrators, meagan morrison and jaesuk kim.  this innovative way of looking at fashion week got such a positive response from attending guests and notable press like russian VOGUE and marie claire, that i think we can confidently consider it a success! 

scholastic parent & child magazine

glitter and glue by yelena bryksenkova new work in scholastic parent & child magazine. the article is an excerpt from kelly corrigan's new book glitter and glue: a memoir.

Friday, October 17, 2014

mercedes benz fashion week russia

mercedes benz fashion week russia
craig arend of models off duty and alexander shumsky, founder and president of MBFWRussia (formerly "russian fashion week"), have kindly invited me to come to moscow next week and draw the shows at the event's 29th season. the turnaround will be the quickest i've ever experienced, since my interpretation of the runways will be used by the russian and international press and social media. am i nervous and a little terrified? yes. is it an opportunity i can refuse? definitely not. see you in moscow!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

the little book of jewish celebrations

the little book of jewish celebrations
it feels like just yesterday that i was submitting sketches for this project, and now it's a finished, beautiful object that i can hold in my hands. ronald tauber's the little book of jewish celebrations - with thirteen full-page color illustrations, a gold foil motif and hand lettering on the cover, and illustrated endpapers - will be available from chronicle books on september 2nd. hooray for designer allison weiner and chronicle for preserving the art of exquisite book publishing.
the little book of jewish celebrations the little book of jewish celebrations
the little book of jewish celebrations

Friday, August 22, 2014

northern territories

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i've been away for the last few weeks, paying a visit to my hometown and taking a few excursions on the way, to the island monastery of valaam on lake ladoga, to finland (lappeenranta and helsinki) and the most pleasant surprise of all: the town of vyborg, located about 85 miles northwest of saint petersburg. i loved it immediately. much of the city appears to be in ruins or near-ruins which gives it a strange, lonely feeling, but despite some soviet bleakness - including a large statue of lenin - a certain scandinavian spirit and charm permeate the city streets (the originally swedish town changed hands twice during its 800-year existence).
 photo vyborg_zpse92cb3ad.jpg "love the world and yourself in it, move through it as though it offers no resistance, as though the world is your natural element." although i love to travel alone, every new experience is an exercise in overcoming fear and inhibition, and these words from audrey niffenegger's the time traveler's wife became a kind of personal mantra that helped me along in small moments of shyness and doubt.

enormous tiny art show no. 16

enormous tiny art show no. 16
the next enormous tiny art show opens on september 5th at nahcotta gallery (110 congress st, portsmouth, NH 03801) and will continue through the 28th. my new series of paintings entitled "la boum," featuring scenes from an imaginary party, will be on display and available for sale at the gallery as well as online for those that can't make it to portsmouth (five paintings from the previous show are still available as well!)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

nicolas ghesquière for louis vuitton

nicolas ghesquièrethese illustrations also appear in the current issue of l'officiel italia, framing an article about nicolas ghesquière, who recently replaced marc jacobs as the new creative director at louis vuitton. his first LV collection premiered in paris on march 5th, beginning a new chapter for the 160-year-old fashion house.

drawing these looks, i came to appreciate why ghesquière is so well loved (this vanity fair article nicely sums up the appeal of his designs): the proportions of the clothes, the simplicity of the styling and the use of high quality textiles is so easy on the eyes; it just looks so right, so well made, so chic and cozy all at once.
nicolas ghesquière

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