Sophie Blackall, a well known children's book illustrator, published an illustrated adult book, Missed Connections: Love Lost & Found -- based on classified ads that appear on Craiglists in New York from people who thought they might have made a connection with a stranger and were now seeking a second chance at meeting that person. Initially, Blackwell kept a blog (and still is) with illustrations derived from the "Missed Connections" classifieds, many of them reading like enigmatic flash fiction and eventually compiled the art and text into the book. The entries are funny, a bit melancholy or hopeful, and really compelling. Blackwell also used some of her favorite characters from the Missed Connection portraits in the subway murals she created that now adorn the subway trains as part of a larger art project for the New York subways. Her murals invite passengers to imagine their own stories of the people pictured.
Here's a video of her discussing her work -- both on Missed Connections and the New York Subway art projects.
And do stop by Design Matters to listen to Debbie Millman interview Sophie Blackall discussing her work -- including her illustrations for Aldous Huxley's only children's book, The Crows of Pearblossom. The book presented something of a challenge as the artist -- a self respecting feminist -- sought subtle ways to undermine the misogynist undertones of Huxley's writing. (via Brain Pickings)