Category Archives: Illustrator

Eerie, Aged-Looking Illustrations Inspired by the Occult

Tin Can For­est a moniker for the col­lab­o­ra­tive work of Cana­dian artists Pat Shew­chuk and Marek Colek. Together, they cre­ate sequen­tial art, film, and books that are inspired by the forests of Canada, Slavic art, and occult folk­lore. When I first saw their illus­tra­tions, I thought that they might’ve been pro­duced years and years ago. They […]

Natalie Wargin’s Visual Respite from All That Cold

It’s been so bit­terly cold on the east coast over the past few weeks, I for­got what it was like when it’s warm. So, Natalie Wargin’s water­color works are a nice visual respite from the frigid temps. Her loosely-handled paint­ings fea­ture birds, bears, and flow­ers in bloom. I love how the col­ors flow into one another and create […]

Daniela Tieni’s Intriguing Illustrations Feel like Film Stills

Peo­ple, often long and dark haired women, occupy the strange spaces in Daniela Tieni’s work. The sur­real images fea­ture them wad­ing through vines, stand­ing on cubed struc­tures in the mid­dle of nowhere, and talk­ing to larger-than-life birds. It’s intrigu­ing if not slightly unset­tling. Daniela writes that she loves movies (from the 1950s), which def­i­nitely fits her subject […]

Look Closely at These Busy Patterns by Monica Ramos

Mon­ica Ramos (pre­vi­ously) is a favorite illus­tra­tor of mine, and her tal­ents were recently high­lighted in the Rachel Antonoff Fall 2015 fash­ion show. Pat­terns fea­tur­ing frogs in var­i­ous stages of dis­sec­tion as well as a high school love tri­an­gle adorn a dress, shirt, and jump­suit. Maybe you’re ask­ing your­self, “high school love tri­an­gle?” And yes, you read […]

Collages Split Someone’s Head Open with Beautiful Results

Vin­tage books, mag­a­zines, and post­cards inspire Brazil­ian artist and illus­tra­tor Lau­rindo Feli­ciano. Using these ele­ments, he cre­ates images that are both sur­real and nos­tal­gic. The com­bi­na­tion (and often col­li­sion) of peo­ple, flora, and fauna result in pic­tures that we’ve never seen before. Laurindo’s arrange­ments are mys­te­ri­ous, beau­ti­ful, and weird, like when he splits open someone’s […]

Nancy Liang’s Glittering Night Skies in Surreal GIFs

So, when I fea­tured illus­tra­tor Nancy Liang’s night­time col­lage scenes last year, I didn’t real­ize that she was on the cusp of trans­form­ing them into some­thing that’s even more awe­some! Nancy has since ani­mated her land­scapes and added glit­ter­ing lights, sub­tle puffs of smoke, and your not-so-average trav­el­ers. They’re mys­te­ri­ous, charm­ing, and have sur­real ele­ments in them. After all, when was the last time […]

Turning Flat Pieces of Paper into a Raging Fire

See that rag­ing fire? It’s all con­structed out of paper (although you could prob­a­bly tell that). Polly Lind­say is a London-based illus­tra­tor that uses bright hues in her 3D con­struc­tions. “Most recently I have become fas­ci­nated with paper craft,” she writes on her web­site. “There’s some­thing mag­i­cal in trans­form­ing a flat piece of paper into […]

Surreal Illustrations That Swim in the Unknown

Illus­tra­tor Sonia Alins Miguel cre­ated these sur­real and eerie works titled Dones D’Aigua (trans­la­tion: Water Women), and it makes sense given the sub­ject mat­ter. Naked ladies swim in a gray-blue void. This liq­uid, lim­i­nal space could sig­nify dreams or feel­ings of unknown. And, by the looks on their faces, this could be unwel­come or down­right alarm­ing. I was immediately […]

Classics Tales Unfolded into Beautiful Illustrations

If you’re a fan of clas­sic tales like Romeo and Juliet and Pride and Prej­u­dice, then you’ll swoon at these illus­tra­tions by Yelena Bryk­senkova and Becca Stadt­lander. The two (sep­a­rately) painted Clas­sics Unfolded for Frances Lin­coln pub­lish­ers. Sto­ries are told in a fold-out con­certina gift for­mat that fea­tures 16 illus­trated frames. The pub­lish­ers describe it say­ing, “every title in […]

These French Chocolate Bars Have the Best Illustrated Labels

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I love choco­late. LOVE. I can’t seem to turn down sweets, espe­cially in the form of a cup­cake or bar. So, when I found a choco­late brand that fea­tured awe­some illus­tra­tions on their pack­ag­ing, it was the best of both worlds. Le choco­lat des Français is […]