Illustration

Julia Iredale Fuses Gorgeous Technique with What Lives Inside Our Heads


Surreal illustration by Julia Iredale

Over a year ago, I first mar­veled at the curi­ous work of Van­cou­ver-based illus­tra­tor Julia Iredale. Her sur­re­al illus­tra­tion style fus­es land­scapes and fig­ures into sin­gu­lar­ly com­pelling scenes. While Julia hasn’t depart­ed from her visu­al lan­guage, she’s con­tin­ued to refine it with a new body of work. Rather than cre­at­ing full-bleed illus­tra­tions, she plays raw edges to pro­duce pieces that deft­ly con­vey lucid dream­ing and mem­o­ries you can’t quite shake.

This visu­al shift, in part, thanks to exper­i­men­ta­tion with media. “I have real­ly been appre­ci­at­ing ink late­ly,” she says. “It is such a flu­id and often unpre­dictable medi­um, it real­ly helps me get out of my con­troller-mind and sur­ren­der to what hap­pens. Every now and again mag­i­cal things appear.”

See Julia’s work in progress on her Insta­gram. She also sells her work through Soci­ety6!

Julia Iredale fuses gorgeous technique with a compelling visual language to produce beautifully surreal illustration.

Surreal illustration by Julia Iredale

Surreal illustration by Julia Iredale

Surreal illustration by Julia Iredale

Surreal illustrations by Julia Iredale

Surreal illustrations by Julia Iredale

Surreal illustration by Julia Iredale

Surreal illustration by Julia Iredale

Surreal illustrations by Julia Iredale

Surreal illustrations by Julia Iredale

Surreal illustrations by Julia Iredale

Surreal illustrations by Julia Iredale