Category Archives: Illustration

Olga Kawa

Admiring the botanical illustrations of Polish graphic designer and illustrator, Olga Kawa. The artist created the layouts and illustrations of this book entitled, “Magic Herbarium”, which was a part of her master thesis. Some of the illustrations were used on sketchbook covers and cotton bags. You can follow this designer on Facebook and see more of her work on Behance.

Images: Courtesy of Olga Kawa.

Patrik Svensson

Love the simple aesthetics of Sweden-based graphic designer and illustrator Patrik Svensson. Much of his work show his passion for art, movies and music. One of our favorite series is his flippable drawings that show two sides of the same story. On an interview with The Raw Book he gives us a glimpse of himself:

“I was born and bred in a small village in the south of Sweden. After having studied lots of different subjects and spent some years at dead-end jobs, I finally managed to build up enough confidence to explore the creative business professionally. Since a few years back, I work full time as a freelance illustrator, primarily in the publishing and advertising industry.”

“One summer some years ago, I worked as a freight forwarder. The job consisted of pressing a key on your keyboard, type some numbers in a blank field on the screen, and then press another key. After having done that 200 times a day, I saw my future dissolve in front of my eyes. One morning on my way to this hell, I came across an ad for a graphic design class. I applied, was admitted and finally started to breathe again, so that would probably be the defining moment–realizing life is too short to not do things that make you spark, basically.”

You can follow the artist on his website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Patrik Svensson.

Nike Schroeder

Thread is the material of choice for Los Angeles-based textile artist, Nike Schroeder. She uses it to create two types of work, embroidered illustration and more recently abstract sculptural designs. The illustrations shown above is form her series entitled ‘Fundamental Reports’.
On an interview with Textile Artist she shares some incites into her work:

Work evolvement: “I started to use simple embroidery in my sketchbook during my years as an art student in Germany. It then advanced onto canvas but was still only more of an addition to my paintings. The thread then slowly started to develop into its own medium until I felt there was no paint necessary anymore and the stitched lines could hold their own.”

Inspiration: “It’s the most random things. What I eat or a conversation I overhear waiting at a train station, the movement of my cats or how the light hits my kitchen. I admire all my friends of whom most are artists. What I love most, influences and inspires me. I think sometimes I am not even aware of it – it all just happens while living.”

You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Nike Schroeder.