Category Archives: Illustration

Christoph Niemann

Christoph Niemann is an illustrator, artist and author whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Wired and The New Yorker. We love all of his work but our eyes gravitate to the original ink and pencil drawings of his travels. We get a glimpse of the artist on an interview with The Talks:

“Actually, I can say that the steps that lead to my finished drawings are very unspectacular. It’s more like with a sculpture, where I chip away piece by piece from a stone and slowly get closer to the final form — to hopefully have an elegant form where the reader is in any kind of way emotionally touched. But creating never happens in those big gestures that the final product suggests in the end. It’s a rather boring film that plays in my head.”

“There is so much frustration that is necessary in this process: it is difficult, it’s difficult when you draw, 80% of it can be fine and then there is a pretty high chance that the last 20% gets messed up again and I have to start from the beginning. And when you have to erase an idea, there’s always this pain to let something go and restart. But I think the most important difference between a person who is successful in art and a person who is not successful is how much frustration a person can take without losing this childish enthusiasm.”

You can follow the artist on his website, Facebook and Instagram. Some of his prints are available here in his shop.

Images: Courtesy of Christoph Niemann.

Tara O’Brien

Loving the work of Dublin-based illustrator Tara O’Brien. Her illustrations often focuses on the diverse representation of people, body politics and mental health. We love the muted palette and her delicate line work. Her whimsical style is simple, intricate and thoroughly appealing. On and interview with The Tiny Hobo she reveals this about herself:

“I would describe my art as being a continuous exploration of body image and an attempt to smash stigma. I don’t know if I have achieved that yet but that is the direction it is going.”

“Inspiration usually comes from however I am feeling that day, if I am feeling very good about myself or positive I will usually draw something empowering and happy! If I am having an off day then I will usually turn to art as a form of therapy. I’ll try to draw something positive, whether that is successful or not I don’t know!”

You can follow the artist and purchase a few prints on her website. She is also on Facebook and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Tara O’Brien.

Le Kadre

Charles Henry and Elin Petronella are the creative couple behind the embroidery business brand, Le Kadre. The French-Swedish team are established artists working together mixing art forms such as photography, embroidery and illustration. Their goal is to continue the exploration of embroidery as a modern art form and to expand their creations to the larger art-scene with exhibitions.

You can see and purchase some of their work on their website and follow them as well on Facebook. You can also find Elin and Charles on Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Le Kadre.