Category Archives: Illustration

Helen Musselwhite

Manchester-based artist Helen Musselwhite is remarkably skilled at paper engineering.  She creates pieces of art by combining hand cutting, folding and scoring using a variety of paper and card.  Much of her work is inspired by the British countryside.  On Creative Boom she says this about her creative process: 

“My process starts with thumbnail sketches that are enlarged to work out layers or structure. Then I make detailed line drawings, which I often colour with marker pens; sometimes at this stage, I make scale models, usually in neutral papers, and particularly with 3D projects to work out construction and depth.”

More of her work can be found on her website, Instagram and on her agency, Handsome Frank.

Images:  Courtesy of Helen Musselwhite.

Joana Rosa Bragança

Joana Rosa Bragança is an artist and prolific illustrator based in Olhão, a town located in the southern part of Portugal.  We will feature her illustrations on a future post but for now we are focusing on these simple and elegant linocut prints she created for a color exhibition in Portugal. Amazing what can be produced with simple shapes, lines and three colors.  On an interview with Post Crossing she says this about her inspiration:

“I get a lot of inspiration from the people I see, not only the people of my hometown, with their strong characters and looks, but also the foreigners who pass by, who are a lot these days. One of my favorite themes is the beach and bathers, and here I have plenty of “models” to observe! Still, not all my characters are inspired by real people, some of them happen to be really bizarre and come directly from my imagination. I also love to draw all sorts of animals and plants.”

More of her work can be seen on her website, Behance, Instagram and Facebook.

Images:  Courtesy of Joana Rosa Brangança.

Josie Portillo

Josie Portillo is a prolific illustrator based in Los Angeles.  She has created illustrations for a variety of clients but today we are focusing on her illustrated alphabets.  The artist is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design receiving a BFA in illustration.  She draws inspiration from mid century design, vintage children’s animation, folk art, nature and traveling.  On an interview with Red Cap Cards she says this about inspiration: 

“Reading is important to me, and is a big source of inspiration. I’m also inspired by some of the travels I’ve done and a lot of what I do is based on memories of experiences I’ve had and places, people, and things I’ve seen. As far as reference goes, I was looking at a lot of 1950’s children’s books when I was in college – I think a lot of the simplistic shapes of that era stuck with me.”


Learn more about the artist on her website, Behance and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Josie Portillo.