Category Archives: Illustration

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.

Paul Oakley

If you’ve followed our blog for some time you will have noticed that we love graphic simplicity and bold colors.  Such is the work of London-based illustrator Paul Oakley. His elegant illustrations reaches audiences in the worlds of fashion, technology, music, advertising and publishing.

The artist can be found on his website, Tumblr and Facebook.  

Images:  Courtesy of Paul Oakley.