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 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.