Category Archives: Illustration

Melissa Castrillón

MelissaCastrillonAdmiring the illustrations of UK-based freelance illustrator, Melissa Castrillón. Thought we would share her perspective on the importance of the sketchbook for her work:

“Sketchbooks play a couple significant roles in the development of my work, primarily I keep sketchbooks as a kind of visual dumping ground. It’s a cathartic way of getting ideas down, out of my head, through sketches, experiments and colour studies, then seeing all of these separate elements in one place helps me to piece together a single or series of images, though quite often the best work comes out when no planning is involved. Sketchbooks also help me to not become to precious with my work. When it comes to creating a ‘final image’ I often use the images straight from my sketchbooks, they have more life and spontaneity to them and the sketchbook as a physical book helps me to understand how to read through pictures. From the turning of a page I can develop each image to follow the next and to hopefully tell a story.”

Images: Courtesy of Melissa Castrillón.


NocogouFound these great fabric designs on Japanese handmade site, Minne. They are sold under the brand name, Nocogou, and are the creations of a husband and wife team from Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The designs are created by the husband and the wife is responsible for sewing the cloth goods. The fabrics are hand printed in their studio using the screen printing method, all of which require an enormous labor of love.  Their products can be purchased here at Minne and here at their online shop.

Images: Courtesy of Nocogou.

Eiko Ojala

EikoOjalaWhat initially attracted us to the work of Estonian illustrator and graphic designer, Eiko Ojala, was the remake of the 18th century wallpaper for Musée du Papier Peint. The artist is a noted specialist of a recently developed art style, digital paper cut illustration. The artwork seems to be created with meticulously cut paper but is in fact a sophisticated digital illustration. The original artwork are all drawn by hand and digitally manipulated without the aid of any 3D software. You can see more of his work here on Behance and you can purchase a few of his prints here on Saatchi Art.

Images: Courtesy of Eiko Ojala.