Category Archives: Illustration

Anna Lindsten

AnnaLindstenLove these patterns and products created by Stockholm-based illustrator and designer, Anna Lindsten. She works with various tools in her work but the paper cutting probably gives us the simple shapes we at Cari Mateo so admires. Here’s what we know about the artist from her bio:

“Anna likes the forest so there are lots of trees, woodplants and characters – imaginative or not – in her work. Her work is colourful and playful, inspiration come from popular culture, comics, art, fairy tales, fashion, vintage children books, magazines, children’s art, folk art, the Swedish landscape of Småland that has a big influence on her since she was a child.”


Images: Courtesy of Anna Lindsten.

Evan Lorenzen

EvanLorenzenProof again that many ‘good things come in small packages’. Take these incredible tiny books created by Colorado-based illustrator and animator, Evan Lorenzen. The seven-page books are hand sewn and are no larger than 1 inch tall. The small illustrations in these one-off books are done in pen and ink and to date there are seven books in this series. Anxious to see his next edition.

Images: Courtesy of Evan Lorenzen.

Johanna Basford

JohannaBasfordYou really have to see Dundee-based illustrator Johanna Basford’s work up close to really appreciate her incredible illustrations. It is apparent that she prefers ink and pen to pixels. She writes this about her intricate, hand drawn designs:

“Every piece I create starts life as a simple pencil sketch, evolving into a rambling pen and ink drawing usually spanning several sheets of paper. I love the tactile nature of the materials I use and the joy of smudgy fingerprints. My delicate hand inked designs intend to charm and delight, inviting you to peer closer and discover the hidden intricacies.

For me, computer generated graphics can feel cold and soulless whereas hand drawing captures a sense of energy and character which no pixel can ever replicate.”

Images: Courtesy of Johanna Basford.