Category Archives: Portraits

Rana Balca Ülker

Couldn’t find too much information on embroidery artist, Rana Balca Ülker, but we admired her work so much that we had to share. The Istanbul-based talent has a degree in fashion and textile art.  She combines her acrylic paintings with embroidery and conveys a portrait imbued with deep expression and feelings.  Flowers and foliage are repeated images in many of her paintings.  She also created a series that focuses very powerfully on the eyes.  

The artist can be followed on Facebook and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Rana Balca Ülker.

Cloudy Thurstag

Loving these Zodiac sign portraits created by Berlin-based illustrator, graphic designer and art director, Cloudy Thurstag aka Claudia.  As in many of our posts we prefer to hear from the artist herself:

“Letting yourself go and loose yourself in the moment is what I love about illustration. I switch from analog to digital all the time – when the ideas come I use pencil and paper, but for the realized illustration I work entirely digital. A lot of subjects are displaying a longing or an emotion being close to nature using cinematic colors to create an atmosphere to get lost inside.”

You can view more of these Zodiac signs and other works on her website, Behance and Instagram.  Some of her portraits can be purchased here in her Etsy shop.

Images:  Courtesy of Cloudy Thurstag.

Mercedes deBellard


Mercedes deBellard is a freelance illustrator living and working in Madrid, Spain.  She is a well known portrait illustrator demonstrating an elegant and expressive style.  We were particularly attracted to these floral portraits.

You can see more of her work on her website, Facebook, Behance and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Mercedes deBellard.