The following paintings are drawn from the deep winter-forged well of Shawna Gilmore's overactive imagination. Her eclectic folk-style brings together her love for vintage photography, nature, mysticism, metaphors, fairytales, science, and humor. Steal away to the dream-scapes and mystical forests. These lovely forms of escapism make us reach for a telescope, a sword, and a bouquet of flowers.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Larissa de Jesus is currently a student at Hunter College. Her work blends elements of photography and painting. Larissa loves images that bathe the human form in color and light.
The illustrator Daniela Tieni works and lives in Rome, but she pulls from otherworldly inspiration. Through her imagination, women's bodies morph and fold and twist into something new.
Meet Daniel Stolle! This German born, Finland residing artist holds on to the possibility that aliens might exist. Dreaming in bold yellows, Stolle begins his work as simple pencil and paper sketches that culminate in bold digital pieces.
Eero Lampinen is a Helsinki-based illustrator who works with ink, brushes, watercolor and a dreamy digital color palette. His characters seem to inhabit an alternate reality. Let's dive into that reality head-first, shall we?
David McMillan is a Belfast-based artist who has left his mark within the city through his mural work. You can find his bold colors and uniquly identifiable figures throughout the city. And if you can't swing the ticket to Ireland, check out more of his artwork here!
We see the best versions of our outfitted selves in the work of the illustrator Isabelle Feliu. She draws women in clothes that feel alive, real, and playful.
Much like her collages, Andrea D'Aquino is a marvelously magical combination of talent. An artist without definitive labels, D'Aquino works as an art director, illustrator, and graphic designer. You probably recognize her wondrous work from her re-creation of Alice in Wonderland, which came out in September 2015.
Netherlands based illustrator, Jaime Jacob builds her work layer by layer. Many of pieces pay homage to her love of movies. Starting with black ink, then scanning in and adding color digitally, Jacob draws inspiration from vintage travel posters and childhood book covers. Each piece holds a story-like quality. With creatures and creepers, witches, and plants weaving their way through her work.
Have you ever looked over at a New York Times' illustration and thought, "Wow, I really love that?" The illustration was probably Keith Negley's. This Washington-based illustrator is a powerhouse. His work is often featured in publications across the country, and also has two of his own books available. Wrought with emotion, his illustrations often break the stereotype of macho men, reminding us all that we're human and it's okay to cry.
Alexandra Dvornikova's work is steeped in Russian folklore. Beautiful and haunting, her work takes you to the middle of a forest, deep in the dark of night, and asks you to wander there alone. We want to know everything we can about this forest of serene and cerebral ladies. Each illustration deserves a novel's worth of a story behind it—and maybe an orchestral score too.
Karol Banach is a Polish illustrator obsessed with hip hop listener, coffee, and tattoos. While we are guessing those are common interests among millennial illustrators, Karol is uncommonly good.
Jeannie Phan is an art director's dream. Phan is an illustrator at the top of her game, working with some of the finest publications in the land. In her capable hands—complex, wonky, and sensitive material magically morphs into a modern and evocative image. In an era where journalism has never mattered more, we need artists like Phan to keep readers on the ready. Browsing through her portfolio forces you to reckon with some of the most pressing conversations of our time on death, gender, sickness, work, and diversity.
Graphic design, photography, illustration, Ahra Kwon can do it all. Sparse and sharp, with a calming and modern color palette, the world simply needs more of Kwon's work.
Bodil Jane is an illustrator from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Bodil, whose name means "female warrior" in Danish, presents a world where women are calm, peaceful, and at home in their bodies and their apartments. We like this world. We wish we could live in it indefinitely.
Phoebe Summers describes herself this way: A Freelance illustrator with penchant for pattern, saccharine color schemes and DIY ethic. We adore her, and could go on and on and on about this fact, but her work (and the way she talks about her work) speaks for itself.
The Dutch illustrator Levi Jacobs is wholly original, crazy good, and hyper modern. He manages to be eerily emotive while also extremely efficient with shape, color, and line. Swooooooon.
Nina Chanel Abney's work is important. Gulp down that coffee. Sit your butt still, and take it all in. Her intricate and powerful paintings hold stories of who we are and how we live. Into her bold and playful colors and shapes, Abney paints portraits of race, gender, sexuality, the media, and injustice.
Kaye Blegvad's drawings range from hilarious to heartbreaking, and we're wholly obsessed (and jealous). Originally from London, this talented illustrator has brought her ladies to a myriad of forms. Having drawn for the New York Times, Penguin Random House, and much more, we can see how narrative and individualistic her style is.