Alba Blázquez is a 28-year-old illustrator and graphic designer from Madrid, Spain. Inspired by the world around her, Alba’s playful tongue-in-cheek imagery approaches the notion of female sexuality with humor and curiosity, in an attempt to break the stigmas that exist around it. Alba notes "in my house, the subject of sexuality has always been taboo and I, like all children, discovered it little by little. I think I have been unknowingly exploring that sexual self-discovery through my drawings." Skateboarding vaginas, dancing wolves and naked ladies riding dolphins are just some of the intriguing characters that can be seen throughout Alba’s weird and wonderful portfolio.
To see more of her work head over to the website, instagram or visit her online store.
Estée Preda is a Romanian-born illustrator whose quirky imagery is heavily inspired by the enchanting folk tales of Hans Christian Andersen and Brothers Grimm. Currently residing in a forest outside of Québec city, Canada, Estée uses watercolour, gouache, ink and a pinch of whimsy to create surreal narratives that are both delicate and complex. Colourful creatures including skateboarding ghost-cats and bat ladies are just some of the whimsical beings to inhabit her fantastic mythological wonderland.
Estée has shown her work in a number of exhibitions and created work for publications and brands such as The Globe and Mail, Twik, La Maison Simons, Flow Magazine, Society6 and Tattly. Head to her website or instagram to see more of her dreamy work.
Jasmine Crisp is an emerging Adelaide based artist and recent BVA graduate at Adelaide Central School of Art. Inspired by objects, places and the people that inhabit them, Jasmine constructs narrative paintings set in both intimate and imagined spaces that force the viewer to look beyond the canvas and explore the relationships between people and their environments. By combining painting, collage and installation techniques, Jasmine builds surreal and highly detailed facades, that feature intriguing and eccentric characters that leave the viewer wanting more. Jasmine has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and was awarded first prize in the YouthScape Art Prize earlier this year.
To see more of Jasmine's work visit her website and instagram.
Tara O Brien is a Dublin-based illustrator whose work is not only super cute but also brilliantly provocative. Subdued colour palettes, bold shapes and subtle textures are thoughtfully used to help promote and celebrate important topics such as female empowerment, body positivity and racial diversity, in not only the art world but in wider society. Tara's work frequently portrays women of all shapes, sizes and ethnicities, contributing to political and social issues raised by movements such as March For Choice, #MeToo and Black Lives Matter. In 2013, Tara graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology with an honours degree in Visual Communications and has since created work for publications and art projects such as Dublin Canvas, Cara Magazine and The C Project.
You can see more of Tara's illustrations on her website and follow her on Instagram for a peek at her works in progress and her adorable beagle, Frank.
Ana San José aka Ana Hard is a designer and illustrator from Barcelona, Spain. Femininity and #GirlPower are common themes seen throughout her pastel-infused portfolio of fashion illustrations and portraits of well-known females actresses such as Audrey Hepburn, Kate Winslet, Jane Fonda and Felicity Jones. Aside from her freelance and personal illustration work, Ana has also worked as a print designer for fashion brands such as H&M and Bershka. We absolutely love her work and have a feeling we are going to see a lot more from this talented lady in the future! To see more of her work head over to her website and instagram.
Bett Norris is a young Bristol-based illustrator combining traditional drawing techniques and digital technology to create bold and unique illustrations. When she's not freelancing for big names like Tesco, The New York Times and The Telegraph, Bett also lectures in Illustration at the University of South Wales. We just can't get enough of her soft curved lines, subtle textures and beautiful colour combinations! To check out more of Bett's illustrations, patterns and typography, visit her website and instagram.
Based in Israel, Julie Filipenko is a Pop Surrealist artist whose work is best described as bizarre and sweet. Using materials such as acrylic and graphite, Julie's imagery transports you to a surreal and fantastical world where innocence and darkness live side by side. Reminiscent of fairy-tales and Tim Burton films, her eccentric work often features rosy-cheeked ladies, playful animals and floral motifs. Julie has exhibited in various group shows with galleries around the world including solo shows in the US. To see more of Julie's work visit her Etsy store or Instagram account.
Laura Callaghan is an Irish illustrator based in South East London whose sassy and colourful work is a combination of watercolour, Indian ink and isograph pen. Laura graduated with an MA in Illustration from Kingston University in 2010 and has since worked at Oh Comely Magazine as well as collaborated with clients such as Urban Outfitters, NYLON Magazine, Office Shoes and Refinery 29. Pattern heavy, fashion-filled and somewhat cheeky, Laura's detailed illustrations will spark your imagination and leave you craving more. Too see more of her work visit her website or instagram
Mrzyk & Moriceau are two contemporary artists from Montjean-sur-Loire, France. Together the eccentric duo create surreal and kaleidoscopic imagery that teeters on the absurd, humorous, and risqué. Living by their "one drawing a day keeps the doctor away" motto, has led to hypnotic portfolio that boasts a vast collection of detailed black-and-white ink drawings of a world where inanimate objects come to life and human body parts take on full human personalities. Often playing with the female form and sexual innuendo, their work is both clever and comical. Mrzyk & Moriceau's work has been exhibited internationally in many group exhibitions, and they have also produced music videos for bands such as The Midnight Juggernauts and Air. We suggest checking out their website as well as their Tumblr where they post new work almost daily.
Jana Brike is a 35 year old visual artist and storyteller from Riga, Latvia. Rife with metaphors and symbolism, her beautifully crafted oil paintings are an exploration of growth and transformation, in particular her unique experiences between childhood and womanhood. Inspired by many things, such as her soviet upbringing, folklore fairy tales and classical paintings, Jana's work depicts doe-eyed maidens belonging to adolescent realms, where they bridge the gap between innocence and reality. Jana has been exhibiting her artworks internationally since the tender age of 15 and holds an undergraduate degree in painting as well as a masters degree in monumental figurative painting from the Art Academy of Latvia. To see more of Jana's work head to her website, Facebook and Instagram.