I’m a Swedish illustrator based in London. At first glance my work looks sweet and innocent; it’s filled with pastel colours and cute animals. But some of the pieces also have darker themes in them. To the North Pole, for example, tells the story of two sisters’ journey to the Arctic where they meet a grim end in the belly of a polar bear.
Clara Besijelle is a Swedish illustrator. She wonderfully mixes art deco type details, fabric prints, and pompus facial expressions with scruffy colouring in. Her style of drawing works well with her story-telling, which is awkward, sophisticated and hilarious. The comic, Good-bye and Wedding Day, is a perfect introduction to her work.
Adding illustrative elements to photographs is nothing new, but Swedish illustrator Johan Thornqvist’s approach stands out with the whimsical cityscape elements he incorporates into his images.
Annelie Carlström is a Swedish illustrator based out of Stockholm. She graduated from Beckman’s College of Design in 2007 and has worked as a freelancer ever since. This is a series of fictive portraits from her graduation project.
Swedish illustrator Siri Ahmed Backstrom has some very charming techniques up her sleeve. Her work has the feel of a bigger and — dare I say — better version of what your precocious little niece might churn out at the dining room table on a crafty whim. I love her loose, childlike rendering, splashed out in everything from gauche and watercolor to crayon scratch.