Armed with absorbing linework and a distinctive palette, Kit Layfield crafts illustrations that traverse our psychological states. Drawings by the Philadelphia-based artist are blends of stylized figures and floating, surreal elements that are both abstracted or accessories to the subject. On the artist’s Instagram, he often features these scenes alongside their original, black-and-white counterparts.
Philippines-born, California-raised artist Kristina Collantes crafts absorbing, surreal illustrations that blend futurism and a pop sensibility. She is currently featured in the Superchief Gallery LA show Chimaera, along with Lauren YS and Nomi Chi. And Collantes is featured in the Hi-Fructose Collected 4 Box Set.
No matter the materials used, Amber Ma can craft a whimsical, absorbing narrative. The New York City-based illustrator uses her experience under China’s one-child policy as an influence in her works. She’s worked in watercolors, Sumi ink, pen, and as evidenced above, colored pencil.
While some artists celebrate the inherent beauty of the human form, the illustrations of Taylor Williams focus on its strangeness. The Charlotte-based artist draws and animates characters and scenes that are packed with biting humor. The artist offers us some insight on why she depicts humanity in this way:
Mexico City artist Hilda Palafox, also known as “Poni,” crafts absorbing illustrations that often contain the female form. The artist says, “Girls, love, rain, and music are my biggest inspirations.” And whether it’s on paper, ceramic, acrylic, or adorning a wall, her work reflects those elements.