While scrolling through Instagram I recently stumbled across an illustration in the Spanish newspaper, El País. I was struck by how it was able to convey an intricate subject with clear lines and almost naive colour shapes. At first sight, the image seems to be just pretty and illustrative, but when you take the time to study it, you notice that it has more meaning than you saw at first. A single bird house can have many different inhabitants, each singing their own tune.
I did some googling, and found out that that striking image was created by Spanish illustrator Eva Vasquez, who has had illustrations published in all kinds of magazines in Europe and the US, from the Princeton Alumni Weekly to Ideas and Babelia to the Washington Post and, like we said, El País. She has also provided cover designs and illustrations for a number of books, and published a number of children’s books of her own.
In her illustration work Vasquez creates a colourful image that is very easy to read, but that always has a double meaning. More than mere illustrations, the pictures support the story they accompany while at the same time, they tend to be more elaborate than your average cartoon. Every detail in her artwork is perfected — all unnecessary elements have been removed, but those that are still there each are vital for the image and its message.
Luckily Vasquez has a Recent Work category in her portfolio website — it makes following her quite productive output that little bit easier.
(illustrations © Eva Vazquez)