When I stumbled across Olle Forsslöf’s print Blue Forest I couldn’t let it go. Turns out this picture of a tiny figure dwarfed by giant trees covered in diamond bark is part of a short series that includes a breakdown of the (Final Fantasy?) traveller’s garb, a red portal and a yellow pyramid. I asked Stokholm-based Olle about it and his reply was so lovely it deserves quoting in full:
“There’s kind of a story behind, or a place. It’s the same character in every picture who’s on some sort of travel, maybe searching for something in a seemingly abandoned world. I wanted a mystery feeling where you can sense there’s a story behind it all but you have to figure it out for yourself.”
Along with Elliot Alfredius and Patrick Crotty, Olle makes up illustration studio PEOW, dedicated to Risograph printing comics, zines and one-off prints. They’ve got very different styles even within their individual work, but the quality the below prints share is that they’re all excellent.
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- Stina Löfgren’s instructional illustrations for practical lunges
- Scandinavian aesthetics and do-right design approach: the brand values of Nudie Jeans
- A beautiful portrait of the communities, theatre and blingy pants of South Yorkshire wrestling
- Back to basics with Davide Di Gennaro’s symbol-heavy design workshop identity
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain
- Anthony Burrill on starting out and staying focussed
- Introducing French design studio plus mûrs and its beautiful poster designs