Guy Billout’s brilliantly ironic illustrations make the ordinary extraordinary

Date
5 November 2015
Reading Time
1 minute read

Guy Billout’s topsy-turvy illustrations subvert our perception of the world with clever twists and ironic flourishes. French-born Guy came to New York in 1969 and has worked as an illustrator ever since, but it’s taken us until now to celebrate his magnificent work on the site. Offering a subtle but thought-provoking approach to editorial illustration, Guy’s work has been featured in publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal numerous times over.

His clean, minimal aesthetic, mixed with funny visual nuances, is wonderfully mesmerising. Delicate, precise and sparse linework gives Guy’s illustrations great impact, making them all the more striking. Boats and bridges seemingly wrap themselves around each other, while water and walls are easily manipulated with the lift of a hand. Making the ordinary a little bit extraordinary, it’s hard to resist Guy’s timeless illustrations.

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Rebecca Fulleylove

Rebecca became staff writer at It’s Nice That in March 2016 before leaving the company at the end of 2017. Before joining the company full time she worked with us on a freelance basis many times, as well as stints at Macmillan Publishers, D&AD, Dazed and frieze.

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