Take a trip inside the cutely sinister world of illustrator Pablo Orrego

Date
13 June 2018

When asking Chilean illustrator and graphic designer Pablo Orrego (who goes by the name Peiper too), on what influences have informed his practice, the list is endless and maybe one of the most varied we’ve heard.

His introduction to illustration is with thanks to “skateboarding and posters for punk concerts,” which led him to be “interested in illustration before graphic design,” explaining why the former is what fills his portfolio. Pablo’s education also informed his decision to lean towards more illustrative work too, studying at “at an institution whose purpose was to generate entrepreneurs instead of creators and that made me move away from graphic design,” he explains.

But in terms of the context and style of Pablo’s work, it’s toy shops where he can be found gathering up inspiration for the “very colourful and repetitive magic universe,” that his characters inhabit. “I really like toys and character creation,” he tells us. “I spend a lot of time in toy stores and for some time I’ve been interested in kid’s rides because they’re so colourful, but undeniably strange objects.”

As a result, Pablo’s illustrations are cute but “sinister, with disturbing expressions and actions in the hand of friendly grotesque forms,” he tells us. His illustrations too are undeniably strange, varied but smile-inducing due to their mix of neon colours and creepy, but joyful, ear to ear grins. Although random, the illustrator’s work shows the brilliance of a medium which can switch and change between styles and content whenever the creator wants.

Above

Pablo Orrego

Above

Pablo Orrego

Above

Pablo Orrego

Above

Pablo Orrego

Share Article

About the Author

Lucy Bourton

Lucy (she/her) joined It’s Nice That as a staff writer in July 2016 after graduating from Chelsea College of Art. In January 2019 she was made deputy editor and in November 2021, became a senior editor predominantly working on It’s Nice That's partnerships. Feel free to get in contact with Lucy about creative projects for the site or potential partnerships.

lb@itsnicethat.com

It's Nice That Newsletters

Fancy a bit of It's Nice That in your inbox? Sign up to our newsletters and we'll keep you in the loop with everything good going on in the creative world.