Freelance illustrator Stephan Schmitz has been creating work for newspapers, magazines and adverts since 2009. Based in Switzerland, his pared-back illustrations play with our expectations and often include a visual illusion or gimmick to hook us in. Using a subtle palette of colours, paintings seemingly interact with the artist, a shadow licks an ice cream and faces are hidden within clothes. A plain, offbeat style that’s indifferent to detail, Stephan realises the story wonderfully but still maintains a surreal and obscure air.
About the Author
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.