Stephan Schmitz’s simple yet obscure illustrations play with our expectations

Date
18 November 2015

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.

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Stephan Schmitz: Girl

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Stephan Schmitz: Jail

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Stephan Schmitz: Jail

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Stephan Schmitz: Small talk

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Stephan Schmitz: Rousseau

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Stephan Schmitz: Fixing it

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Stephan Schmitz: Fixing it

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Stephan Schmitz: The Help

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Stephan Schmitz: Unfinished work

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Stephan Schmitz: Unfinished work

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Stephan Schmitz: Look at me!

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Stephan Schmitz: Head in the clouds

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Stephan Schmitz: Head in the clouds

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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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