Teresa Orazio is a designer currently working as the head of creative at Doppiorizzonte – Doublehorizon an Amsterdam-based design studio. However it was an illustration submission of Teresa’s we saw via Ignant that really caught our eye, displaying an alternate side to this talented designer.
Moonmambo, an autobiographical project, is a series of characterful illustrations in a style Teresa has been developing. “I have been drawing since I was a kid. Moonmambo came up from different influences, like dance.” On first glance her illustrations appear innocent due to their pastel colour palette. However, once you look a little closer these creatures’ cheekily bare bodies start appear. Teresa’s use of a luscious pink to depict bare thighs and buttocks of what appear to be warped burlesque dancers creates quite a wholesome outcome, when it’s actually a bit naughty.
Her additional use of a complete black background hints towards the darker content of these drawings of headless and mysterious figures. It’s a refreshing style of illustration, amusing in its bold and brazen curves, with no need to fully explain the context of the drawings.
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