You know the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine album cover or the fully illustrated songtrack of the film of the same name? It’s just such work that comes to mind when looking at the work of Chicago-based illustrator Kate Dehler.
Kate Dehler started illustrating as a child, playing with pencils and paints, and wanting to continue doing so when she grew up, she went to art school to become a graphic designer for a restaurant chain in her hometown, a job that turned out to be quite mechanical and where the creative part was minimal.
For this reason, in her spare time Kate started to focus on personal projects, expanding her portfolio and looking for clients to work for on a freelance basis.
Then, about a year and a half ago, due to the pandemic, Kate Dehler was forced like everyone else to stay at home, which gave her even more time to invest in showing what she really liked and presenting her work to possible clients. This is how you can now see some of her illustrations in the New York Times, Wired Japan and the Washington Post.
Her fresh style has a charm to which one cannot remain indifferent. The key features of her work are colour and texture.
The colour palette that always returns in all her work is made up of warm, bright colours in which shades that immediately bring summer to mind such as yellow, orange and red stand out.
The texture is reminiscent of the rough sheets of watercolour, only digitally recreated, and is the final touch that gives Kate Dehler’s illustrations a vintage feel.
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