A good illustration doesn’t require much. Sometimes, a simple pen illustration, colored in black and white, is best at conveying a message. Take, for instance, Joana Avillez’s illustrations. Inspired by magazines, books, comics, stories, and typography, her simple doodles have a timeless feel to them. Featured in the biggest and grandest of publication (such as Penguin, Random House, Harper Collins, and The New Yorker), Avillez’s work is cut for her.
“I started drawing because of my father,” she explained in an interview with It’s Nice That. “We drew constantly together… It was how we communicated and laughed and saw the world.”
Being an editorial illustrator himself, Avillez’s father has clearly carried on his craft through his daughter. “For my dad drawing was a spark that came out of nowhere, for me it bloomed because of him,” said the daughter.
Take a careful look at some of her creations.