Kim Salt Celebrates the Inner Magic of the Mundane

New York-based illustrator Kim Salt is known for her unique character compositions, her subjects often portrayed in full swing, adding a sense of vitality to her work. Her work celebrates the inner magic of the mundane and the unique rhythms of living things. There are also a lot of plants.

With most of her work being digital, Salt uses a combo of iPad, Procreate, Photoshop, and her Cintiq. But she also enjoys sketching outside, using mechanical pencils. “My absolute favorite thing to do is take a sketchbook to a coffee shop and people watch from the window,” she remarked once in an interview with Catapult.

Indeed, according to her website in her spare time, Salt can often be found sipping tea, people watching, and nurturing her growing houseplant brigade. “A typical day entails waking at eight-thirty making coffee or tea and sitting down at my desk to make a list of all the things I need to do throughout the day,” she notes. “Throughout the day, I may take breaks to work out, bug my cat, or tend my houseplants. I usually end my day anywhere between six to eight in the evening, after which I’ll either meet friends, read or watch a film.”

With more than 10k followers on Instagram, her selected clients include publications like the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Time Magazine, as well as brands like Nike, Quartz, and Melinda Gates. Take a look at some of her creations in the gallery below: