I’ve always enjoyed paintings and illustrations which seem to imply dark and mystic depths, images which make you look twice as a shiver travels up your spine. John Tenniel, Maurice Sendak, and Sidney Sime are three illustrators who come to mind, and traveling back in time, Hieronymous Bosch and Pieter Brueghel the Elder certainly had that power to disturb and inspire my imagination.
Here are three more image-masters to add to the list.
Isabelle Cardinal is a Canadian graphics designer and illustrator who has produced some very nicely surreal images. This one is a depiction of a Tarot card in another world much like ours:
The next two are part of a series depicting the Seven Deadly Sins:
This last one of Isabelle’s is a dream or fairy tale scene, it seems. Will the scary cat find the little guy? This reminds me of Maurice Sendak’s work:
You can see more of Isabelle Cardinal’s work here:
Just this morning I happened across the paintings of Alexander Jansson. I don’t know much about him, other than what can be gleaned from this page:
More weird fairy-tale illustrations! I liked this example of Alexander’s work:
I’d gladly play in such a band! It reminds me of the alien combo scene in the first Star Wars movie.
Last but not least, here are some witty and well-executed pastiches inspired by the paintings of Hieronymous Bosch. My friend and commenter Bev Wigney is responsible for these:
You can see more of Bev’s work here:
I’ll now let you return to the world of the mundane!