Naturalistic Illustrations
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Naturalistic Illustrations

Abstraction and creativity are some of the most powerful tools of an illustrator. But sometimes, sticking closely to reality is just as valuable — maybe even more so.

Meticulously capturing every detail of a subject often results in very impactful illustrations that immediately grab the viewer’s attention. That’s why naturalistic illustrations work great for packaging and editorial content. They pull the viewers in and provoke their curiosity — often pointing them to details they might have missed otherwise.

Another way to leverage the power of naturalistic illustrations is in portraits. Drawing portraits is a centuries-old discipline, and it’s obvious that an illustrated portrait has a much bigger impact than a photograph.

Are you thinking about illustrations for your project? Don’t hesitate to reach out for a free consultation!

Naturalistic illustrations are great for …

  • editorial content

  • reportages

  • packaging

  • team portraits

Look at these projects for some examples of naturalistic illustrations:

I enjoy capturing an animal or an object in all its detail.

Naturalistic Drawings

Naturalistic Drawings

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Animals
Food Illustration
Pencil

Whether it’s for an interview in an editorial context or a team page on your website — an illustrated portrait is much more individual and impressive than a photo. In this project, portraits in different styles are collected.

Portraits

Portraits

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Portraits
Watercolor
Pencil

Using exaggerated objectivity is an interesting stylistic device as well. It can be great for reportages because of its documentary appearence.

Life in Times of Corona

Life in Times of Corona

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Paintings
Pencil

Naturalistic illustrations are particularly well suited for series where there are multiple similar but distinct motifs, like in this series of fish.

Art Print: »Fins«

Art Print: »Fins«

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Art Print
Animals
Watercolor

»Wildwuchs« is a series of extremely detailed watercolor paintings, that capture the incredible breadth of plants and greenery that can be found even in a major city.

»Wildwuchs« — Plants in the City

»Wildwuchs« — Plants in the City

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Editorial Illustration
Paintings
Plants
Watercolor

These watercolor paintings show everyday scenes and demonstrate the power in capturing everything down to the smallest detail.

Urban Living

Urban Living

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Paintings
Plants
Watercolor