Smile, grin, and smile again

12 January 2014 / ,

Barcelona based illustrator Doeke van Nuil illustrates happiness. His unique amorphous characters wink, grin, grimace, peek, kamasutra, and make coffee on perfect compositions of vibrant color. I had the pleasure of asking Doeke about his work, he admits that “humor is really important, I want to make people smile—although my work has darker layers as well.” One of my personal favorites is Don’t Look Down, a simple and mysterious illustration inspired by swimming in the sea. “There’s this moment where I think, ‘Oh no! What’s down there?’ I get a little scared because there’s so many things happening underneath me.” This sense of uncertainty comes across in an eerie way, like an iceberg rising from the sea, and makes the piece very compelling. Doeke’s work has been exhibited in Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Barcelona, and he sees a big year ahead in 2014—I agree. Check out more of his work here.

Doeke van Nuil, for Jamie magazine (Netherlands)
Doeke van Nuil, Don’t Look Down
Doeke van Nuil, Pssst
Doeke van Nuil, French Press
Doeke van Nuil, for Jamie magazine (Netherlands)
Doeke van Nuil, for Jamie magazine (Netherlands)
Doeke van Nuil, Don’t Look Down
Doeke van Nuil, Pig
Doeke van Nuil, The Bookclub
Doeke van Nuil, Stomme Helm
Doeke van Nuil, Sinterklaas
Doeke van Nuil, De Boat
Doeke van Nuil, I Just Miss You