Illustrative Storytelling by Karolin Schnoor

 Karolin Schnoor

Karolin Schnoor illustrations

Some artists illustrate everyday life with a sense of reality, while others infuse the mundane with magic and  whimsy. Karolin Schnoor, a German illustrator and designer working in London, is in the latter category. The first time I saw her work, I was drawn to the lone female figures quietly working, lounging, or daydreaming, usually in stylish ensembles, a sense of playful contemplation up their sleeves. They seemed familiar and expressive, like abstract portraits of your best friend wearing her favorite floral coat for a bike ride or running errands in a striped tee.

It’s not just Schnoor’s clever use of color that makes her work so captivating; it’s the patterns, too. Stripes compete with polka dots, floral chairs recall the energetic designs of Marimekko, and a fox takes in the tattooed tulips and abstract pinwheels enlivening his tail. Schnoor’s work isn’t one note , though; she also paints sad girls for the aptly titled Sad-Girls zine and recently designed The Queen vs Trenton Oldfield, a prison diary chronicling the paperwork and objects given to a controversial arrestee. It’s all fantastic, and she sells everything from prints to tea towels here.

Karolin Schnoor Cactus illustration

Karolin Schnoor illustrations

Karolin Schnoor illustrations

 Karolin Schnoor

Andi Teran

May 14, 2013 / By

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