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Complex Societal Issues Conveyed in Minimalist Editorial Illustrations by Eiko Ojala

October 18, 2019

Laura Staugaitis

Illustrator Eiko Ojala (previously) tackles complex topics with masterfully simple images. Though his work often appears to be made with layered paper, the artist clarifies on his website that he works digitally, building each image from scratch. Cleverly using negative space, mirroring, and raking angles, Ojala conveys nuances of the human experience within tight creative constraints. The Estonian illustrator works with clients around the world…

 

 



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Paper Illustrations and GIFs Explore the Body and Mind in New Work by Eiko Ojala

March 6, 2019

Kate Sierzputowski

…ear Attack at Age 38” New Zealand and Estonia-based illustrator Eiko Ojala (previously) creates cut paper illustrations that present shadow and depth through creative layering of colorful pieces of paper. Recently, his editorial illustrations have been focused on the mind and body, like a cut paper GIF he created for a story on heart attacks in the New York Times. Others, like two Washington Post illustrations, attempt to uncover the thought…

 

 



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New Paper Textured Editorial Illustrations by Eiko Ojala

October 11, 2017

Christopher Jobson

…o editorial work that blends silhouettes and shadows, Estonian illustrator Eiko Ojala has become a staple of major newspapers and magazines as of late including the New York Times, The Washington Post, Wired, and New Scientist. His distinctive style involves the look and feel of paper cut-outs to achieve surprising depth, both visually and conceptually, in clear statements perfect for the limited space of editorial design. Seen here are a collecti…

 

 



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New Editorial Illustrations Incorporating Cut Paper Textures and Shadows by Eiko Ojala

May 12, 2016

Christopher Jobson

Estonian illustrator Eiko Ojala (previously) brings a fantastic sense of depth and texture into his editorial illustrations by using carefully arranged layers of cut paper and shadows. The works are all assembled digitally, but the artist often incorporates his own photos to achieve the desired effect. Seen here are a number of personal artworks, branding projects, and editorial spreads from the last year or so. You can see much more on Behance….

 

 



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Digital Papercut Illustrations by Eiko Ojala

May 4, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Since our last article on Eiko Ojala (previously) the Estonian graphic designer and illustrator has continued his fantastic three dimensional drawings for leading publications around the world. His process involves a mix of digital illustration, paper textures, and a mix of both real and artificial shadows. Eiko won a 2013 Young Illustrators award and an ADC Young Gun award, and his work has appeared in Wired, the New York Times, the New Yorker,…

 

 



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Paper Landscape Illustrated by Eiko Ojala

March 13, 2013

Christopher Jobson

…these days without spotting the illustration work of Estonian artist Eiko Ojala, his Naked series is a great place to get started. The artist works digitally without the aid of 3D software where he draws everything by hand to create landscapes, figures and portraits that look as if they’ve been cut from paper. Most critical are the placement of shadows which Ojala also draws by hand, though via email he admits the complexity occasionally re…

 

 

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