22 Sweet and Surreal Illustrations

Italian illustrator Alessandro Gottardo's beautiful, open and inviting illustrations have been featured in major newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, The Economist and Newsweek among others. He's won numerous awards including the gold medal from The Society of Illustrators New York in 2009.

Gottardo's clever illustrations show us why a minimalist approach can go a long way in telling a story. By taking out all that's unnecessary and distilling ideas down to very basic forms and shapes, Gottardo makes us believe that complicated concepts can be illustrated in surprisingly simple ways. Love the sweet and surreal nature to these.

Added: After we finished this post, we got in touch with Gottardo for an interview. Read that follow-up post, here.

Alessandro Gottardo also goes by the name Shout. He recently released a hardcover book called Shout Mono which you can preview here. I particularly liked this quote from him that was in the product description,

"One day, maybe I will say things that are truly worth listening to, I will say things that belong to me only, and there will be no other way to listen to them EXCEPT looking."

Alessandro Gottardo

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Comment by Yezyk White Demon on June 4, 2013 at 2:40pm

it´s amaizing

Comment by Christopher Ronk on May 6, 2011 at 2:50pm
some of these are positively fantastic.
Abstract Art
Comment by Alyssa Anda on November 24, 2010 at 2:02pm
Very imaginative!
Comment by grace on October 25, 2010 at 6:42pm
These are awesome. It seems like Gottardo drew inspiration from Asia in viewing certain works.
Comment by sAm on October 25, 2010 at 10:11am
Love the simplicity!
Comment by Sophie on October 25, 2010 at 7:34am
I agree, Loving the 1st illustration
Comment by Marica on October 24, 2010 at 11:50am
Pure creativity!Absolutely love his use of the prospective from above with small figures immersed in dream landscapes...In some pictures it's just like watching from the top floor of a building without being seen. Great post Alice!

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