Underlined Book Quotes Become Clever Illustrations

Bookworm or not, you can't help but enjoy these black and white illustrations of literary quotes by Evan Robertson. The New York-based graphic designer has taken some of the cleverest lines written by famous authors such as William Faulkner and Oscar Wilde and turned them into wonderful posters. These literature-inspired fine art illustrations are currently being sold on Etsy under the name Obvious State.

Robertson would see a "little jewel of a sentence" and he'd underline it. Then, he would take those "snippets of text and ideas" and "let the words be a springboard for an illustration." As he told Huffington Post, "The illustrations incorporate and interact with the text and hopefully add up to something that engages the mind as much as the eye."

Here are 12 of our favorites. May these timeless words inspire you today and always.

Update: Check out more clever illustrations in Part II of this story.

Obvious State on Etsy
via [Quipsologies], [Huffington Post]

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Comment by Zohaib Jawaid on February 28, 2013 at 5:05am
Comment by Iljan Kukilo on December 13, 2012 at 1:03pm

thanks a lot, that was fast :)

Comment by alice on December 13, 2012 at 12:33pm

Yes, Iljan! You can purchase them at Etsy. Here's the link: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ObviousState

Comment by Iljan Kukilo on December 13, 2012 at 12:05pm

Is there existing prints for sale?
I'd like to get some of these...

Comment by Elsy Franklin on August 26, 2012 at 11:47pm

Your quotes are so true, I can remember few moments when I thought exactly of few of the these quotes ... we can discuss some of these moments on the link above...

Comment by Scott T on August 23, 2012 at 11:15pm
I really like your work. The quotes combined with the illustrations work well. Have you ever considered transferring your work to tee-shirts? I do not mean to offend you, but the artwork and quotes are really cool.

Comment by S. Smile on August 23, 2012 at 8:08pm

They're all great, but I love the first quote.

Comment by sAm on August 23, 2012 at 4:18pm

Love these! Such truth to all of these.

Comment by Pinar on August 23, 2012 at 11:49am

I'm going (Oscar) Wilde for these posters!
I couldn't resist the pun...


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