Illustrator and graphic designer Adriana Esquivel works both traditionally and digitally but admits she’s more drawn to the latter. “I like how versatile digital illustration can be and how it allows me to have a giant toolbox at my disposal on the go,” she told Ballpitmag.
Using color and texture to set the mood of her illustrations, her work tends to be both humoristic and charming. Each piece begins with a clear vision of what she wants to accomplish. Based on that, the Costa Rica-based artist sketches and plays around with the composition. “From there I pick a color palette and start painting,” she says.
The result is a captivating illustration that plays with layers and textures. “It’s hard to predict how people will react to your work, but I hope it brings people joy,” says Esquivel. “I hope they feel good when they look at it and it bolsters their imagination.”
Indeed, when scrolling through her Instagram page you can’t help but be intrigued. In one illustration two people are dressed as an apple and pear; in another, a cow is seen wearing pants. Who can say no to that?!