Enter the Mythical Realm of Nolan Pelletier

It’s hard to stay put when encountering a Nolan Pelletier illustration. Full of details, almost to the brim, his pieces explode with mythical beasts and odd personalities, geometric in nature.

Based in Toronto where he lives with his wife, illustrator Kaley McKean, and their Maine Coon cat, Snoopy, he draws inspiration from ancient and modern history, lost civilizations, and cats. 

“Since I was young I’ve loved collecting antiques at sales and flea markets,” he shared with Polpettas. “I’m particularly drawn to both mid-century art, and Victorian packaging and antiques.”

“I find it very fun and stimulating to look at art that is full of pattern and detail, and there’s something hypnotic about the act of creating it. I read a good passage in a Victorian decorating book that said that good design should replicate the complexity of nature. The outside world is full of detail and pattern and movement, so why shouldn’t design be as well?”

Take a closer look below.

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Been making some patterns this week!

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A couple of the spots from Monday’s NY Times!

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