Estée Preda’s illustrations are something out of a fairy tale. So it comes as no surprise that the young talent grew up on Hans Christian Andersen and Brothers Grimm. “As a child, Estée Preda was read Hans Christian Andersen and Brothers Grimm fairy tales every night by her mother,” she writes on her website.
“She lived across the hall from her grand-mother who was prone to night terrors. She would watch out the window from her Québec city home as one season would slowly turn into another. The world that her art exists in lies somewhere between those ephemeral seasons, night terrors and folk tales.”
Indeed, her artwork is the stuff of dreams (or night terrors, depending who you ask), attracting notable clients that include The Globe and Mail, La Maison Simons, Flow Magazine, and Society6.
“I’m from Québec City, Canada,” said the artist in an interview with Ball Pit Magazine. “It’s a magical little city built on a hill and circled by a fortress. When I turned 18, I left my hometown to travel to film snowboarding. After spending about 8 years on the road working on various snowboard related video projects, I decided I had accomplished what I set out to do and so I traded in my camera for brushes.”
“Everything inspires me, from my environment, to friends, to memories,” added Preda. “My brain is like a net for catching ideas. Once one gets caught in there, it goes through a machine that transforms that idea into an illustration.” Other than illustrating, she’s also part of a music project fronted by singer-songwriter Gus Englehorn.
Check out some of her fantastic creations in the gallery below.