Joana Avillez Communicates Through Illustration

Joana Avillez’s illustrations (well, more like doodles) are joyful in their simplicity. Her black line drawings that mostly incorporate writing have caught the attention of respectable publications like Penguin, Random House, Harper Collins, and The New Yorker.

Born and bred in New York, she grew up in a fish market, but escaped to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, only to return to NYC to study illustration at the School of Visual Arts. 

“I started drawing because of my father,” Avillez explained in an interview with It’s Nice That. “We drew constantly together… It was how we communicated and laughed and saw the world.”

A celebrated editorial illustrator himself, Avillez’s father used to send his daughter “long, scroll-like faxes” that were essentially illustrated letters, while he was away on his travels. “For my dad drawing was a spark that came out of nowhere, for me it bloomed because of him,” said the young talent.

Her pen illustrations are inspired by magazines, books, comics, stories, and typography, and have a somewhat nostalgic feel to them. Check out some of her creations in the gallery below.

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