Kim Salt’s Illustrations Explore the Human Condition

Kim Salt describes herself as an illustrator and an all-around plant admirer. Her admiration for plants is evident throughout her illustrations. Those tend to focus on everyday moments and modern-day living. With both people and plants regularly featuring in Salt’s illustrations, her artwork provides insight into what it means to be human.

Based in New York, Salt can be found illustrating, people watching, or nurturing her growing houseplant brigade at any given time. “A typical day entails waking at eight-thirty making coffee or tea and sitting down at my desk to make a list of all the things I need to do throughout the day,” she relayed in an interview with Catapult, describing her day to day. “Throughout the day, I may take breaks to work out, bug my cat, or tend my houseplants,” she adds.

“My absolute favorite thing to do is take a sketchbook to a coffee shop and people watch from the window,” she adds. Aside from her sketchbook, Salt’s toolbox includes a variety of digital helpers, including Procreate, Photoshop, and Cintiq.

Her work, both personal and commercial, is regularly shared on her Instagram page, and can also be found in top tier publications like The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Time Magazine. Here are some of our favorite pieces by her.