Vibrant Architecture-Themed Illustrations by Maaike Canne

Maaike Canne’s work explores the ways people live in different locations and how their lives differ based on different beliefs and values. She’s from Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and her illustrations blend the personal stories of her characters with typical local architecture.

Canne has been drawing for as long as she can remember. She inherited the talent from her grandmother, who was a painter. Ever since she was a kid, she was mesmerized with her grandma’s work and would carry her sketchbook everywhere to work on her own art.

Today, Canne illustrates fictitious scenes. The scenes used to feature people, but they somehow disappeared over time. “They might come back, who knows,” the artist shares. She finds inspiration in mid-century architecture and the works of architects like Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Luis Barragan, and Marcel Breuer. “I don’t care about realistic perspectives, it’s one of the pros of illustration, you can do whatever you want,” she says.

We’re in love with her work, how about you?