Scottish illustrator Lizzy Stewart creates curious parallel worlds that often stem from song lyrics and literary sentences. Her portfolio reveals how she takes inspiration from sources as diverse as Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and songs by The National. What writers and lyricists do with words, Stewart does with imagery, each minute detail culminating in moments and characters that add up to an evocative narrative.
Professing to be “a fan of pencils, cardigans and Russian history. And also bears”, these motifs often reoccur in her work. The influence of history is a particularly resonant theme in her illustrations, which often have the aesthetic feel of a beautiful heirloom unearthed from an antique trunk in an attic. To find more heirloom-like treats, take a peek at Stewart’s blog and shop.