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Analogue Approaches to Visual Arts: Illustrations by Johan Thörnqvist

Do you feel like your photos could use something extra to make them more interesting? Be inspired by the creative example of Johan Thörnqvist, an illustrator who draws imaginary towns over real photographs!

Swedish Illustrator Johan Thörnqvist. Photo via Snarlik.se — Johan Thörnqvist

The photos he uses for his artworks may have their own charm, but Swedish illustrator Johan Thörnqvist breathes life into these photos in his own way anyway—by drawing over them. Not just simple doodles, but beautiful and whimsical drawings of made-up cityscapes to tickle the imagination!

Photo via Trendland

The results are very unique, interesting, and dreamy! Somehow, his blend of reality and fanciful towns reminds the viewer to see the world with a child-like imagination. The idea may be simple, but his execution yields a fantastic perspective, don’t you think?

One cannot help but wonder what inspires this illustrator to create such spellbinding artworks. In his recent interview with Leivos, Thörnqvist relates how he is influenced by the world around him, saying, “I like to pause and look at everyday scenes and imagine what could exist in that space instead.”

Here are more of Thörnqvist’s beautiful illustrations featuring imaginary cities and their interesting inhabitants!

Sources and additional readings:
Trendland — Johan Thornqvist Illustrations
Leivos — Interview with Johan Thörnqvist
Snarlik.se — Johan Thörnqvist’s Official Website

written by plasticpopsicle

5 comments

  1. freckleface

    freckleface

    love the creativity!

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  2. fmadera

    fmadera

    This is completely amazing, ! this is exactly why I signed up for Lomography, for a world of expanding possibilities :)

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  3. fmadera

    fmadera

    This is completely amazing, ! this is exactly why I signed up for Lomography, for a world of expanding possibilities :)

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  4. fmadera

    fmadera

    This is completely amazing, ! this is exactly why I signed up for Lomography, for a world of expanding possibilities :)

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  5. pamplemousse_mk2

    pamplemousse_mk2

    Ben Heine has also a similar approach:
    http://www.benheine.(…)23723956821

    almost 3 years ago · report as spam

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This is the original article written in: English. It is also available in: Nederlands & Deutsch.