Swedish artist Johan Thörnqvist melts together the mediums of photography and illustration into dreamy and whimsical worlds. His work has largely originated from ordinary photographs of outdoor scenes or objects, but now he has started using the low quality of his camera phone. By altering and embellishing the blurry images into works of art, he is creating microcosms and character illusions resting upon our overlooked, everyday articles and vistas. Click through to discover his tiny worlds sprung from dull phone pictures.
The featured illustration was originally captured in this format before Thörnqvist added his adorable character:
As you click through the gallery, you’ll notice that his style is somewhat reminiscent of Miyazaki’s animation in movies such as Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and (my favorite) Castle in the Sky. His charming yet trippy technique challenges and bends reality and draws in our focus with its precise detail.
What do you think of Thörnqvist’s illustrations? Any favorites in particular?
[via Johan Thörnqvist]