With lots of fascinating details and a surreal touch, Shreya Gupta’s illustrations tell stories that make me so curious about the beautiful worlds she portrays. Many of her pieces have this wonderful, soft color palette that makes them an absolute delight to look at! The first illustration below, which is inspired by Italo Calvino’s novel Invisile Cities, is my favorite:
Nothing of the city Baucis, hidden behind clouds, touches the ground except its long flamingo legs. But the inhabitants examine the earth leaf by leaf with their spyglasses aimed downwards contemplating with fascination their own absence. (Italo Calvino, 1972)
Originally from India, Shreya moved to New York City where she pursued her passion for drawing and illustration and earned an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay at the School of Visual Arts. She has since then created works for various clients such as The New York Times and Fast Company. I also love this banner which Shreya created for Google to celebrate the 153rd birthday of Rakhmabai Raut; India’s first practicing woman doctor.