Johan Thörnqvist Combines the Surreal and Real in His Art

By: Olivia Gissing - Published: Aug 4, 2011 • References: snarlik.se and pondly
If you're looking for a new and creative way to illustrate, look to Johan Thornqvist for inspiration.

This imaginative artist lives in Sweden and is praised for his ability to illustrate. However, he takes it one step further by avoiding plain papers and canvases. Instead, Johan Thornqvist chooses to draw his images onto photographs of real-life settings. He picks pictures of wide, open spaces like flowering fields and dark underwater spaces as his backgrounds. He then illustrates monochrome figures and objects on top of these settings. They are whimsical and cartoonish, creating an interesting juxtaposition between the surreal and real.

Johan Thornqvist is the definition of creative.