Florian Nicolle's Mixed Media Illustration is Breathtaking

By: Emilie Picillo - Published: Apr 24, 2014 • References: and thisiscolossal
Digital artist Florian Nicolle has released a new series of mixed media illustration that blends layers of newsprint, watercolor, pencil and digital painting to create rich, frenetic portraits that seem to fly off the canvas.

Over the past few years, Nicolle has been tapped by some of the world's largest brands including Nike, Adobe, Warner Brothers and ESPN, but still finds the time for his personal work.

Nicolle makes the conscious decision to leave some bits of newspaper exposed so you can see blatant text on the cheeks of faces and eyeballs. He also combines different colors like purple, olive green and blue for different parts of shading, paired with thin lines to mark facial structure and sometimes abstract motifs.