Javier Oli­vares Renders Mystery Novel Images Using Pseudo Art Deco

These Javier Olivares illustrations of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ perfectly captures the Sherlock Holmes novel’s air of mystery. From the dynamic poses to the overabundance of shadows, each image entices viewers to examine its details while they decipher what scene the renderings are depicting. Olivares’ limited use of color, which he compensates with flurries of brushstroke-like details, gives his images a distinct visual punch unlike the work of his contemporaries.

It would be easy to classify Javier Olivares’ visual style as art deco, but his work is different in that it has hints of Saturday morning cartoons as well as comic book art. Olivares often uses Victorian-era novels as inspiration for his shadow-intensive drawings.