Paper Illustrations – The Poetic Creations of Eiko Ojala

With a minimalist approach to editorial work that blends silhouettes and shadows, Estonian illustrator Eiko Ojala has become a staple of major newspapers and magazines as of late including the New York Times, The Washington Post, Wired, and New Scientist. His distinctive style involves the look and feel of paper cut-outs to achieve surprising depth, both visually and conceptually, in clear statements perfect for the limited space of editorial design.

Eiko Ojala was born in 1982 in Tallinn, Estonia. Before entering the world of illustration, he studied interior design.

Eiko Ojala’s  process involves a mix of digital illustration, paper textures, and a mix of both real and artificial shadows. Ojala loves working with light and shadow while keeping his artworks minimal and focused on the beauty of shapes.

His colourful and humorous artworks seem to bring to life a whole world inhabited by curious characters, whilst keeping the disarming, almost naive character of hand-made paper collages intact.