Postage stamps, all of us are familiar with them. Chicago-based illustrator Diana Sudyka works by using vintage stamps from european countries as a place to begin for her whimsical artwork made using gouache, ink, and watercolors.
Diana Sudyka is a young artist and illustrator mainly dedicated to painting the art for children’s books. However this is every bit as enchanting, she uses the old European stamps as the centerpiece for her lovely paintings. The works feature fancyful moments resulting from the tiny pictures that are visible on the stamps. From whales circling the depths below, stamps featuring etched ships to big cats roaming the hillside grounds of stamps printed with castles, the artist’s wonderful works of art hold on to an innocent, fairytale quality. A lot of the her artwork also contain words and phrases of hand-painted text that bring a further story element to the her ideas.
Starting by selecting a stamp arbitrarily, she approaches each new artwork without any preconceptions of what she would like to paint, permitting the imprinted picture inform each artwork. It is wonderful to see how art can breathe life into something that is 178 years old and create something new and fresh in the process.
Diana Sudyka began by designing and screen-printing posters for musicians including: The Black Keys and The Decemberists. She then commenced by illustrating YA books, illustrating several volumes of the award winning and NYTimes bestselling series The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, The Secret Keepers also by Stewart, and Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley. She is at the moment illustrating the first of several upcoming children’s picture books to be released in 2018 and 2019.