Eiko Ojala, renowned illustrator and a graphic designer
Eiko Ojala was born in 1982 in Talinn, Estonia. From an early age he showed passion and intrigue in design and art. Inspired by his father, who worked as an architect, he went on to study Interior Design and nature guiding and finally his path led him to illustration.
He works mostly digitally and draws everything by hand. Within his work process Eiko likes to study the forms of shapes and to work closely with light and shadow. Moreover he likes to keep his illustrations minimal and well-advised. His process involves a mix of digital illustration, paper textures, and a mix of both real and artificial shadows, creating illusions playing with perspective.
Digital papercut illustration is a style that’s grown in popularity over the past few years: applying an authenticity of light, shadow and texture to digital compositions.
These artworks appear to built from cut paper but are created using the likes of Photoshop – though sometimes incorporating elements created from ‘real’ paper and then photographed or scanned. They often blend in illustrated or photographic elements in a way that would be impossible – or at least very time-consuming – using ‘true’ papercut techniques, and of course – as with all digital forms – they’re easier to alter as you go or in reaction to client responses.
Eiko won a 2013 Young Illustrators award and an ADC Young Gun award, and his work has appeared in Wired, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Dwell Magazine and elsewhere. He has been featured It’s Nice That, iGnant, Trendland, Fubiz and Etapes. He has already worked with the V&A museum and the Harvard Business review and currently features on ilovetalent.