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Illustrations with a Twist

Paper art or digital art? At first glance, I thought Eiko Ojala’s work was a clever blend of paper cut artwork and design, but to my surprise, his illustrations are actually hand-drawn and touched up digitally. He uses a combination of colors, layers, lights, shadows, and textures to create digital illustrations that almost perfectly mimic paper cut art. The majority of his designs are minimal, with some being a bit more complex. He often creates illustrations that move.

Ojala is known for incorporating these kinds of illustrations in his graphic design work. When I looked over his designs I was amazed, especially knowing that they’re created digitally. I believe that people like Eiko Ojala are important for graphic design because through his work, designers are reminded that they can also be artists. As a designer and artist myself, I believe that his work is really inspiring. After looking through his work on Behance I just felt like spending the rest of my day playing around on Illustrator.


  1. sgaytan wrote:

    Eiko Ojala’s works are simply impressive to say the least. Ojala’s works are art highlight the importance of mastering craft and skill. The way he uses color and layers are inspiring.

    Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 10:57 am | Permalink
  2. eander6 wrote:

    Before reading this, I also assumed the designs were made of paper. It must be fascinating to watch him create these incredible designs. Work like this sticks with you and Eiko deserves the highest respect in his field.

    Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 11:51 am | Permalink