Crafting a Sympathetic Tone in Metaphoric Illustrations by Gracia Lam

Gracia Lam diligently crafts thoughtful illustrations full of visual metaphors and an intelligent use of symbolism.

By painting and composing them with a delicate touch, her work achieves a beautiful balance of concept and style.

Gracia has worked on commissions for some of the biggest editorial publishers, using her adept skills in translating narratives and ideas into images to great effect.

It’s not only her ability to produce creative visual representations of the text that makes her so effective but also the way in which she is able to do it with such an understated and sympathetic tone, something often required by the subject matter.

“I graduated from OCAD’s Illustration program in 2009 with honours and an already-growing client list.”

“My aesthetic has caught the eyes of countless publications and illustration enthusiasts, with a notable clients such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time Magazine, J. Crew, Penguin and Random House.”

“What catapulted my career was winning various international awards such as American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, Art Director’s Club: Young Guns 8, including Gold and Silver awards from National Magazine of Canada.”

“I have always loved the process of reading a given story and conceptualising ideas from specific words into images.”

“Being able to invent new visual dialogues that offer unexpected twists or elements of surprise is a thrill I chase after.”

“My visual language is created using mixed media, combining hand-painted and drawn elements, scanned, manipulated, and finalised with digital execution in Photoshop.”

All images © Gracia Lam

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