The scenes created by Hamburg-based illustrator Romy Blümel are maximalist in nature — bold colors and imposing shapes overlap, falling into each other. Perspectives vary throughout the canvas, leading your eye through the moment with the ease of a filmmaker. Blümel’s work borrows visually from linocut, the organic flow of knife and ink, but it is pure paint drawn on with ink and pen.
Blümel’s characters have the cut-out feel of paper dolls on animation cells, free on the page to move about. Her compositions are cinematic in nature, illustrations layered with thought to the world beyond the edges she’s created. A tree branch cuts through a cityscape, a street seems to go on forever. Each piece plays like short-form animation, with all the frames playing at once.
The work Blümel created for the Folio Society‘s edition of Tales of the Greek Heroes connects the Greek’s Athenian black-figure techniques found on pottery to her own take on the human figure. It’s a collection of brilliant illustrations that are as primal and experimental as they are exciting, a free-flow of ideas that are as inspired as the myths they depict.