Bodil Jane has garnered a following for illustrating detailed, colourful windows into the worlds of women everywhere.
The illustrator’s work is often female-focused, featuring characters that are approachable. Viewers even comment that they see themselves in her work, the way you’d recognise an old friend. Around these characters, Bodil builds a delicate level of detail through ornaments. It’s a characteristic she puts down to her love of collecting, regularly visiting busy environments such as flea markets or botanical gardens for inspiration.
She then layers these details carefully, portraying the personality of the character at hand. This is technique applied in multiple ways, whether it be the carpet pattern chosen in their bedroom to the cut of their jeans.
Her work is almost as if Frida Kahlo had lived in a world painted by Raoul Dufy, but Henri Matisse was on hand to help with the plants.
Each of these elements are illustrated in a part analogue, part digital style. She’s honed a handmade, homely and warm aesthetic instantly recognisable with her name. It’s a style that has caught the attention of a range of clients from The New Yorker to Unicef, she’s also collaborated with Caran d’Ache and makes products too, notably working with dutch design brand, &Klevering.
Bodil currently lives in her hometown of Amsterdam following a stint of living in Rotterdam while studying at the Willem de Kooning Academy. The illustrator shares a studio on the Amstel River where residents laze and swim during the summer, at a five minute bike ride from her home it’s Bodil’s favourite part of the city.
— Written by Lucy Bourton
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