The Sinister World Of Amy Earles

I am a bit enamored with Amy Earles’s body of work. It is almost starkly divided into deceptively simple illustrations, excised from unwritten children’s books and delicate, vaguely unsettling paper dolls like the one pictured below who seems to have stepped out of a medieval painting; a dark stranger from another time, bat-winged and helmeted.

With the illustrations she has expertly achieved that balance — so vital to children’s book illustration — of innocence under the faint shadow of menacing danger. There is an air of malevolence in some of her pieces that I find delightful; the young girls hidden behind wolf masks playing games only they understand.

If you are a fan of her work she has a number of paper dolls available — quite reasonably — via her shop along with a few prints. I’d really like to see her expand the prints section, if only for my own print hording affliction.

[via Phantasmaphile]

4 Responses to “The Sinister World Of Amy Earles”

  1. la mome neant Says:

    these paper dolls are excellent! I dig the octopus one.

  2. meardearna Says:

    Such deceptive simple images. Love it!

  3. Jessica Says:

    Fabulous!!! Thanks Ross, I’ve been enjoying your posts! :)

  4. Jerem Morrow Says:

    Paper doll LOVE.