It’s difficult to describe Illustrator Carolyn Vibbert’s style, largely because she’s mastered so many techniques and approaches. Her deep portfolio of work includes whimsical maps, clean-lined logos, charming landscapes and myriad illustrations in styles reminiscent of cut paper, acrylic painting, woodcuts and watercolors.
“Often it’s a job that pushes me into new territory,” explains Carolyn. “A client might like my style but want something a little bolder or more energetic or with humor. That makes the job even more exciting.”
Technology also helps Carolyn explore and evolve. “Back in the day,” she says, “all my work had to be done on peel-able illustration board that could be wrapped around a scanning drum. Every change had to be done by hand. Now I can just delete and try again.”[one_half][/one_half][one_half_last][/one_half_last]
But no matter the style, her process begins the same way for every job. “I pull lots of reference material, then develop a thumbnail that captures the energy or shape of the piece. I keep it loose and refine as I go along – I still use a lot of tracing paper for revisions!” she explains.
“But in everything I do, I always start with a naturally drawn line,” says Carolyn. And ultimately, that foundation of human warmth is the strong through line in this highly accomplished commercial artist’s body of work. You can see more of Carolyn’s illustrations and designs here.[one_half][/one_half][one_half_last][/one_half_last]