Dutch artist Lois Van Baarle is best described as an illustrator-turned-animator-turned-illustrator tenfold. Other than the animation clips featured on her site, Van Baarle’s style combines aesthetic, technical prowess, and narrative. Fortifying a hard-to-ignore connection between subject, audience, and the artist herself, this is the kind of animation that doesn’t sacrifice profundity for universal appeal—the kind that is made for everyone with a spark of curiosity.
Van Baarle’ website seperates her work into specific categories: “Ambrosial,” “Contraptions,” and “Fruit-Flavored Pin-ups,” to name a few. Each category houses different pieces loosely bound together by their shared series. What I like is that these pieces aren’t necessarily grouped by theme, palette, time, or place, but by creative intuition. The four main illustrations under “Ambrosial,” for example, have a vintage postcard feel, mixed with a decidedly elfin forest scene. “Fruit-Flavored Pin-ups” is more literal, featuring a cast spunky characters that each represent a fruit.