"minimal realism" illustration style

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"minimal realism" illustration style

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Edited: Sep 15, 2016, 11:11 am

I was scrolling around on Pinterest this morning and discovered the art work of illustrator Charley Harper. His biography claims that he developed the style he eventually called "minimal realism." It is quite distinctive and continues to be a popular style for picture books.

From a tribute page:

"He began to experiment with a new style where perspective was replaced with hard-edged two-dimensional shapes reduced to only straight lines and curves and where shading and depth were replaced by overlapping color. To caricature and simplify at the same time. The idea was “...to push simplification as far as possible without losing identification.” He would eventually call it “minimal realism.” It was a style that would take him 30 years to perfect."