One look at her work, and you know that Rachel Jablonski has vision. The Denver-based freelance illustrator is a jill of all trades who graduated from the illustrious Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 — and we’re totally in love with her work. Whether pop culture portraiture or scenes fresh from last night’s dreams, Rachel’s art is wicked, weird, and wonderful; and it has us feeling some kind of way. She’s totally mastered her own incomparable style of work, and that’s why she’s our Illustrator of the Week!
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No pressure, but describe your art: It’s actually really hard to describe your own artwork! Usually when anyone asks I say something like “weird pictures that I draw and then color in the computer”. I draw my work first by hand and then scan it in and color it in Photoshop. So it’s graphic but also has a hand-drawn quality. The subjects I draw range from Kanye West to dudes with their faces coming off. It all makes total sense in my head.
What inspires you to make things: Honestly I have always had the need to make things. It’s just something that is ingrained in my DNA. I can’t not make things. It fulfills me like nothing else can. I am aware of how weird that makes me sound.
Your favorite thing(s) to draw: I will never ever get tired of drawing people. I love the challenge of getting the likeness of someone just right. It’s completely fascinating to me how the arrangement of features on a face positioned just right will register to people as someone they’ve seen. Really detailed architecture is also very fun and meditative for me to draw.
Medium of choice: Good old-fashioned pencil and paper. I’ll also say oil paint to impress you.
The first time you knew you wanted to be an artist: When I was about six and I saw my brother draw something awesome and I wanted to draw something more awesome. I’m competitive that way.
Proudest achievement so far: Getting to work with some of the most well-known art directors in the business and being featured in magazines that people can buy at Barnes and Noble. Wow, that sounded snobby. But you asked.
Music you listen to while you work: Pretty much everything. Right now I’m really into BORNS, Alt-J, Glass Animals, Chet Faker and Milky Chance. Indie stuff. Anything slightly trippy that can take me out of reality. I will say though that I’ve been walked in on more than once singing at the top of my lungs to Bad Blood.
Your most prized possession: My Wacom Tablet. It’s this magic piece of plastic that you draw on with a fake pencil and amazingness happens on your computer screen. It’s like some Matrix s–t.
Your personal hero: There are so so many. Pretty much anyone making a living doing what they love. The thought of people appreciating and understanding what you’re all about is what keeps me making things. So anyone who does that and can also support themselves is my hero.
The last thing to make you giggle: My boyfriend dancing like a doofus in the living room slays me every time.
Current project(s): Editorial illustrations. Little pictures I draw for myself. Paper Mache animals that I give to people. Trying to become an adult.
You can check out our past Illustrators of the Week here!