Illustrator Stina Persson currently lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden, with her family. She draws her inspirations from whatever she is surrounded by, from people to nature, from objects to abstract moods or feelings. She is one of those people that draws since ever, since as long as she can remember when she finally had her formal academic training at the Pratt Institute in New York.
She also studied fine art in Perugia, Italy, and at the Polimoda in Florence, was awarded the Society of Illustrator’s Student Scholarship in 1996 and in 1997, and has exhibited her work in several shows in New York and in Japan.
Her style is what we would call as mixed media, as she uses ink, cutouts or watercolors to express objectively what she thinks best suits her current creative aim. Her workflow is both vivid and elegant, melancholic and strong to show the complete range of feelings that a person’s glance or a still object may contain. The color palette is well balanced, so dark shades are well mixed with light tones, to recreate a feeling of finished and unfinished.
“I grew up in Sweden in the 70’s. Children’s clothing was unisex, toys were simple and creative and kids supposed to roam about. This suited me just fine. I was running around in torn jeans, colorful t-shirts and clogs, when not indoors drawing. My drawings when little were of almost exclusively of girls with intricate hats, big smiles and colorful dresses. Maybe it hasn’t changed all that much.”, says Stina.
She is recognized for the ability to fuse the traditional with the edgy to introduce a modern look to illustration, a look that is appreciated by numerous clients including Nike, Microsoft, Louis Vuitton, Veuve Clicquot, L’Oreal, O.P.I., Vogue Japan, W Magazine, and WWD Magazine.
Nowadays her extensive client list also includes Sony Music, Redken, H&M, Coca-Cola, Absolut Vodka, Godiva, Bloomingdale’s, UNIQLO, DKNY. As well as publishing and editorial clients such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, and Nylon Magazine.
To view more of Stina’s work, go here.