• Raquel Yunta

CREATING ABSTRACT ILLUSTRATIONS

Abstract illustrations encourage imagination, curiosity and creativity


Abstract illustration of cool guy wearing a printed hoodie. Raquel Yunta © 2021 Florence
Abstract illustration of cool guy wearing a printed hoodie. Raquel Yunta © 2021 Florence

What’s printed on the black hoodie worn by the guy in the image above? A winged heart or a creepy creature?


Creating abstract illustrations is a fun game. The illustrations I create for print on demand platforms are like optical illusions that will trick your brain. Most of them are ambiguous images that different people will interpret in different ways and that in some cases might cause some foreground-background confusion.

Have a look here! abstract-optical-illusion

If you have followed the link you might have seen a girl’s face in the background (t-shirt color), or two twin creatures dancing in the foreground (graphic color).

One more example! cow

And if you have followed this link you might have seen an abstract cow in the foreground, or an abstract ant in the background.


Abstract illustrations encourage imagination, curiosity and creativity

Originality and Uniqueness


The minimalist abstract illustrations I create are original and unique.

The color palette I usually use for the illustrations is formed by red (daring and rebellious), white or soft grey (sophisticated), and black (urban). The T-shirt or hoodie colors I select when uploading the illustrations on Print on Demand platforms are black, white, charcoal and navy. The strong contrast produced by foreground and background colors creates fun and surprise.


Chance and control


I use a vector software to create illustrations. Working with vector graphics is always fun, I can freely distort the forms in a kind of battle between chance and control, which boosts incredibly my imagination and creativity. I start with an empty mind, and I leave free the inner child to play with the pen tool.

Woman-artist creating men’s clothing


When I started designing graphics to print on men's clothing I had my doubts since I have always designed prints for women’s apparel brands, but now I find it challenging, fun and inspiring.


Absence of consistency


As a fine art artist I have a consistent and easily identified body of work. But these illustrations are completely different even from my work as graphic designer. So I could say that yes there is a lack of consistency between them and the rest of my work.


I feel lucky to be able to create so different stuff.


If you like my abstract illustrations you can't miss my shop! Follow the link! designbyhumans.com/shop/Yunta


* I only use my real signature (Raquel Yunta) on my fine art work, that is paintings and drawings. I use a secondary signature or kind of logo (Yunta) on graphic design, illustrations and textile design works.


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Ciao!

Raquel Yunta