Colour & Lines – James O’Connell

Colour & Lines – James O’Connell

Beware, reading on may cause you to feel very lazy.

Still here? Ok, you were warned! Around this time last year designer and illustrator James O’connell posted the first work in his Colour and Lines series. Initially starting out as an exploration of different illustrative styles, Colour and Lines was borne from a reductive process, where James stripped back detail in order to find the minimal state of recognition. Once that sweet spot was found, he got to work applying the style to varied themes.

When I say varied, that’s really an understatement, rarely if ever have I seen an illustrator generate so much work, in a single style, in such a short timescale. In less than a year, James has produced hundreds of illustrations covering all aspected of pop culture, from iconic movies and retro video games, to fashion and travel. The simplicity of the work obviously holds plenty of appeal, with one project amassing almost 4,000 ‘appreciations’ on Behance.

It’s been a mammoth undertaking, but one which has paid off for James with commissions by Wired and AnyForty so far.

To find more of James work or pick up a print, visit Colour and Lines.

Jack Daly
  • Written by Jack Daly
  • Posted on Jan 11, 2016