South African artist and illustrator Nina Torr creates mystical worlds where the rules of reality no longer apply. With precise lines, bold color, and ingeniously applied texture (a soft-bristled toothbrush may have come into play), she composes her own imagined mythologies—skeletons riding whales, tigers eating the sun—and invites the viewer to draw their own conclusions about their meaning. We’re particularly fond of her depictions of animals, many of whom are given human-like faces. We spoke to Nina about the medieval inspiration behind these strange-looking creatures, and the challenge of conveying feeling through imagery.
“Mythology, religion and folklore all arise from an unconscious place. It just manifests. You imitate what you see around you and then slowly develop your own version by keeping at it.”