Delicate and detailed, the tiny floral tattoos of Toronto-based artist Lindsay Asselstine are whimsical works of art. Asselstine—who goes by Lindsay April on social media—is known for her simple, sketch-like style and nature-inspired pieces, ranging from miniature portraits of pets and animals to dainty depictions of flowers and foliage. As an artist at Toronto’s Golden Iron Tattoo Studio, April is often commissioned for her expertly executed flora-and-fauna creations.
I came across these animal drawings by Sydney-based artist Jaimee Paul and was amazed by just how realistic they looked. (The fur! The feathers!) Growing up on a farm in New Zealand with eight dogs, four cats, two horses and many lambs, she’s used to being surrounded by animals. It's no wonder then, that now she focuses on them.
“They have such personality, they're so complex and every one is so different. I try to uncover their spirit. If only they could talk!,” she says.
Currently a student at The College of Fine Arts in Sydney, she uses just a pencil and a piece of paper for these incredibly detailed portraits that fool you into believing that you’re looking at black and white photos. Illustration agency The Drawing Arm represents Paul as well as a number of highly talented illustrators from Australia and beyond. For some creative inspiration, make sure to take a look.