The New York Times Sunday Review cover, animation for “Life After a Heart Attack at Age 38.”
New Zealand and Estonia-based illustrator Eiko Ojala boasts a broad portfolio of work that often supplements serious articles about the body and mind. Consisting of bright colors and defined silhouettes, his works visualize powerful messages as artfully rendered layers of colorful paper, but there's one catch—each image is actually created digitally.
Ojala's textured 3D compositions will make you want to reach out and touch them. Each digital paper illustration is cleverly composed from layers of colorful shapes and trick-of-the-eye shadows and highlights. And Ojala’s work has more than just style; it has substance, too. His eye-catching approach has earned him many high-profile editorial commissions in some of the world’s top publications.
In a series for The Washington Post, Ojala visualized the mind of a child by layering images inside the silhouette of a boy’s profile. And in a gif for an article on heart attacks in The New York Times, the artist created a mesmerizing animation of a human heart beat. Layers of colored paper appear to flutter and pulsate along with the central “paper” heart’s pulse. No matter the concept, the talented illustrator is able to visualize complex ideas with his distinct minimal style.