Illustrator Shows What Love Looks Like, Whether You’re in a Relationship or Not

Love Story Illustration

Love is not one-size-fits-all. Despite what books and movies might show, it's about more than just grand gestures; this certain fondness doesn't even have to involve another person. More often, a demonstration of love is a collection of the mundane moments of everyday life where tenderness often hides but grows strong. Amanda Oleander creates unconventional illustrated love stories that prove this.

Oleander often depicts couples in their home who are fully relaxed in one another’s company. They traipse around in their underwear and let it all hang out; this leads to some interesting moments that reveal the inner workings of a relationship—such as popping the other person’s pimple or helping them paint their toenails. These displays aren’t exactly glamorous, but they are real and most of all, relatable.

Romance is just one type of love that Oleander illustrates. Through her popular Instagram account, she regularly highlights affection towards your pets—like letting them lick your plate clean—and more importantly, self-love. The idea of loving yourself is shown simply; like her two-person relationships, it’s all about the little things, from snuggling in a pile of warm dryer clothes to eating ice cream and watching TV.

The thread uniting all of Oleander’s illustrations is the idea of authenticity. To be happy with who you are, show your true self—whether that’s to the mirror or your romantic partner.

Amanda Oleander creates quirky illustrated love stories that you won't find in fairy tales.

Love Story Illustration

They feature the not-so-glamorous sides of romantic love, like popping pimples or brushing hair…

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… but they are real and relatable to us all.

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In addition to romantic partners, Oleander depicts different types of love, from our pets…

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… to ourselves!

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Amanda Oleander: Website | Instagram | Facebook
h/t: [Design You Trust]

All images via Amanda Oleander.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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