Illustrator Captures “Magical Realism” in Imaginative Storybook Illustrations

Storybook Illustration Art by Gabriella Barouch

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Describing her work as “magical realism,” award-winning, Tel Aviv-based illustrator Gabriella Barouch creates captivating images that evoke childhood nostalgia. Her distinct visual language is characterized by delicate lines and a slightly muted color palette that’s influenced by her love of old picture books.

Each drawing depicts fantastical scenes where animals and humans are friends. Barouch plays with scale, often allowing animals to be the dominant subject, while humans are often depicted as small, fairy-like characters. “I'm mostly inspired by music, poetry, storybooks, nature, and other artists,” Barouch tells My Modern Met. “I adore miniatures and am very inspired by small objects (like a nutshell, acorn, buttons etc), I love playing with their scale, I think it creates magic.”

Each whimsical scene tells its own story, showcasing Barouch’s playful imagination and attention to detail. In one piece, a huge whale carries an entire island and village on its back while it glides through the ocean, and in another, a miniature girl rides on a paper origami bird.

Scroll down to check out some of Barouch’s charming illustrations and see more from her portfolio on Instagram. And if you like her work, you can also buy prints of her illustrations on Society6.

Tel Aviv-based illustrator Gabriella Barouch creates captivating images that evoke childhood nostalgia.

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Her drawings depict fantastical scenes where animals and humans are friends.

Storybook Illustration Art by Gabriella BarouchStorybook Illustration Art by Gabriella Barouch

Each whimsical scene tells it’s own story, showcasing the artist’s playful imagination.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Gabriella Barouch.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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