Vibrant Animal Paintings Bursting with Colorful Spirit Are Lifted Off the Page


Artist Katy Lipscomb creates colorful portraits of animals that showcase their inner spirits. Using a rainbow-inspired palette, she produces mixed-media drawings and paintings that are realistic representations of wolves, deer, lions, and more, but expressed with jewel-toned hues like magenta and turquoise. This bold approach—contained within wispy shapes reminiscent of smoke—gives the work a fantastical feel, as if these creatures are summoned by magic.

Some of Lipscomb’s most striking pieces jump off the page and into her hands. To create this illusion, she has painted wolves and cut them out like paper dolls. Then, as if she's a giant from a fairy tale, Lipscomb playfully lifts these vibrant characters and dangles them in the air. This three-dimensional approach adds another level of imagination to her work that transforms the still portraits into a fanciful story.


Lipscomb's 2D portraits also offer a beautiful fusion of fluid color and intricate details:

Katy Lipscomb: Instagram | Facebook | Deviant Art
via [Reddit]

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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