French concept artist Juliette Oberndorfer creates vibrant, atmospheric artworks that depict spirit animals in mystical forests. Although Oberndorfer’s illustrations look hand-painted, most are created digitally. Fluid strokes, lush textures, and flowing shapes are generously layered together in a range of electric, sunset hues. Pink, plum, and lilac skies harmonize with shots of turquoise blue, and contrasting fiery reds illuminate the deep hued forest.
In one image, two foxes nestle in a moonlit, lakeside meadow filled with neon pink flowers. In another, a navy blue panther sleeps on a tree branch, set among vibrant jungle foliage. In some cases Oberndorfer’s images feature meetings between women and beasts, evoking enchanting stories of a secret world where humans and wild animals coexist. Recently, Oberndorfer has tried her hand at embroidery and has rendered her illustrations of horses, stags, and deer in her distinctive color palette.