Hatiye Garip's work uses child-like simplicity to succinctly convey narrative and charm
Hatiye Garip's work is charming in its child-like simplicity; using simple shapes and colours to convey an impressive depth of narrative within a single image.
Working as a freelance illustrator and designer in Istanbul, Turkey, Garip takes on projects across editorial spot illustrations, children's' books, comics, image-making for brands and some gorgeous self-initiated projects.
When she was a child, she says, her favourite drawing tools "were pencil and paper." Nowadays, she adds, she "prefers digital ones but still draws."
Garip graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University, Department of Visual Communication Design in 2015 and completed her master's degree in Design, Technology and Society Program at Özyeğin University with a thesis project looking at the representation of disability in picture books.
It's certainly an under-discussed topic, and one that seems all the more relevant in a time when illustrators are increasingly realising that they are often the ones who present a certain "body' to the world—one that's historically (at least in brand and editorial commissions) often been slim, white, able-bodied and cis-gendered.
Her illustrations have been shown in a number of exhibitions across the world, and her first picture book was published in South Korea. She's currently working on her own picture book, and we can't wait to see what that has in store—keep abreast of it all on Garip's Instagram.