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The Inspiring Works of Illustrator Superstar: Olaf Hajek

by brantwilson

on August 24, 2010

in illustration Inspiration

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This article will throw spotlight on the work of a German artistic illustrator, who is already extremely famous in the field and one of the reasons for that might be the fact that he has managed to always reinvent himself and has adopted an extremely original style and working process. First of all, we will mention from the very beginning, if you were wondering how the illustrations displayed in this collection were done: none of them is digital! Olaf Hajek prefers to work as a painter for all his illustrations (some of which are quite close to the fine art aesthetics, actually) and his medium is acrylic on cardboard, paper or wood.

The Inspiring Works of Illustrator Superstar: Olaf Hajek

He was born in the north of Germany, and studied Graphic Design but he realized that this area was not quite his cup of tea, especially as he was disinclined to work in front of a computer and felt much fonder of the painting process in itself. Therefore, he became a freelance illustrator and it turned out to be a great career switch!

Over the years he has been commissioned illustrations by such clients as Bloomberg Inc., Financial Times, The New Yorker, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Wall street Journal, Bacardi and the list could go on… One of his admitted secrets is that he never ceases to get new inspiration from all kind of sources: from books and magazines to native art, nature (he is particularly fond of floral elements, for instance) and, of course, painting.

In terms inspiration from painting, one can easily trace a strong influence from Frida Kahlo, Arcimboldo, or Botticelli, for example, but of course there are many others. The special feature of his artistic illustrations is their syncretism: unexpected combinations of elements coming from different areas and even from different cultures bring about very fresh, striking images. If you need to find out more about him, and some tips from this successful freelancer, you should definitely check out his interview for Gestalen TV and the one published on Sprayblog.

In any case, his work will be a tremendous source of inspiration for you, so have a look at the great collection displayed here!

YSL Maxim Fashion

YSL Maxim Fashion

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry

Creenstone, Amsterdam

Creenstone, Amsterdam

Dior, Maxim Fashion

Dior, Maxim Fashion

Fightdance, Illustrative

Fightdance, Illustrative

Gucci, Maxim Fashion

Gucci, Maxim Fashion

Hair Punk

Hair Punk

Helmutlang Maxim Fashion

Helmutlang Maxim Fashion

Il Ore 24, Boris Becker

Il Ore 24, Boris Becker

Io Donna, Italy-series

Io Donna, Italy-series

Io Donna, Italy-series

Io Donna, Italy-series

Poster Campaign for United Airlines

Poster Campaign for United Airlines

Coca Cola Plant Hopenhagen

Coca Cola Plant Hopenhagen

Claudia Skoda and Fiona Bennet

Claudia Skoda and Fiona Bennet

Kristian Schuller and Kurt Cobain

Kristian Schuller and Kurt Cobain

Apple Educational Ad

Apple Educational Ad

Underwater Ballet

Underwater Ballet

Foret Noir

Foret Noir

Love Berlin

Love Berlin

White Black

White Black

Taschens, New York

Taschens, New York

La vie

La vie

BBDO Berlin

BBDO Berlin

Illustration for Recycle Bag for Carrefour Supermarkets in Spain

Illustration for Recycle Bag for Carrefour Supermarkets in Spain

CD Cover for Verone, France

CD Cover for Verone, France

Loaded Fashion, London

Loaded Fashion, London

Nature Man series, Illustrative

Nature Man series, Illustrative

Nature Man series, Illustrative

Nature Man series, Illustrative

NEON Magazine, Lost Authors

NEON Magazine, Lost Authors

Orchestra Baobab

Orchestra Baobab

Qvest Magazine, Berlin

Qvest Magazine, Berlin

Revolutionary Hair, WE LOVE HAIR, Schwarzkopf

Revolutionary Hair, WE LOVE HAIR, Schwarzkopf

Ritz Carlton, USA

Ritz Carlton, USA

Rolling Stone, Sly & The Family Stone

Rolling Stone, Sly & The Family Stone

San Francisco Chronicle, Ponyhawk

San Francisco Chronicle, Ponyhawk

Shoes, New York Vertica Broshure

Shoes, New York Vertica Broshure

Spraygraphic, Mother Nature

Spraygraphic, Mother Nature

Vodafone Ad

Vodafone Ad

Event

Event

Masked Girl

Masked Girl

SZ Duft

SZ Duft

Taschen Cover

Taschen Cover

Charlotte Erde

Charlotte Erde

Olympics

Olympics

Corner 2 Frei

Corner 2  Frei

Iris

Iris

Hekmag Givenchy

Hekmag Givenchy

Voyage Voyage

Voyage Voyage

Design Hotels

Design Hotels

Lacroix Haute Couture JNC Magazine

Lacroix Haute Couture JNC Magazine

Vertica Broshure

Vertica Broshure

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