Badass Lady Creatives: Julia Yellow

Julia Yellow illustration / on Design Work Life

Illustration for NYT article, “No, it Only Looks Like Gridlock”

Editorial illustration has quite the reputation for (thrillingly) tight deadlines. Despite the fast-paced nature of this specialty, illustrator Julia Yellow creates hyper-detailed scenes for her editorial clients.

I came across this week’s Badass Lady Creative in a well-timed article on suppressing the “apology reflex” and was amazed at how many tiny points of interest Julia packs into her drawings. The effect is not overwhelming, but instead creates layers of understanding: forest, then trees.

Many of Julia’s illustrations were drawn for the New York Times, but she has freelanced with a variety of international clients. She works primarily in Photoshop, but textures and a presence-of-hand style lend a warmth to her compositions. Here’s a few more favorites:

For an NYT article on drug research

For an NYT article on drug research

Detail of the previous illustration

Detail of the drug research illustration

Sweet detail from an illustration for Liberty Times

Sweet detail from an illustration for Liberty Times

Even Julia’s sketchbook pages reach an outstanding level of polish:

Julia Yellow illustration / on Design Work Life

Julia Yellow illustration / on Design Work Life

Julia Yellow illustration / on Design Work Life

View more of Julia’s work on her portfolio, including an assignment she had to draw with her non-dominant hand because her wrist was broken. Amazing!