Julie Morstad is an artist and illustrator living in Vancouver, Canada. Her style is a mix of the macabre and the innocent, spidery thin lines and characters in deliciously curious situations. As well as illustrating books Julie often exhibits her work at the Atelier Gallery in Vancouver and creates artwork for newspapers, magazines and record covers.
Morstad claims she often draws inspiration from her dreams and childhood memories as well as everyday occurrences. The actual subject matter and context of her creations is not as fantastical and far-fetched as a fairytale, but it is the banality of the situations that make the illustrations all the more alarming in the most thrilling way.
Her work exudes a strange sense of calm pierced by eerie vintage imagery. Although in alarming situations, her characters never scream, their almond- shaped eyes stare languorously out from their peculiar quandaries; a man with
a tiny hunting party balanced atop his head, a boy staring at his own floating self in a lake and a girl holding another’s head under her arm while chatting with hungry wolves…