Kaley McKean’s Illustrations Will Keep Your Eyes Busy

Kaley McKean’s illustrations are full of details, textures, and patterns. Since receiving her BDes in Illustration from OCAD U in 2012, she has been working in the realms of editorial illustration, children’s publishing, and product design.

Whatever she creates she’s sure to add a touch of humor and whimsicality to it. Inspired by medieval bestiaries, folklore, traditional handicrafts, and the natural world, her works induce a feeling of nostalgia.

“I’ve never really been a minimalist in any aspect of my life and I’m not in my illustration either,” she told Ape on the Moon. “I love decorative art and I love bringing together color, texture, and pattern into something that keeps your eyes busy for a while.”

Her list of clients includes The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine and Storey Publishing. Check out some of her creations below.