Illustrations are always engaging when they tell a good story, and these examples by Patrick O’Leary are a perfect example. Using layer upon layer of interesting details, this Bradford, UK based designer manages to make each image worth exploring, hunting for the subtle clues that will explain the full meaning behind their creative execution. In one example, a woodsman hugs a tree as it hugs back, while a relaxing Isaac Newton is about to experience his legendary thump on the head. What does it mean? O’Leary isn’t quick to give up his stories, but they’re there.
Having worked in the illustration world for the past few years, O’Leary has already racked up a number of high profile clients – from Wired magazine, to PC Pro and the BBC. His slightly retro style is flexible and good at representing the story of each image, mainly because his signature cues are subtle and don’t overpower the subject matter. It’s a good balance which both maintains continuity between his works, while effectively promoting his clients message. For more on this up and coming talent, check out patrickoleary.co.uk.