Ana Albero is an illustrator who lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Since 2008, she’s crafted images of busy scenes and delightfully-round people, all while using a subdued color palette.
Albero uses a combination of pencil and digital coloring, which gives her illustrations an analog look and feel while allowing her to quickly tweak parts of her drawings.
Albero’s images, which are often used in editorial illustration assignments, translate well into posters, as they are generally non-specific and therefore appropriate outside of what they were intended for.
I don’t know about you, but I love interior scenes. I’m fascinated that we’re able to find out so much about a person by the things they keep and how they have them arranged.
Albero must have an interest in this, too, because she’s meticulously decorated her spaces, even down to the things people keep on their desks.
The portrait can mean many things. Here Albero interprets it in a few different ways. We see she goes for conventional, drawing a three-quarters view of a man, frame and all.
Additionally, her work touches on themes of self-reflection as a character gazes at their reflection in the mirror. Finally, she experiments with many types of people, animals and things, which is really fun.
What struck me about Albero’s work so many years ago was she draws a lot of ladies. Cool women, working stiffs, pet lovers, fashionistas and more, there’s a confidence all of them have that feels empowered.
Like her interiors, Albero takes us on a colorful journey through foreign lands. Here we see her imagination run wild as we witness dystopian societies, a robot future and a very crowded costume party.
Her compositions are full but not overwhelming, and she takes into account scale when she draws. Things that are closer to the viewer are larger, while things farther away can be deemed as not as important.
An inspiration to us all
As you gaze upon her beautiful work, consider how she’s composed her images, as well as her character design. With every person, plant or animal she creates, we get a sense of their personality.
It’s a mark of good storytelling and will no doubt keep you interested for more than just a passing glance.
And isn’t that the great part about posters? The best ones keep you looking.