Surreal “Incomplete” Portraits Capture the Evocative Spirit of Different People

When creating a portrait, Florian Nicolle looks beyond the physical appearance of his model and works to capture their spirit. His mixed media portraits often focus on a singular part of the face, asking viewers to examine certain features closely, while others fade into the background. The results are mysterious and dynamic illustrations that dive into the soul of each person.

Nicolle’s illustrations, which combine colored inks and pencil with digital enhancements, are a fresh take on traditional portraits. He spends a lot of time working for clients like Puma, Nike, and the NBA, creating sports illustrations. But his personal work and commissions show a different, more intimate side to the artist.

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