Kelsey Short is an illustrator lost in a nowhere place. This isn’t a simple plain of being lost but one that she has appropriated to being comfortable and representative of her work: it is now her Nowhere Place, proper. In this space, she creates lots of swirling, detailed images and zines that tie in lots of references (and lots of cats, too).
Short’s work, like Miki’s we shared earlier today, involve lots of nature through abstraction. She too pools colors that overlap on top of each other to evoke a specific feeling and attitude. While Miki’s are slightly more wondrous, Short has a curious approach to her subjects and often lands somewhere between magical realism and anime. She’s also able to tie this style to work outside of her normal subjects, which is best exemplified in a poster she did for (amazing) pop star Róisín Murphy (seen below).
When Short isn’t addressing nature, she’s creating very elaborate cartoons. She has an incredible ability to make very detailed persons and scenes, which she often includes in her zines. A remarkable example of this is her 4 Comics, a collection of four zines that come together to tell a story (which you can see above). Her work very much reminds us of Jesse Tise, who very well may be one of the best zine makers in Los Angeles at the moment.
Short is very gifted and has a great bit of wit to her, which you can see from how she describes her work and most notably from her contact page. You can also grab some of her work via her Etsy profile. For more on her, check out her website and keep up with her blog.