Nicole Guice is a Los Angeles based illustrator. Her work is very dainty and plays within that cutesy, realistic world that has been made popular by websites like Daily Candy. Her style is a bit more detailed and relies on an interaction between drawn materials and watercolor painting. It’s a beautiful technique.
Guice’s illustrations are very feminine and usually feature fashionable subjects, characters from her own history, and a few icons in popular culture. The strength of these comes in how realistic she is able to make these women (and occasional man). She layers them with a bright color or two that hang like a halo or a highlighting glow around some hair or an article of clothing. Her illustrations are mostly portraits that literally bleed into abstraction as their bodies fade into wreaths, natural items, pools of ink, and shapes. Her illustrations are purposefully incomplete, full images that are washed over only to leave their strongest moment.
We are particularly fond of the aforementioned popular culture explorations since they are such perfect representations of those figures. They move from their scripted confines into entertainment deities as she puts so much care into these pieces. It almost appears that these pieces are even more cared for than the others–then again, these popular culture pieces are based on such common, iconic personalities that they are likely ingrained in Guice’s brain from years and years of exposure to them.
We’re totally into Guice’s work and she has a ton that you can see on her website. Take a stroll through there and don’t be surprised if you see her illustrations on various websites and magazine. They totally are going to be swiped up by a big beauty or lifestyle brand (if that hasn’t already happened!).