Wonderland.

ALVA SKOG

Introducing the Stockholm-hailed illustrator creating colourful, genderless depiction of bodies, featured in our Summer 19 Omega Zine.

Alva Skog illustrator for Omega Zine in Summer 19 issue
Alva Skog illustrator for Omega Zine in Summer 19 issue

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, we partnered with Swiss luxury watchmaker Omega – whose watches Armstrong and Aldrin wore during the Apollo 11 Moon Landing – for a dreamy music zine included within the Summer 19 issue, spotlighting four artists breaking new ground. Also featured was visionary artwork from 4 incredible illustrators.

Oversized hands and feet. Blocks of vibrant colours. Wispy cartoon lines. We sat down with Swedish artist Alva Skog and talked about her journey so far…

Stockholm illustrator Alva Skog Future Identity
Stockholm illustrator Alva Skog Future Identity

When did you first get interested in art and illustration?
It feels like I’ve always been interested in art. Becoming an illustrator has always been a dream, but it was not until I started studying at Central Saint Martins that I understood what the profession of an illustrator or graphic designer actually is.

What was the first thing you drew?
I think it was a face.

Which artist/illustrator influences you the most?
There are few and it changes from time to time but I’m always very inspired by artists like Marlene Dumas, Tove Jansson and Helene Schjerfbeck. 

Where do you pull inspiration from?
My inspiration comes from different things and directions but most important it is my younger sister’s view on life, my mother’s knowledge of feminism, as well as feminist science fiction and graphic novels, and women and non-binary people who stretch the boundaries of gender identity.

What subjects do you draw?
I am usually depicting women or non-binary identities. 

Stockholm illustrator Alva Skog arms crossed
Stockholm illustrator Alva Skog pointing
Stockholm illustrator Alva Skog arms crossed
Stockholm illustrator Alva Skog pointing

How would you describe your style?
My style is defined by bold colours, sculptural bodies and skewed or exaggerated perspectives.

How has your style evolved from when you first started?
When I was studying at university I was experimenting a lot with different styles and materials like ink and watercolours and it was only by the end of my second year that I started to develop the style I use now. 

Tell us about your favourite piece that you’ve created.
I have so many favourites but if I’d have to pick one I’d would be my first Guardian commission.

What are you working on now?
Some big exciting projects, but that’s all I can say at the moment…

What do you want people to take away from your art?
It depends on the piece but generally I’d like people to take away excitement, motivation and respect. 

Stockholm illustrator Alva Skog Future Identity
Stockholm illustrator Alva Skog pointing tall man
Stockholm illustrator Alva Skog Future Identity
Stockholm illustrator Alva Skog pointing tall man
Artwork
Alva Skog
ALVA SKOG