Chances are you’ve seen a Celia Jacobs illustration without even realizing it. The Portland-born, Los Angeles-based illustrator has worked with some of the biggest brands and publications out there. Those include The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as Google, Snapchat, and TED.
With her creative roots in Portland, you could argue that Jacobs was destined to be an illustrator. “I knew I wanted to be an illustrator when I was a kid,” she admitted in an interview with Catapult. Having a mom who painted and a dad who played jazz piano, also helped. “When I got older and started needing to make decisions about my life, I realized that drawing had always been all I ever wanted to do and that illustration would be a good way to keep doing it,” she further relayed.
Now based in LA, she mainly works from her home studio, which she shares with a black and white dog named Archie. Her tools of choice include acrylic paint, colored paper, and synthetic brushes.
Sticking to a distinct color palette, with most her work character driven, Jacobs’ illustrations present a certain mood that is very much welcome in our Instagram feed. Take a look for yourself: