Ojima Abalaka never intended to become an illustrator. Nigerian born, she attended school in the UK to study European and international law. Illustration was her hobby, which began as a “meditation,” but then picked up pace once she got a commission with The New York Times.
Since then, Ojima has created work for a variety of editorial clients with primarily a focus on portraiture. I love her quiet, muted style that includes some surreal elements; one of my favorites is an illustration for WeTransfer in which a tiny friend sits on a woman’s shoulder and waters the plants that are in her hoop earring.
Illustrative portraiture is the focus of Ojima Abalaka. Check out her images below—some with a surrealistic twist.