Exploring Fantastical Worlds with German Designer and Illustrator Sandro Rybak
When it comes to creating rich, otherworldly illustrations, German designer Sandro Rybak knows how to set the scene. With a trusty Wacom tablet and an eye for texture, contrast, and pattern, Sandro builds intricate flat worlds that belong firmly in the fantasy genre.
For Sandro, inspiration can come from anywhere. He draws on a range of sources, from childhood cartoons to alchemistic copper engravings, video games to comics. The result is a mix of abstract elements that come together in unexpected ways. But Sandro’s work isn’t just a visual feast. It’s also infused with a sense of story and place, inspired in part by the modernist painter Agnes Pelton. “Everything feels like a whimsical dream state frozen in time,” he says. “I’m trying to give my artworks at least a small sense of a story, so they feel like there might be a whole universe behind the artwork.”
Sandro’s editorial work has already caught the eye of The New York Times, while his illustrations have graced album covers like Vienna-based indie pop singer Oska’s debut EP Honeymoon Phase. Regardless of the medium, Sandro’s appreciation for storytelling and world-building is on full display, offering us a glimpse into fantastical realms that are both beautiful and mysterious.