The Gallery: Berkley Illustration

The Gallery: Berkley Illustration

Sarah Rae Smith
Aug 4, 2008

Sometimes we can take the design of our home a bit too seriously. Our furniture must have names, our sheets must have high thread counts, and it must all be bought from places with high ethical standards of production.
Well here's an illustrator from Portland, who can help you crack a smile once in awhile. Click through the jump to see more of his wonderful world of animals, superheros and monsters.

Ryan Berkley operates out of Portland Oregon with his wife Lucy by his side.

Maybe we are just suckers for animals that display certain kinds of anthropomorphism, but the fact that each of his animals dress very nicely, have a story that goes with them and sometimes have a name, makes them easy to love. For instance, here's a little about "Prof. Abbott Shearwater" (the frog) you see above:
"This unassuming frog is a high school math teacher. He also coaches the mathlete team who have gone undefeated under his leadership. The students like him for his laid back attitude and his "Fractal Fridays" slideshows."

The work that is up for sale in the Berkley Illustration Etsy Store is all very reasonably priced and can usually be found in both 5"x7" and 8"x10", a real bonus when trying to work with small spaces.

Most of Berkley's work is done with pen and ink with some colored pencil thrown in for good measure. You can see a few pictures of him in action over on his Flickr.

We can see this Raven tucked away on a bookshelf, just waiting for an unsuspecting guest to walk by.

Berkley's work looks fabulous framed up and would make an excellent addition to your home, no matter what creature, animal or zombie your house has room for. There are more links below on how to find Berkley Illustration across the web, take time to check a few of them out as this is only a very small sampling of the work that he has to offer!

Places to find Berkley Illustration: Etsy, Let's Share: The Berkley Blog, Flickr, Tiny Meat, My Favorite Mirror

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