Ryan de Carte
Tamarind literary magazine cover


Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
The brief from the client, for Tamarind magazines' 2nd issue, was to create something around multiple realities and seeing them all at once. I chose to use fish in fishbowls as a way to represent multiple realities. When you look into a fishbowl, you are seeing the fish's whole universe, but when the fish looks back, it sees only a fragment of yours.

How was the illustration used:
The illustration was used as a cover for Tamarind magazine which is a semi annual literary magazine. The magazine is sold worldwide in digital and print

How did you make this work:
The illustration was done in acrylic on BFK Rives paper mounted to board 35,5cmx50cm. touched up digitally

Commissioner Name :
Hilary Lamb
Commissioner Company :
Beneath the Tamarind Tree CIC

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Open Window Art Academy
Visual Communication

Currently Based:
Paris, France

Ryan was born in South Africa and grew up between Cape Town and Johannesburg where he studied Visual Communication. He started his career as an illustrator working in an illustration studio for 9 years before going freelance in 2017. A year later he moved to Paris where he now lives with his wife and daughter Billie. Ryan works in editorial and book illustrations using traditional media.