Guy Billout And His Parallel Universe

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Guy Billout, French-born illustrator and philosopher, writes captions and columns, in addition to illustrating articles for The Atlantic Monthly. He creates a world of inverted perspective that not only challenges the laws of physics, but also our deepest fears.

For example, Billout’s illustrations include rivers flowing uphill and gravity-defying structures. Basically, if his designs ever became reality, we would all be helpless. Billout draws as if he is in a dream, and then allows his audience to interpret the mysteries he’s created from their own individual perspectives. He often uses tricks of scale and perspective with flat color schemes that remain bright and interactive.

Even though he is more widely renowned for his work with The Atlantic Monthly, Guy Billout also writes and illustrates children’s book. His most recent book, “The Frog Who Wanted to See the Sea,” was included in The New York Times’ list of Best Illustrated Books of 2007.

To read and see more of Guy Billout’s work, click here.

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