Introspective Figures Navigate Surreal Worlds in Simón Prades’ Illustrations — Colossal

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November 16, 2023

Kate Mothes

Stories come to life on the page and introspective figures explore inner worlds in the dreamlike illustrations of Simón Prades (previously). His surreal scenes often feature silhouettes of people peering into the unknown, whether toward a distant memory, the wilderness, or the future. Rendered in deep hues with an emphasis on the effects of light and contrast, he draws attention to human nature and universal, emotional experiences of hope, nostalgia, and wonder.

Prades has worked as a freelance illustrator for more than ten years, finding visual language to express ideas in editorial and book publishing, film, music, and advertising. His clients have included The New York Times, Penguin Random House, Scientific American, and many more. “While I still love solving problems for clients, I must say that the urge to work on more personal projects has been growing and might manifest in a book or something like that soon,” he tells Colossal.

Prades is looking forward to a project next year that merges illustration with his other passion, cycling. During a 10-day tour through the Pyrenees, he plans to capture the experience in his sketchbook. Explore more of his work on his website and Behance, and follow updates on Instagram.


An illustration of a naval ship sailing across an open book.

An illustration of a glowing green capsule of forest, with a small silhouetted figure at the bottom.

A silhouetted figure sits among foliage in the evening with a book.

An illustration of a human skull with the cranium removed, and the brain is a bunch of flowers.

An illustration of a tree with its leaves falling, shaped like a human profile.

An illustration of two hands holding coral.



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