The Dismally Whimsical Illustrations of Eli Klemmeck
Equal parts psychonaut and mad scientist, artist Eli Klemmeck (aka Neomlei) explores life, death, and the vastness of space within his delicate ink drawings. Known for his dismally whimsical illustrations of skeletons, creatures, and things that go bump in the night, his imagery is thought-provoking and even romantic, with lyrical titles like “Will they ever learn to love?” or “I found some answers in the stars last night.”
Inky fields of black peppered with stars, bones, runes, and new growth, the imagery calls forth botanical illustrations with a twist of witchcraft. Intimate galaxies can nearly always be found in each work of art; enclosed in tiny glass jars, radiating from a pool of spilled blood, or glowing from within cascading rivers of tears.
Eli’s body of work isn’t without a sense of humor, however. There are comical reapers and punny icons explaining sometimes you may just need some space (as in, outer space). His Etsy shop has a few works of art inspired by Miyazaki films and other pop culture references as well.
Eli’s original drawings are surprisingly affordable in his shop, and per his Instagram, he is open to taking on commissions for original art and tattoo designs. Purchase originals, prints, and other items (I have a serious need for this pin!) on Etsy; apparel is available via his Threadless shop; and consider peeping his Instagram for works in progress, process videos, and sneak peeks of what he’s working on next.
Featured image (The Answers Have Been Growing Inside Me All This Time) via Neomlei.