I first came across Chabe Escalante’s work on Dribbble and was immediately smitten with her strongly-backlit digital character “doodles”. Maybe it’s something to do with the anime-big eyes, but Chabe’s characters—whether her own or borrowed—are irresistibly lovable. And like many freelancers sharing their personal pieces, there’s a thankfully strong cool-girl contingency in this Mexico-based illustrator’s work.
One of my favorite portfolio pieces from Chabe is her Valentine’s Day commissions. They’re exactly what you’d want out of an artist commission: everyone looks cool and/or nice and, most importantly, into each other.
What would a post about character illustrations be without some famous ladies? Chabe’s sweet-retro rendering of eyes and skill with curvilinear shapes adds a little something special to the Disney princesses (full set here).