Illustrations by Chabe Escalante

Note the range in eyebrow shape and style, despite feeling like part of the same overarching style.

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.

Illustration by Chabe Escalante

Illustration process by Chabe Escalante

Process gif for the above illustration.

Illustrations by Chabe Escalante

Illustrations by Chabe Escalante

Illustrations by Chabe Escalante

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.

Illustrations by Chabe Escalante

Illustration by Chabe Escalante

Illustrations by Chabe Escalante

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).

See more of Chabe’s sweet characters on her portfolio, or follow along on Dribbble and Instagram for faster updates.