• Songbook: A Collection of Illustrations Inspired by Favorite Song Lyrics

  • Songbook: A Collection of Illustrations Inspired by Favorite Song Lyrics

    "I poured my aching heart into a pop song" -Arctic Moneys, "Suck It and See"

  • Songbook: A Collection of Illustrations Inspired by Favorite Song Lyrics

    A Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons -Blonde Redhead

  • Songbook: A Collection of Illustrations Inspired by Favorite Song Lyrics

    "We're half-awake in a fake empire" The National, "Fake Empire"

  • Songbook: A Collection of Illustrations Inspired by Favorite Song Lyrics

    The Melody at Night, With You Keith Jarrett

  • Songbook: A Collection of Illustrations Inspired by Favorite Song Lyrics

    "I've swallowed a secret burning thread It cuts me inside, and often I've bled" Suzanne Vega, "The Queen and the Soldier"

  • Songbook: A Collection of Illustrations Inspired by Favorite Song Lyrics

    "You look like a perfect fit for a girl in need of a tourniquet." Aimee Mann, "Save Me"

Songbook: A Collection of Illustrations Inspired by Favorite Song Lyrics

It’s rare for us to describe someone’s work as “dainty,” but that’s the first word that enters our head when looking at Portuguese illustrator Raquel Costa‘s work. Her unique aesthetic, which mixes storybook-style art with classic Victorian-esque literature, is one of the most unique things about her. And although she has several ongoing illustration projects in the works, our favorite is Songbook. The series is a collection of illustrated works inspired by song lyrics. From Aimee Man to the Arctic Moneys, the series takes a literal approach to the lyrics, spinning vibrant illustrations that capture the energy of the song without losing Costa’s visual personality. With only six pieces in the series so far–and with “work in progress” plastered across Costa’s site–here’s hoping more illustrations will be added in the future.

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