Raymond Lemstra is an illustrator and fine artist based in Amsterdam. His illustration style reminds me of a totem pole. He uses shapes to design his faces and some of his work has a Deco feel to it. I think his illustrations work well because they are interesting to look at, they grab your attention right away. He uses dull and pastel colors, which emphasize the old totem poll feel, and tribe, feel he has with his work. Its fresh and new and you don’t find stuff like this to often. He leaves out certain features of the figures that he believes are not important and distorts the heads and faces making them abstract. He contrasts his work some are very cartoony if you look at his website. It kind of confuses me a little when you flip trough his portfolio, because some look a lot different from the others. Half of his work has good draftsmanship and others are very loose and old school cartoony.