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Stinkpocalypse

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Illustrations for an editorial piece about the infestation of stink bugs

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The Violin Life Chose Him

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Conceptual portrait of Polish composer Kryzsztof Penderecki as a violin

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WALL/THERAPY Mural Design

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Insectification

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Illustrations by Matt Holbein, design by Lucy Bradshaw

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His Dark Materials Book Covers

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Series of illustrations for Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy

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Wine Label Illustrations

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Series of wine label illustrations inspired by my grandfather's wines

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Into The Woods

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Poster concept for the musical Into the Woods

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Instrument Spots

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Spot illustrations of musical instruments. One of these things is not like the others!

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2013 Northeast LGBT Conference
Poster & Branding

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From The New World

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Poster concept based on Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"

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Moonrise Kingdom

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Poster concept for Wes Anderson's film Moonrise Kingdom

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The Gravity Machine

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Folding artist book, "The Gravity Machine"

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The Zombie's Guide to the Human Brain

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Pop-up Halloween card

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The Foliage Library: Oaks of North America

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Folding informational pop-up book about oak trees

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An Illustrated History of Violence Against LGBT Persons

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Artist book documenting violence against LGBT persons throughout history

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There's a Yeti in the Basement!

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Folding artist book/comic

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Matt Holbein

Matt Holbein is an illustrator, designer, and book artist in Pittsburgh, PA. He received his BFA in Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology and offers services in Illustration, Graphic Design, Web Design, and custom Pop-up Cards; he also owns a small company designing and selling folding pop-up books, called The Foliage Library Co along with fellow illustrator and RIT alum Emily Brooks.

Matt’s artistic work covers a variety of subjects, ranging from portraiture to plants; however, it is identifiable through his use of sophisticated color and vector shapes. Despite the hard-edged nature of vector art, through layering of shapes he manages to create painterly effects that make his work stand out in a unique way.

Over time as he experimented with paper, origami, and pop-ups he began to develop a style of folding book. Made from thick paper or geometrically shaped pieces of hard board hinged together with binding cloth, his book designs generally start small and expand as each consecutive layer is folded open. After assembling the books, Matt then fills them with his illustrations to tell stories or convey information.

A few of Matt's artist book designs are featured on this portfolio site, and more of them can be seen at thefoliagelibrary.com.