Simon Prades was asked by Bloomberg Businessweek to illustrate a powerful cover story by a North Korean defector. Distinct from their usual style, Bloomberg opted to use conceptual artist Simon Prades to illustrate in his complex and moody technique.
Given the sensitivity of the topic, Simon’s complex illustrations capture the dramatic and powerful firsthand account of the North Korean defector without exposing his identity. The chilling cover and mysterious office imagery convey the bleak life of North Korean government hackers, while a third illustration washed in red captures their inner moral struggles.
Simon works in pen-and-ink, watercolor, and digital methods to produce his dramatic and intricate illustrations.