Mattias Adolfsson

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Mattias Adolfsson
EducationMasters of Arts
Alma materUniversity of Art and Design in Gothenburg
OccupationGraphic Illustrator
Spouse(s)Cecilia Levy

Mattias Adolfsson (born 1965) is a Swedish graphic artist and illustrator, known for his detailed and quirky drawings in ink and watercolor.[1] He lives and works in Sigtuna, just outside of Stockholm, Sweden.[2]

Early career[]

He was educated at the University of Art and Design in Gothenburg and holds a Master of Arts in Graphic design. Originally he began training as an engineer but found the non-math parts to be very boring so he changed to Architecture, and then to Graphic Design. Adolfsson worked as a video game designer, using his knowledge of mathematics and architecture to create 3D images for the gaming industry for 10 years.[3]

Self-portrait of Mattias Adolfsson, a Swedish graphic artist and illustrator

Game Credits[]

  • Kosmopolska (1997) - Design - Concept and Game Idea


  • Battlefield: Bad Company (2008) (Additional Artists)
  • Race 07: Official WTCC Game (2007) (Track Artists)
  • Race: The Official WTCC Game (2006) (Track Artists)
  • RalliSport Challenge 2 (2004) (Artists)
  • Stardom: Your Quest For Fame (2000) (Graphic Form)
  • Backpacker 2 (1997) (Illustration, Animation)[4]


Adolfsson promotes the use of a sketchbook, which he carries with him everywhere. As he travels or any other time he has, he will use his fountain pen and create a fantasy world based on what he sees around him.[5] His journals have served as a basis for much of his published work and he has filled 38 of them in the last decade, showing his progress on his social media sites. When he returns to his studio, he uses an ink wash to add shadow and depth and then adds watercolor to the drawings.

He has been a big proponent of using social media, including blogs,[6] Instagram and Twitter to make his art available to all and to advertise his skills.[7]

His methods and some of his works are featured in an eight page spread in Sketching from the Imagination: An Insight into Creative Drawing from 3dtotal Publishing, created to provide inspiration for other artists. One of his drawings also appears on the cover.[8]

Album covers[]

In 2007, Adolfsson was contacted to create the cover art for Dance Gavin Dance's album “Downtown Battle Mountain” and has collaborated on many of their albums since then.[9] He has also created framework for posters advertising their concerts.

After discovering Adolfsson's works in a comic shop, Weezer's frontman River Cuomo became infatuated with Adolfsson's work and he was asked to produce the artwork for their OK Human album, released in 2021. Dig! named it as one of the top 10 Album Covers for 2021.[10]

Notable illustrations[]

Adolfsson has produced works for Disney, the New York Times, WIRED, and The New Yorker.[7][11][12]

  • This is how hit pop songs are created. DN.SE. November 1, 2015. Read April 22, 2020, Davidson, Adam (December 28, 2011).
  • Will China Outsmart the US?(In American English). The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Read April 22, 2020.[13]
  • Visiting Swedish Illustrator Mattias Adolfsson's Planet On His First Trip To Taiwan(in English), Kassy Cho, City543. Read April 22, 2020.[14]
  • Here is the most beautiful book of the year. April 23, 2020.[15]
  • AI-AP | American Illustration – American Photography., Read April 23, 2020[16]

Mattias Adolfsson has created commissioned artwork for Atelier Choux used on baby blankets and packaging, Chipotle, and Nickelodeon.[17]

  • Regatta, 24" x 32" 1500 piece puzzle, Publisher: Heye, UPC: 4001689298913
  • Spaceship, 24" x 32" 1500 piece puzzle, Publisher: Heye, UPC: 4001689298418
  • Music Maniac, 19.5" x 27.5" 1000 piece puzzle, Publisher: Heye, UPC: 4001689299286
  • Curiosity Cabinet, 24" x 32" 1500 piece puzzle, Publisher: Heye, UPC: 4001689297947
  • Illustrator for Carlsen, Bonnier, Till mitt barnbarn, 15 Oct. 2009, ISBN 978-9163855146


  • American Illustration (AI # 39) – Two images from "The Second in Line" selected by jury for inclusion in the hardcover annual.[18]
  • The Most Beautiful Book of the Year 2013 (Swedish Book Art). Each year the Swedish Book Association selects the top 25 books in numerous categories, including art. The 25 selected entries receive diplomas and the selected entries are presented in an exhibition catalog and on the Swedish Book Art's website. The books are displayed at the Royal Library in Stockholm and at exhibitions in various places in Sweden and internationally for one year. In addition, they represent Sweden in the international book competition Die Schönsten Bücher aus aller Welt, which exhibits every year at the fairs in Leipzig and Frankfurt.[19][20]

Personal life[]

Adolfsson is married to Cecilia Levy, also an artist, and has two daughters. He enjoys skiing and hiking in the Swedish countryside.[7]


  • Mattias Unfiltered: The Sketchbook Art of Mattias Adolfsson, 2012, BOOM! Studios, ISBN 978-1608862771
  • Mattias Adolfsson's Traffic (Pictura), 2014, Templar Publishing, ASIN B00SB2SQT6
  • First in Line, 2011, Sanatorium Forlag, ISBN 978-9187243066
  • Second in Line, 2013, Sanatorium Forlag, ISBN 978-9187243073
  • Third in Line, 2015, Sanatorium Forlag, ISBN 978-9187243080


  1. ^ Parker, Charley. "Mattias Adolfsson". Lines and Colors. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  2. ^ Cole, Margherita (11 July 2020). "Peculiar Doodles Transform Sketchbooks Into Sprawling Handheld Galleries". My Modern Met. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  3. ^ Spoor, Nathan (22 June 2015). "Interview: Illustrator Mattias Adolfsson Discusses His Award-Winning "The Second In Line"". Hi-Fructose Magazine. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Mattias O. Adolfsson". MobyGames. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  5. ^ Mikles, Iva (26 October 2017). "Ep.38: Mattias Adolfsson on importance of details in your artwork and starting from scratch". Art Side of Life. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  6. ^ Zuiderveld, Maria (2016-01-30). ""Du kan inte bli förälskad i ett socialt medium!"". SVT Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 2021-05-29.
  7. ^ a b c "Mattias Adolfsson – Arctic Paper".
  8. ^ Sketching from the Imagination: An Insight into Creative Drawing. 3d Total Publishing. 2013. pp. 8–15. ISBN 978-1909414020. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  9. ^ Riley, Emma (27 January 2021). "Weezer Are All System Go, With Their 14th Studio Album". Rock Sins. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  10. ^ Cahalin, Ryan. "Best Album Covers of 2021: 10 GREAT ARTWORKS OF THE YEAR SO FAR". Dig!. Warner Music. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  11. ^ "The Intricate and Insanity That is the Works of Mattias Adolfsson". Tattoodo. October 8, 2016.
  12. ^ D'Angelo, Emanuele (20 April 2020). "The chaotic illustrations by Mattias Adolfsson". Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  13. ^ Davidson, Adam (December 28, 2011). "Will China Outsmart the U.S.?". The New York Times.
  14. ^
  15. ^ Buch, Camilla. "Här är årets vackraste bok". Cap & Design. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  16. ^ "AI-AP Slideshow".
  17. ^ Botoman, Ellie. "Artwork From Home: Mattias Adolfsson". Brooklyn Art Library. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  18. ^ "American Illustrator – Annual #33". American Illustrator/American Painter. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  19. ^ "Swedish Book Art Award". Swedish Book Art. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  20. ^ "The First, Second and Third in line". Sanatorium Forlag. Sanatorium Forlag. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  21. ^ "Heavy Music Awards 2021". Heavy Music Awards. Retrieved 3 September 2021.

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