Hi there. We’re Evan and Nichole.
 Evan is a writer and illustrator, Nichole is a writer and photographer, and we’ve been collaborating since 2009.

 Our art prints, paper goods and books are available in our shops and through our retail and publishing partners worldwide.

We have a multi-disciplinary approach to our projects, often driven by the desire to create something we couldn’t find. Like that time a fruitless search for bookish art led to a series of literary prints. Or the time we moved to Paris and took the kind of photos we always wanted – the intimate details that are often overshadowed by iconic monuments. One of the most rewarding aspects of what we do is discovering that other people were searching for those things too, and now they can find them.

We’re based in the NYC metro area and have a studio in Paris.




Nichole Robertson

Nichole is a writer, photographer and author of Paris in Color (an Amazon #1 bestseller) and The Paris Journal. Prior to co-founding Obvious State, she spent 15 years as a writer and Creative Director for ad agencies, magazines and brands including Tribal DDB, Estee Lauder, Bumble and Bumble and Real Simple. From 2006-2008, she was Bravo TV’s beauty and fashion blogger. In addition to taking photos and co-writing the Paris Journal, she is working on her second book with Chronicle Books.



Evan Robertson

Evan is a writer, illustrator and author of The Paris Journal. He studied humanities and theatre at Yale and Juilliard and spent a few years playing guitar and acting in New York (The Acting Company, The Public Theatre, The Pearl, and Aquila). He then had a brief stint in corporate America before co-founding Obvious State. The Illustrated Quotation project combines his love of words and illustration, and he’s currently working on his first book, The Paris Journal, which launches in April.