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 cross-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 bestselling author of Paris in Color (Chronicle Books, 2012). Prior to co-founding Obvious State, she spent 10 years as a New York-based freelance writer and Creative Director working with advertising agencies, magazines and brands, including Tribal DDB, Aveeno, Reebok, Kiehls, Estee Lauder, Mark, Bumble and Bumble, and Real Simple. From 2006-2008, she was Bravo TV’s beauty and fashion blogger. In 2009 she started a personal blog, then called Little Brown Pen, which coincided with her move to Paris and rekindled her love of photography. The main focus of the blog, The Paris Color Project, chronicled the city’s intimate, colorful details and later became a series of prints and a bestselling book. Her latest project, The Paris Journal, combines her love of photography and writing.



Evan Robertson

Evan studied writing, comparative literature and classical theatre at Yale University and The Juilliard School. He believes that a great story dictates the right medium, not the other way around, therefore much of his work is cross-disciplinary. He spent five years acting in New York, where he won the Actors’ Equity award for best performance in a classic play. From 2000 – 2010, he was the lead guitarist in The Petersons, a hybrid theatre group/rock band that combined fictional narrative with live music. In 2010, he received wide recognition for his series of literature-inspired designs that combined snippets of classic text with stark, provocative illustrations. The Paris Journal marks his return to writing, but true to form marries two disciplines, fiction and the photography.