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Breaking Out Of The Box: Design Inspiration (December 2016)

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Time moves pretty fast. A new year will be upon us soon, and most of us probably haven’t even realized it. So while we’re almost ready to leave the autumn season (and 2016!) behind, let’s refuel our inspiration for another month and start working on our New Year’s resolution list. Observe closely at the following techniques used, and how the colors have been applied to add contrast and character. As always, there is a lot to learn.

I hope that these illustrations and photographs will inspire you to get creative and get ideas which you can apply in your own projects. Go ahead, don’t let anything come in your way, and let your artistic juices flow so you can create something beautiful and unique yourself. Let’s begin.

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    Time moves pretty fast. A new year will be upon us soon, and most of us probably haven’t even realized it. So while we’re almost ready to leave the autumn season (and 2016!) behind, let’s refuel our inspiration for another month and start working on our New Year’s resolution list. Observe closely at the following techniques used, and how the colors have been applied to add contrast and character. As always, there is a lot to learn.

    I hope that these illustrations and photographs will inspire you to get creative and get ideas which you can apply in your own projects. Go ahead, don’t let anything come in your way, and let your artistic juices flow so you can create something beautiful and unique yourself.

    Let’s begin.

    Go Outside & Run

    One of my own shots taken while I was out riding my bicycle. Fall usually has these foggy mornings; when the sun peaks through, you can get lucky and discover a scene just like this one.


    Image credit: Veerle Pieters

    Nobody Could Hear It

    I love discovering the many layers of imagination and humor in the work of the Spanish brothers operating under the monicker Brosmind.


    Image credit: Brosmind

    Windy Morning

    Magnificent shot of a sea view at sunrise in Finland. Great light and perfect timing with the waves breaking on the rocks.


    Image credit: Pete Huu

    Centaur Realness

    Some great details in this one. Such as the markings on the chest and how the saddle is done.


    Image credit: Justin Middendorp

    Explorers Club: Malibu

    Another one from the Explorers Club’s bikes series. This time a proper beach bike called ‘Malibu’. Admire those details and perfect color choice!


    Image credit: DKNG

    Falling: Round Things

    New startup image for the Photoshop CC 2017 update. In case you are wondering how it is done here’s a tutorial explaining it all. I love the feeling of being drawn into this round hole into the light.


    Image credit: Amr Elshamy

    Artists For Education

    Some lovely brand assets. Curious to see how the Artists for Education further evolves.


    Image credit: Steve Wolf

    Voedingssupplement

    Illustration to accompany an article in a newspaper about food supplements. It’s always refreshing to see how an illustrator translates it. Love the shape of the rooster.


    Image credit: Bram van Rijen

    A Place For Your Butt

    I adore the mid-century feel to this great example of what can be accomplished with just a couple of colors and strong lines.


    Image credit: Justin Mezzell

    The Things I Ate In Japan

    A beautiful simplification of what you can eat in Japan. Bright colors used, but still refined enough.


    Image credit: Andrea Nguyen

    Tycho: Honolulu

    The design system is working nicely with every concert poster Tycho releases.


    Image credit: ISO 50

    Old Fashioned

    The typography on this design to celebrate the Old Fashioned, Louisville Kentucky’s official cocktail is ace.


    Image credit: Bryan Patrick Todd

    Caffe Demetré

    Orginal menu cover illustration with some inspirational shadows, textures and patterns. Some fun and interesting shapes and details in, too.


    Image credit: Dave Murray

    nFusion Halloween

    Loving the color and lay-out. It has some really slick typography going on.


    Image credit: Jacob Etter

    Scotland: Joshua

    Wish I was the person enjoying this beautiful sunset. The spectacle that nature puts up still amazes me every time.


    Image credit: Joshua Earle

    Exploring Iceland II

    The colors in this photo are amazing. Taken in beautiful Iceland. Be sure to watch the 4K drone video.


    Image credit: Lukas Furlan

    Insider Guides II

    Part of several heads series that covers various aspects of student life in Australia, from adventure to food, nightlife to fashion. Love the half-tone textures.


    Image credit: Kindred Studio

    The Lake Superior #Badgehunting Club

    I’m a fan of badges and I’m glad I can feature one this month. Badges are a great exercise to play with typography and color. Allan Peters is a master in this field.


    Image credit: Allan Peters

    Dale’s Diner

    Tough aesthetic to do right without being cheesy. This definitely strikes a nice balance.


    Image credit: Bethany Heck

    Milestone Institute Illustrations

    Loving the style of these illustrations for the Milestone Institute. Great to analyze the use of simple shapes. Great colors, too!


    Image credit: Jones & Co

    Familia

    Great concept. It’s a family united by the line. Not easy to keep everything recognizable.


    Image credit: Martin Azambuja

    Africa Is Awesome

    Just looking at this makes me happy. Something to get the travel bug going. It’s all fun discovering everything that’s in there.


    Image credit: Jones & Co

    The Less I Know The Better

    2016 cover art submission for the Secret 7 exhibition for Tame Impala’s “The Less I Know The Better”. The cover was inspired by Henri Rousseau’s jungle paintings.


    Image credit: James Gibbs

    ESPN: Goatbusters

    Nice duotone work. That goat is just so adorable. Be sure to go see the animated version. You’ll not regret it.


    Image credit: Elias Stein

    More Energy. More Lives.

    The details in this illustration for Duracell are amazing. The imagination of the illustrator is powerful.


    Image credit: blindSALIDA

    New York Times Editorial

    Editorial illustration for the New York Times. A complete different style so it’s inspiring to see how the buildings and vehicles are done.


    Image credit: Remko Heemskerk

    A Study In Scarlet

    Riccardo Guasco is a regular on my inspiration hunting expeditions. The geometry and use of light and shadow make these so dynamic.


    Image credit: Riccardo Guasco

    Secret 7s

    Collage with several interesting pieces.


    Image credit: Jack Bedford

    Just Fired

    This one made me laugh. Funny interpretation of the traditional “Just Married” signs. Only here’s it is “Just Fired”. Great colors and lovely style.


    Image credit: Steve Scott

    Hot List

    These 3D letters are gorgeous! The texture and inside structure is beautifully executed. Such perfection!


    Image credit: Jeff Rogers

    Los Caminantes

    This is so wonderful! The colors, the faces, the cloths, the subtle shadow behind them… When I see something like this, it itches and I want to start illustrating just right away.


    Image credit: Santiago Oddis

    Golden Glow

    When the mind needs cleaning there’s always this friend you can count on. Lovely golden glow!


    Image credit: zioziegler

    Woolworths Metro

    Great style and inspring usage of textures. Part of a flexible suite of imagery to be used primarily as murals and point of sale in each of Metro’s inner city, urban and beachside stores. See them all here.


    Image credit: Andrew Fairclough

    Uinta Contrail White Beer

    Voedingssupplement

    Illustration to accompany an article in a newspaper about food supplements. It’s always refreshing to see how an illustrator translates it. Love the shape of the rooster.


    Image credit: Bram van Rijen

    A Place For Your Butt

    I adore the mid-century feel to this great example of what can be accomplished with just a couple of colors and strong lines.


    Image credit: Justin Mezzell

    The Things I Ate In Japan

    A beautiful simplification of what you can eat in Japan. Bright colors used, but still refined enough.


    Image credit: Andrea Nguyen

    Tycho: Honolulu

    The design system is working nicely with every concert poster Tycho releases.


    Image credit: ISO 50

    Old Fashioned

    The typography on this design to celebrate the Old Fashioned, Louisville Kentucky’s official cocktail is ace.


    Image credit: Bryan Patrick Todd

    Caffe Demetré

    Orginal menu cover illustration with some inspirational shadows, textures and patterns. Some fun and interesting shapes and details in, too.


    Image credit: Dave Murray

    nFusion Halloween

    Loving the color and lay-out. It has some really slick typography going on.


    Image credit: Jacob Etter

    Scotland: Joshua

    Wish I was the person enjoying this beautiful sunset. The spectacle that nature puts up still amazes me every time.


    Image credit: Joshua Earle

    Exploring Iceland II

    The colors in this photo are amazing. Taken in beautiful Iceland. Be sure to watch the 4K drone video.


    Image credit: Lukas Furlan

    Insider Guides II

    Part of several heads series that covers various aspects of student life in Australia, from adventure to food, nightlife to fashion. Love the half-tone textures.


    Image credit: Kindred Studio

    The Lake Superior #Badgehunting Club

    I’m a fan of badges and I’m glad I can feature one this month. Badges are a great exercise to play with typography and color. Allan Peters is a master in this field.


    Image credit: Allan Peters

    Dale’s Diner

    Tough aesthetic to do right without being cheesy. This definitely strikes a nice balance.


    Image credit: Bethany Heck

    Milestone Institute Illustrations

    Loving the style of these illustrations for the Milestone Institute. Great to analyze the use of simple shapes. Great colors, too!


    Image credit: Jones & Co

    Familia

    Great concept. It’s a family united by the line. Not easy to keep everything recognizable.


    Image credit: Martin Azambuja

    Africa Is Awesome

    Just looking at this makes me happy. Something to get the travel bug going. It’s all fun discovering everything that’s in there.


    Image credit: Jones & Co

    The Less I Know The Better

    2016 cover art submission for the Secret 7 exhibition for Tame Impala’s “The Less I Know The Better”. The cover was inspired by Henri Rousseau’s jungle paintings.


    Image credit: James Gibbs

    ESPN: Goatbusters

    Nice duotone work. That goat is just so adorable. Be sure to go see the animated version. You’ll not regret it.


    Image credit: Elias Stein

    More Energy. More Lives.

    The details in this illustration for Duracell are amazing. The imagination of the illustrator is powerful.


    Image credit: blindSALIDA

    New York Times Editorial

    Editorial illustration for the New York Times. A complete different style so it’s inspiring to see how the buildings and vehicles are done.


    Image credit: Remko Heemskerk

    A Study In Scarlet

    Riccardo Guasco is a regular on my inspiration hunting expeditions. The geometry and use of light and shadow make these so dynamic.


    Image credit: Riccardo Guasco

    Secret 7s

    Collage with several interesting pieces.


    Image credit: Jack Bedford

    Just Fired

    This one made me laugh. Funny interpretation of the traditional “Just Married” signs. Only here’s it is “Just Fired”. Great colors and lovely style.


    Image credit: Steve Scott

    Hot List

    These 3D letters are gorgeous! The texture and inside structure is beautifully executed. Such perfection!


    Image credit: Jeff Rogers

    Los Caminantes

    This is so wonderful! The colors, the faces, the cloths, the subtle shadow behind them… When I see something like this, it itches and I want to start illustrating just right away.


    Image credit: Santiago Oddis

    Golden Glow

    When the mind needs cleaning there’s always this friend you can count on. Lovely golden glow!


    Image credit: zioziegler

    Woolworths Metro

    Great style and inspring usage of textures. Part of a flexible suite of imagery to be used primarily as murals and point of sale in each of Metro’s inner city, urban and beachside stores. See them all here.


    Image credit: Andrew Fairclough

    Uinta Contrail White Beer

    A well-done concept for a brewery. Perfect mix between illustration and typography.


    Image credit: Emrich Office

    Adobe Illustrations

    Admiring the not-so-common color palette. The perspective used in this illustration is also quite inspiring.


    Image credit: Steve Scott

    Elie Saab SS16 Couture

    This illustration for fashion is so wonderful. Just look at those patterns on the dresses. Those details!


    Image credit: Kelly Beeman

    Bar

    Who needs a drink? Beautiful colors, perfect depth and hard-edged drop shadows.


    Image credit: design á emporter

    Autumn Paragliding

    Wouldn’t mind being up there enjoying the view. Lovely touches of bright colors.


    Image credit: Philipp Medicus

    Iconic Fog

    San Francisco’s iconic fog sure looks stunning from above. You would almost think it isn’t real.


    Image credit: Wired

    Kajak & Mountains

    Such beautiful scenery! I love the pastel color palette in this photo.


    Image credit: Cody Priebe

    Saturday, 3PM

    Inspiring combination of illustration and typography.


    Image credit: Neil Stevens

    Directory Of Illustration #33

    Great interpretation of a Greek god. Great lines!


    Image credit: Owen Davey

    100 Things To Do Over The Weekend

    A super-duper color palette to begin with and loads to discover in this editorial illustration for the Wall Street Journal. With all this action going on, you won’t be able to stop looking at it.


    Image credit: Steve Scott

    REI End Of Summer

    Beautiful illustration celebrating those special skies that you get to see during autumn. Be sure to read how the piece came together.


    Image credit: Brian Miller

    Pinterest / What Is A Pin?

    Illustration that is part of a 3-month project to create an inspiring and informative motion piece named “What is a Pin?”. Love the style and colors. You can watch the movie here.


    Image credit: Matt Stevens

    Bar Graph Exploded View

    Lovely metaphor of analyzing a bar graph.


    Image credit: Jan Cavan

    Triangeln Station

    What’s not to like about this? Look at all those overlapping lines in perfect symmetry with the escalators.


    Image credit: nihilisten

    Revelstoke BC II

    Love the trees particularly. Textures and very subtle gradients are on point, too.


    Image credit: Steve Wolf

    RetroJet Postcards

    These postcards are so tasty! Imagining what Jetblue would have been like if it existed during the golden age of travel.


    Image credit: Bailey Sullivan

    Using Design Principles To Find Happiness

    Beautiful color palette, and interesting drop shadows. Something that I can relate to.


    Image credit: Chris Selas Neal

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