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Inspiring Illustrations With Plenty Of Bright Colors And Cool Patterns

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It’s almost time to leave winter behind us here in the Northern Hemisphere. Most of the time, the weather can’t quite make up its mind, and so the days pass by with half of the sky sunny while the other half gray. Nature usually tends to have a strong impact on my mood, and so these days I feel like I’m literally in a gray zone — between winter and spring.

I’m not sure about you, but with springtime lurking around the corner, my need for extra inspiration is even bigger. So, I hope that this month’s set will give you just that spark you need to cheer you up and boost your creativity.

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    It’s almost time to leave winter behind us here in the Northern Hemisphere. Most of the time, the weather can’t quite make up its mind, and so the days pass by with half of the sky sunny while the other half gray. Nature usually tends to have a strong impact on my mood, and so these days I feel like I’m literally in a gray zone — between winter and spring.

    I’m not sure about you, but with springtime lurking around the corner, my need for extra inspiration is even bigger. So, I hope that this month’s set will give you just that spark you need to cheer you up and boost your creativity.

    Further Inspiration on SmashingMag:

    SZ Magazin

    The style and the little details such as the bottom band on his pants, his shirts and his handbag are the cherries on the cake.

    Image credit: Rami Niemi

    The Classics Are Coming!

    Exciting times ahead for cycling fans. This nice design however was to celebrate Chris Froome winning Le Tour for the third time. Love how the body is arched over.

    Image credit: North + South

    The Best Things In Life Are Free

    Illustration for Lonely Planet’s book. A illustration style reminiscent of mid-century hand-painted billboards.

    Image credit: Owen Gatley

    Mountains - Steve Wolf

    Probably not your average color combo but it sure works.

    Image credit: Steve Wolf

    Control 4

    Part of a murals series for a company that is leading the way in smart home technology. They turned out wonderful. See them all.

    Image credit: Mattson Creative

    Buy Local

    Cool idea to visualize a campaign to ‘buy local’ this way. Creative! Also digging those grunge effects.

    Image credit: Daniele Simonelli

    Elementi – The Rise And Fall Of British Pound

    An editorial illustration that accompanies an article about the history of the British Pound.

    Image credit: Aleksandar Savić

    The Handmade Soap Company

    I have seen this technique of combining real products with simple shape paper-cut elements a couple of times already and the result is really beautiful.

    Image credit: Paula McGloin

    Star Trek Postage Stamps

    In order to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the original Star Trek television series on CBS, the Philadelphian design studio ‘The Heads Of State’ created these stamps. Large view here.

    Image credit: The Heads Of State

    Umami

    An illustration for Umami, a chain of restaurants based in Zagreb, Croatia. It was made as a part of a poster series which takes on curiosity and exploration of different tastes and flavors.

    Image credit: Aleksandar Savić

    Tsawwassen Mills

    The hair, the skirt but especially her stockings are what makes this illustration what it is. Such class! Look at that shadow. <3

    Image credit: Studio Posti

    Nestlé

    These vegetables are beautiful. They have a certain edge. They are items for new packaging.

    Image credit: Maité Franchi

    Create Your Own Summer Adventure

    Wonderful color choices. Love this special 2D approach where things are viewed from 2 different angles, top and front. Makes you hardly wait for summer to arrive!

    Image credit: Putri Febriana

    Smart Wardrobe

    Artwork that shows us a beautiful way of how the illustrator's imagination thinks and works.

    Image credit: Karolis Strautniekas

    Raúl Soria - Sport

    I need my weekly dose to keep me sane. Interesting bright colors and cool pattern details.

    Image credit: Raúl Soria

    Van Morrison Las Vegas Poster

    Talk about making the most of a limited set of colors. The neon lightbulbs are so well done. Incredible piece of work. Be sure to watch the process video!

    Image credit: DKNG

    The Minimalism Of Winter

    Great textures and atmosphere. Just by looking at it you can almost feel the cold.

    Image credit: Heiko Gerlicher

    Tycho World Tour

    I have been enjoying Tycho's latest album and wanted to go see Scott live in Brussels but it's sold out already. This is the world tour poster.

    Image credit: ISO50

    Q & A

    Sometimes you don't need much to get an interesting result. Look up! In his series, Alexander Missen captured many fundamental symbols of America.

    Image credit: Alexander Missen

    Marketing Page

    Love the illustration style. Inspiring color choices, too.

    Image credit: Simon Gustavsson

    Crane Capsul

    So simple, yet so amazing! Love deconstructing this. So much to learn.

    Image credit: George Bokhua

    Forms | Shapes

    Great personal project by Peter Tarka. Such great details and attention to colors and backdrops in this series. There are a few more to check out.

    Image credit: Peter Tarka

    Making House

    Very nice how the objects are placed so you are really looking inside.

    Image credit: Jun Cen

    Connecting The Dots

    Pictures like this make you forget the cold. Some nice light and colors shot in Ringerike, Norway.

    Image credit: Ole Henrik Skjelstad

    Bicycle Retro Cruise

    A poster for a bicycle Retro Cruise in Kyiv. Original style! Patterns on the socks and jacket are simply fabulous.

    Image credit: Sergiy Maidukov

    An Autumn Office Depression

    Quite busy, I admit, but I admire how everything flows into each other. Well done, especially since it's not that easy using only a limited amount of colors.

    Image credit: Sergiy Maidukov

    Genome Magazine

    This cover for Genome is just absolutely brilliant! So fitting, and just look at those colors. So yummy!

    Image credit: Script & Seal

    Green

    I've heard so many good things about Iceland and by looking at this picture they all must be true.

    Image credit: Paul Morris

    Teddy's

    Big neon sign for Teddy's Nacho Royale, a burrito joint on the campus of a large social media company. Had no clue that they could create such attractive neon signs.

    Image credit: Ben Barry

    Voyage To The Deep

    The vintage atmosphere is lovely. Makes me think of a Jules Verne novel.

    Image credit: Adam the Velcro Suit

    Crowd Goes Wild


    The artist’s style is obviously inspired by 1940s comic book art in this piece, as well as the Russian avant-garde movement and printed materials from the 1950s/60s.

    Image credit: Tavis Coburn

    It’s Nice That

    The work of Christopher DeLorenzo is mostly black and white, and consists of lines with only a few filled areas.

    Image credit: Christopher DeLorenzo

    Eustace Tilley

    An illustration of Eustace Tilley, the iconic dandy of New York.

    Image credit: Tim Boelaars

    Retail News

    Lovely colors and admiring the simplicity of the characters.

    Image credit: Robin Davey

    Val Thorens - EasyJet

    Cover illustration of ski resort Val Thorens for the EasyJet magazine Traveller.

    Image credit: Pietari Posti

    Jockey

    The witty style of Jean-Michel Tixier is one of my top favorites. It was inspired by traditional French cartoons.

    Image credit: Jean-Michel Tixier

    Room With A View

    The geometric style of Matthew Lyons. I first discovered his work way back in 2010 thanks to Scott Hansen.

    Image credit: Matthew Lyons

    Boat - Waves

    A nice combination of colors, don't you think?

    Image credit: Andrew Bannecker

    Great Escape

    I always admired illustrators that are working for the fashion industry. The faces are so good! Those are difficult to get right.

    Image credit: Caroline Andrieu

    Great Escape II

    A second one from Caroline. Just look at that hair! Those are some mad skills! The blush, the eyes, the lips...

    Image credit: Caroline Andrieu

    Sun Starburst

    Stunning capture! It's like a dream.

    Image credit: Jørn Allan Pedersen

    Bottle Logic

    Memories from my childhood. The arcade park! Tasteful colors.

    Image credit: Emrich Office

    Germany Shows

    Wonderful to see the design system evolve with each location ISO50 visits while he's on tour.

    Image credit: ISO50

    "BREUNINGER" Christmas

    Such a special style. Love how the 'hair' is done with all the hidden elements.

    Image credit: Olaf Hajek

    Don’t Sweat It

    Lovely example that shows what can be done when photographs are combined with custom lettering.

    Image credit: friendsoftype

    TGV Magazine

    Julien Pacaud is a French illustrator with a very particular style that you could describe as retro-futuristic.

    Image credit: Studio Posti

    Nestlé

    These vegetables are beautiful. They have a certain edge. They are items for new packaging.

    Image credit: Maité Franchi

    Create Your Own Summer Adventure

    Wonderful color choices. Love this special 2D approach where things are viewed from 2 different angles, top and front. Makes you hardly wait for summer to arrive!

    Image credit: Putri Febriana

    Smart Wardrobe

    Artwork that shows us a beautiful way of how the illustrator's imagination thinks and works.

    Image credit: Karolis Strautniekas

    Raúl Soria - Sport

    I need my weekly dose to keep me sane. Interesting bright colors and cool pattern details.

    Image credit: Raúl Soria

    Van Morrison Las Vegas Poster

    Talk about making the most of a limited set of colors. The neon lightbulbs are so well done. Incredible piece of work. Be sure to watch the process video!

    Image credit: DKNG

    The Minimalism Of Winter

    Great textures and atmosphere. Just by looking at it you can almost feel the cold.

    Image credit: Heiko Gerlicher

    Tycho World Tour

    I have been enjoying Tycho's latest album and wanted to go see Scott live in Brussels but it's sold out already. This is the world tour poster.

    Image credit: ISO50

    Q & A

    Sometimes you don't need much to get an interesting result. Look up! In his series, Alexander Missen captured many fundamental symbols of America.

    Image credit: Alexander Missen

    Marketing Page

    Love the illustration style. Inspiring color choices, too.

    Image credit: Simon Gustavsson

    Crane Capsul

    So simple, yet so amazing! Love deconstructing this. So much to learn.

    Image credit: George Bokhua

    Forms | Shapes

    Great personal project by Peter Tarka. Such great details and attention to colors and backdrops in this series. There are a few more to check out.

    Image credit: Peter Tarka

    Making House

    Very nice how the objects are placed so you are really looking inside.

    Image credit: Jun Cen

    Connecting The Dots

    Pictures like this make you forget the cold. Some nice light and colors shot in Ringerike, Norway.

    Image credit: Ole Henrik Skjelstad

    Bicycle Retro Cruise

    A poster for a bicycle Retro Cruise in Kyiv. Original style! Patterns on the socks and jacket are simply fabulous.

    Image credit: Sergiy Maidukov

    An Autumn Office Depression

    Quite busy, I admit, but I admire how everything flows into each other. Well done, especially since it's not that easy using only a limited amount of colors.

    Image credit: Sergiy Maidukov

    Genome Magazine

    This cover for Genome is just absolutely brilliant! So fitting, and just look at those colors. So yummy!

    Image credit: Script & Seal

    Green

    I've heard so many good things about Iceland and by looking at this picture they all must be true.

    Image credit: Paul Morris

    Teddy's

    Big neon sign for Teddy's Nacho Royale, a burrito joint on the campus of a large social media company. Had no clue that they could create such attractive neon signs.

    Image credit: Ben Barry

    Voyage To The Deep

    The vintage atmosphere is lovely. Makes me think of a Jules Verne novel.

    Image credit: Adam the Velcro Suit

    Crowd Goes Wild


    The artist’s style is obviously inspired by 1940s comic book art in this piece, as well as the Russian avant-garde movement and printed materials from the 1950s/60s.

    Image credit: Tavis Coburn

    It’s Nice That

    The work of Christopher DeLorenzo is mostly black and white, and consists of lines with only a few filled areas.

    Image credit: Christopher DeLorenzo

    Eustace Tilley

    An illustration of Eustace Tilley, the iconic dandy of New York.

    Image credit: Tim Boelaars

    Retail News

    Lovely colors and admiring the simplicity of the characters.

    Image credit: Robin Davey

    Val Thorens - EasyJet

    Cover illustration of ski resort Val Thorens for the EasyJet magazine Traveller.

    Image credit: Pietari Posti

    Jockey

    The witty style of Jean-Michel Tixier is one of my top favorites. It was inspired by traditional French cartoons.

    Image credit: Jean-Michel Tixier

    Room With A View

    The geometric style of Matthew Lyons. I first discovered his work way back in 2010 thanks to Scott Hansen.

    Image credit: Matthew Lyons

    Boat - Waves

    A nice combination of colors, don't you think?

    Image credit: Andrew Bannecker

    Great Escape

    I always admired illustrators that are working for the fashion industry. The faces are so good! Those are difficult to get right.

    Image credit: Caroline Andrieu

    Great Escape II

    A second one from Caroline. Just look at that hair! Those are some mad skills! The blush, the eyes, the lips...

    Image credit: Caroline Andrieu

    Sun Starburst

    Stunning capture! It's like a dream.

    Image credit: Jørn Allan Pedersen

    Bottle Logic

    Memories from my childhood. The arcade park! Tasteful colors.

    Image credit: Emrich Office

    Germany Shows

    Wonderful to see the design system evolve with each location ISO50 visits while he's on tour.

    Image credit: ISO50

    "BREUNINGER" Christmas

    Such a special style. Love how the 'hair' is done with all the hidden elements.

    Image credit: Olaf Hajek

    Don’t Sweat It

    Lovely example that shows what can be done when photographs are combined with custom lettering.

    Image credit: friendsoftype

    TGV Magazine

    Julien Pacaud is a French illustrator with a very particular style that you could describe as retro-futuristic.

    Image credit: Julien Pacaud

    The Guardian University Guide

    The shape of the figures are super cute.

    Image credit: Adam Avery

    Childhood

    Happy from just looking at this. A lot items but still all very balanced. Illustration for Swissmiss's Creative Morning's website.

    Image credit: Ed Nacional

    City Bridge

    It's quite impressive when you realize that most of this is made out of rectangles.

    Image credit: Kevin Dart

    Work Harder

    A bit of motivation can't hurt. Love the type used here and how the buildings were made.

    Image credit:

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