Veerle Pieters

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Veerle is one of the fascinating minds behind Duoh!, whose love for design in all its various forms shines through. She is a graphic/Web designer hailing from a … More about Veerle

As Far As The Eye Can See: Colorful Sceneries, Posters And Covers

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With the lovely weather we’ve been having here in Belgium, all of my senses actively engage when I’m riding my bike. I find myself picking up colorful sceneries while the smell of fragrant flowers and the birds’ singing somehow doesn’t manage to escape me. Oh yes, it’s Summer alright!

Not sure about you, but this is the period when I usually feel most inspired, probably, because I’m spending way more time outside. After all, nature is where I find most of my inspiration as it sets my mind free and I feel at ease. Hopefully, you’re enjoying some sunny days, too. Give yourself a moment of repose. Sit back, relax, have a refreshing drink and let the stream of inspiration come in.

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    With the lovely weather we’ve been having here in Belgium, all of my senses actively engage when I’m riding my bike. I find myself picking up colorful sceneries while the smell of fragrant flowers and the birds’ singing somehow doesn’t manage to escape me. Oh yes, it’s Summer alright!

    Not sure about you, but this is the period when I usually feel most inspired, probably, because I’m spending way more time outside. After all, nature is where I find most of my inspiration as it sets my mind free and I feel at ease. Hopefully, you’re enjoying some sunny days, too. Give yourself a moment of repose. Sit back, relax, have a refreshing drink and let the stream of inspiration come in.

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    Unparalleled Living

    I love how the characters are dialed down to just the basics.

    Image credit: Jack Daly

    Curated Living

    Here’s another one from the same series. The designer chairs and little statue on the closet are a nice touch.

    Image credit: Jack Daly

    #VanLife

    I think that the adventurous souls will love this one. The sunset light effect is so well done.

    Image credit: Carlos Basabe

    Your Friends Are Cooler Than Me

    Great and inspiring use of line and overlaid blocks of color.

    Image credit: Jorge Lawerta

    Regina Maria

    Part of a series of seven colorful illustrations depicting scientific processes and equipments, micro organisms, bacteria, and lots of fun stuff, which brings a warm human touch to the labs. Also making them the most visually attractive lab in Romania.

    Image credit: Saddo

    Omega Magazine — Library Hotels

    I love the style of Vincent Mahé. Fine work with a limited amount of colors used.

    Image credit: Vincent Mahé

    GQ France: Infinity QX 80 Luxury Limited Edition

    A bit of humor in an illustration always works for me. Nice lines and the way the colors are applied.

    Image credit: MUTI

    Àrea Metropolitana De Barcelona

    Wonderful collage of activities and sights in Barcelona.

    Image credit: MUTI

    Ikea ‘Light’ Animations

    Diggin’ that style! Brilliant colors and textures. This is so well done.

    Image credit: James Gilleard

    Japanese Food

    Great illustrative visual of Japanese food. So many little details in there.

    Image credit: James Gilleard

    405 Madison Ave

    Daring background color in this three-colored screen print poster. The patterns are very cleverly done.

    Image credit: Matt Chase

    I’ve Got My Eye On You

    Beautiful close-up capture of an owl. Look at those eyes!

    Image credit: Massimo Mancini

    Image Magazine

    Amazing scene! Love the Oasis poster and the patterns on the shirt.

    Image credit: Rami Niemi

    Say Hi To_ Tanawat Sakdawisarak x Muller Van Severen

    When I first saw the furniture of Muller van Severen I was impressed by the combination of the lines and geometric forms. Great to see their furniture pop-up in these Illustrations. Be sure to check out the rest.

    Image credit: Tanawat Sakdawisarak

    Le Tour Du Monde En 80 Jours

    Lovely book cover and I particularly love the textures used.

    Image credit: Jonathan Burton

    ABD Digital Reflection

    Illustration for the Dutch Senior Civil Service on how necessary it is for civil servants to reflect on the digitalization of society. Here the textures are the leading stars.

    Image credit: aron vellekoop

    Ice Cream: Andrew

    I don’t know about you but I hope Summer will deliver so we can enjoy many of these. Beautiful colors and very cute style.

    Image credit: Andrew Bannecker

    De Correspondent

    Editorial illustration for the online Dutch news platform De Correspondent. Love the fun representation of going a little bit overboard during the workout.

    Image credit: Bram van Rijen

    Secret7” Exhibition

    Fantastic vibe in this vintage looking 7” record sleeve.

    Image credit: Timba Smits

    Cyrus Magazine

    Interesting insight into the imagination on how to translate a woman who has built a highly successful business offering online advice, but has now sold most of the company to her employees.

    Image credit: Owen Davey

    Serviced Living

    Interesting color choices. Digging the little furniture decorations. These strong curved lines, and the recurring yellow and black for the light and shadow make this a very recognizable design style.

    Image credit: Jack Daly

    Hot Luck Live Food & Music

    Nice logotype. That red is pop’n.

    Image credit: Drew Lakin

    The Giro And The Dolomites

    My friend Jered Gruber always captures the most amazing moments on the bicycle.

    Image credit: Jered Gruber

    Inception Mural

    Another fantastic piece of work from the Spanish brothers. A mural created for MailChimp.

    Image credit: Brosmind

    Balloons: Papyrus

    Magnifique! Greeting card illustration for Papyrus. That dress is genius, and I love her elegant pose. Just perfect!

    Image credit: Malika Favre

    Drawing Rama / Hanuman’s Story

    Great color palette.

    Image credit: Andrea Nguyen

    Target Wallpaper

    Love the minutia of this. I love the wind in the upper left. I have this obsession of artwork that uses simple patterns and pure geometrical shapes well, so this one really appealed to me.

    Image credit: Eight Hour Day

    Pleasant Thoughts

    Composition, long shadows to reflect pure strong sunlight, plus some special colors — all wonderfully done.

    Image credit: Nutsa Avaliani

    London Stuff

    Nice collection of London elements.

    Image credit: Bailey Sullivan

    Blockhaus

    Everything you wanted to know about the Italian climb called ‘Blockhaus’. Beautiful light and perfectly timed.

    Image credit: Jered Gruber

    Beauty Of Birds

    Lovely clean illustration style. Beautiful tones.

    Image credit: Aga Więckowska

    Castle Point Red Dawn

    Dawn breaks over Castle Point lighthouse in New Zealand with the warm red colors of Autumn.

    Image credit: Micheal Jordanoff

    San Francisco City Poster For Airbnb Experiences

    Color palette and textures are very much on point in this poster for Airbnb.

    Image credit: John

    The Ride Journal

    Great work with overlaying colors.

    Image credit: Leo Espinosa

    Walkmania

    The whole arrangement is really awesome with some special colors.

    Image credit: Justin Mezzell

    Nada Surf Paris

    Great simplicity as well as in style and color.

    Image credit: Simon Marchner

    Secret Portraits

    Interesting combination of many different colors. Some not so obvious. I also love the patterns in some of the clothes.

    Image credit: Creative Boom

    Sounds Of The City

    This poster focused on the pandemonium of parakeets that can be found around London adorning trees in otherwise quiet parks. Love the very bright red and green combo.

    Image credit: James Gibbs

    Untold Story

    A nice collection of colors. Also digging the composition and simplicity of the characters in the scene.

    Image credit: Jones & Co

    Beervana

    Colorful scene about beer. The title made me smile.

    Image credit: Brett King

    Liver Lovers

    Beautiful composition. Love the little details on the fish.

    Image credit: James Gibbs

    Yo Te Leo

    Yo te leo means “I read you” in Spanish. The composition and poses of the characters are inspiring, and very natural.

    Image credit: Judy Kaufmann

    Mr Porter / Nocturne London

    The movement of the wheels is nicely done. I also like the way the colors are applied on the cyclists, in combination with the cityscape the background.

    Image credit: Neil Stevens

    Novum 03.16

    Beautiful cover illustration of graphic design magazine Novum. Clever usage of pure simple geometrical shapes and contrasting colors.

    Image credit: Martin Azambuja

    Miami 2017

    Nice idea to draw the buildings of Miami and their colors. Love the overall concept.

    Image credit: Remko Heemskerk

    Miami 2017 II

    A second one from the Miami series. Beautiful tones and composition, or should I say angle. If you take a closer look, you can almost feel the sun in this one.

    Image credit: Remko Heemskerk

    Para Revista Runners World

    Admiring the textures and shadow usage. Plus the expression on his face is very well done.

    Image credit: Francisco Martins

    Fremont Street

    That flame is ace! Lovely shapes, too.

    Image credit: Jacob Cummings

    Anna Magazine

    Illustration for an article on Swedish fashion bloggers that influence on current Scandinavian make-up trends. Interesting color palette.

    Image credit: Cajsa Holgersson

    Otto

    Lovely birth card that is part of a design that folds out. Be sure to see the inside.

    Image credit: Jacques & Lise
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