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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: April 2011

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We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one — desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for almost two years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

We continue to nourish you with a monthly spoon of inspiration. This post features 35 free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for April 2011. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

Please note that:

  • All images can be clicked on and lead to the preview of the wallpaper,
  • You can feature your work in our magazine by taking part in our Desktop Wallpaper Calendar series. We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists to be featured on Smashing Magazine. Are you one of them?

Pablo Cesar

"Pablo Cesar — not exactly a lone ranger — yet here he is, to defend your right to publish." Designed by Inet-design from Denmark.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Sakura

"Spring is finally here with its sweet Sakura’s flowers, which reminds me of my trip in Japan last year. Pray and support Japan !" Designed by Laurence Vagner from France.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Glowing Subway

"Well, I am still learning Blender 2.5 and so I wanted to create a nice wallpaperwith this program. I tried to use different techniques to realise this picture, such asEnvironment and Indirect Lightning and I desired to experiment Depth of Field." Designed by Claudio Lione from Germany.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

April Promise

Designed by Jonathan Carroll from Scotland.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Blooming

"Blooming tulips- a sign that spring is truly here." Designed by Britt Wilcox from USA.

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Championship

"Time for hockey!" Designed by Jaro Mlkvy from Slovakia.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Sun/clouds

"Enjoy the first warm sunrays in April! (at least in Middle Europe)." Designed by Marco Palma from Italy/Germany.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Typeholic

Designed by Knsqnt Interactive from Germany.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Two Birds

"Welcome, Spring! :)." Designed by Anca Varsandan from Romania.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

April Showers

"April showers bring May flowers and umbrellas. This is my daughter posing under the greenery." Designed by Kerry Shellborn from Canada.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Spider Web

Designed by Sureshsathanur from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Usher In The Year Of The Rabbit

"Everyone gets a chance to play the fool this coming April’s Fool." Designed by Siewhui from Singapore.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Help Japan

"Being Japanese Canadian and watching the devastation in Japan on television is heart breaking. I can only imagine how my friends and family living in Japan must feel. I admittedly avoided seeing images of the aftermath for at least a day or two, worried that I would start to cry. Instead I donated money and hoped that the reports I was hearing were exaggerated. Once I saw the scale of the destruction and finally saw images and video of what was happening in Japan, my heart started hurting. On the one hand I was happy to know my family was safe, however, on the other hand I knew this would be the start of even harder times for Japan, especially regarding their recent economic struggles. I could not just sit by and pray or hope, I needed to find a way to raise more funds.This is a wallpaper version of the second design in a Help Japan poster series representing the grace and calm that the Japanese people displayed when a tragic act of nature was struck upon them.All profits from the sale of the posters in the series will go to the Canadian Red Cross efforts for the victims affected by the recent tsunami and earthquakes." Designed by Linda Nakanishi from Canada.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

The Smashing Wall

"The Smashing Wall showcases a new concept of creating virtual shelves or menus so that one can place the desktop icons in the slots provided to create a beautiful virtual effect and a super neat desktop wallpaper with all icons sorted in one place." Designed by Chetan from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Something Wrong

"We are a group of young Syrians, we create and publish CC licensed comics on our website. This wallpaper was created for our pilot series (Something Wrong)." Designed by Homeless from Syria.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Springlight

"We love spring colors – from pastels to neutrals to bright colors!" Designed by Lotum from Germany.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Psychedelic Spring Fairy

"The reference photo of the fairy was taken by Marcus Ranum." Designed by Andrei Verner from Russia.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Easter Flower

Designed by Nathalie Lansbergen from the Netherlands.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Fool’s Day

"April 1st is Fool’s Day. Don’t be afraid of being fool on other days, too." Designed by Olivia Osik from Estonia.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Silly Sheep

Designed by Pietje Precies from The Netherlands.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Spring Is Here

"Wishing all of you a colourful and cheerful spring!" Designed by Ron Gilad from Israel.

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Alien

"he Fools’ day is not the only holiday april is known for. Where is also april 12 – Cosmonautics Day in Russia. That day in 1961 the first man ever circled Earth in a spacecraft." Designed by Cheloveche.ru from Russia.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Calendar Mz

Designed by Mz from Poland.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

April Showers

"Artwork from QR Codes." Designed by Jason Smith – Layer One Graphics from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Illustration

"An Art Nouveau inspired piece to give warmth and happiness at the start of spring. One of the flowers associated with spring is the daffodil and I used this within my design so that the the girls long flowing hair and ballet-like stance created this beautiful flower." Designed by Heather Williams from United Kingdom.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Temple Of Icons

"The story of the battle from the Temple of the Desktop Icons, fiercely guarded by the Dragon and the seven ninja warriors." Designed by Pal Ovidiu from Romania.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Scissors Trap

"These scissors have made a trap in a quite recursive manner. It`s not supposed to blow your head out of laughing, but when it puts a smile on your face it`s just fine :)." Designed by Marek Chrenko from Slovakia.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Vector Saraswathi

"Saraswathi – Goddess of Creativity (Indian Mythology) by Atma Studios." Designed by Atma Creative Team from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Spring Is Coming

"Go outside with Nerd !" Designed by Nerdart Team from Poland.

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Poster Bunny

"A cheeky poster bunny just couldn’t resist the tempting easter egg." Designed by Isis from Malaysia.

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The Infanta

"A remake on the Infanta Margarita from Las Meninas by Velazquez." Designed by Cindy Zhang from USA.

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

"This is based on the proverb “April showers bring May flowers”." Designed by Jusna Begum from UK.

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Ghilli Du

"This is a digital illustration made for giclee printing, inspired by the performancedone by Titi Dimak for my performance art video “The Inanimate.” http://vimeo.com/17354393." Designed by Riki K. from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Steve In A Pit

"Here, Steve the dog is in a bit of trouble as he wakes up at the edge of a pit. It might be endless, but then againit might be ten foot deep. Either way, PERIL AND ADVENTURE ENSUES!" Designed by Michael Georgiou from United Kingdom.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Bonus: Smashing Twitter Icons Link

"The wallpapers consist of about 5000 genuine, original, most beautiful twitter icons harvested over a period of time on twitter. The wallpaper sized 2000×2000 consists of all 5000, the rest fit less." Designed by Agnieszka Anna from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - April 2011

Join in next month! Link

Please note that we respect and carefully consider the ideas and motivation behind each and every artist’s work. This is why we give all artists the full freedom to explore their creativity and express emotions and experience throughout their works. This is also why the themes of the wallpapers weren’t anyhow influenced by us, but rather designed from scratch by the artists themselves.

A big thank you to all designers for their participation. Join in next month!

What’s your favorite? Link

What’s your favorite theme or wallpaper for this month? Please let us know in the comment section below.

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  1. 1

    The wallpapers this month are AMAZING! My favs are Poster Bunny, Two Birds and Sakura. I am impressed by the Twitter one. Very cool idea! I also like Jason’s use of the QR codes in April Showers.

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  2. 2

    Thank you Smashing for the amazing collection.
    My fav : “Something Wrong” designed by Homeless from Syria.

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  3. 3

    Been waiting (im)patiently for these today :)

    Love the “Silly Sheep”, “Scissors Trap” and “April Showers” wallpapers :).

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  4. 4

    The technique on the one entitled Illustration is pretty amazing. It’s now my Desktop Wallpaper. I especially like it’s subtleties, such as the suns rays on the grass.

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    April Showers Bring May Flowers is my favorite…

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    Las Flores del Sur

    March 31, 2011 7:54 am

    Sprinlight, April promise, April Showers, Two Birds…
    It was impossible for me to decide!
    Awesome work, all of them!!

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  7. 7

    One of the best collections, at least to my taste; like ’em all! Top 7 faves r: Sakura, April Showers (green umbrella), Alien, Silly Sheep, Psychadelic Spring Fairy, Springlight, Typeholic

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  8. 9

    i like them all, but my fav one is
    “Something Wrong ” by Homeless, Hope to see more like this each month

    thank u Homeless

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  9. 10

    Love April Showers… simple but I like it – especially that green.
    Glowing Subway is cool and so is sun/clouds.
    Poster Bunny is fun.
    And Scissors Trap is pretty creative – nice job.

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  10. 11

    I love Silly Sheep and Spring is here.

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  11. 12

    omg this is one of the best compilations I’ve ever seen here !

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    • 13

      I looove looove loove this weeks pics. Im saving them all and using them for a screensaver.

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  12. 14

    Sun/clouds… Thumbs up.

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  13. 16

    Thanks Dear,
    Smashing Magazine Owner I like this month wallpaper so Much

    Lot of Creativity and Multiple type of Wallpaper too. :)

    Awesome :)

    Thanks:)

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  14. 17

    Alexandru nastase

    March 31, 2011 9:04 am

    At last some amazing wallpapers this month i like’em all awesome work

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  15. 18

    Great details on “Temple Of Icons” made by SagaPixel.com, I think. A neat way to keep your desktop icons organised :)

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  16. 19

    I like The Smashing Wall best. Overall, a great collection this month.

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  17. 20

    Thanks a lot SM for showing my Wallpaper “Sun/clouds”!

    Compliments to all designers of April!

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  18. 21

    Not the best selection in my opinion, it’s my birthday month though!

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  19. 22

    Glowing Subway – so clean and nice!! it’s already on my desktop :)

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    Nathalie Lansbergen

    March 31, 2011 11:11 am

    Thx for placing Easter Flower! Would you please be so kind to add my website to the contribution: http://www.nlvormgeving.nl

    Friendly regards from The Netherlands, Nathalie

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  21. 24

    I like “Blooming”. Very simple but with lovely colors!

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  22. 25

    This month is the worst… :(

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  23. 26

    Silly Sheep is my favorite !

    “En Avril ne te découvre pas d’un fil”

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  24. 27

    Glowing Subway’s very good!

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  25. 28

    I LOOOOVEE the Alien Wallpaper. Rolled over and laughed so hard.

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    Thank you SMag for featuring my wallpaper this month!

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  27. 30

    Great collection on this month! Dear designers, thank you a lot! Love all submissions!

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  28. 31

    Good collection this month! Would still love to see some southern-hemisphere weather themed wallpapers though, it’s Autumn here ;)

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    My favorite wallpaper was April Showers, but this isn’t in 1920x1080px resolution u.U

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    Wow! I looove the usher in the year and alien wallpaper! hahaha! so cute! :)

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