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Inspiring Illustrations With Plenty Of Bright Colors And Cool Patterns

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: Link

SZ Magazin Link

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.

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Image credit: Rami Niemi7

The Classics Are Coming! Link

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.

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Image credit: North + South9

The Best Things In Life Are Free Link

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

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Image credit: Owen Gatley11

Mountains – Steve Wolf Link

Probably not your average color combo but it sure works.

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Image credit: Steve Wolf13

Control 4 Link

Part of a murals series for a company that is leading the way in smart home technology. They turned out wonderful. See them all14.

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Image credit: Mattson Creative16

Buy Local Link

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

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Image credit: Daniele Simonelli18

Elementi – The Rise And Fall Of British Pound Link

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

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Image credit: Aleksandar Savić20

The Handmade Soap Company Link

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.

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Image credit: Paula McGloin22

Star Trek Postage Stamps Link

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 here23.

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Image credit: The Heads Of State25

Umami Link

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.

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Image credit: Aleksandar Savić27

Tsawwassen Mills Link

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

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Image credit: Studio Posti29

Nestlé Link

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

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Image credit: Maité Franchi31

Create Your Own Summer Adventure Link

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!

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Image credit: Putri Febriana33

Smart Wardrobe Link

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

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Image credit: Karolis Strautniekas35

Raúl Soria – Sport Link

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

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Image credit: Raúl Soria37

Van Morrison Las Vegas Poster Link

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 video38!

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Image credit: DKNG40

The Minimalism Of Winter Link

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

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Image credit: Heiko Gerlicher42

Tycho World Tour Link

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.

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Image credit: ISO5044

Q & A Link

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

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Image credit: Alexander Missen46

Marketing Page Link

Love the illustration style. Inspiring color choices, too.

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Image credit: Simon Gustavsson48

Crane Capsul Link

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

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Image credit: George Bokhua50

Forms | Shapes Link

Great personal project by Peter Tarka. Such great details and attention to colors and backdrops in this series. There are a few more51 to check out.

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Image credit: Peter Tarka53

Making House Link

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

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Image credit: Jun Cen55

Connecting The Dots Link

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

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Image credit: Ole Henrik Skjelstad57

Bicycle Retro Cruise Link

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

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Image credit: Sergiy Maidukov59

An Autumn Office Depression Link

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.

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Image credit: Sergiy Maidukov61

Genome Magazine Link

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

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Image credit: Script & Seal63

Green Link

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

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Image credit: Paul Morris65

Teddy’s Link

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.

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Image credit: Ben Barry67

Voyage To The Deep Link

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

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Image credit: Adam the Velcro Suit69

Crowd Goes Wild Link

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.

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Image credit: Tavis Coburn71

It’s Nice That Link

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

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Image credit: Christopher DeLorenzo73

Eustace Tilley Link

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

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Image credit: Tim Boelaars75

Retail News Link

Lovely colors and admiring the simplicity of the characters.

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Image credit: Robin Davey77

Val Thorens – EasyJet Link

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

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Image credit: Pietari Posti79

Jockey Link

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

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Image credit: Jean-Michel Tixier81

Room With A View Link

The geometric style of Matthew Lyons. I first discovered his work way back in 201082 thanks to Scott Hansen.

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Image credit: Matthew Lyons84

Boat – Waves Link

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

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Image credit: Andrew Bannecker86

Great Escape Link

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

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Image credit: Caroline Andrieu9088

Great Escape II Link

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

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Image credit: Caroline Andrieu9088

Sun Starburst Link

Stunning capture! It’s like a dream.

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Image credit: Jørn Allan Pedersen92

Bottle Logic Link

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

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Image credit: Emrich Office94

Germany Shows Link

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

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Image credit: ISO5096

“BREUNINGER” Christmas Link

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

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Image credit: Olaf Hajek98

Don’t Sweat It Link

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

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Image credit: friendsoftype100

TGV Magazine Link

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

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Image credit: Julien Pacaud102

The Guardian University Guide Link

The shape of the figures are super cute.

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Image credit: Adam Avery104

Childhood Link

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

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Image credit: Ed Nacional106

City Bridge Link

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

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Image credit: Kevin Dart108

Work Harder Link

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

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/11/playlists-fuel-coding-design-sessions/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/05/delightful-bits-of-vintage-graphic-design-inspiration/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/10/things-you-can-accomplish-with-hand-sketching-doodling/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/05/taming-the-wild-mind/
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/11/how-to-get-started-with-sketchnotes/
  6. 6 https://agentpekka.com/artist/rami-niemi/sz-magazin-3/
  7. 7 https://agentpekka.com/artist/rami-niemi/sz-magazin-3/
  8. 8 http://www.studionorthandsouth.com/#/tour-de-france/
  9. 9 http://www.studionorthandsouth.com/#/tour-de-france/
  10. 10 https://agentpekka.com/artist/owen-gatley/the-best-things-in-life-are-free/
  11. 11 https://agentpekka.com/artist/owen-gatley/the-best-things-in-life-are-free/
  12. 12 https://dribbble.com/shots/3245415-Mountains
  13. 13 https://dribbble.com/shots/3245415-Mountains
  14. 14 http://mattsoncreative.com/work/control-4
  15. 15 http://mattsoncreative.com/work/control-4
  16. 16 http://mattsoncreative.com/work/control-4
  17. 17 https://www.behance.net/gallery/46593031/Wave-Market-Posters
  18. 18 https://www.behance.net/gallery/46593031/Wave-Market-Posters
  19. 19 http://aleksandarsavic.rs/elementi-the-rise-and-fall-of-british-pound/
  20. 20 http://aleksandarsavic.rs/elementi-the-rise-and-fall-of-british-pound/
  21. 21 https://www.behance.net/gallery/47395933/The-Handmade-Soap-Company
  22. 22 https://www.behance.net/gallery/47395933/The-Handmade-Soap-Company
  23. 23 https://www.wired.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/startrekstamps.jpg
  24. 24 http://theheadsofstate.com/work/star-trek/
  25. 25 http://theheadsofstate.com/work/star-trek/
  26. 26 https://www.behance.net/gallery/45727035/Various-illustrations-2-2016
  27. 27 https://www.behance.net/gallery/45727035/Various-illustrations-2-2016
  28. 28 http://studioposti.com/tsawwassen-mills
  29. 29 http://studioposti.com/tsawwassen-mills
  30. 30 http://www.maitefranchi.com/portfolio/nestle/
  31. 31 http://www.maitefranchi.com/portfolio/nestle/
  32. 32 https://www.behance.net/gallery/40644081/REAL-SIMPLE-Magazine-US-June-2016
  33. 33 https://www.behance.net/gallery/40644081/REAL-SIMPLE-Magazine-US-June-2016
  34. 34 https://www.behance.net/gallery/46789745/Looking-back-16
  35. 35 https://www.behance.net/gallery/46789745/Looking-back-16
  36. 36 http://www.raulsoria.de/#/sport/
  37. 37 http://www.raulsoria.de/#/sport/
  38. 38 https://vimeo.com/199739385
  39. 39 https://dribbble.com/shots/3223287-Van-Morrison-Las-Vegas-Poster
  40. 40 https://dribbble.com/shots/3223287-Van-Morrison-Las-Vegas-Poster
  41. 41 https://www.behance.net/gallery/47518869/The-minimalism-of-winter
  42. 42 https://www.behance.net/gallery/47518869/The-minimalism-of-winter
  43. 43 http://blog.iso50.com/34914/tycho-world-tour/
  44. 44 http://blog.iso50.com/34914/tycho-world-tour/
  45. 45 http://www.alexandermissen.com/dhs8g4vjzhpvuimoouk95yuxameot2
  46. 46 http://www.alexandermissen.com/dhs8g4vjzhpvuimoouk95yuxameot2
  47. 47 https://dribbble.com/shots/3278766-Marketing-Page
  48. 48 https://dribbble.com/shots/3278766-Marketing-Page
  49. 49 https://dribbble.com/shots/3264058-Crane-Capsul
  50. 50 https://dribbble.com/shots/3264058-Crane-Capsul
  51. 51 https://www.behance.net/gallery/48173989/FORMS-SHAPES
  52. 52 https://www.behance.net/gallery/48173989/FORMS-SHAPES
  53. 53 https://www.behance.net/gallery/48173989/FORMS-SHAPES
  54. 54 http://cenjun.com/new-gallery/0g3v4mpxrzf5fiahave5ifcyf237i5
  55. 55 http://cenjun.com/new-gallery/0g3v4mpxrzf5fiahave5ifcyf237i5
  56. 56 https://500px.com/photo/197721515/connecting-the-dots-by-ole-henrik-skjelstad
  57. 57 https://500px.com/photo/197721515/connecting-the-dots-by-ole-henrik-skjelstad
  58. 58 https://www.behance.net/gallery/40426737/Various-illustrations-Set-14
  59. 59 https://www.behance.net/gallery/40426737/Various-illustrations-Set-14
  60. 60 https://www.behance.net/gallery/45768275/Various-illustrations-Set-15
  61. 61 https://www.behance.net/gallery/45768275/Various-illustrations-Set-15
  62. 62 https://www.behance.net/gallery/47989947/Genome-Magazine-Script-Seal
  63. 63 https://www.behance.net/gallery/47989947/Genome-Magazine-Script-Seal
  64. 64 https://unsplash.com/?photo=Ovn1hyBge38
  65. 65 https://unsplash.com/?photo=Ovn1hyBge38
  66. 66 https://www.instagram.com/p/Uz7ijWsgS0/
  67. 67 https://www.instagram.com/p/Uz7ijWsgS0/
  68. 68 http://www.velcrosuit.com/Mingo-Lamberti-Tales-of-the-Sea
  69. 69 http://www.velcrosuit.com/Mingo-Lamberti-Tales-of-the-Sea
  70. 70 http://www.taviscoburn.com/portfolio.php?act=list_current&mode=page_view&p=13
  71. 71 http://www.taviscoburn.com/portfolio.php?act=list_current&mode=page_view&p=13
  72. 72 https://agentpekka.com/artist/christopher-delorenzo/its-nice-that-3/
  73. 73 https://agentpekka.com/artist/christopher-delorenzo/its-nice-that-3/
  74. 74 http://www.timboelaars.nl/the-new-yorker
  75. 75 http://www.timboelaars.nl/the-new-yorker
  76. 76 https://agentpekka.com/artist/robin-davey/retail-news-2/
  77. 77 https://agentpekka.com/artist/robin-davey/retail-news-2/
  78. 78 https://agentpekka.com/artist/pietari-posti/easyjet/
  79. 79 https://agentpekka.com/artist/pietari-posti/easyjet/
  80. 80 https://www.behance.net/gallery/45274435/M-le-monde-July-2016
  81. 81 https://www.behance.net/gallery/45274435/M-le-monde-July-2016
  82. 82 http://veerle.duoh.com/inspiration/detail/matthew_lyons
  83. 83 https://twitter.com/LyonsMatthew/status/789103145343410176
  84. 84 https://twitter.com/LyonsMatthew/status/789103145343410176
  85. 85 http://www.andrewbannecker.com/art/
  86. 86 http://www.andrewbannecker.com/art/
  87. 87 http://carolineandrieu.com/filter/portrait/Nylon-US
  88. 88 http://carolineandrieu.com/filter/portrait/Nylon-US
  89. 89 http://carolineandrieu.com/filter/portrait/Nylon-US
  90. 90 http://carolineandrieu.com/filter/portrait/Nylon-US
  91. 91 https://500px.com/photo/199375651/good-morning-life-by-j%C3%B8rn-allan-pedersen
  92. 92 https://500px.com/photo/199375651/good-morning-life-by-j%C3%B8rn-allan-pedersen
  93. 93 https://dribbble.com/shots/3276804-Bottle-Logic-Week-of-Logic-Banner
  94. 94 https://dribbble.com/shots/3276804-Bottle-Logic-Week-of-Logic-Banner
  95. 95 https://twitter.com/ISO50/status/834077215012823041
  96. 96 https://twitter.com/ISO50/status/834077215012823041
  97. 97 http://olafhajek.com/index_illu.php?menuid=3
  98. 98 http://olafhajek.com/index_illu.php?menuid=3
  99. 99 http://friendsoftype.com/2016/05/dont-sweat-it/
  100. 100 http://friendsoftype.com/2016/05/dont-sweat-it/
  101. 101 http://www.julienpacaud.com/tgv-magazine#/id/i9135957
  102. 102 http://www.julienpacaud.com/tgv-magazine#/id/i9135957
  103. 103 https://www.behance.net/gallery/40427543/The-Guardian-University-Guide
  104. 104 https://www.behance.net/gallery/40427543/The-Guardian-University-Guide
  105. 105 https://creativemornings.com/themes/childhood
  106. 106 https://creativemornings.com/themes/childhood
  107. 107 http://kevindart.tumblr.com/post/154859317755/these-are-some-of-the-only-paintings-i-actually
  108. 108 http://kevindart.tumblr.com/post/154859317755/these-are-some-of-the-only-paintings-i-actually
  109. 109 https://dribbble.com/shots/3303992-Work-Harder

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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 small but beautiful European country called Belgium. You can follow her on Twitter and read her blog at http://veerle.duoh.com/.

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    thank you :)

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