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Vibrant Illustrations To Let Your Mind Wander

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On days when things don’t seem to go as you’d like them to and inspiration is at its lowest, it’s good to take a short break and go outside to try and empty your mind. That always seems to be the best remedy for me, especially whenever I jump on my bike and go for a short ride. Now the time has come to enjoy these moments even more as the spring season finally starts to show up in nature. We’re starting to see green leaves on the trees again, and every morning I wake up to the sounds of the birds chirping. I really enjoy these small joys of spring — who doesn’t?

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On days when things don’t seem to go as you’d like them to and inspiration is at its lowest, it’s good to take a short break and go outside to try and empty your mind. That always seems to be the best remedy for me, especially whenever I jump on my bike and go for a short ride.

Now the time has come to enjoy these moments even more as the spring season finally starts to show up in nature. We’re starting to see green leaves on the trees again, and every morning I wake up to the sounds of the birds chirping. I really enjoy these small joys of spring — who doesn’t? Hopefully this new batch of illustrations will feed your creativity tank with extra vitamins to make sure those inspiration levels are up and running at its best.

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Reflect Magazine

Great color combination. Impressive how all elements have been refined to their best simplicity.

Image credit: Fernando Volken Togni

Quentin Monge

The fantasy of French illustrator Quentin Monge. Such a lovely style!

Image credit: handsomefrank

“Lire” Cover

Admiring how the illustrator played with light sources and shadows. The faces immediately catch your attention, don’t they?

Image credit: Tom Haugomat

If I Was Small

This one made me laugh. What if I was small? Those characters are just sublime! So very well done.

Image credit: Jack Hudson

Endo-Kiss

Riding your bike together is exactly like you see here.

Image credit: Ronlewhorn

Almanac Beer Co’s Mural

Part of a bigger illustration of a mural. You can view a process video of how this was applied on the wall here.

Image credit: DKNG

Cinerama

Part of a bumper animation that plays before each film at Cinerama. Here you see it animated. It’s really cool — I’m sure you’ll agree.

Image credit: Invisible Creature

Lone Tree Of Lake Wanaka

Sometimes you don’t need much to get a great picture.

Image credit: Paddy Donnelly

Tweed Run London 2017

This vintage bicycle event has always a nice poster.

Image credit: Tweed Run

Beverly Hills Hotel: Gucci

Nice style! The eyes with glasses are such stunners.

Image credit: Bijou Karman

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Mystery Project 82.1

A sneak peek of a new print the crew at DKNG is working on. Looks like Austin to me. Love the effect of the letters used as masks. How the few colors are applied is just sublime!

Image credit: DKNG

Kingfisher

One entry of ten finalists that capture the theme of “through young eyes” in this young photographers’ competition that aims to engage youth around the world in wildlife conservation. Check out the other nine submissions, too.

Image credit: Gàbor Li

For “Le Monde”

Divine color palette! Superb highlights and shadows.

Image credit: Tom Haugomat

Café Insoluble

My kind of color palette and great textures.

Image credit: Sebastien Plassard

Lápiz Grafito

The colors are so harmonious and pleasing, and the drawing is just magnificent.

Image credit: Alejandro García Restrepo

Tycho: UK Tour

Another addition to the European Tour Tycho is currently working on. This is quite lovely and makes me think back to the cassette era.

Image credit: Tycho

Hansen’s Bicycle Race

Always a fan of something with a bike in it. When it’s created by the talented Madsberg it gets even better. I love the elegance in his work.

Image credit: Madsberg

Hôtel Americano

Part of a series that was created as an irreverent ad campaign inspired by the hotel’s close relationship with the contemporary art world.

Image credit: Javas Lehn

Bauhaus Music

Project on the theme of music, while playing with a Bauhaus-inspired style.

Image credit: Zara Picken

Fazer Marianne

Interesting play with lines. Not an easy one to pull off.

Image credit: Craig & Karl

Feel The Night

With the atmosphere in this illustration you just feel the night. Come in and enjoy the ride.

Image credit: Sebastien Plassard

The Path

Brilliant light. Excellently executed. A perfect example of what you can get when you are in the right spot at the right time.

Image credit: Adnan Bubalo

Afternoon And Downhill

Marvellous winter picture! Ain’t that light spectacular?

Image credit: Jørn Allan Pedersen

Educating Your Dreams

Special style. Inspiring patterns.

Image credit: Scotty Reifsnyder

Milk & Honey

Lovely custom type and ornaments.

Image credit: Drew Melton

Reflections Of Kinderdijk II

Beautiful perspective, great reflection and amazing warm colors!

Image credit: Herman van den Berge

Paris: Nathalie

Gorgeous photos of Paris from Nathalie Geffroy. Be sure to go see the rest.

Image credit: Nathalie Geffroy

Bending Over Backwards

I’ve been following Oksana Grivina for many years and her style is just as lovely as I remember.

Image credit: Oksana Grivina

Matchbox Cycling Packaging

The legendary car that still is to be seen in Oudenaarde, Belgium. Neil Stevens created this one for Matchbox.

Image credit: Neil Stevens

Stella McCartney

The portraits of Elodie are always a pleasure to look at. So many details to take in and think (wish I could do that).

Image credit: Elodie

Jane & Brigitte

A second one from Elodie that I couldn’t resist. Look at those eyes and lips.

Image credit: Elodie

Up Characters

Admiring the faces of these holiday characters for Westjet’s inflight magazine “UP”. The expressions created with just a few lines.

Image credit: LouLou & Tummie

Tuscany

Love the use of color and patterns. Beautiful curvy lines of the landscape too!

Image credit: Matt Carlson

White Aurora

What an amazing display of white Northern Lights or white aurora curtain. Seen somewhere over Finland.

Image credit: This is Finland

Fabric Magazine: London’s Green Spaces

Beautiful cover for Fabric’s spring issue. Sam’s work usually has a futuristic element to it, but this one is great too, especially the plants and colors. Those lines and details in each leaf are just fantastically well executed. Perfect light and shadow effects too.

Image credit: Sam Chivers

Yankee

The typefaces, textures and colors. They are all spot on in this illustration. Inspired by country vintage.

Image credit: Two Arms Inc.

Robinhood Gold

Beautiful harmony and consistency without leaning over towards kitsch. Not easy when there is gold involved.

Image credit: Ty Wilkins

Digital Arts Expo

Nice identity for The Digital Arts Expo, an annual showcase of student and faculty projects integrating engineering, computer science, and the visual and performing arts.

Image credit: Ketchup and Mustard

ANWB: Kampioen

Great nostalgic vibe in this one. Reminds of the early adverts from the 60’s. Love the bright colors, as well as the shadow and highlights effects.

Image credit: Moker Ontwerp

Pixar Times

Illustration created for The Pixar Times. Everybody loves a hero. Love how the shadows are done, and the pattern effects.

Image credit: Luke Bott

What To See And Do In Brussels

Illustrations for Eurostar’s Metropolitan magazine to accompany an article about what to see and do in Brussels. The butcher chasing the cow is such a nice detail.

Image credit: Andrew Lyons

Moment In New York

The faces are very original and recognizable as the style of Dutch illustrator Jackie Besteman.

Image credit: Jackie Besteman

Exercise On Skis

Love the figures and how they are portrayed.

Image credit: Robert Samuel Hanson

I Draws What I Likes…

“When I’m stressed about work, I just think about this. Drawring!” Beautiful custom typography and great colors.

Image credit: Mary Kate McDevitt

Hotdogs!

A nice pattern of hotdogs to get you hungry. It’s available at the pattern library.

Image credit: Román Jusdado

Bleacher Report

This image goes along an article on how Tim Tebow is making a drastic switch from being a football player to a baseball player. Love this vertical stripe collage blend effect. So well done!

Image credit: Mike McQuade

Modus Magazine

The lanes in the grass are like guides to draw you into the building. It also creates a beautiful symmetrical vibe.

Image credit: Tom Haugomat

Life Is Beautiful

With a view like this I would totally think so. Taken in Belvedere, Tuscany.

Image credit: Gürkan Gündoğdu

Amex Gold

Great usage of minimal colors and shapes.

Image credit: Jørn Allan Pedersen

Educating Your Dreams

Special style. Inspiring patterns.

Image credit: Scotty Reifsnyder

Milk & Honey

Lovely custom type and ornaments.

Image credit: Drew Melton

Reflections Of Kinderdijk II

Beautiful perspective, great reflection and amazing warm colors!

Image credit: Herman van den Berge

Paris: Nathalie

Gorgeous photos of Paris from Nathalie Geffroy. Be sure to go see the rest.

Image credit: Nathalie Geffroy

Bending Over Backwards

I’ve been following Oksana Grivina for many years and her style is just as lovely as I remember.

Image credit: Oksana Grivina

Matchbox Cycling Packaging

The legendary car that still is to be seen in Oudenaarde, Belgium. Neil Stevens created this one for Matchbox.

Image credit: Neil Stevens

Stella McCartney

The portraits of Elodie are always a pleasure to look at. So many details to take in and think (wish I could do that).

Image credit: Elodie

Jane & Brigitte

A second one from Elodie that I couldn’t resist. Look at those eyes and lips.

Image credit: Elodie

Up Characters

Admiring the faces of these holiday characters for Westjet’s inflight magazine “UP”. The expressions created with just a few lines.

Image credit: LouLou & Tummie

Tuscany

Love the use of color and patterns. Beautiful curvy lines of the landscape too!

Image credit: Matt Carlson

White Aurora

What an amazing display of white Northern Lights or white aurora curtain. Seen somewhere over Finland.

Image credit: This is Finland

Fabric Magazine: London’s Green Spaces

Beautiful cover for Fabric’s spring issue. Sam’s work usually has a futuristic element to it, but this one is great too, especially the plants and colors. Those lines and details in each leaf are just fantastically well executed. Perfect light and shadow effects too.

Image credit: Sam Chivers

Yankee

The typefaces, textures and colors. They are all spot on in this illustration. Inspired by country vintage.

Image credit: Two Arms Inc.

Robinhood Gold

Beautiful harmony and consistency without leaning over towards kitsch. Not easy when there is gold involved.

Image credit: Ty Wilkins

Digital Arts Expo

Nice identity for The Digital Arts Expo, an annual showcase of student and faculty projects integrating engineering, computer science, and the visual and performing arts.

Image credit: Ketchup and Mustard

ANWB: Kampioen

Great nostalgic vibe in this one. Reminds of the early adverts from the 60’s. Love the bright colors, as well as the shadow and highlights effects.

Image credit: Moker Ontwerp

Pixar Times

Illustration created for The Pixar Times. Everybody loves a hero. Love how the shadows are done, and the pattern effects.

Image credit: Luke Bott

What To See And Do In Brussels

Illustrations for Eurostar’s Metropolitan magazine to accompany an article about what to see and do in Brussels. The butcher chasing the cow is such a nice detail.

Image credit: Andrew Lyons

Moment In New York

The faces are very original and recognizable as the style of Dutch illustrator Jackie Besteman.

Image credit: Jackie Besteman

Exercise On Skis

Love the figures and how they are portrayed.

Image credit: Robert Samuel Hanson

I Draws What I Likes…

“When I’m stressed about work, I just think about this. Drawring!” Beautiful custom typography and great colors.

Image credit: Mary Kate McDevitt

Hotdogs!

A nice pattern of hotdogs to get you hungry. It’s available at the pattern library.

Image credit: Román Jusdado

Bleacher Report

This image goes along an article on how Tim Tebow is making a drastic switch from being a football player to a baseball player. Love this vertical stripe collage blend effect. So well done!

Image credit: Mike McQuade

Modus Magazine

The lanes in the grass are like guides to draw you into the building. It also creates a beautiful symmetrical vibe.

Image credit: Tom Haugomat

Life Is Beautiful

With a view like this I would totally think so. Taken in Belvedere, Tuscany.

Image credit: Gürkan Gündoğdu

Amex Gold

Great usage of minimal colors and shapes.

Image credit: Colin Hesterly

Bokeh Tribute

Lovely tribute to the bokeh effect.

Image credit: Abduzeedo
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