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Learn From What You See: It All Starts With Inspiration

          The world around us is full of little things and experiences that shape us, our way of thinking, but also how we tackle our work. Influenced by these encounters, every designer develops their unique style and workflow, and studying their artwork — the compositions, geometry of lines and shapes, light and shadows, the colors and patterns — can all inspire us to look beyond our own horizon and try something new. It really doesn’t take much to let your mind wander. Always remember to take a closer look at things around you; you’ll be sure to find inspiration in the little things. But for now, let’s dig into another collection of brilliant illustrations and photographs.

          It really doesn’t take much to let your mind wander. Always remember to take a closer look at things around you; you’ll be sure to find inspiration in the little things. But for now, let’s dig into another collection of brilliant illustrations and photographs.

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          Get Ready: It’s Friday

          What a great friendly vintage atmosphere! Well done.

          Image credit: Paul Thurlby

          o r i g i n s

          Latest project from Maria Svarbova. Again, cleverly playing with symmetry and color.

          Image credit: Maria Svarbova

          Inventing The Future Of Space

          Diging the retro-futuristic-exciting style in this one.

          Image credit: Léonard Dupond

          Cafe Racer

          Perfect lines and shapes, but also such great use of color.

          Image credit: Alexey Kuvaldin

          Cycling Plus Magazine

          Loving the special color choices in this illustration, and all of the movement that’s been going on.

          Image credit: Steve Scott

          Stop! Tomato Time.

          You should always stop to taste a delicious tomato. I like the atmosphere created in this one.

          Image credit: The Fox And King


          Clever concept and execution mixed with subtle use of color and texture.

          Image credit: Karolis Strautniekas

          Food & Nutrition Magazine

          Great black silhouette to use as a centerpiece in this illustration so that everything else can be in color.

          Image credit: Mark Allen Miller

          Time Travel

          A brilliant choice of style and textures in this one!

          Image credit: Muti


          Wow. Now these are some exceptional colors. Loving the vibrant contrast!

          Image credit: Nick Slater


          This one has quite a special style and excellent usage of textures.

          Image credit: Vera Voishvilo

          Radiohead Berkeley

          DKNG got to create a poster for their favorite band Radiohead playing at the iconic Greek Theater in Berkeley, CA. Beautiful geometrical design with superb dark shadows and light effects.

          Image credit: DKNG

          REI 4th of July

          It’s a wonderful thing to get to see the imagination of an illustrator who thinks “imagining what it would be like to paddle a kayak on those serene sunset waters”… The colors and gradients used here to reflect the sunset are just so well done.

          Image credit: Brian Miller

          Mountain Barn

          Just look at that view!

          Image credit: Ales Krivec

          Google People

          Nicely designed character poses. I love the subtle background elements and overall cute style.

          Image credit: Markus Magnusson

          The Golden Cage

          Gorgeous style by Carll Cneut from Belgium.

          Image credit: Pixturebook Makers

          Heavy Eyes

          All those lovely eyes!

          Image credit: Pavlov Visuals

          Moraine Lake, Banff

          I love these reflections and the beautifully soft light. Such an incredible and tranquil image.

          Image credit: Earth

          Men’s Health - Realty Check

          On point! Part of the head makes me think about Magnum P.I. played by Tom Selleck.

          Image credit: Marco Goran Romano

          Comfortable Giant

          Nice work, especially the color choices and the toned down background scene.

          Image credit: Pavlov Visuals

          Siesta Beach

          Pretty spectacular sunset at Siesta Key Beach.

          Image credit: Cameron Moll


          Great illustration by Sébastien Plassard. The beard and the hair are simply beautiful.

          Image credit: The New Yorker

          Oklahoma Storm

          Incredible shot captured in Keyes, Oklahoma by storm chaser @VanessaNeufeld.

          Image credit: National Geographic

          Guardian - What I’ll Be Reading

          Really nice illustration and some inspiring color choices.

          Image credit: Owen Gatley

          The Hound And The Hare

          The patterns throughout this piece are mesmerizing. Loving that gold accent color as well.

          Image credit: Muti

          Johns Hopkins Magazine

          Loving those candy colors. Also look at that skateboard! I love this ‘gummy’ bendable look.

          Image credit: Burnt Toast Creative


          Such beautiful contrasts! The subtle textures like on the lobster gives this one an edge.

          Image credit: Owen Gatley

          Curious Case Society Inductee Manual V.7

          That eagle and those hand combos combined with the typography are making this a great shot.

          Image credit: Daniel Haire

          Le Tour de France

          The yearly circus every July.

          Image credit: Spencer Wilson

          Esquire’s Big Black Book

          Nice example of using just two colors.

          Image credit: Janne Iivonen

          Wired World 2017

          Great composition of a scene in which shapes are being used as either desks or surfaces to stand on.

          Image credit: Janne Iivonen

          Insects And Other Arthropods

          Wonderful school posters!

          Image credit: Loulou and Tummie


          Super dope! I love the pattern on the sweater. The faces and different beard styles are also ace.

          Image credit: Nick Slater

          Les Echos

          Great diverse bunch of characters.

          Image credit: Tommy Parker

          Greetings From San Francisco

          Very nice to see all hallmark sights nicely integrated into the letters.

          Image credit: DKNG

          Tour de France Impressions

          Enjoying the style, especially the lines that just guide you to see the rest.

          Image credit: justyna stasik

          A Different View

          The iron work on the fences and patterns on the tiles in this Morrocan riad is so beautiful. The colors are also perfect.

          Image credit: Muti

          TRUE Webhosting

          A beautiful style with some isometric influences.

          Image credit: Patswerk

          Picture Me Rollin’

          Interesting approach to the tire shapes. Those are some lovely soft tones as well.

          Image credit: Scott Tusk


          Beautiful! Love the movement.

          Image credit: Meg Robichaud


          Great graphical elements on the fish.

          Image credit: Kemal Sanli

          Open The Door…

          Classic and elegant. Love the metaphor to open the door for better weather or a new season.

          Image credit: Steve Scott


          Illustrations that explore imagination are always among my favorites. Thumbs up for the muted color palette as well.

          Image credit: Wenyi Geng

          Horse House

          It’s great to see how all those ‘etch’ lines are capable of accentuating the details in this illustration.

          Image credit: Dima Kalmykov

          Stairhaus Inc.

          Colors and composition are on point.

          Image credit: Doublenaut

          Field Trip 2017

          Wonderful badge art for Field Trip Music Festival’s 2017 branding.

          Image credit: Doublenaut

          Cyrus Shey

          Not an ordinary everyday color palette. Love the sense of speed in it.

          Image credit: Mads Berg

          Tropical Galaxy

          Top notch work as always with an inspiring color selection.

          Image credit: DKNG

          Fleet Foxes

          The right mix of floral elements to achieve a perfect balance.

          Image credit: Bailey Sullivan

          Kirkjufell, Iceland

          Those soft subdued tones and light really compliment the wild and remote feeling of this scene. Composed perfectly as well with just one inclusion of the person.

          Image credit: Earth