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illustration

Entries from the Design Blog in the illustration category.

  • Estela Cuadro is a Buenos Aires-based illustrator and plastic artist whose work is full of sweeping color and contrast. Her fantastical characters take shape in varying degrees of abstraction, formed with intricate organic shapes and contrastingly geometric details and patterns. In many of her newer pieces, layers of color and line artfully compound to create visual dimension.

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    by Ward Andrews
    September 7, 2012
  • With the arrival of his first child and daughter, designer / illustrator / photographer Brent Holloman couldn't stop hearing the words "They grow up so fast," and while he couldn't stall that process, he could document in a beautiful and creative way. Thus, The Silhouette Project was born—Brent crafts and designs illustrative profile silhouettes of him and his wife's baby girl, Genevieve—Vie, cataloging the stages of her growth and, sometimes, connected feelings, thoughts and experiences.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    August 10, 2012
  • According to Google, Dr. Robert Moog is "something of a patron saint of the nerdy arts and a hero to many of us here." In the 1960s Moog crafted and invented the electronic analog Moog Synthesizer, bringing an entirely new genre of music and sound to the world.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    May 24, 2012
  • The National Parks App from National Geographic allows users to experience the landmarks in a beautiful interface, providing an interactive guide to some of the nation's most beloved parks. The app helps users plan trips, discover new places to visit and offers a utilitarian experience for those interested in exploring the parks from a distance or tracking their experiences.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    May 11, 2012
  • Australia-based Yanni Floros has total command of the charcoal. These drawings are meticulously detailed with just the right combination of realism and artistry. Drawing hair realistically is no small feat, and these are beyond convincing, capturing beauty in the somewhat mundane details of a single moment.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 27, 2012
  • Sections & Slices by Ben Branagan is an ongoing series of drawings that seems to explore color and the interaction between material and technique. The London-based designer and artist's series provides excellent color inspiration, with both subtle and intense color palette transitions.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 25, 2012
  • Recently I was searching for a little texture inspiration for a project, and I stumbled upon the work of Orlando-based Justin Mezzell. His portfolio exemplifies the design / illustration hybrid. His pieces are full of strong Typography, structured layout and intention blended with thoughtful color palettes, great textures and stylization.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 23, 2012
  • Tim Boelaars does some excellent vector illustrating and icon crafting. The Amsterdam-based illustrator and designer bends angles to his will, creating icons with just the right amount of detail to stand out but not so much that they stop being icons.

    First up are these icon-like illustrations for Tenue de Nîmes, a denim boutique in Amsterdam.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 21, 2012
  • Brainstorm is the Portsmouth-based printing, design and illustration studio of Jason Snyder and Briana Feola. Some of my favorite prints they've created feature slightly science-nerdy themes. They did a great job graphically translating the layers of our world with big blocks of color, clever details and nice type. Take a look!

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 19, 2012
  • Over the years, Google has stepped up their game in the Google Doodles department. Originally a festive—if not slightly gimmicky logo replacement, the Doodles were just that—doodles. Some of the earliest examples seemed to fall victim to clip art and paint edits, but that's all in the past. Now we look forward to seeing what artistic creation Google will dream up next for their much-less-literal logo hybrids. Sometimes we're surprised by animation, other times it's a cheerful or artistic change that brings novelty or joy to a predictable experience.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 18, 2012
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