Choosing The Right Prototyping Tool

Inspiration isn’t tied to a specific timeframe or shows up when you need it. There isn’t a magic formula to rely on. Luckily, this year’s summer vacation was fruitful in providing us with many visual stimuli to get the creative process going. Enjoy!

The Hollywood Reporter Link

This editorial illustration for the Hollywood Reporter has a really nice style. The face expressions are so well done with just a few simple lines. That’s not easy to accomplish!


Image credit: Ale Giorgini2. (Large preview3)

Wanderlust Alphabet #A Link

A fantastic series to get the travel bug. Just by looking at this you’ve probably already guessed that the ‘A’ in this case stands for ‘Amsterdam’. Lovely usage of two complimentary colors cleverly applied, especially to add depth into shadows and highlights.


Image credit: Jack Daly5. (Large preview6)

Wanderlust Alphabet #B Link

Second installment of the travel bug illustrations I’ll be sure to follow. The letter ‘B’ stands for ‘Barcelona”A. Again, look at how depth is created by using a strong color palette and this beautiful clean 2D style. The famous parts of this city are so well done with such simple lines.


Image credit: Jack Daly8. (Large preview9)

Giphy Pool Link

James Curran is one of the masters of animated gifs to watch. This one made laugh and is so colorfully pleasant. And look at that jump! Just perfect.

Slack – Work Simplified Link

Great integration of the colors used by Slack11. It shows how crazy work life is. Beautiful illustration style. Just perfect branding material.


Image credit: Multiple Owners13. (Large preview14)

Stamps Inspired (1965) Link

Illustration based on original stamps from Bulgaria. Quite beautiful! I love the bright yellow in combination with the darker color, as well as the red and orange tones.


Image credit: Fe Ribeiro16. (Large preview17)

Saga Magazine Link

I first noticed the interesting structure/texture that works so well with the chosen colors. Love the circles, and ‘straight’ 90^0 lines – very geometrical. Feels a bit like a puzzle.


Image credit: Jonny Wan19. (Large preview20)

Vans Surf Pro Classic Link

The colors just pop so magnificently off the screen in this surf-related illustration. Very fitting for the subject. Inspiration came from late 80s and 90s surf artwork.


Image credit: Ian Jepson22. (Large preview23)

Firenze Duomo Link

Lovely illustration of the Duomo in Florence. Color palette is on point. Tasty texture, too. Simply beautiful to look at and get inspired.


Image credit: Bailey Sullivan25. (Large preview26)

In The Woods Link

Well taken shot of one of my favorite moments in the month of May. The smell is just overwhelming of these beautiful bluebells. Magical light and bokeh.


Image credit: Kirstin Mckee28. (Large preview29)

Mastercard Campaign Link

Some clever use of white space. The dog is just so awesomely done.


Image credit: Stephen Kelleher31. (Large preview32)

City Bike Miami Link

Love the eyes and the illusion of the hair in the wind. Same with the dog ears, so cute. That lovely summer feeling on the bike! Perfectly expressed.


Image credit: Pietari Posti34. (Large preview35)

Umami Link

An illustration which takes on curiosity and exploration of different tastes and flavors. It’s a great composition and an inspiring color palette.


Image credit: Aleksandar Savi’c1054337. (Large preview38)

Cinque Terre Link

Great color scheme! Illustration that documents a trip to Italy to see Cinque Terre. It’s a must-see apparently. The geometry combined with how the colors are applied is just so perfect.


Image credit: Bailey Sullivan40. (Large preview41)

Protected Trees Link

An illustration for The Telegraph‘s property section on buying a home with protected trees in vicinity. Some inspiring choices of shapes and lines.


Image credit: Aleksandar Savi’c1054337. (Large preview44)

Shop Magazine – Eye Blue Link

If you like interesting collages, you’ll love the work of Jimmy Turell. The colors and the half-tone effects are the items that made me pick this one.


Image credit: Jimmy Turell46. (Large preview47)

Year In Ideas (2014) Link

Created for Wired48. Another color combo that works wonderfully well together. I always look at how things are constructed, and I’m quite impressed by this illustration.


Image credit: Vesa Sammalisto50. (Large preview51)

The Westfjords Link

Beautiful colors of the sky – almost like fire.


Image credit: Conor MacNeill53. (Large preview54)

Saison Link

Wonderful die cut beer label design. I always admire such great lettering work. Be sure to check the rest of Ben Didier’s the portfolio55 as there is some stellar lettering work in there.


Image credit: Ben Didier57. (Large preview58)

Wanderlust Alphabet #C Link

The third installment in the Wanderlust alphabet that Jack Daly is creating. This time I believe the ‘C’ stands for ‘Copenhagen’. Interesting palette of colors in this one.


Image credit: Jack Daly60. (Large preview61)

No-Li Small Batch Festival Link

Nice logo for the No-Li Brewhouse’s Small Batch Festival. The different styles of typefaces really work well together. Beautiful and elegant!


Image credit: Riley Cran63. (Large preview64)

SHOP Magazine Austria Spring/Summer 2016 Link

The cover illustration for the spring edition of SHOP magazine in Austria. It depicts the Museum quarter of Vienna. Lovely combination of geometrical and elegant organic lines. Such perfect soft color tones combined with a few more brighter accents.


Image credit: Andrew Lyons66. (Large preview67)

Girl On The Go Link

Such a wonderful scene! Especially the colors used and the inspiring details such as the skirt of the woman and the boots of the guy sitting on the bench on the right.


Image credit: Steve Scott69. (Large preview70)

Wanderlust Alphabet #D Link

The fourth installment in the Wanderlust alphabet that Jack Daly is creating. This time the ‘D’ stands for ‘Dublin’. Just look at how shadows and highlights are applied – such perfect contrast.


Image credit: Jack Daly72. (Large preview73)

An Afternoon At Miticocha Link

Well worth a two-hour round-trip hike I would say if you get to see a scenery like this. This place has a beautiful view of Ninachanca, Jirishanca, and Jirishanca Chico. Pure wanderlust!


Image credit: Zolashine75. (Large preview76)

Ponderosa 2016 Link

Not just because there’s a bicycle in it 😉 Most of all picked because it has a wonderful composition with fine details.


Image credit: Mads Berg78. (Large preview79)

Music Girls Link

A wonderful fusion between contemporary and retro. Some inspiring texture work going on in there as well. The wooden floor and the little details on the faces – look at those eyes!


Image credit: Loris Lora81. (Large preview82)

Facebook Events – Naomi Link

Part of a set of illustrations created for Facebook’s event cover images. Totally loving these colors! Lovely simplistic style, too.


Image credit: Naomi Wilkinson84. (Large preview85)

Hiding Behind Mom Link

A great example of what is possible with a few pencil strokes. The socks on the girl are adorable.


Image credit: Simona Ciraolo87. (Large preview88)

Look Around Link

An illustration to get the travel bug going. Great style and subtle usage of textures. For a touristic guide of the Garda Lake.


Image credit: Federica Bordoni90. (Large preview91)

Summertime Link

“Let the waves hit your feet and the sand be your seat!” Exactly. I love compositions where there is much to discover. Great mix of colors.


Image credit: Putri Febriana93. (Large preview94)

Summer Bike Ride Link

Love how the diagonal line adds to the whole composition. Subtle use of shadows and transparency. Such perfect curved lines, especially hair and hat are done so perfectly in every way. Looking at this makes me want to go outside and ride.


Image credit: Tjeerd Broere96. (Large preview97)

Wanderlust Alphabet #E Link

The fifth installment in the Wanderlust alphabet that Jack Daly is creating. This time the ‘E’ stands for ‘Edinburgh’. The color treatment is great again. So many good details.


Image credit: Jack Daly99. (Large preview100)

American Illustration 33 Link

Super clean and the character really gets your attention. Love how the stockings are done. So simple, yet so elegant.


Image credit: Federica Bordoni102. (Large preview103)

Procesni Mehanize Link

Illustrating the never-ending cycle. I always love to analyze the many elements that make a fantastic illustration. You can learn a lot from it.


Image credit: Aleksandar Savi’c1054337. (Large preview106)

Blossom Link

One of the hardest things to get right is shooting directly into sunlight. This one nails it beautifully. Summer vibes!


Image credit: Anders Jild’en108. (Large preview109)

Focus Magazine Illustration Link

Adorable cuteness and great usage of some basic shapes. Look at that cute mustache of the guy on the left. The color palette is absolutely perfect.


Image credit: Loulou and Tummie111. (Large preview112)

The Joy Of New Roads Link

Getting out on your bicycle and discovering new roads and amazing sceneries is a joy hard to describe in words. Lovely light in this photo.


Image credit: David Marcu114. (Large preview115)

City Guide Berlin-London-Paris Link

Inspiring arrangement of all the different items in this composition. Beautiful 2D style with lovely subtle textures and patterns to finish things off. The colors also draw you in.


Image credit: Maite Franchi117. (Large preview118)

Velorama – Lightyear Link

Love the combination of line art and typography. Looks so elegant! The bike is so well drawn. It shines! Look at the frame, the handlebars and the saddle.


Image credit: Silence TV120. (Large preview121)

Els Amos Ocults Del Totxo Link

The Brickmasters in the Shadows. Great editorial illustration. The duplication of the gentleman withthe hat is the eye-catcher. The chosen colors make the whole scene complete.


Image credit: Ra’ul Soria123. (Large preview124)

Bison Link

Right on target! Love what is done with the lines here.


Image credit: Matt Carlson126. (Large preview127)

No Man’s Sky Link

Pretty fly! It looks highly complicated but is quite simplistic at the same time. The color scheming is on point, too. The subtle background gradient is so perfect.


Image credit: Justin Mezzell129. (Large preview130)

FiveThirtyEight Election Link

This looks fantastic! The many layers of typography are so inspiring.


Image credit: Bethany Heck132. (Large preview133)

The Secret To Sleep Link

Lovely muted color palette for starters and some subtle textures work in combination with double shading makes this interesting. I really love the imagination and fantasy.


Image credit: Owen Davey135. (Large preview136)

On Geoengineering Link

Created for an editorial piece about geoengineering. Love how it all has been translated to the screen.


Image credit: Ra’ul Soria138. (Large preview139)

Bicycle Adventure Meeting (BAM) Link

In my opinion, a bit of humor always adds something special to any illustration. This one is about the Bicycle Adventure Meeting, a place where lonely, adventurous bike travelers join together. The lovely bright colors give this illustration a happy feeling.


Image credit: Fabio Consoli141. (Large preview142)

Brooklyn Bridge Link

Well captured! The tranquility of the water is what does it for me. Just the right shutter speed I’m assuming to get the effect.


Image credit: Alexander Rotker144. (Large preview145)

SHOP Magazine – Czech Republic Link

Charming textured style and an inspiring color palette.


Image credit: Ma”it’e Franchi147. (Large preview148)

Bicycling Magazine Link

Editorial illustration for an article on the importance of teamwork when learning road biking. I like how the three guys are nicely aligned and how the legs are drawn. As an illustrator, you have the freedom to break with reality in order to achieve beautiful compositions.


Image credit: Douglas Jones150. (Large preview151)

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  1. Alexander Gartley September 20, 2016
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