Creative Digital Illustration

We’re often covering a range of diverse topics here at DESIGN, from photography to printed artwork (which is our speciality, being a printing company), but today I wanted to cover something pretty broad: digital illustration. Digital illustration can have a slightly different form to pen and paper, but it still very strongly has those elements of hand-made uniqueness to it. As a result, digital illustration often has it’s own personality and form, and it’s one of those things where you could give the same brief to 100 different designers and get back 100 completely different works of art.

I personally love all forms of illustration – pen and paper or otherwise, and I thought it was about time we took a closer look at some of these designs. One thing that I’d like to highlight is how different so many of these are, because (as with regular illustration) there are so many different design decisions and techniques that you can use to create incredibly varied and different patterns, textures and overall tones.

So with that being said, I wanted to bring together my favourite recent examples of creative digital illustrations and paintings. All of these are extremely great designs and are far better than anything I can come up with (sadly), and are the results of a phenomenal amount of patience, time and practice. Remember, if these examples inspire you to give digital illustration a try, the answer is to practice, practice, practice.

Rainy Day[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/3748671-Rainy]

Sock Thief[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/3750157-Sock-Thief]

Plane[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/3749109-Travel-By-Plane]

Apparition[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/3748473-Apparition]

Poseidon[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/3748429-Poseidon]

City[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/3748208-City]

Walrus[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/3747451-Walrus]

Dare to Wonder[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/3748715-Dare-to-wonder]

Bird Illustration[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/3747614-36DaysofType]

Digital Street Illustration[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/3748674-Streetshot-Stories-Tbilisi-Chavchavadze-Avenue]

Glasses[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/3747078-Glasses]

Paradise Illustration[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/3749490-Paradise]

Digital Painting[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/3748148-Digital-Painting]

Digital Landscape Illustration[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/3749477-Savannah-At-Dusk]

Mountain Knight[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/3748240-Mountain-Knight]

I hope you’ve found this collection of creative digital illustrations to be a useful source of inspiration, and hopefully it’s given you a bit of a kick to try your hand at it yourself. If you do go ahead and create any digital artwork that you’d like to share, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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