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Lose the color! Commercial illustration showcase

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ON October 21 '08

IN Inspiration

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It’s that time again. No don’t worry, Christmas hasn’t come early this year, I’m talking inspiration time! In line with the current series of articles you see on Designfeedr at the moment I’ve made a showcase of some of the greatest monochrome and black-and-white commercial illustration out there.

Most of the pieces are not pure black-and-white, a lot of them have splash a tiny bit of color. While they feature some color they’re still perfect for the purpose of our study though and I’m sure they’ll get you’re creative juices flowing whether you’re a hardcore black-and-white buff, color lover or somewhere in between. Enjoy and be inspired!

This is an archived article from before Designfeedr’s re-launch, it was not created by the current team and the layout might be a bit iffy.

Joao Oliveira

I love coming across illustrators that blow me away at first contact. Joao Oliveira definitely falls into that category, I had never seen his work but the class and style of his pieces is very impressive.

Joao’s work is both classic yet modern at the same time. In the first two pieces Joao uses the extreme contrasts black-and-white allows combined with digital effects to attain a classic sci-fi look. The third and fourth illustrations look much more classical but still have digital elements that makes them very intriguing.

Joao Oliveira

Joao Oliveira

Joao Oliveira

Joao Oliveira

Pete Harrison

Multi-faceted designer and illustrator Pete Harrison loves to combine a black-and-white base image with colorful lighting effects. By using well placed lighting effects and strong contrast his pieces nearly pop off the screen.

Pete Harrison

Pete Harrison

Pete Harrison

Pete Harrison and Craig Shields

Pete Harrison

Pete Harrison

Alberto Seveso

Italy based Alberto Seveso needs no introduction in the illustration scene. Dark backgrounds with hues of gray and some color splashed in give Alberto’s work a modern look with a classic undertone.

Alberto Seveso

Alberto Seveso

Alberto Seveso

Alberto Seveso

Mike Harrison

Mike Harrison’s non-digital look immediately sets him apart from the general field. In the pieces below Mike uses deep dark backgrounds, black-and-white models and a soft splash of color to set the mood.

Mike Harrison

Mike Harrison

Mike Harrison

Alessandro Pautasso

Alessandro Pautasso combines classic black-and-white photography with vector splashes, swirls and patterns to create a sexy marriage of extremes (classic looking photography with very digital looking elements).

In the pieces below Alessandro uses a gray on gray base to create low contrast between the background and the models. This makes the bright colors in his work really stand out.

Alessandro Pautasso

Alessandro Pautasso

Alessandro Pautasso

Alessandro Pautasso

Christopher Haines

Christopher Haines, located in Australia, has a very broad style to his illustration. In the Electro set below Christopher uses monochrome color bases that he then brings to life with “designery” purple.

Christopher Haines

Christopher Haines

Bram Vanhaeren

Belgian illustrator Bram Verhaeren has a lighthearted open feel to his work. The pieces below have a soft look to them due to the fact that Bram uses little black and instead goes with subtle hues of gray.

Bram Vanhaeren

Bram Vanhaeren

Depthcore’s latest chapter: Noir

I also feel that Flash’s good name has been spoiled mostly by designers who love making pretty sites but know or care nothing about usable, user centered web design.

Depthcore Noir chapter

Depthcore Noir chapter

Depthcore Noir chapter

Depthcore Noir chapter

Depthcore Noir chapter

See more of the awesome submissions to the Noir chapter on Depthcore.

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