Vector graphics can be used for all kinds of visual purposes, from logos and advertising, to cartoons, portraiture and fine art. Software such as Illustrator and Corel Draw have made vector design open to everyone, and its one of those skills thats easy to pick up but full of endless possibility for development. This post brings together 20 examples of brilliant vector design for inspiration and enjoyment.
1. 1310 (Ya-Na)
This wonderful floral composition achieves just the right balance in the cool and warm colours and tones. There’s a nice mixture of drawing styles in each flowery blossom, some of which are simply exquisite.
2. Black Cat for Desert (Recyledwax)
The characters in this brilliant design are dark and cute, and very stylishly drawn.
3. Water (LimKis)
LimKis is a highly talented vector artist producing images in a range of styles and visual approaches. This image is her interpretation of water; a colourful, dynamic and almost abstract composition that captures the dynamism of churning surf, reminiscent of the woodblock prints of Japanese artist Hokusai.
4. Funk Overload (Machine56)
Funk Overload presents a stunning futuristic techno-style vector design, all created in CorelDraw X-3.
5. Vespa Girl ala Mucha (Sun2197)
This cool poster design is inspired by, and in part traced from, the work of Czech Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha. The image also employs Manga-style graphics. Interestingly, Mucha himself was influenced by Ed-era Japanese art, so this image can perhaps be seen as part of a long and noble graphic tradition.
6. Yermo Vineyards Wine Label and Logo (Faith Globe)
Faith Globe’s vector logo and wine label design for Yermo Vineyards is an enticingly retro creation, made entirely in Illustrator.
7. Miss You (Waver-h)
Waver-h’s vector drawing is a beautifully detailed design, simple distinctions of tone and density creating a great sense of depth.
8. Dali Van Gogh in Vector Art (Alejandro Peters)
Alejandro Peters experimental collage combines painting by Vincent Van Gogh and a portrait photo of Salvador Dali, along with dazzlingly colourful vectors.
9. Parple Barple (Glug Glug) (Quando Jones)
There’s a strong trend in contemporary vector art for cute yet deranged cartoon characters, bizarre creatures in absurd settings. Quando Jones is a talented artist working in this field of strange characterisation.
10. Peony Abstract (Geishaboy500)
Geishaboy500′s design is an amazing piece of abstraction combining handcrafted touches, vector drawing and beautifully handled transparencies.
11. Til I Get Over You (Tasha25)
This portrait by Tash25 has a strong retro aesthetic, with delicate tonality in the play of light across the models dress and facial features.
12. Frozen in Time (Hitman101)
This cool vector image captures a slice of lime making a splash, a moment that the artist painstakingly recreated using Illustrator’s gradient meshes.
13. In Love (Debs)
Hand-drawn and wallpaper elements are combined to great effect in this delightfully quirky vector t-shirt design.
14. Schmetterling (Varziel)
The delicate pink colour scheme in this vector image is used to masterful effect, uniting the portrait and butterfly elements in the composition.
15. Crow (Murat Sunger)
Crows hold a particular place in the human imagination. This brilliantly drawn vector design captures the powerful form and corvid intelligence of the creatures.
16. I’m Free‚ Now What? (TheSigner)
The artist used a rigorous process of working back and forth between hand drawing, Photoshop and Illustrator, constantly reworking the lines and forms, to create this astonishing piece of graphic body art.
17. Black and White (Cloning)
The level of detail is quite mesmerising in this monochrome vector, which is jam-packed with robots, tin toys, mobile phones and countless other unidentifiable objects.
18. Hello World (A Little Kitty)
This charming candy-coloured vector creation is made even cuter by the edible character’s excited declaration, “Hello World!!”
19. No Guns Knives (ScytheDesigner)
ScytheDesigner delivers a slice of urban optimism in seductively warm colours, the hopeful message pleading for a gun and knife-free city environment.
20. The Midnight Light (Gartier)
The red and black stripes of light and shade are skilfully drawn to describe the contours of a woman‚Äôs form in this timeless piece of midnight chic, another stunning example of vector art.
James Adams is passionate about design. He is currently a full time writer working at a leading supplier of toner cartridges where he analyses and reviews hardware like the MLT-D1082S as well as writing about advertising and art for their design blog.
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