Now and then different modern artists create artworks that force you to look at ordinary pictures in a whole new way. With a strong hint at the cubist style, polygonal art illustrations become extremely popular nowadays. Just like the old-school video games, this art direction inspires by exceptional interconnection between simple geometric forms, mainly with sharp corners and offbeat color combination. At first sight, every artwork is a giant collection of triangular shapes which recreates a feeling of depth and volume by means of light and dark tone of the same color that is used as a background. But if you take a closer look, you can definitely find circles, irregular polyhedra and segments with smooth lines that harmoniously complement each other and add slight touches of multilayerness.
This effect can easily be accomplished by using Photoshop or Illustrator. You can turn almost any design into a magnificent polygonal illustration by injecting more artistic flair through filling all spaces with abstract forms of different color. Simply choose an image with a strong silhouette and pick up a limited color palette. For better colorization you can apply different filters (for example a posterize filter) to lessen the amount of appropriate colors. Step by step, put up flat polygons and scrupulously work out shades and lighting, making some areas bulging and sharp with abruptly broken off-color transitions. Continue this process until your peculiar collage gets to such an extent that it will seem to jump off the screen.
Such amazing changes from the original artworks to polygonal art can be dealt upon futuristic works of art, famous portraits, never-to-be-forgotten pop culture icons from our childhood to images of everyday objects, so you definitely have a lot of space to express yourself. Today I have collected 30 exceptional examples of multi-dimensional polygon masterpieces that amaze with clear shapes and peculiar color palettes.
Since a pixel is considered to be a special case of a polygon, pixellated illustrations should be also included in our list. Although, such polygonal mosaics look a bit blurred and messy, but they definitely fascinate viewers by subtle outlines and truly neat performance.
Geometry in all its glory
The approach of coming up with something impressive using simple tools becomes very popular nowadays, especially when its creation is considered to be accessible to everyone with vivid imagination. Polygonal art recreates its own mood and atmosphere involving more and more people with the world of simple geometry. Everyone can be a part of it – and this is the main charm. So tell us, what do you think of such a rough method of creating illustrations? Does clean-cut graphic inspire you?
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