Oct 11 2012

Exploring Geometry: 30 Exceptional Polygonal Art Illustrations

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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.

1. Polygons by Dave Murray 

Polygons by Dave Murray

2. Polygons by Dave Murray 2

Polygons by Dave Murray

3. Leo by Pawet Durczok  

Leo by Durczok

4. Polygonal Portraits by Feeldesain

Polygonal Portraits by Feeldesain

5. Movie poster by Justin Mezzell

Movie poster by Justin Mezzell

6. Forbidden Planet by Justin Mezzell  

Forbidden Planet by Justin Mezzell

7. PolygonHeroes by James Reid

Polygon Heroes by James Reid

8. Hulk by James Reid

Hulk by James Reid

9. Polygon Pixel by Lickmystyle

Polygon Pixel by Lickmystyle

10. Heisenberg by Lickmystyle

Heisenberg by Lickmystyle

11. Geometric Cats by Marcelo Schultz  

Geometric Cats by Marcelo Schultz

12. Skiing by Giampaolo Miraglia

Skiing by Giampaolo Miraglia

13. Abstract colors 2012 by Alessandro Pautasso

Abstract colors 2012 by Alessandro Pautasso

14. Abstract colors 2012 by Alessandro Pautasso

Abstract colors 2012 by Alessandro Pautasso 2

15. The Beer Series by Dave Murray

The Beer Series by Dave Murray

16. Colorful Circles by Georgiana Teseleanu

Colorful Circles by Georgiana Teseleanu

17. Juliia Oh by D E L O

Juliia Oh by D-E-L-O

18. Captain America by Scott Fustin

Captain America by Scott Fustin

19. Lion by Chris Cole

Lion by Chris Cole

20. Superman Geo by Jamie Roberts

Superman Geo by Jamie Roberts

21. Low-Poly Bird by Jeremiah Shaw

Low-Poly Bird by Jeremiah Shaw

22. Fountainhead Illustration by Ben Luce

Fountainhead Illustration by Ben Luce

23. Experimentations by Timothy J. Reynolds

Experimentations by Timothy J. Reynolds

24. Low-Poly Sun Set by Jeremiah Shaw

Low-Poly Sun Set by Jeremiah Shaw

25. Cryztalise by Craig Minchington

Cryztalise by Craig Minchington

26. Matador, Bull by Mitchell Watts

Matador Bull by Mitchell Watts

27. Poster by Stéphanie

Poster by Stéphanie

28. Pandacard by Nicola Felaco

Pandacard by Nicola Felaco

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.

29.  Monroe by Nicholas Hendrickx

Monroe by Nicholas Hendrickx

30. Hendrix by Nicholas Hendrickx

Hendrix by Nicholas Hendrickx

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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About the Author

Nataly is an internet entrepreneur and an amateur web designer and developer from Sevastopol, Ukraine. She is running a blog for web designers and developers where you can find some inspirational and useful stuff. In her spare time she reads books, unveils the secrets of the world and plays volleyball.Visit her blog or follow her on twitter

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