45 Cool Retro Style Illustrations for Your Inspiration

by in Inspiration on 14th Dec 2012 · 1 Comment

Finding different sorts of illustrations and drawings is quite easy these days with so many great portfolios and communities around the internet. Today we've been over to deviantART looking for illustrations that are heavily inspired by past times.

These illustration works represent many different styles and are truly inspiring. Especially we noticed the personality in these pieces, outlined by the nice, harmonic color palettes and giving out a definite vintage feel.

45 Cool Retro Style Illustrations for Your Inspiration

45 Cool Retro Style Illustrations for Your Inspiration

Time for a closer look. Enjoy!

Flamingo
Flamingo

Vanilla Cupcake
Vanilla Cupcake

Full moon
Full Moon

Looking from Clouds
Looking from Clouds

Alien Tentaculoso
Alien Tentaculoso

Rockin Robin
Rockin Robin

Ohai kitty
Ohai kitty

Harbor
Harbor

Green: This Year's Pink
Green: This Year's Pink

Treebirds
Treebirds

8 bit
8 bit

Victoian Tabby
Victorian Tabby

Cats can jazz...piano
Cats can jazz...piano

Wacom Intuos 1949 Box 1
Wacom Intuos 1949 Box 1

1950 Berlinetta
1950 Berlinetta

Swing Dance
Swing Dance

Saturday Night
Saturday Night

Claudia
Claudia

Bearousel
Bearousel

Yardbear Suite
Yardbear Suite

They're gonna recognize my eyes
They're gonna recognize my eyes

Hoot Hoot
Hoot Hoot

Sittin in a Tree
Sittin in a Tree

Monkey Tripod
Monkey Tripod

Swingin Cinderella
Swingin Cinderella

The X-Men – Storm
The X-Men - Storm

Rockabilly band
Rockabilly band

Mahpell Driving Color
Mahpell Driving Color

Mahpell 8
Mahpell 8

Another Owl
Another Owl

Retro Pin-Up
Retro Pin-Up

Retro Stewardess
Retro Stewardess

Love Retro
Love Retro

Cocktail Girl
Retro Girl

Cappuccino Retro Art
Cappuccino Retro Art

Retro Vespa Girl with coffee
Retro Vespa Girl with coffee

Girl sitting by old radio
Girl sitting by old radio

Red Blue and Yellow
Red Blue and Yellow

Rock n Roll
Rock n Roll

Pasta
Pasta

Dragon Knight
Dragon Knight

Mr. Mek – Ready to conquer
Mr. Mek - Ready to conquer

Circus
Circus

Milan
Milan

Blue As Can Be
Blue As Can Be

Conclusion

There are many great pieces out there, inspired by the 50s, 60s and even much earlier. The artists we've had a look at today have impressed us with their work. What was your favorite piece?

What do you think is the most important factor when making a retro sketch/illustration and can this be used in modern design?

We would, as usual love to hear your opinion in the comments section.

Hilde is a Norwegian girl with a great passion for everything related to design, freelancing, PhotoShop, photography, Illustrator and more. Running her own website and work with mainly Graphic Design and Business Consulting besides article writing.