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40 Minimalist Superhero Illustrations

So I was stumbling around the internet and I found this:  40 Minimalist Superhero Portrait Illustration Designs.
I think it is really amazing that with just a few shapes and colors we can convey. For the most part all of the superheros I could easily recognize, and I feel that if they were on their own (as apposed to a group of illustrations) the majority would be able to stand on their own.

At the bottom of the page there’s an infographic on comic book color palates which I found to be an interesting read (   It’s neat to be able to see a visual representation of the differences and similarities of the two major comic book industries (DC and Marvel) and to see how their use of colors vary.  For example, DC comics have always seemed a lot more darkly colored to me than Marvel, and so it was nice to see in the chart (of which colors were used the most and their percentages) some confirmation.


  1. ycramer wrote:

    I love that infographic. It baffles me that iron man actually used to be well iron colored. Its makes sense but still.

    Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 11:26 am | Permalink
  2. jpeter11 wrote:

    I think these are great. I love minimalist designers and I think these both are effective through their use of simplicity.

    Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:52 am | Permalink
  3. rouellet wrote:

    The artist does a good job of combining different elements in a minimalistic manner to achieve an impactful design.
    The use of texture helps the shapes from becoming too flat and gives the effect of a storied past, or a history of the characters. I feel like some of these are more successful then others. I prefer the ones where the artist kept it simple and balanced. He is asymmetrical in most but I feel like it works a little better in ones in which he found the right mixture of balancing the positive and negative space and creating good tension between the shapes. For example in the Goblin Lord poster I feel like the accenting black is not balanced and looks uneven, there should be more definition on the right side. Even if it is meant to be minimal, and his decision is based in accenting shadows and highlights, the complete lack of line work here creates and uneven balance between the positive and negative space.

    I do love the apparent research and effort the artist put into these. The series is interesting and works well as a unit. The style is pretty well continuous from character to character.

    Monday, April 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Permalink
  4. Bret Mueller wrote:

    I feel like the overall aesthetic of these pieces work well together. Like the 8-bit posters in an earlier post, they definitely work much better for those familiar with the heroes. Its a kind of nostalgia for that era in time. It is a great concept and execution overall, although some I feel don’t push the minimalist design they were going for, for example the hulk one. When compared to the spiderman poster, it is much more detailed with the whole mouth and teeth. This is most likely because its one of his attributes (always screaming) but I felt it was too detailed.

    Monday, May 7, 2012 at 3:14 am | Permalink
  5. mguinand wrote:

    This is really cool. I’m now reading your blog post and realized that I posted something almost similar. Another designer did minimalist posters of Pixar movies. You should check it out. Here’s the link.

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 10:00 am | Permalink