Pop-Culture Referencing Illustrations (12 total)

Tiger Blood

What's Minneapolis, MN-based illustrator David Schwen's most gratifying part of his job? He humorously said, "Being able to tell my kids when they ask what I did at work today: 'I drew all day.'" No doubt, Schwen has a gift for taking today's most relevant pop-culture topics (or references from yesteryear) and turning them into illustration gold. Of course, what you'll come to enjoy most about his work is that they stir something in you.

"I think the main reason that I have a lot of ideas inspired by pop culture is how surrounded we are with it," he tells us. "I like the fact that other people can relate to the idea really quickly, because they share similar memories from the past or childhood."

One of my favorite designs is Schwen's Burgervetica (immediately below), which I bought on a t-shirt over at Threadless. When asked why he created it, here's what Schwen said. "Honestly, I'm a type lover. I wanted to distill a hamburger down to it's basic elements using only typography and color. My favorite part is how iconic the design becomes, since you can recognize it as a burger from a long distance from only seeing the colors."


Burgervetica


Extra Terrestrial Foam Finger


Woodchucks - "...if a woodchuck could wear chucks."


Jed Eye Chart [Star Wars Shirt]


Popped Collar


Banana Bling


I'm Lovin' Fat


Moe(saic)


Kiss Under the Mistletoe


Arrrgmented Reality


That's All Folks!

Schwen is making something cool every day, which you can follow over at Flickr. (Great to check out if you need a little inspiration yourself.)

David Schwen's website

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Tags: Illustrations, Pop-Culture, Referencing, design

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Comment by Alyssa Anda on April 18, 2011 at 12:24pm
I love these! :)
Comment by Bastiencest on March 16, 2011 at 3:09pm
Just great!
Comment by Henry on March 15, 2011 at 9:33am
"Tiger Blood" hahahahah
Comment by sAm on March 14, 2011 at 6:25pm
"if a woodchuck could wear chucks" HAHA lol.
Comment by Visnja V on March 14, 2011 at 12:47pm
Arrrgmented Reality FTW!
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