2019's illustration trends to know about

Nothing ever stands still in the creative industries. Regardless of the field, the next big thing is destined, sooner or later, to become old hat, thanks to a mix of over-exposure and a never-ending influx of new ideas and styles ready to grab people's imaginations. If you want your work to feel fresh, you need to at least have an eye on the current illustration trends.

As one of the world's leading stock content marketplaces, iStock by Getty Images is perfectly placed to track the latest illustration trends, and have identified 10 key techniques employed by this year's hottest imagery. While nobody wants to blindly follow trends in their work, there are plenty of visual approaches here that you can incorporate into your illustrations – and even combine with one another – to give your portfolio a touch of the cutting-edge.

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Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.